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191-379-5400 (SL4) - Form the Platoon into a Riot Control Formation

Standards: Issued the correct commands and made on-the-spot corrections to ensure that the platoon correctly executed and formed into one of the following three formations: 1. Platoon line, platoon line with one squad in general support, platoon line with one squad in lateral support, and platoon line with one squad in close support. 2. Platoon echelon, right (or left); platoon echelon, right (or left) with one squad in general support; platoon echelon, right (or left) with one squad in lateral support; and platoon echelon, right (or left) with one squad in close support. 3. Platoon wedge, platoon wedge with one squad in general support, platoon wedge with one squad in lateral support, and platoon wedge with one squad in close support. Reassembled the platoon from a riot control formation.

Conditions: Given a mission to conduct riot control formations and a platoon of soldiers fully equipped with riot control gear.

Standards: Issued the correct commands and made on-the-spot corrections to ensure that the platoon correctly executed and formed into one of the following three formations:

1. Platoon line, platoon line with one squad in general support, platoon line with one squad in lateral support, and platoon line with one squad in close support.
2. Platoon echelon, right (or left); platoon echelon, right (or left) with one squad in general support; platoon echelon, right (or left) with one squad in lateral support; and platoon echelon, right (or left) with one squad in close support.
3. Platoon wedge, platoon wedge with one squad in general support, platoon wedge with one squad in lateral support, and platoon wedge with one squad in close support.
Reassembled the platoon from a riot control formation.

 

Performance Steps

Note. The platoon formation is selected depending on the crowd structure and temperament. Any size squad, platoon, or larger unit may be employed, and a crowd control formation can be adapted to fit the unit organization. For these formations, such as the four-squad platoon, see FM 19-15, chapter 8.

1.   Form the platoon in a platoon line (figure 191-379-5400-1).


Figure 191-379-5400-1. Platoon Line

a. Give the preparatory command, "Platoon as skirmishers," while simultaneously using hand and arm signals. (Raise both arms straight out to the side, arms and hands extended, palms down.)

b. Give the execution command, "Move," and at the same time, point to the place where you want the formation. Ensure that the following occur:

(1)  Squad leaders of first and second squads must give the command, "Follow me," while the leader of the third squad gives the command, "Stand fast."

(2)  Ensure that the number two member of the second squad is the base member for the formation. The rest of the second squad forms a line to the right of the base member. The first squad forms a line to the left.

(3)  Ensure that the squad leader of the third squad commands, "Follow me," after the first and second squads have assumed their positions.

(4)  Ensure that the third squad forms a line to the right of the second squad.

Note. All squads dress on the second squad.

2.   Form the platoon in a platoon line with one squad in general support.

a. Form the platoon line with one squad in general support in a column of twos (figure 191-379-5400-2).


Figure 191-379-5400-2. Platoon Line with One Squad in General Support in a Column of Twos

(1)  Give the command, "Platoon as skirmishers, second support in a column of twos."

(2)  Ensure that the leaders of the first and third squads command, "Follow me," and that the leader of the second squad commands, "Stand fast."

(3)  Give the command; "Move," and point to the place where you want the formation. The first and third squads move forward to their appointed place (the number 2 member of the first squad is the base member for the formation). The second squad, at the command of its squad leader, executes a column of twos to the right.

b. Form the platoon in a platoon line with one squad in support in a single column (figure 191-379-5400-3). The support squad, usually the second squad, may also be formed in a single column. The command is, "Platoon as skirmishers, second in support, move." The first and third squads execute the formation, while the second squad remains in column formation.


Figure 191-379-5400-3. Platoon Line with One Squad in Support in a Single Column

3.   Form the platoon in a platoon line with one squad in lateral support (figure 191-379-5400-4).


Figure 191-379-5400-4. Platoon Line with One Squad in Lateral Support

a. Give the command, "Platoon as skirmishers, second squad in lateral support."

b. Give the command, "Move," and point to the place where you want the formation.

c. Ensure that after the first squad forms a line to the left of the base member, the third squad forms a line to the right of the base member. After the line has been formed, the squad leader for the second squad commands, "Odd numbered soldiers, follow me," and the assistant squad leader commands, "Even numbered soldiers, follow me." The odd numbered soldiers move out to the left and form a column behind the last soldier in the third squad. The even numbered soldiers move out to the right and form a column behind the last soldier in the first squad.

4.   Form the platoon in a platoon line with one squad in close support (figure 191-379-5400-5).


Figure 191-379-5400-5. Platoon Line with One Squad in Close Support

a. Give the command, "Platoon as skirmishers, second in close support." The first and third squads will execute a line as in step 1.

b. Ensure that the leaders of the second squad command, "Stand fast."

c. Ensure that after the first and third squads move to the appointed place and execute the line, the second squad executes a similar line to the rear of the leading line. The second squad forms to the right of its base soldier. The second squad can be shifted to the right or left to support any segment of the formation.

Note. Make sure the second squad closes and covers the intervals between the elements in the leading line.

5.   Form the platoon in a platoon echelon right (or left) (figure 191-379-5400-6).


Figure 191-379-5400-6. Platoon Echelon, Right

a. Give the command, "Platoon echelon, right (or left)."

b. Give the command, "Move," and point to where you want the formation.

c. Give hand signals with the voice commands. Extend one arm 45 degrees above and the other 45 degrees below the horizon, arms and hands extended. (When facing the platoon, the upper arm indicates the direction of the echelon.)

d. Ensure that the first squad leader commands, "Follow me," and the squad executes an echelon right.

e. Ensure that the second and third squad leaders command, "Stand fast."

f.  Ensure that as each squad clears the column, the next squad moves to extend the echelon formed by the preceding squad.

Note.  For an echelon left, the third squad executes echelon left with the rest of the squads following.

6.   Form the platoon in a platoon echelon, right (or left) with one support squad in general support the same as with the line (figure 191-379-5400-7).


Figure 191-379-5400-7. Platoon Echelon, Right with One Squad in General Support

a. Give the command, "Platoon echelon, right (or left), second squad in general support."

b. Give the command, "Move," and point to the place where you want the formation.

c. Give hand signals with the voice commands. Extend one arm 45 degrees above and the other 45 degrees below the horizon, arms and hands extended. (When facing the platoon, the upper arm indicates the direction of the echelon.)

d. Ensure that the first squad leader commands, "Follow me," and that the squad executes an echelon right (or left).

e. Ensure that the second and third squad leaders command, "Stand fast."

f.  Ensure that as the first squad clears the column, the third squad moves to extend the echelon formed by the first squad. The second squad, at the command of its squad leader, executes a column of twos to the right (or left).

7.   Form the platoon in a platoon echelon, right (or left) with one support squad in lateral support the same as with the line (figure 191-379-5400-8).

 


Figure 191-379-5400-8. Platoon Echelon, Left with One Squad in Lateral Support

a. Give the command, "Platoon echelon, right (or left), second squad in lateral support."

b. Give the command, "Move," and point to the place where you want the formation.

c. Give hand signals with the voice commands. Extend one arm 45 degrees above and the other 45 degrees below the horizon, arms and hands extended. (When facing the platoon, the upper arm indicates the direction of the echelon.)

d. Ensure that the first squad leader commands, "Follow me," and that the squad executes an echelon right (or left).

e. Ensure that the second and third squad leaders command, "Stand fast."

f.  Ensure that as the first squad clears the column, the third squad moves to extend the echelon formed by the first squad. After the echelon has formed, the squad leader for the second squad commands, "Odd numbered soldiers, follow me," and the assistant squad leader commands, "Even numbered soldiers, follow me." The odd numbered soldiers move out to the right (or left) and form a column behind the last soldier in the third squad. The even numbered soldiers move out to the left (or right) and form a column behind the first soldier in the first squad.

8.   Form the platoon in a platoon echelon, right (or left) with one support squad in close support the same as with the line (figure 191-379-5400-9).


Figure 191-379-5400-9. Platoon Echelon, Left with One Squad in Close Support

a. Give the command, "Platoon echelon, right (or left), second squad in close support."

b. Give the command, "Move," and point to the place where you want the formation.

c. Give hand signals with the voice commands. Extend one arm 45 degrees above and the other 45 degrees below the horizon, arms and hands extended. (When facing the platoon, the upper arm indicates the direction of the echelon.)

d. Ensure that the first squad leader commands, "Follow me," and that the squad executes an echelon right (or left).

e. Ensure that the second and third squad leaders command, "Stand fast."

f.  Ensure that as the first squad clears the column, the third squad moves to extend the echelon formed by the first squad. After the echelon has formed, the second squad executes a similar echelon to the rear of the leading echelon. The second squad will form to the right (or left) of its base soldier. The second squad can be shifted to the right or left to support any segment of the formation.

9.   Form the platoon in a platoon wedge (figure 191-379-5400-10).


Figure 191-379-5400-10. Platoon Wedge

a. Give the command, "Platoon wedge," followed by the command, "Move." Give hand signals with the commands. Extend both arms down to the sides at an angle of 45 degrees below the horizon, palms down and towards the body. Then point to where you want the formation as you give the command of execution.

b. Ensure that the first and third squad leaders command, "Follow me," while the second squad leader commands, "Stand fast."

c. Ensure that the first and third squads move to the front and, when the last element of the squads have cleared the front of the second squad, the second squad leader commands, "Follow me." The squad moves to the left and right respectively.

d. Ensure that the third squad executes an echelon right off the number 2 member (the base member) and the first squad executes an echelon left.

e. Ensure that the odd-numbered soldiers of the second squad form an echelon left on the rear element of the first squad and the even-numbered soldiers form an echelon right on the rear element of the third squad.

10. Form the platoon in a platoon wedge with one squad in general support in a column of twos (figure 191-379-5400-11).


Figure 191-379-5400-11. Platoon Wedge with One Squad in General Support in a Column of Twos

a. Give the command, "Platoon wedge, second squad in support in a column of twos, move."

b. Ensure that the first and third squads execute the wedge and the second squad, at the command of its squad leader, executes a column of twos to the right.

Note. The support squad, usually the second squad, may also be formed in a single column. The command for this would be, "Platoon wedge, second in support, move." The first and third squads execute the formation, while the second squad remains in column formation.

11. Form the platoon in a platoon wedge with one squad in lateral support (figure 191-379-5400-12).


Figure 191-379-5400-12. Platoon Wedge with One Squad in Lateral Support

a. Give the command, "Platoon wedge, second squad in lateral support, move." The first and third squads execute the wedge, while the second squad stands fast.

b. Ensure that after the wedge has been formed, the squad leader for the second squad commands, "Odd-numbered soldiers, follow me," and the assistant squad leader commands, "Even-numbered soldiers, follow me." The odd-numbered soldiers move out to the left and form a column behind the last soldier in the third squad. The even-numbered soldiers move out to the right and form a column behind the last soldier in the first squad.

c. Give the command, "Second squad, lateral support, move," to move the second squad from general support to lateral support.

d. Give the command, "Second squad, extend the wedge, move," to have the second squad join the wedge from either general support or lateral support. The second squad leader and the assistant squad leader command, "Follow me," and move out to the left and right, respectively, to extend the wedge on the first and third squads.

12. Form the platoon in a platoon wedge with one squad in close support (figure 191-379-5400-13).


Figure 191-379-5400-13. Platoon Wedge with One Squad in Close Support

a. Give the command, "Platoon wedge, second squad in close support, move."

b. Ensure that the first and third squads execute a wedge. The second squad executes a squad wedge behind, and centered on, the leading wedge.

c. Ensure that the members in the supporting wedge cover the intervals between members in the leading wedge.

13. Reassemble the platoon from a formation.

a. Move to the rear of the platoon where you want the platoon members to assemble and give the command, "Platoon assemble, move," while making a circular motion above your head with your right hand.

b. Ensure that the number two members (base member) of each squad do an about face and all other squad members do a facing movement toward their number two member.

c. Ensure that the platoon comes to port arms upon hearing the command, "Platoon assemble."

d. Ensure that upon the command, "Move," the second squad leader commands, "Follow me." The first and third squad leaders command, "Stand fast."

e. Ensure that as the second squad clears the formation, the first and third squad leaders command, "Follow me." The first and third squads follow, moving at double time, and dress to the right of the third squad until the platoon is fully formed.

 

Performance Measures

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1.   Formed the platoon in a platoon line.

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2.   Formed the platoon in a platoon line with one squad in general support.

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3.   Formed the platoon in a platoon line with one squad in lateral support.

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4.   Formed the platoon in a platoon line with one squad in close support.

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5.   Formed the platoon in a platoon echelon right (or left).

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6.   Formed the platoon in a platoon echelon right (or left) with one support squad in general support the same as with the line.

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7.   Formed the platoon in a platoon echelon right (or left) with one support squad in lateral support the same as with the line.

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8.   Formed the platoon in a platoon echelon right (or left) with one support squad in close support the same as with the line.

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9.   Formed the platoon in a platoon wedge.

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10. Formed the platoon in a platoon wedge with one squad in general support in a column of twos.

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11. Formed the platoon in a platoon wedge with one squad in lateral support.

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12. Formed the platoon in a platoon wedge with one squad in close support.

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13. Reassembled the platoon from a formation.

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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 19-15