Infantry Drills

A-20: Warning Order

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A-20. The WARNORD follows the five-paragraph OPORD format and includes the following items, at a minimum:

  • Type of operation.
  • General location of operation.
  • Initial operational timeline.
  • Reconnaissance to initiate.
  • Movement to initiate.
  • Planning and preparation instructions (to include planning timeline).
  • Information requirements.
  • Commander’s critical information requirements.

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