Infantry Drills

6-38: Patrol Base Activities

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6-38. A patrol base is a security perimeter which is set up when a squad or platoon conducting a patrol halts for an extended period. A patrol base should not be occupied for more than a 24-hour period (except in emergency). A patrol never uses the same patrol base twice. The following activities at a minimum should be taken into consideration:

  • Use.
  • Site selection.
  • Planning consideration.
  • Security measures.
  • Occupation.
  • Priorities of work.

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