The ROC is responsible for the command and control of rear operations. He has control of all
RAOC/RTOC operations. Operational planning and support is received from the RAOC/RTOC to fight
the rear operation by deputy chief of staff operations (G3/DSOPs). The tactical center of the rear
command post that controls rear operation at each echelon is RTOC. The SPO/SOTI provides
planning and control of all logistical distribution in each echelon support command. MP provide the
combat link for rear operations. Their employment throughout the rear area provides the commander
with a light, mobile force to effect rear operations. Depending on the situation of the battle, engineers
are placed throughout the battlefield. They are given missions by the commander. Planning,
preparing, and supervising the internal defense for rear operations belongs to the base/base cluster
Chain of Command
The mission of rear operations is accomplished through the tactical chain of command (see Figures 5-1
and 5-2) for the division and corps.
The technical chain of command controls all combat support and combat service support units. It
ensures the continuation of forward support to the forward combat units (see Figure 5-3).
Another primary mission of the tactical chain of command is to ensure that the technical chain is not
interrupted. It must continue to provide logistical support (see Figure 5-4).
The technical chain performs combat support and combat service support until a threat requires a
response by the base/base cluster commander. At this time, the base/base cluster commander uses
the tactical chain of command (the RAOC) to defend his base. The RAOC notifies SPO/SOTI. In
conjunction with the material management center (MMC) and the movement control center (MCC), they
initiate coordination with support elements outside the threatened area. This ensures mission support
from that attached base/base cluster can be sustained from another location.
Organization of the Rear Area Operations Center (Corps)
The RAOC is a tactical operation center. Their size will vary based on area responsibility, the echelon
it supports, and the number of support units within the support area (see Figure 5-5). The RAOCs will
be centrally located within their area of operation. All RAOCs will normally be placed with the assigned
ROC to enhance coordination. The RAOC is dependent on other units for mess and maintenance. It
will take this into consideration when positioning (see Figure 5-6). The RAOC is within the rear
command post. The RAOC will act as the tactical center of the rear command post. It will be under the
control of the ROC who may also control the rear CP. This is the channel for direct coordination with
the main command post.