Infantry Drills

2-328: Raid

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2-328. A raid is a limited-objective, deliberate operation entailing swift penetration of hostile terrain. A raid is not intended to hold territory; and it requires detailed intelligence, preparation, and planning. The Infantry platoon and squad conducts raids as part of a larger force to accomplish a number of missions, including the following:

  • Capture prisoners, installations, or enemy materiel.
  • Capture or destroy specific enemy command and control locations.
  • Destroy enemy materiel or installations.
  • Obtain information concerning enemy locations, dispositions, strength, intentions, or methods of operation.
  • Confuse the enemy or disrupt his plans.
  • Liberate friendly personnel.

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