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Scout Platoon SOP.fksm17!98!3

Scout Platoon SOP.fksm17!98!3

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FORT KNOXFKSM 17-98-3SUPPLEMENTALUS Army Armor Center & SchoolMATERIAL No 17-98-3Fort Knox, KY, November 1994
SCOUT PLATOON SOP
TABLE OF CONTENTSPage
PREFACE................................................................................iiI. GENERAL.........................................................................1a. Purpose........................................................................1b. Scope...........................................................................1c. Distribution....................................................................1II. COMMAND AND CONTROL............................................1a. Organization.................................................................1b. Succession of Command.............................................2c. Troop-Leading Procedures...........................................3d. Orders..........................................................................5e. Communications..........................................................20f. Terrain Index Reference System.................................22g. Security Readiness Conditions....................................23h. Attachments and Detachments...................................24III. TACTICAL OPERATIONS ...............................................25a. Precombat Operations................................................25b. Quartering Parties.......................................................26c. Assembly Areas..........................................................27d. Tactical Road Marches................................................29e. Reconnaissance Missions ...........................................31f. Screen Missions..........................................................34g. Fire Support.................................................................45h. Air Defense .................................................................47i. NBC Operations..........................................................48 j. Passage of Lines.........................................................59k. Limited Visibility Operations.........................................61ANNEX A ALARMS AND SIGNALS..............................A-1ANNEX B PRECOMBAT CHECKLIST..........................B-1ANNEX C REPORTS.....................................................C-1ANNEX D OPERATIONAL TERMS...............................D-1ANNEX E CONTINGENCY PLANS...............................E-1ANNEX F COORDINATION CHECKLISTS ...................F-1ANNEX G PATROL DEBRIEFING.................................G-1GLOSSARY...............................................................Glossary-1
 
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PREFACE
The purpose of this supplemental material is to provide you, thescout platoon leader, with a standardized means by which to operateyour platoon effectively. It is the responsibility of each leader toimprove the combat readiness of his unit. Fundamental to achievingthis goal are thorough knowledge and complete understanding of theunit’s standing operating procedures (SOP).This SOP will assist you in improving and maintaining thereadiness of your platoon. You may adapt any part of it as needed tofit your unit's mission requirements. The SOP, however, is not asubstitute for good tactical training. Use it to supplement and enhanceyour training program as you prepare the scout platoon for combat.This publication is provided for resident and nonresidentinstruction at the US Army Armor School. It reflects the currentthought of the school and conforms to published Department of theArmy doctrine.The scout platoon SOP is available on computer disk inMicrosoft Word for Windows and ASCII formats. Commanders andplatoon leaders are authorized to modify the SOP and publish theirown versions, incorporating tactics, techniques, and procedures toreflect the unique SOP requirements of their platoons and higherheadquarters.
NOTE:
Users are requested to inform the Armor School of changesthey make to the electronic scout platoon SOP. This will helpthe school's doctrine developers and instructors to stay currenton SOP requirements in the field and will aid in future doctrineand training development. Annotate any modifications andsend a copy of those pages to Commandant, US Army ArmorSchool, ATTN: ATSB-SBB-D, Fort Knox, KY 40121-5200.Information on obtaining this publication, including thecomputer disk version, is available from Commander, US ArmyArmor Center, ATTN: ATZK-IMO-RS, Fort Knox, KY 40121-5000.Phone numbers are (502) 624-2987/5848 and DSN 464-2987/5848.Unless otherwise stated, masculine nouns and pronouns do notrefer exclusively to men.This publication supersedes FKSM 17-98-3, May 1988.
 
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I. GENERAL.
a. Purpose.
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.
b. Scope.
All platoon soldiers will read and comply with theprovisions of this SOP.
c. Distribution.
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.
a. Organization.
(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.

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