Infantry Drills

6-224: Debrief

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6-224. The patrol leader should conduct a “debrief” with the entire patrol as soon as possible after entering the base or rejoining the main body. This allows him to capture low-level information while the Soldiers’ memories are fresh and information relevant. He should go over the notes taken by the patrol scribe chronologically to facilitate the discussion. Every patrol member should participate. If there was an interpreter or other attachments with the patrol, they should be debriefed as a source of human intelligence by allowing them to pass on information they obtained during the patrol. The patrol leader includes significant information necessary during the debriefing of his patrol report to the commander.

6-225. Normally the debriefing is oral. Sometimes a written report is required. Information on the written report should include:

  • Size and composition of the unit conducting the patrol.
  • Mission of the platoon such as type of patrol, location, and purpose.
  • Departure and return times.
  • Routes. Use checkpoints, grid coordinates for each leg or include an overlay.
  • Detailed description of terrain and enemy positions identified.
  • Results of contact with the enemy.
  • Unit status at the conclusion of the patrol mission, including the disposition of dead or wounded Soldiers.
  • Number of isolated Soldiers platoon/squad unable to recover during execution of the mission.
  • Conclusions or recommendations.

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