Detached Party. Detached parties are not a part of the main column. They are detailed to perform
special duties such as quartering and reconnaissance. They also may perform as guides or escorts
and may contain a security element.
Figure 2-1. Convoy Organization.
Special Vehicle Locations
Selected special vehicles require special consideration in a convoy. Of particular concern is where they
are placed in the column.
Critical Cargo Vehicles. These are vehicles that are carrying an unusual or dangerous cargo. They
would include POL and ammunition vehicles, for example. They must not be placed close together if it
can be avoided. These vehicles are prime targets in an ambush. Grouping them makes an easier
target. They also present a safety problem. Such vehicles should be dispersed throughout .the
convoy. In some cases, the interval between these and other vehicles may be increased. The
extended distance itself may cause the enemy not to execute the ambush, since so few vehicles will be
in the kill zone as a result.
Sensitive Vehicles. This may be considered in a similar vein as critical cargo vehicles. Sensitive
vehicles are those whose cargo requires special attention. Another example is the vehicles of the all
source production section (ASPS) of the division. They will be prime targets. Such vehicles should be
dispersed throughout the convoy and made as inconspicuous as possible. Certain of these vehicles
will have their own MP protective force.