Infantry Drills

7-48: Service Station Method



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7-48. Allows the squads to move individually to a centrally located resupply point. (See figure 7-1, page 7-14.) This method requires the Soldiers to leave their fighting positions. Depending on the tactical situation, a squad moves out of its position, conducts resupply operations, and moves back into position. The squads rotate individually to eat; pick up mail, Class IX supplies, and other supplies and sundries; and refill or exchange water. This process continues until the entire platoon has received its supplies. The technique is used when contact is unlikely and for resupply of one or several classes of supplies.


7-49. With the service station method, vehicles move individually or in small groups to a centrally located resupply point. Depending on the tactical situation, one vehicle or section or even an entire platoon moves out of its position, conducts resupply operations, and moves back into position. This process continues until the entire Infantry company or platoons have been resupplied.


7-50. When using this method, vehicles enter the resupply point following a one-way traffic flow; only vehicles requiring immediate maintenance stop at the maintenance holding area. Vehicles move through each supply location, with crews rotating individually to eat, pick up mail and sundries, and refill or exchange water cans. When all platoon vehicles and crews have completed resupply, they move to a holding area, where, time permitting, the platoon leader and platoon sergeant conduct a PCI. The company command group (company commander, executive officer and first sergeant) also can take this opportunity to conduct PCIs of each platoon as it passes through the resupply point.

Figure 7-1. Service station method

Note. The platoon order should state the sequence for moving squads or Soldiers out of position. Companies may vary the technique by establishing a resupply point for each platoon or squad and moving the supplies to that point.

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