This SOP standardizes routine procedures forcombat operations, combat support (CS), and combat service support(CSS) within the platoon. It applies in all situations except whenmodified by platoon or higher orders.
All platoon soldiers will read and comply with theprovisions of this SOP.
This SOP will be issued to and maintained byall members of the scout platoon.
II. COMMAND AND CONTROL.
Command involves directing combat and support elements.Control entails the measures taken to ensure these directions arecarried out. To be effective, command and control must be kept assimple as possible. Key elements are leadership, training, a sound andthoroughly understood SOP, effective use of communications andcontrol measures, and constant situational awareness.
(1) A CFV scout platoon may be organized into a two-team, three-team, or six-vehicle organization based on the factors of mission, enemy, terrain and weather, troops, and time available(METT-T). The platoon leader positions himself where he can bestcontrol the platoon.(2) A HMMWV scout platoon may be organized into atwo-team, three-team, four-team, or eight-squad organization based onMETT-T. The platoon leader positions himself where he can bestcontrol the platoon; he and the platoon sergeant (PSG) should never bein the same team.(3) The platoon leader's key organizational challenge is touse the minimum degree of control required to synchronize operationswhile allowing his subordinates to execute decentralized decision-making as required by the mission. These considerations apply:(a) The platoon leader organizes the platoonbased on the mission received from the commander.