Patrolling is probably the core light infantry skill. In countless cases, aggressive infantry patrolling has gained the initiative, then the dominance, and then the battle from theenemy; British forces in the Falklands and Malaya, the First Special Service Force atAnzio, Security Forces in Rhodesia, Aussies and LRRPs in Vietnam…
“Light infantry patrols relentlessly and aggressively ambushes the enemy. The enemynever knows where the light infantry is or when he will attack. The light infantry tracks,listens, locates, cuts off, raids and ambushes the enemy.”
“The side which wins the patrolling encounters wins the battles.”
“Efficient, aggressive patrolling, a requisite for success in battle, provides thecommander with security and gives him essential intelligence. A haphazard effort in patrolling invites surprise and courts disaster.”“The subject of patrolling is particularly important in modern warfare not only becauseof the security afforded troops by effective patrolling, but also because of the fact that the proper leading of a patrol under all conditions involves nearly every known principle of tactics.”
Military manuals are invaluable and have the nuts and bolts of patrolling, what you needto know, and the methods you use. Here are some links to the actual patrolling manuals:
"I will be damned if I will permit the U.S. Army, its institutions, its doctrine, and itstraditions to be destroyed just to win this lousy war."
That quote was attributed to an American Army general during the Vietnam War, and itis quite indicative. Just because we as Americans do it one way does not make it the way.Other powers, minor and major, have developed their own tactics to fit their ownsituations and some have proven both practical and successful. That is not to say thatAmerican doctrine and tactics are all wrong, merely that other nations and militaries havegood insight to offer as well.