Infantry Drills

2-103: Staggered Column

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2-103. The staggered column formation is a modified column formation with one section leading, and one section trailing to provide overwatch. The staggered column permits good fire to the front and flanks. It is used when speed is critical, when there is a limited area for lateral dispersion, or when enemy contact is possible. Figure 2-18 (page 2-38) shows this type of column movement.

Figure 2-18. Staggered column formation with dispersal for added security

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