Infantry Drills

A-29: Unit’s Purpose

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A-29. Leaders find their units’ purposes in the concepts of the operation in the immediate higher headquarters’ OPORDs. The operation’s purpose usually matches or achieves the purpose of the immediate higher headquarters. Similarly, shaping operation purposes must relate directly to those of the decisive operation. Sustaining operation purposes relate directly to those of the decisive and shaping operations. Leaders must understand how their units’ purposes relate to higher. They must understand why their leaders one level up assigned their unit’s particular purposes. Then, they determine how those fit into their superior’s concepts of the operation.

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