Infantry Drills

6-196: Area Reconnaissance Actions at Objective

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6-196. Area reconnaissance is a directed effort to obtain detailed information concerning the terrain or enemy activity within a prescribed area. The area may be given as a grid coordinate, an objective, on an overlay. In an area reconnaissance, the patrol uses vantage points or observation posts around the objective to observe it and surrounding area.

6-197. Actions at the objective for an area reconnaissance begin with the patrol in the ORP, and end with a dissemination of information after a linkup of the patrol’s subordinate units. The critical actions include:

  • Actions from the objective rally point.
  • Execute the observation plan.
  • Linkup and continue the mission.

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