Infantry Drills

2-229: Organization Of Forces For A Cordon And Search

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2-229. A cordon and search requires a command, security, search and support element to perform the major tasks. The security element sets up the cordon, which usually consists of an outer cordon “ring” and an inner cordon “ring.” The search element clears and searches suspected buildings to capture or destroy insurgents and contraband. This is the main effort. The support element may be the reserve, provide support by fire, and be prepared to perform the other cordon and search tasks.

Note. The United States Marine Corps uses the term “search/assault element instead of “search element” for the United States Army. (Refer to ATP 3-06.20 for more information.)

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