Infantry Drills

7-30: Survivability

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7-30. On the whole, sustainment assets are necessary yet finite resources that are easily destroyed. Units without their classes of supply cannot fight. Accordingly, survivability of sustainment assets is a high priority for everyone. This affects the platoon in two ways. First, units may be required to conduct security missions for sustainment assets, such as convoy security, base security, and response force activities. Second, units must ensure the survivability of their own supplies and any asset that might be under their charge by properly safeguarding them.

7-31. Sustainment for mounted platoons are additionally characterized by the following:

  • Anticipation.
  • Simplicity.
  • Continuity.
  • Improvisation.

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