operate in an NBC environment and to continue to support the main effort.
Base Defense Exercises
Base defense exercises are the final and most important step in the base defense training cycle. They
provide the means for developing individual and unit proficiency in base defense operations. These
exercises are conducted under various weather conditions during day and night. Base defense
exercises are used to familiarize base defense forces and tenet units with their roles in base defense
operations. They include, but are not limited to: rehearsals of base defense plans; manning of
defensive positions; coordination of supporting fires; coordination with adjacent bases; and integration
of external support by MP/TCF. Besides conducting exercises that involve all base defense forces,
BDOC/BCOC exercises should be held to train leaders involved in the defense of the base to: exercise
fire support coordination agencies; to test communications; and to exercise the necessary coordination
and liaison between the bases, base clusters, and the RAOC/RTOC.