Infantry Drills

6-176: Fundamentals of Reconnaissance

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6-176. Leaders use the seven fundamentals of reconnaissance to organize their patrols into two forces: a reconnaissance element, and a security element. The seven fundamentals are—

  • Ensure continuous reconnaissance.
  • Do not keep reconnaissance assets in reserve.
  • Orient on the reconnaissance objective.
  • Report information rapidly and accurately.
  • Retain freedom of maneuver.
  • Gain and maintain enemy contact.
  • Develop the situation rapidly.

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