Infantry Drills

6-41: Planning Considerations

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6-41. Leaders planning for a patrol base must consider the mission, passive and active security measures. A patrol base must be located so it allows the unit to accomplish its mission:

  • Observation posts and communication with observation posts.
  • Patrol or platoon fire plan.
  • Alert plan.
  • Withdrawal plan from the patrol base to include withdrawal routes and a rally point, rendezvous point, or alternate patrol base.
  • A security system that makes sure specific individuals are awake at all times.
  • Enforcement of camouflage, noise, and light discipline.
  • The conduct of required activities with minimum movement and noise.
  • Priorities of work.

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