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Plan Security for a Command Post (CP)

Develop a security plan that includes all required elements to detect the enemy and to defend the CP before the enemy can move within direct-fire range

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Plan Security for a Command Post (CP)

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FM 3-19.4

STP 21-24-SMCT


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.


Develop a security plan that includes all required elements to detect the enemy and to defend the CP before the enemy can move within direct-fire range.


METT-TC – mission, enemy, terrain, troops, time available, civilian considerations

OCOKA – Observation and fields of fire, Cover and concealment, Obstacles, Key terrain, Avenues of approach

TCP – traffic control point

LP/OP – listening post/observation post

Class IV supplies – construction/barrier material

Glossary continued:

Provost Marshal (PM) – Commander/supervisor of MPs; a senior staff member

Screening mission – defensive series of OP’S and patrols; provides early warning/detection

R&S – reconnaissance and surveillance/security

G2/S2 – Intelligence/Security Staff section

QRF – quick-response force

DTOC – division tactical operations center

Performance Steps 1-3:

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

Identify personnel to secure critical facilities within the CP.

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

Performance Steps 4-6:

Plan the best method and/or mix of forces for security, varying between massed and dispersed CPs, to include static posts, TCPs, LP/OPs, access control, mobile patrols, and QRF (both organic and augmenting).

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

Determine the amount of Class IV barrier materials needed.

Performance Steps 7-9:

Request the barrier materials through appropriate channels.

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

Prepare plans for the internal security of the CP.

Performance Steps 10-12:

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

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

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

FM 3-19.4 pertaining to Bands:

Example of a massed CP:



Main security effort is to provide early warning and detection of threat.

Glossary of terms:


LP/OP; Screening Mission; QRF

Class IV Supplies

Massed vs. dispersed CP

Access list

Use existing SOPs

Brief all soldiers

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