Infantry Drills

B-80: Control (Optional)

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B-80. The platoon leader may use this optional element to direct desired target effects, distribution methods, or engagement techniques. Subordinate leaders may include the control element to supplement the platoon leader’s instructions and achieve distribution. Examples of information specified in the control element include the following:

  • Target array. Example: “FRONT HALF.”
  • Fire pattern. Example: “FRONTAL.”
  • Terrain quadrant. Example: “QUADRANT ONE.”
  • Engagement priorities. Example: “M203/M320 ENGAGE BUNKERS; MACHINE GUNS ENGAGE TROOPS.”
  • Engagement technique. Example: “VOLLEY.”
  • Target effect. Example: “AREA.”

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