Infantry Drills

2-132: Traveling

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2-132. The platoon travels mounted when contact with the enemy is not likely and speed is desired. (See figure 2-32.) The leader analyzes the latest intelligence on the enemy and determines if contact with the enemy is unlikely. Because units generally move faster when traveling mounted, leaders must remember the increased potential for a break in contact. Should a break in contact occur—

  • The leader or detached element uses global positioning system (GPS) aids to reestablish contact with the main body.
  • The platoon’s main body can use an infrared or thermal source to regain visual contact with the element and link it back to the main body.
Figure 2-32. Traveling, platoon mounted

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