Commanders may delegate approval authority to lower echelons as stated. Higher echelons may
retain emplacement authority from subordinate elements.
Positive steps must be taken to grant or withhold authority for mine employment. This is critical for
scatterable mines. Orders must be specific in delegation of employment authority. They must be
equally specific in withholding authorizing authority. Failure to specify could result in mines not being
employed where needed or possibly employed in an area which would restrict LOC. The delegation or
withholding of employment authority should be specified in the rear operations plan. It should be
changed as necessary by fragmentary orders.