Infantry Drills

D-22: Positioning of Observation Posts

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D-22. Based on METT-TC, leaders may array observation posts on-line or in-depth. (See figures D-2 and D-3.) Depth is the preferred technique for maintaining contact with a moving enemy along a particular avenue of approach. On-line placement is optimal when there is no clear avenue of approach or the enemy is not moving.

Figure D-2. On-line positioning of observation posts
Figure D-3. In-depth positioning of observation posts

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