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Infantry Brigade Combat Team Unit of Action

Although the exact configuration of units will vary, the Army has identified a basic Infantry UA design. Depending upon mission requirements, these units could be delivered by parachute or helicopter. The Infantry UAs will consist of approximately 3,000 soldiers and will be composed of the following subordinate units:

  • One Brigade Troops Battalion including the UA staff, a military police (MP) platoon, a signal company, an intelligence company, an engineer company, and a fire support coordination cell.
  • One Reconnaissance, Surveillance, and Target Acquisition (RSTA) Battalion with both motorized and dismounted reconnaissance units; a surveillance unit including ground radars, sensors, and unmanned aerial vehicles; and a forward support company. The light Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the past had no organic brigade level reconnaissance. It used the scouts of its battalions and either pulled them up to the brigade or just left them down there at battalion level so now there is an entire battalion for that same Brigade Combat Team.
  • Two Infantry Battalions consisting of three rifle companies and one combat support company each; and a forward support company, capable of moving one company by truck.
  • One Strike Battalion consisting of a target acquisition platoon, an unmanned aerial vehicle unit, a forward support company, and two batteries of towed artillery.
  • One Support Battalion consisting of a transport platoon capable of moving almost an entire infantry battalion by truck.

The Infantry UA will be equipped with a network battle command system and will receive augmentation from an Aviation UA when the mission dictates.

Because of the infantry brigade's flexible design, it is highly capable in mixed terrain defense, urban combat, mobile security missions, and stability operations, additionally, it has sufficient motor transport to support most missions.The following are key doctrinal characteristics:

  • Greater network connectivity and additional fire and air support parties distributed throughout the organization would make better use of non-organic lethal and suppressive fire support.
  • More experienced staff and higher ratio of senior field leadership to personnel enabling the
  • Brigade Command teams enhanced effectiveness.
  • Increased reconnaissance and surveillance capabilities.
  • Optimized for high tempo offensive operations against both conventional and unconventional forces in multiple combat situations including rugged and mixed terrain defense, urban combat, mobile security missions, and stability operations.
  • Employ fewer long-range anti-tank systems while utilizing multi-purpose direct fire weapons.
  • Maintain better suppression and rapid response precision because of self-contained close-fire support.
  • Highly deployable and versatile, enabling contribution to joint team missions.
  • Maintain full-time all around security for all organic and attached elements in any mission context.
  • Function without drawing on line company strength to secure and protect command posts, combat support organizations and combat service support units.
  • Highly mobile with the ability to transport nearly all assets by organic motor transport.
  • Brigade is totally transportable by rotary wing aircraft.

The reorganization placed things like engineer capabilities within the maneuver battalions of the Heavy Brigade Combat Team or within the brigade troops battalion of the Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT). When 3rd Infantry Division went to the National Training Center as a prototype with an early model, the Army learned some things that were very good, but the Soldiers said there are some things that were missed that need to be improved. For example, the brigade troops battalion is a single place where which can receive attachments and can place intelligence, signal, MP's all under a unified battalion headquarters. The problem was it initially wasn't robust enough. They did a good rotation that first time out, but the feedback was that it overstressed a small group of people, so TRADOC had to add a little more capability, in terms of both networking and people, into that brigade troops battalion so, it was a good idea, it worked, but it was made better.

4/10th MTN BCT/UA Major Systems
358 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs) (all variants)
234 Medium Tactical Vehicles (MTVs) (all variants)
Engineer Equipment
4 SEE Tractors
1 2.5 Cubic yard bucket loader
Weapon Systems
16 M119A2 105 millimeter Howitzers
28 Tube-launched, Optically tracked, Wire-guided missiles (TOW)
6 M24 Sniper rifles
391 Grenade Launchers
24 Mortars
66 Javelin
Intelligence Systems
1 RQ-7A Shadow 200 Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (TUAVs)
2 Prophet signals intelligence systems
3242Battalion TOTAL
145Headquarters and Headquarters Company
3111 Brigade Troops Battalion
Headquarters and Headquarters Company
Signal Company
Engineer Company
Military Intelligence Company
307Reconnaissance, Surveillance, and Target Acquisition (RSTA) Battalion
Battalion Headquarters and Headquarters Troop
Reconnaissance Troop (Mounted)
Reconnaissance Troop (Mounted)
Reconnaissance Troop (Dismounted)
660Infantry Battalion
Headquarters and Headquarters Company
Infantry Rifle Troop (Company)
Infantry Rifle Troop (Company)
Infantry Rifle Troop (Company)
660Infantry Battalion
Headquarters and Headquarters Company
Infantry Rifle Troop (Company)
Infantry Rifle Troop (Company)
Infantry Rifle Troop (Company)
871Brigade Support Battalion
Headquarters and Headquarters Company
Forward Support Company
Forward Support Company
Forward Support Company
Forward Support Company
Field Maintenance Company
Distribution Company
Medical Company
288Field Artillery Battalion
Headquarters and Headquarters Battery

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