Infantry Drills

Chapter 6: Patrols and Patrolling

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A patrol is a detachment sent out by a larger unit to conduct a specific mission that operates semi-independently and return to the main body upon completion of mission.

Patrolling fulfills the Infantry’s primary function of finding the enemy to engage him or report his disposition, location, and actions. Patrols act as ground sensors or early warnings for larger units and the planned action determines the type of patrol.

This chapter provides an overview on patrolling by the Infantry platoon and squad and discusses in detail; combat and reconnaissance patrols.

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