Provide security of rear areas and facilities.
Provide continuous combat support and combat service support forward.
Provide unimpeded movements of friendly units throughout the rear area.
Find, fix, and destroy enemy incursions in the rear area.
Provide for area damage control before/during/after an attack or incident.
The rear operation commander (ROC) is appointed by the echelon commander. This is based on the
factors of mission, enemy, terrain, troops, and time available (METT-T) to control rear operations. Rear
area operation centers (RAOC) control corps rear areas, and rear tactical operations centers control
echelon above corps rear areas.
Rear operation commanders are physically located in their respective rear areas. They will:
o Ensure that geographical areas of responsibility are clearly defined in the rear area.
o Use the rear area operations center (RAOC) /rear tactical operations center (RTOC) to plan,
coordinate, train, and direct rear operations.
o Be provided adequate, reliable communications equipment to facilitate command and control of
o Ensure close, continuous coordination between the G2, the G3, and the RAOC/RTOC.
o Coordinate with G5 and civil affairs to integrate host nation support.
Rear Operation Principles
The following principles are used in the execution of rear operations:
Unity of effort. This ensures the direct support of the main effort and the protection of the rear area.
The keys to rear operations are sound planning, early warning, continuous operations security
(OPSEC), and the rapid deployment of enough forces and resources to counter the threat. Rear
operations is a command responsibility (brigade, division, corps, and theater Army). Rear operation
planning and execution will occur as part of the entire combat operation. The command operation staff
(G3, DCSOPs) will ensure that battle planning includes attention for the deep, close-in, and rear
Economy of forces. Combat support (CS) and combat service support (CSS) units must be able to
defend themselves against attempts to disrupt their operations. They must be able to reduce
destruction and to reinforce their units. If necessary, they must gain time until response forces arrive.
They will form a base defense perimeter to defend against the threat. When enemy forces exceed
base defense capabilities, military police (MP) may provide the initial force to close with and to destroy
the enemy. An enemy intrusion may exceed the capability of units (MP, CSS) involved in the rear
operations. Combat forces will then be assigned to rear operations to