Infantry Drills

3-63: Alternate Position

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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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