Infantry Drills

D-8: Moving Screen

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D-8. Platoons may conduct a moving screen to the flanks or rear of the main body force. The movement of the screen is tied to time and distance factors associated with the movement of the friendly main body.

D-9. Responsibilities for a moving flank screen begin at the front of the main body’s lead combat element and end at the rear of the protected force. In conducting a moving flank screen, the unit either occupies a series of temporary observation posts along a designated screen line to overwatch the main body, or if the main body is moving too fast, continues to move while maintaining surveillance. The screening force uses one or more of the three basic movement techniques to control movement along the screened flank (traveling, traveling overwatch, and bounding overwatch).

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