that exceeds ASG RTOC assets. The Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations (DCSOPs) will direct the
commitment of a TCF. The ASG RTOC will provide the area of operations and boundaries for the TCF
(see Figure 4-2).
Area of Operation
When the mission is assigned, an area of operations is specified. A defensive mission may be
assigned. The area of operations is drawn with lateral and rear boundaries. This area of operations is
called a sector. An offensive mission may be assigned. The area is drawn with lateral and rear
boundaries. This is called a zone (see Figure 4-2).
The size of an assigned area of operations will be based on the higher command's assessment of the
needs resulting from an analysis of the assigned METT-T. An important factor affecting this
assessment is the higher commander's overall concept of the operation; also, the role the unit must
play within the concept. The TCF will be committed within the assigned area of operations determined
by the ASG RTOC. The TCF will have operational control of all assets in this area of operations. The
TCF commander will use the ASG for support during the operation. The TCF will coordinate with the
proper RTOC for planning and logistical support. The TCF may be placed under the operational control
of the ROC officer.
Figure 4-2. Area of Operations (Sector/Zone)