Infantry Drills

2-133: Traveling Overwatch

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2-133. The platoon leader uses traveling overwatch when he thinks contact could occur. (See figure 2-33, page 2-54.) He designates one of his subordinate elements to provide security forward of the main body. In some cases, the improved awareness might prompt the security element to increase these distances. Leaders track the movement of forward security elements. They get position updates to ensure the forward security element remains on azimuth and within range of supporting direct fires.

Figure 2-33. Traveling overwatch

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