Infantry Drills

2-204: Risk Assessment

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2-204. Risk assessment is the process leaders use to assess and to control risk. There are two types of risk associated with combat actions: tactical hazards resulting from the presence of the enemy and accidental hazards resulting from the conduct of operations. All combat incurs both risks. The objective is to minimize them to acceptable levels. The leader identifies risk to the unit and mission by—

  • Defining the enemy action.
  • Identifying friendly combat power shortfall.
  • Identifying available combat multipliers, if any, to mitigate risk.
  • Considering the risks are acceptable or unacceptable.

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