Infantry Drills

2-43: Sustainment

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2-43. The objective of sustainment in the offense is to assist the platoon in maintaining the momentum. The platoon leader wants to take advantage of windows of opportunity and launch offensive tasks with minimum advance warning time. Platoon sergeant and squad leaders must anticipate these events and maintain flexibility to support the offensive plan accordingly.

2-44. A key to an offense is the ability to anticipate the requirement to push support forward, specifically in regard to ammunition, fuel, and water. This anticipation helps maintain the momentum of attack by delivering supplies as far forward as possible. Leaders use throughput distribution, and preplanned, preconfigured packages of essential items to help maintain offensive momentum and tempo.

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