Infantry Drills

6-171: Tracking Reconnaissance



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6-171. Tracking reconnaissance patrol is normally a squad-size, possibly smaller, element. It is tasked to follow the trail of a specific enemy unit in order to determine its composition, final destination, and actions en route. Patrol members look for subtle signs left by the enemy as he moves. As they track, they gather information about the enemy unit, the route it took, and surrounding terrain. Normally, a tracking patrol avoids direct fire contact with the tracked unit. Tracking patrols often use tracker dog teams to help them maintain the track.

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