Start Point. A start point (SP) is the place where all elements start their movement as a column. It is at
this location that the column comes under the active control of the convoy commander. The column,
serials and march units should have already been formed. They pass the SP, on schedule, and should
already be at the proper speed and interval. The SP must be a place along the route that is easily
recognizable on both the map and the ground. It is at the SP that the HP security escort assumes its
Release Point. The release point (RP) is where elements of the convoy revert to individual control. It is
also the location where the MP security element relinquishes its escort responsibilities. The RP, like
the SP, should be recognizable both on the map and the ground. Each element of the convoy should
reach the RP at the specified time and rate of march. From the RP they move directly to assembly
areas or to their designation.
MILITARY POLICE OPERATIONS
The MP company operations section receives the mission and begins planning. They use METT-T to
do this. Each convoy's specific mission is identified. The operations section then coordinates with
intelligence to determine the threat against convoys. This information helps to determine the amount of
security that may be required. Another factor to be considered is the terrain over which the convoy will
move. The route and destination are considered. These elements assist in determining which platoon
to assign the mission, what additional support they will need; and how long the mission will last.
The operations section decides which missions can be downgraded. They also decide how security will
be provided for the convoy. Convoy security can be provided in one of two ways. One platoon can
provide the security from start to finish. Alternatively, each platoon along the convoy's route can
provide security as the convoy passes through its AO. There are advantages and disadvantages to
each method. The first minimizes coordination and communication problems and allows a close
working relationship with the convoy commander from start to finish. It has the disadvantage that it
may take the HP unit well away from its home station. It also is disadvantageous in that the HP
element may not be as familiar with the route, etc., outside their own AO. The advantages and
disadvantages are reversed in the second method. Based on METT-T, the company commander gives
the mission to a platoon leader (or all of the platoon leaders, depending on the method selected). After
the platoon leader receives the mission, he evaluates the situation and task organizes a security force.
He designates the security element leader and the security teams.