units will be done by the appropriate movement agency. An intelligence summary will be provided by
the RAOC/RTOC. This will inform the passing unit of the active threat operating in the rear area.
The passing unit may be a possible tactical combat force. Assistance may be obtained from this unit.
The TA commander or gaining corps commander must give his approval. TCF transiting the area have
missions. They must not be deferred unless the tactical situation dictates. The order to defer this unit
will pass through the echelon commander to the rear operations officer. Coordination would be started
by the LE with responsibility for that area. The G3 may assign a rear operations mission to a passing
unit. He is responsible for ensuring that the unit is task-organized to neutralize the threat. The G3 will
attach forces as needed to meet this requirement.
Tracking a unit through an area may be necessary. The RAOC/RTOC will request reports from the
appropriate transportation officer or agency. They can provide constant updates of the unit until it
passes out of its area of operation. The MP can provide tracking information on prior coordination with
the echelon PM. This occurs if the transportation agency is not in position to track the unit.
PART C - BASE CLUSTER OPERATION CENTER (BCOC)
The BCOC is the nucleus for all matters of rear operations within the cluster. It provides the command
and control for planning and supervising base security and ADC. The BCOC is set up by the base
cluster commander. He is the senior officer within the cluster. He normally has a headquarters and
staff capability to set up the BCOC. The base cluster commander will task bases within the cluster for
personnel and equipment as needed. He will monitor the use of reaction forces within each base. He
will consider the employment of a base cluster reaction force. This force is composed of pre-identified
assets within each base. It will aid in the mutual security of all bases in the cluster. The BCOC will
operate 24 hours a day in support of the tactical chain of command. It will maintain a current situation
map. It will have reliable communications with the RAOC/RTOC or with units within the rear operations
NET. If possible, the MP NET should be used.
Base and Base Cluster Commander Responsibilities
A unit's defense in the rear area must be by the unit itself. Rear operations are designed to build on
this concept. They integrate mutual support into a viable defense. This defense concept prevents the
commitment of combat forces until a substantial enemy threat exists.
Units in the rear area will be assigned to a base or will set up a base. A base is a unit or a multi-unit
position that has a definite perimeter. The base commander will be the senior officer. He will set up a
BDOC. It will operate 24 hours a day in support of the tactical chain of command. He will plan,
prepare, and supervise the internal defense. He will ensure the