Infantry Drills

3-173: Identify Likely Enemy Avenues of Approach

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3-173. Procedures and considerations when identifying the enemy’s likely avenues of approach (see figure 3-19, page 3-56) include:

  • Conducting initial reconnaissance. If possible, do this from the enemy’s perspective along each avenue of approach into the area of operations or engagement area.
  • Identifying key and decisive terrain. This includes locations affording positions of advantage over the enemy, as well as natural obstacles and choke points restricting forward movement.
  • Determining which avenues provide cover and concealment for the enemy while allowing him to maintain his tempo.
  • Determining what terrain the enemy is likely to use to support each avenue.
  • Evaluating lateral routes adjoining each avenue of approach.
Figure 3-19. Likely enemy avenues of approach

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