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this makes high ground more important. and not just the location of the RP. Rally points should be considered “temporary” stopovers to allow other members to catch up and regroup. Those items are. In many parts of Indiana. wide open spaces are not hard to find since most everything is farm country. and therefore. this same 5 acres may not be large enough to effectively hide vehicles. it increases your communications distance. If at all possible. radio transmissions can not reach as far when in a hole. it increases your teams’ combat effectiveness. Security The single most important factor to keep in mind when picking an RP is security. This guide will help you in determining where your rally points should be. low terrain is a weak position in the event that you have to fight your way out of the area. and/or plan your next move. 3.2 Ingress & Egress Your RP must be quickly accessible by a car. you must ensure the safety of your team first. long and wide fields of view become fields of fire. etc. do so only as necessary. Try to avoid dirt roads during the winter and spring months as these will become muddy. In the event that your RP becomes a fighting position.3 Elevation Elevation can work for you and against you at the same time. and it must have a minimum of at least 3 routes in and out.Indiana Sons Of Liberty (ISL) 1. you must keep the RP location secret amongst your team and command. Your RP should have clear visibility in all directions out to a range of at least 500 yards – more is better. A stand of trees of at least 5 acres in size is about the smallest that any one squad should consider using. weather will play a major part in route selection. try to locate the RP as close to a main. This means that you must be able to hide men and equipment such as vehicles. radio antennas. 3. and overall. For much of the southern half of the state. 2. and wait for orders. Regardless of how many RP’s you set up. 3.4 Fields of View The farther away that you can spot and identify HF’s. everyone within the ISL should have already pre-selected a rally point where you and your team can meet up. valley. hard surface road as you possibly can. you automatically put yourself at a tactical and communications disadvantage. And when this occurs. depression. During winter months.. Do not make your RP at the end of a dead end trail! Also. This provides enough depth that the risk of “sky lighting” is greatly reduced. etc. 3. Avoid making your RP’s in low areas. make your RP’s on elevated terrain.MAY 2009) Page 2 of 4 . power generators. which will provide you with a greater field of view allowing earlier detection of hostile forces (HF). but also the security and safety of yourself and that of your team. even if camouflaged. and could easily double the acreage required to hide the same size force. Location Selecting the best RP location requires satisfying several items of importance. A good place to set up an RP would be near an intersection. and this is very important to remember. Also. RP will mean “Rally Point”. 3. the better chance of survival you and your team will have. Introduction Chances are there will come a time when you and your team will be activated. If you make your RP in a low spot.1 Cover & Concealment Your RP should be easy to hide in. the terrain changes drastically to hills. If there is a need to communicate the location of your RP to a unit outside of your immediate command. ISL-DOC2 Rally Points (Rev 1 . If dirt roads are unavoidable. From this point forward. Generally speaking.
or city that affords HF’s the most efficient means for containment.Indiana Sons Of Liberty (ISL) 3. Figure 1 ISL-DOC2 Rally Points (Rev 1 . Since the majority of the population resides inside cities and towns. HF’s will attempt to hold a perimeter with as few personnel as possible. it’s best to select a location outside of the NPZ’s. As a rule of thumb. around a city or town. ditches. there may be a freeway that encompasses the area. town. as well as keeping rescue forces out. and use other barriers such as building. Determining where HF’s might set up their perimeter can be challenging. For example. The standard tactic used by HF’s to control people is containment. and freeways to take the place of manpower. that being that a perimeter will be created around the target area to keep the inhabitants from escaping. to entire Army groups the world over. This is also true for individual households. This would be a NPZ because it would provide a means for hostile forces to move around the outside. to contain and control these people requires the creation of a perimeter around a specific area. When selecting an RP. This tactic is used from small police forces.MAY 2009) Page 3 of 4 . and the freeway acts as a natural barricade to people trying to leave the area.5 Natural Perimeter Zone (NPZ) An NPZ refers to features around a house.
However. etc. proceed to RP Bravo and wait again for at least 1 hour. Bravo. ISL-DOC2 Rally Points (Rev 1 . Once communications have been established. If Alpha has been over run. but not more than 2 hours. Communication is vital to ISL units on the outside of the NPZ as it provides valuable intelligence to other units.1 State No RP’s will be maintained at the state level. or it is night time. increase wait times and increase the number of personnel on perimeter security. remove dome lights from cars. This will ensure that you will not forget their location. Repeat in the same manner if necessary if there are anymore RP’s designated. 4. strict light and sound discipline should be followed – no flashlights. It’s important to identify the outer most NPZ ring and locate your RP’s outside of these areas. they will be created as required. RP Responsibility The ultimate responsibility for establishing RP’s will be up to individual commanders from the lowest ranking ISL member. 5. If all communication is lost with other ISL members while in-route to. and nor should they know the location of other RP’s outside their own AO. and will follow the same format as battalion. it’s important to have reliable. 5. or while in the RP. or NPZ. attempt to make contact with other ISL units in your area. long-range communication to other ISL units outside of the containment area.MAY 2009) Page 4 of 4 . and allows for coordinated rescue efforts. try to keep the number of RP’s in one county. 5. For night. designated Alpha. However. If an RP is required to facilitate state level operations. 5. no smoking. Charlie. In the event of a “GO” condition or order from higher command authority. to less than 4. Although the sizes of the NPZ’s shown are probably much larger than what might be feasible for a given HF strength. any intelligence information that you may have gathered should be broadcast at that time. NPZ’s will more than likely be smaller areas such as city blocks. are examples of what multiple NPZ’s might look like. Trapped In the event that you or your team becomes trapped within an NPZ. Secrecy of the RP’s is paramount for the survival of individual units! A minimum of 2 RP’s should be created for each level of command. and for all other levels below that of battalion. All personnel within the battalion should muster at the battalions RP’s per the 1-hour interval method stated earlier.3 Battalion The Battalion CO is responsible for the creation of all RP’s in the battalion to include his or her own command staff and personnel. ISL members should gather at RP Alpha and wait for at least 1 hour. RP’s should not be more than 30 minutes drive between each other for a given county. etc. longer if necessary. Commanders are not responsible for the creation of RP’s outside their area of operations (AO) or command.Indiana Sons Of Liberty (ISL) In Figure 1. shown outlined in red. at the battalion CO level.2 Brigade The Brigade CO’s are only responsible for the creation of RP’s within their home battalion/county. to the very top. The number of RP’s will be based on the time required to drive from one RP to the next. Once situated at one of the RP’s and a secure perimeter has been established. disable day-time running lamps if possible. it does illustrate areas where ISL personnel may become trapped in a containment operation.
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