2. MP Commitment to Convoy.
a. Area oriented support - The battlefield and rear area are divided into areas of responsibility. A
platoon or MP company escorts the convoy in their area. Another platoon or MP company will escort it
when it crosses into their area.
b. Functional oriented support - The MP perform a specific task. They escort the convoy from
beginning to end, no matter whose area they go through.
c. Escort and security elements assist the convoy's movement and protect it from interference. A
large convoy may be broken down into march columns. The columns can be broken down into serials.
Serials can be further broken down into march units. The rule of thumb is that convoys of 20 vehicles
or less are not broken down. This lesson is based on a convoy of 20 vehicles or less. The terms security
and escort as used in the lesson are the same.
d. Three-man teams - Usually three escort vehicles with mounted MK-19/M60s are assigned to the
convoy. Three MPs are in each vehicle: a driver, M60 gunner, and a senior MP. Different types of
security are used on a convoy. This depends on the target level and the cargo.
e. Methods of Escort.
(1) Scout vehicle - They precede
the convoy. They maintain an interval ordered by the convoy
commander (usually 3-5 minutes). The
scout vehicle(s) watches for conditions which may affect the
security of the convoy and reports them
to the Noncommissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC). This is
the early warning system for the convoy.
If they do their job well, the convoy will be a lot safer.
(2) Lead vehicle - Usually the security commander's vehicle. It provides security for the lead
elements of the convoy. They keep a close watch on the roadway and nearby areas for mines, booby
traps, ambush, and snipers. They also maintain a pace set by the convoy commander (speed/march
(3) Trail vehicle - It provides security for the rear of the convoy. Keeps close watch on the
roadway and nearby areas. Also provides security and aids disabled convoy vehicles.
3. Spot Trouble Areas or Ambush Site (Supervisor).
The first thing you should do after receiving your briefing from the platoon leader or platoon sergeant
is to conduct a hasty recon of the area to be traveled. At the very least, you must conduct a map recon.
a. Note areas with good cover and concealment for an attacking force. Cover or maneuver areas
for defenders should also be noted.