its load out from its old base/base cluster. The base/base cluster commander must readjust the
security to accommodate the change in base structure. The moving unit is responsible for its security
in movement. It may be augmented by MP or other assets. This is based on the unit's criticality to the
The LE will assist the movement of the unit. It will coordinate the unit's incorporation in an existing
base/base cluster or establish a new base. The area LE will assist the unit in setting up security.
Bases must provide intelligence to RAOC/RTOC on the terrain that surrounds them. A base may be
near a possible drop zone. The base should include observation of that area. When possible, it should
create obstacles, such as mines and traps, to deny the use of the drop zone to the enemy. Combat
units or reserves can be placed near key facilities to augment the security of that asset. The
RAOC/RTOC may recommend this to the G3. RAOC/RTOC must always review positioning. This is to
gain time and to provide early warning against the Level III threat.
Critical facilities such as nuclear storage sites or command posts should be positioned carefully. These
should not be near possible landing zones or areas that would add inherent danger to their mission.
They should not provide the enemy quick access to the base.
The RAOC/RTOC must try to provide in-depth security for the medical treatment facilities (MTF).
These facilities are numerous. In many cases there will be no ideal type of security. They should not
be near possible targets of opportunity such as nuclear storage facilities, class III or class V. When
they are threatened, hospital personnel can participate in their defense. Base commanders should not
exclude medical personnel from the defense plan. They should attempt to augment the base logically.
Make sure of the ability of these personnel to defend the hospital. The echelon commander must
provide specific guidance with the degree of participation and tactical disposition of these facilities to be
based on the Geneva Convention.
Distribution of Units and Supplies
The RAOC/RTOC, the SPO/SOTI, and the ROC must be aware of an equitable distribution of support.
A base may contain more than sixty percent of the "on hand" resources of one class of supplies. It will
be noted as a critical base until SPO/SOTI and the RAOC can correct the distribution. If possible,
critical units (such as the MCC and MMC) should not all be located on the same base. The
RAOC/RTOC in its base assessment should review all bases using this criteria.
Responsibility for a unit's self-defense, while passing through an area, such as division, corps, TA,
belongs to the unit itself. A daily listing of passing units will be provided to the RAOC/RTOC. This
comes from the appropriate echelon movement agency. The monitoring of the passage of these