Infantry Drills

4-46: Sustainment

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4-46. The operational environment the Infantry platoon and squad operates in during stability may be very austere, creating special sustainment considerations. (Refer to chapter 7 of this publication for more information.) These factors include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Reliance on local procurement of certain items.
  • Shortages of various critical items, including repair parts, Class IV supply materials, and lubricants.
  • Special Class V supply requirements.
  • Reliance on bottled water.
  • Class IV supplies for construction of fixed observation posts and checkpoints.
  • Use of existing facilities or new construction for quarters; water, sewer, and power utilities; reinforced hardstand areas for maintenance.
  • Barriers or berms to protect ammunition and fuel.
  • Use of female Soldiers to assist with searching host-nation female suspects.
  • Class IX items.

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