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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.





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





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





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).





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





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





7.   Requested the barrier materials through the
appropriate channels.





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





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.





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





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





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





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

 


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