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3-63. Alternate positions are those assigned when the primary position becomes untenable or unsuitable for carrying out the assigned task. (See figure 3-7.) These positions allow the defender to carry out his original task. The following considerations apply for an alternate battle position:
- It covers the same avenue of approach or sector of fire as the primary battle position.
- It is located slightly to the front, flank, or rear of the primary battle position.
- It may be positioned forward of the primary battle position during limited visibility operations.
- It is employed to supplement or support positions with weapons of limited range, such as dismounted positions.
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