The rear area of a division extends from its brigades' rear boundaries (rear of the main battle area) to
the division's rear boundary. The rear area of the corps extends from its forward deployed division rear
Enemy incursions forward of the brigade boundary are considered to be part of the brigade's area.
These are the responsibility of the brigade commander. Enemy incursions behind the brigade rear
boundary are fought at first by:
o combat support and combat service support forces.
o available Army aviation.
o artillery assets until combat forces, usually TCF, arrive.
Reserve forces may be positioned in or about the rear area, but these assets are oriented to the MBA.
Tenets of Army Operations and Rear Operations
The rear operations will be fought using the basic battlefield tenets. These tenets provide the basis for
fighting the rear operations. They include:
o Initiative--to aggressively deny the enemy landing areas. To restrict access to critical bases,
and to ensure continuous logistical support
o Depth--to ensure a distribution of support so the close-in battle is not dependent on only one
facility or storage area to continue the fight. To plan for alternative support and be prepared to
shift that support without interruption.
o Agility--to anticipate and react to any rear operation threat by moving the necessary forces to
meet and destroy the threat at any level throughout the width and depth of the rear area.
o Synchronization--to sustain combat support and combat service support forward. To coordinate
combat assets together to neutralize the rear operation threat without degradation of forward
o Versatility--the ability of tactical units to adapt to different missions and tasks.
Rear operations is defined as those actions, including area damage control, taken by all units (combat,
combat support, combat service support, and host nation) singly or in a combined effort, to secure the
force, neutralize or defeat enemy operations in the rear area, and ensure freedom of action in the deep
and close-in battles.
Area damage control (ADC) includes those measures taken before, during, and after hostile action or
natural or manmade disasters. This is to reduce the probability of damage and to minimize its effects.
Rear Operation Objectives
If we are to win at rear operations, we must accomplish the following objectives: