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191-379-4408 (SL4) - Plan Security for a Command Post (CP)

Standards: Developed a security plan that included all required elements to detect the enemy and to defend the CP before the enemy could move within direct-fire range.

Conditions: You are a military police (MP) platoon sergeant and your platoon has been given a mission to provide security for a CP. You will have orders; information on the size and layout of the CP (massed or dispersed); information on mission, enemy, terrain, troops, time available, and civilian considerations (METT-TC); and access to the provost marshal (PM) and headquarters personnel.

Standards: Developed a security plan that included all required elements to detect the enemy and to defend the CP before the enemy could move within direct-fire range.

Performance Steps

1.   Determine the number of personnel available to conduct CP security to include augmented personnel (for example, corps assets and the division band). Consider METT-TC and the CP size and layout.

Note.  For dispersed CPs, MP security is concentrated toward providing early warning through screening operations.  For massed CPs, the type of MP security provided depends on the presence or absence of augmentation. Only when a CP is massed can the MP provide close-in security through augmentation from corps assets.

2.   Identify personnel to secure critical facilities within the CP.

Note.  Critical facilities within the CP requiring security and controlled access include the tactical operations center, the war room, the communications center, the facilities for special intelligence, and the commander's quarters.

3.   Conduct reconnaissance of the routes to the CP and areas around it.

4.   Plan the best method and/or mix of forces for security, varying between massed and dispersed CPs, to include static posts, traffic control posts (TCPs), listening posts (LPs), observation posts (OPs), access control, mobile patrols, and quick-response forces (both organic and augmenting).

5.   Determine the number of personnel required to provide close-in security for the commander within the area of operations.

6.   Determine the amount of Class IX barrier materials needed.

7.   Request the barrier materials through the appropriate channels.

8.   Obtain an access list (of personnel authorized in the CP) from the PM or headquarters personnel.

9.   Prepare plans for the internal security of the CP. Coordinate directly with the existing security forces, access control personnel, Headquarters personnel, and the PM, as appropriate.

10. Plan for security of tactical CPs when established and when in transit.

11. Prepare a standing operating procedure (SOP) and/or special orders detailing duties, responsibilities, and procedures to be used to provide security to the CP.

12. Brief all soldiers included in the CP security on the tactical situation and the defensive plans.

Evaluation Preparation:

Setup: This task may be evaluated in the field or in a classroom environment. Provide the soldier with information on the size and layout of the CP (massed or dispersed), a map of the area, and METT-TC. The evaluator will act as PM and headquarters personnel and answer any questions the soldier may have for which information has not been provided.

Performance Measures

GO

NO GO

1.   Determined the number of personnel available to conduct CP security to include augmented personnel.

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2.   Identified personnel to secure critical facilities within the CP.

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3.   Conducted reconnaissance of the routes to the CP and areas around it.

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4.   Planned the best method and/or mix of forces for security varying between massed and dispersed CPs to include static posts, TCPs, LPs, OPs, access control, mobile patrols, and quick-response forces (both organic and augmenting).

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5.   Determined the number of personnel required to provide close-in security for the commander within the area of operations.

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6.   Determined the amount of Class IX barrier materials needed.

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7.   Requested the barrier materials through the appropriate channels.

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8.   Obtained an access list (of personnel authorized in the CP) from the PM or headquarters personnel.

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9.   Prepared plans for the internal security of the CP. Coordinated directly with the existing security forces, access control personnel, headquarters personnel, and the PM, as appropriate.

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10. Planned for security of tactical CPs when established and when in transit.

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11. Prepared an SOP and/or special orders detailing duties, responsibilities, and procedures to be used to provide security to the CP.

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12. Briefed all soldiers included in the CP security on the tactical situation and the defensive plans.

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Evaluation Guidance: Score the soldier GO if all performance measures are passed. Score the soldier NO GO if any performance measure is failed. If the soldier fails any performance measure, show him how to do it correctly.

References

 

Required

Related

 

FM 3-19.4