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071-326-3013 (SL3) - Conduct a Tactical Road March

Created by: Team Quinstreet
Posted : Monday January 01, 1900

Standards: Within the time allowed in your warning order, planned, organized, and conducted a tactical road march from one point to an assembly area, and secured the assembly area.

Conditions:
You are an acting platoon sergeant/platoon
leader given a platoon with TOE weapons,
personnel, equipment, operational vehicles
with BII, a 1:50,000 military map of the
road march area, a warning order, and an
overlay of your route. You are under radio
listening silence until detected or engaged
or when a SPOTREP/STATREP must be sent.

Standards:
Within the time allowed in your warning
order, planned, organized, and conducted a
tactical road march from one point to an
assembly area, and secured the assembly
area.

Performance
Steps

1.  Control actions
in assembly area.


a.
Ensure quartering party
NCO guides section/platoon into
area.

b.
Clear section/platoon
release point quickly.

c. Ensure one man for each
vehicle mans weapon, monitors radio,
and observes vehicle sector.

d.
Set up OPs.

e.
Check primary positions
and sectors; adjust if necessary.

f. 
Camouflage positions.

g.
Start rest plan.

h.
Ensure range cards are
prepared.

i.  
Locate troop command
post.

j.  
Coordinate with flank
elements.

k.
Select and prepare
alternate positions.

l.  
Prepare the platoon fire
plan, brief the vehicles commanders,
and send a copy of the plan to troop
commander.

m.  
Ensure maintenance is
performed.

n.
Check personnel and
equipment status; report to platoon
leader/team/troop commander.

o.
Resupply.

p.
Check security.

2.   Plan sequence for a tactical road march.

a. Prepare and issue your warning order.

b. Prepare an estimate of the situation.

c. Organize and dispatch reconnaissance and quartering parties in
accordance with unit SOP.

d. Prepare detailed movement plans.

(1)  Organize the march.

(2) 
Review reconnaissance
information.

e.
Prepare and issue the
complete march order.

3.   Issue the march order. The order includes-

a.
Destination (map).

b.
Route of march (map).

c.
Location of start point
(SP), critical points, and release
point (map).

d.
Start point time.

e.
March interval (in
meters).

f. 
March speed.

g.
Catch-up speed.

h.
Time to leave present
position.

i.  
Order of march.

4.   Organize the march.

a.
Ensure that march
columns, regardless of size, are
composed of three elements: head,
main body, and trail.

(1) 
The head is the first
vehicle of the column and normally
sets the pace.

(2) 
The main body is made
up of the major elements of column
serials and march units.

(3) 
The trail party follows
the march column and includes
personnel and equipment needed for
emergency vehicle repair and
recovery, medical aid and
evaluation, and unscheduled
refueling.

b.
Ensure that vehicle
commanders assign sectors of
observation so there is 360-degree
observation around their vehicles. 
Each vehicle commander must
designate an airguard to provide air
security.

5.   Control the march.

a.
Follow the route
specified in the warning order.

b.
Enter the route of march
at the SP.

c.
Adjust the march at
critical points if movement is slow
or difficult or where vehicles may
lose their way.

d.
Release sections to their
mission responsibilities.

e.
Ensure march speed and
catch-up speeds are specified in the
 warning
order.

f. 
Maintain the order of
march. This includes order of squads
in the column and vehicles in the
section.

g.
Maintain the march
interval.

h.
Close the column
intervals during periods of limited
visibility.

i.  
Open the column during
periods of good visibility.

6.   Control actions at halts.

a.
Establish security
off-road (when possible).

b. Man weapons and radio on
each vehicle; ensure each vehicle
sector is observed.

c.
Maintain air guard.

d.
Dismount OP if visibility
is poor.

e.
Post guides to help other
traffic pass.

f. 
Determine cause of halt
(if unscheduled).

g.
Eliminate cause of halt.

h.
Report status to platoon
leader/troop commander.

i.  
Perform maintenance at
scheduled halts.

Evaluation
Preparation:

Setup:
At the test site, provide all equipment and
materials given in the task conditions
statement, and the opportunity to issue a
warning order. The task is performed along
the specified route within the time allowed
in your warning order. This task is
performed as part of field training
exercises.

Brief
Soldier:
You are required to conduct a
tactical road march using the equipment
stated in the task conditions statement and
route specified in your warning order.

Performance
Measures

GO

NO
GO

1.   Conducted each step in the planning sequence for a
tactical road march.





2.   Ensured all actions in the assembly area were
performed.





3.   Issued the march order in its entirety.





4.   Identified two of the three elements of the march
columns.





5.   Organized the march.





6.   Ensured all actions at halts were performed.





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 scores NO GO, show
what was done wrong and how to do it
correctly.

References

 

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