Infantry Drills

6-66: Patrols with Mounted and Dismounted Phases

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6-66. The mounted patrol normally moves to a dismount point (often the designated objective rally point) and conducts the same actions on the objective as a dismounted patrol. If possible, the vehicles establish a support-by-fire position to cover the objective, establish blocking positions, provide security, or otherwise support the actions of the dismounted element. The dismounted element conducts its required part of the mission and returns to the vehicles, remounts, and continues mission. Types of combat patrols that are especially suited for mounted movement include antiarmor ambushes, reconnaissance patrols covering long distances and security patrols.

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