Infantry Drills

3-38: Planning a Withdrawal

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3-38. The leader plans and coordinates a withdrawal in the same manner as a delay. METT-TC applies differently because of differences between a delay and withdrawal. A withdrawal always begins under the threat of enemy interference. Because the force is most vulnerable when the enemy attacks, the leader plans for a withdrawal under pressure. The leader then develops contingencies for a withdrawal without pressure. In both cases, the leaders main considerations are to—

  • Plan a deliberate break from the enemy.
  • Displace the main body rapidly, free of enemy interference.
  • Safeguard withdrawal routes.
  • Retain sufficient maneuver, functional/multifunctional support and sustainment capabilities throughout the operation supporting forces in contact with the enemy.

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