Infantry Drills

2-217: Gain And Maintain Enemy Contact

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2-217. Once the information collection effort locates the enemy, the fixing force
develops the situation and executes one of two options based on the leader’s guidance and METT-TC. The first option is to block identified routes the detected enemy can use to escape or bring in reinforcements. The fixing force maintains contact with the enemy and positions its forces to isolate and fix him before the finishing force attacks. The second option is to conduct an attack to fix the enemy in his current positions until the finishing force arrives. The fixing force attacks if this action meets the commander’s intent and it can generate sufficient combat power against the detected enemy. Depending on the enemy’s mobility and likelihood of the reconnaissance force being compromised, the leader may need to position the fixing force before the reconnaissance force enters the area of operation.

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