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FM 1798 Scout Platoon

FM 1798 Scout Platoon

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FIELD MANUAL
 *FM 17-98No. 17-98 HeadquartersDepartment of the ArmyWashington, DC, 10 April 1999 
SCOUT PLATOON
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Preface....................................................................................................................................................iiiChapter 1 INTRODUCTION..................................................................................................................1-1Chapter 2 BATTLE COMMAND...........................................................................................................2-1Chapter 3 RECONNAISSANCE...........................................................................................................3-1Chapter 4 SECURITY OPERATIONS..................................................................................................4-1Chapter 5 OTHER TACTICAL OPERATIONS.....................................................................................5-1Chapter 6 COMBAT SUPPORT...........................................................................................................6-1Chapter 7 COMBAT SERVICE SUPPORT..........................................................................................7-1Chapter 8 BASIC SCOUT SKILLS.......................................................................................................8-1Chapter 9 MISCELLANEOUS FIELD DATA........................................................................................9-1Appendix A COMBAT ORDERS..........................................................................................................A-1Appendix B NUCLEAR, BIOLOGICAL, AND CHEMICALOPERATIONS.................................................................................................................B-1Appendix C STABILITY AND SUPPORT OPERATIONS....................................................................C-1Appendix D MILITARY OPERATIONS ON URBANIZEDTERRAIN..........................................................................................................................D-1Appendix E ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION..................................................................................E-1Appendix F RISK MANAGEMENT......................................................................................................F-1
DISTRIBUTION RESTRICTION: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.*This publication supersedes FM 17-98, 9 September 1994.
 
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Appendix G FRATRICIDE PREVENTION..........................................................................................G-1Glossary..................................................................................................................................Glossary-1References.........................................................................................................................References-1Authorization Page
 
Preface
On the ever-changing landscape of the modern battlefield, the scout platoon remains one of the tacticalcommander's most valued assets. This is especially true in the traditional role of the cavalry: as thecommander's "eyes and ears" on the forward edge of the battle. Today's scout platoon complements itsstrengths in mobility, speed, and stealth with the latest technology to provide an accurate, timely pictureof developments in the area of operations.This field manual describes how the scout platoon conducts its primary missions, reconnaissance andsecurity. The manual focuses on the principles of platoon operations and on the tactics, techniques, andprocedures (TTP) the platoon uses to acquire information and provide security and protection for otherunits on the battlefield. It also covers a variety of supporting tasks and operations the platoon mustperform or coordinate, either as part of its reconnaissance and security missions or as assigned by thecommander.FM 17-98 is for leaders of scout platoons employing either M3-series cavalry fighting vehicles (CFV) orhigh-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles (HMMWV). This covers scout platoons of the armorbattalion,the mechanized infantry battalion, the heavy division, the heavy cavalry regiment, and the light cavalryregiment. The principles and TTP are also adaptable for scout platoons of the light divisionreconnaissance squadron.Users and readers of FM 17-98 are invited to submit recommendations that will improve itseffectiveness. Prepare comments usingDA Form 2028, if possible. A memorandum presentingrecommendations in a format similar to the form is acceptable as well. Send comments to Commander,USAARMC, ATTN: ATZK-TDD-P, Fort Knox, Kentucky 40121-5000.Unless otherwise stated, masculine nouns and pronouns do not refer exclusively to men.
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