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551-721-3348 - Perform Duties of a Serial March Unit Commander

Standards: You must enforce correct communication and driving procedures to prevent damage to vehicles, equipment, or physical surroundings, and without causing injury to personnel.

551-721-3348

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CONDITIONS

You are required to perform duties as a serial/march unit commander. Given a briefing by the convoy commander, unit Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), a route map, and a minimum of 20 vehicles.

STANDARDS

You must enforce correct communication and driving procedures to prevent damage to vehicles, equipment, or physical surroundings, and without causing injury to personnel.

TRAINING AND EVALUATION


Training Information Outline

1. Perform pre-departure checks/duties.

a. Check to see that before-operations checks have been performed.

(1) Check air hose couplings for proper connection and leakage.

(2) Check oil and lubrication levels.

(3) Check cooling systems for proper coolant level and leakage.

(4) Check brakes.

(5) Check tires for cuts and general condition.

(6) Check batteries for obvious defect, such as cracked case, burnt, broken or loose battery terminals.

b. Check lineup of vehicles.

(1) Ensure march columns, regardless of size, have three parts. A head is the first task vehicle of the column in the order of march.

(2) Ensure the main body of the column follows immediately after the first task vehicle.

(3) Ensure the trail is the last element of the march column.

c. Check to see that vehicles are properly marked.

(1) Place a blue flag on the front of the first task vehicle.

(2) Place a green flag on the rear vehicle.

(3) Place a black and white flag on the convoy commander or serial commander vehicle.

(4) Place a "convoy follows" sign on the front of the first task vehicle.

(5) Place a "convoy ahead" sign on the rear of the last vehicle.

(6) Place a "convoy commander" sign on the front and rear of the convoy commander's vehicle.

d. Select pacesetter.

(1) This is normally an officer or senior noncommissioned officer (SNCO) at the head to ensure that the column is following the proper route.

(2) The pacesetter rides in the first vehicle and sets the pace necessary to meet the travel schedule.

(3) This officer or SNCO also checks at scheduled points and receives orders or changes in orders.

e. Check weapons on the vehicles to make sure they are operational.

(1) Correct existing minor deficiencies on the spot.

(2) If major deficiencies exist, have the weapon and vehicle returned to the parent unit an_ request an operational replacement.

f. Check to ensure that the sandbags are installed correctly on the floor of the troop-carrying vehicles and on the cab floors of all vehicles.

(1) Cover the floors of troop-carrying vehicles with at least a double interlocking layer of sandbags.

(2) Cover the cab floors of all vehicles with a double layer of sandbags under the driver's seat.

g. Check the cargo to ensure it is secured and covered correctly.

(1) Cover the cargo to protect it from being damaged by prevailing weather conditions.

(2) Cover the cargo if necessary to deny intelligence information while providing protection from elements.

h. Brief the drivers on the rules of the road, traffic laws and regulations, speed limits, time and distance gaps, routing plans, review schedules, and march discipline.

i. Give the signal/order to start engine.

j. Give the signal/order to move out.

2. Enforce the correct driving procedures while the convoy is underway.

3. Instruct drivers at halt checks/duties.

a. Inform the drivers of details at halts.

(1) Time, duration, and purpose of convoy operations.

(2) Review the location of convoy.

(3) Review the duties of personnel during the convoy.

b. Control activities of the drivers.

(1) Tell the drivers to inspect their vehicles and loads.

(2) Tell the drivers to perform at-halt maintenance.

c. Check to see that the drivers are performing during operational checks.

(1) Tell the drivers to perform necessary during operation checks using the appropriate -10 manual.

(2) Tell the drivers to check for and have items repaired, fill fluid levels or adjust drive belts or other items.

d. Check the security of the loads.

e. Check to see that the area is policed before moving out.

f. Give the signal/order to reform and start engines.

g. Give the signal/order to move out.

4. Perform all required checks/duties at the release point.

a. Update the drivers on additional orders/instructions from the convoy commander.

(1) Instruct the drivers to comply with the SOP in dispersing their vehicles.

(2) Inform the drivers of the time and place to assemble for the return trip.

b. Check to see that after-operation checks are performed.

(1) Tell the drivers to perform necessary after-operational checks using the appropriate -10 manual.

(2) Tell the drivers to check for and have repaired all discrepancies found, fill fluid levels, or adjust drive belts or other items.

c. Recommend disciplinary action for those drivers who violated driving rules during the convoy operation.

d. Dismiss drivers.

Evaluation Preparation

Setup: Evaluate this task during a field training exercise or normal training session. Brief Airmen: Tell the airman he will be evaluated on his ability to properly perform duties as a serial/march unit commander.

Evaluation Guide

Performance Measure

Results

 

 

 

1. Performs pre-departure checks/duties.

a. Checks to see that before-operation checks have been performed.

b. Checks the lineup of vehicle.

c. Checks to see that vehicles are properly marked.

d. Selects a pacesetter.

e. Checks the weapons on the vehicles to make sure they are operational.

(1) If minor deficiencies exist, have them corrected on the spot.

(2) If major deficiencies exist, have the weapon and vehicle returned to the parent unit and request an operational replacement.

f. Checks to ensure that the sandbags are installed correctly on the floor of troop-carrying vehicles and on the cab floors of all vehicles.

g. Checks the cargo to ensure it is secured and covered correctly.

h. Briefs the drivers.

i. Gives the signal/order to start engine.

j. Gives the signal/order to move out.

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F

2. Enforces correct driving procedures while the convoy is underway.

P

F

3. Performs at halt checks/duties.

a. Informs the drivers of details at halts.

b. Controls the activities of the drivers.

c. Checks to see that the drivers are performing during operational checks.

d. Checks the security of loads.

e. Checks to see that the area is policed.

f. Gives the signal/order to reform and start engines.

g. Gives the signal/order to move out.

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F

4. Performs all required checks/duties at the release point.

a. Tells the drivers about any additional orders/ instructions of the convoy commander.

b. Checks to see that after-operation checks are performed.

c. Recommends disciplinary action for those drivers who violated driving rules during the convoy operation.

d. Dismisses the drivers.

P

F

Feedback

Score personnel GO if all steps are passed. Score personnel NO-GO if any step is failed. If personnel fail any step, show what was done wrong and how to do it correctly.

REFERENCE

FM 21-10

Field Hygiene and Sanitation

FM 21-60

Visual Signals

FM 55-10

Movement Control in a Theater of Operations

FM 55-30

Army Motor Transport Units and Operations

TM -10 series