reconnaissance of the route should be performed ahead of time. If time precludes actually traveling the
route, at least a detailed map reconnaissance should be conducted. The start point is the pick up point.
The squad leader ensures that the security detail arrives at the start point before the principal. Upon
arrival, the MP take up a hasty defensive position. It should cover the pick up point in a roughly circular
fashion. Particular concern should be given to the most likely avenues of approach. The techniques
used when the pick up point is in an already secured area, such as the CP, will vary from those used in
an unsecured location. In an unsecured location a perimeter defense should be established. Positions
should be covered and concealed when possible. The area must be checked for hidden individuals. It
must also be checked for mines, booby traps, contamination, or other things that might threaten the
One team briefs and assists the principal before and during the movement. The remaining teams
maintain security of the pickup point. The squad leader briefs the principal at the pick up point prior to
departure. This lets the principal and his party know what actions the MP are taking and will take. He
also advises the principal on what actions will be taken in case of an emergency. He tells the principal
what to do and what not to do upon contact with the enemy or other emergency. This must be done
professionally and with a great deal of tact. The amount of detail will vary with who the principal is. For
example, the division commander will already be familiar with most of the procedures and will only need
reminding of them. A person new to the area, such as a visiting congressman, will require very clear,
Members of the detail provide the principal with protective gear, if required. They make sure the
principal knows how to use the equipment. For example, they fit the principal's protective mask and
show him how to put it on. How much of this is required will again vary with who the principal is and
how familiar he is with the equipment. When required by the situation, they suggest that distinctive
insignia which identifies the principal be removed. The principal is fully briefed on other measures that
may be taken to disguise him. This might include having an MP masquerade as the principal during the
After the briefing is completed, the principal takes his position in the vehicle or aircraft. The position
should be one that accords with the principal's wishes, but provides as much security as possible.
Once the principal is positioned, the security teams deployed around the pick up point prepare for
If the movement comes under enemy attack, or in any other emergency, the safety and security of the
principal is the primary concern of the security detail. Emergency reaction drills should be incorporated
in operational plans. They should be included in MP training and rehearsed as much as possible.
Ideally, reactions should be well enough drilled that they become almost automatic.