Infantry Drills

2-196: Gain and Maintain Enemy Contact

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2-196. All reconnaissance assets focus on determining the enemy’s dispositions and providing the Infantry leader with current intelligence and relevant combat information. This ensures friendly forces are committed under optimal conditions. The leader uses all available sources of combat information to find the enemy’s location and dispositions. The platoon and squad leaders ensure that the platoon makes enemy contact with the smallest friendly element possible in order to preserve combat power and conceal the size and capabilities of the platoon.

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