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GENERAL SITUATION: You are the Assistant S3 (Plans) of a brigade in an infantry division. The brigade has been made the core of an air assault task force (AATF) as part of a field training exercise (FTX). You are starting to write the plans for the air assault operation.


1.   You, as the S3 plans officer, are preparing the ground tactical plan for the FTX. In order to capitalize on the element of surprise characterized by air assault operations, you will attempt to have the AATF

A.   land away from the objective and build up combat power.

B.   land recon elements close to the objective and the remainder of the AATF away from the objective.

C.   land on or as close to the objective as possible.

You should land your forces on or near the objective because of the minimum equipment that they are allowed to carry and the element of surprise to the enemy.


2.   After preparing the ground tactical plan, you begin drafting the landing plan. One area in which you must pay particular attention when preparing the landing plan is cover and concealment. When selecting the LZs, you must ensure that they

A.   deny the enemy observation of air elements going into or departing the LZ.

B.   provide immediate concealment for the troops as they exit the aircraft.

C.   provide immediate cover for the troops as they exit the aircraft.

To conduct a landing operation on the LZ and sustain little or no casualties, cover and concealment is a must in your favor.


3.   While preparing the landing plan, you are deliberating on whether to select single or multiple LZs for the AATF. In order to do this, you want to compare some of the advantages of selecting single and multiple LZs by placing a 1 in the space provided if it is an advantage of a single LZ and a 2 if it is an advantage of multiple LZs.

 1   Facilitates control of the operation.

 1   Concentrates supporting fires in and around the LZ.

 2   Reduces the enemy's ability to detect and react to the initial lift.

 1   Centralizes any required resupply operation.

 2   Forces the enemy to fight in more than one direction.

There are times that an operation may require planning of multiple LZs and a single LZ may not be the answer.


4.   The success of the ground tactical plan that you have just developed relies on massing combat power close to the objective area as quickly as possible. This will mean landing a lot of the helicopters in a short period of time. As you develop the landing plan, this requirement suggests that you should

A.   select a single LZ close to the objective.

B.   select multiple LZs close to the objective.

C.   brief pilots to hover and let the troops jump out to save time.

This is done to avoid congestion of aircraft and troops and exposing them for long periods of time.


5.   You are beginning to prepare the air movement plan and are developing the flight routes. You tentatively select the routes from a map reconnaissance. The flight routes are

A.   determined by a start point and a release point.

B.   planned in coordination with the S4 for best resupply routes.

C.   planned so they are short as possible.

As stated in the operation order, there is a requirement for start points and release points. This keeps each unit's movement in cohesion and allows for ease of movement.


6.   Along with the air mission commander, you are developing the flight routes within the air movement plan. While the flight route is in use, you do not desire any other aircraft flying through your airspace nor do you desire artillery firing through the airspace. Therefore, you are

A.   developing a flight axis.

B.   developing a restricted flight route.

C.   developing a flight corridor.

Because of the number of flight routes used and aircraft in the air at the same time, flight corridors need to be established.


7.   As the S3 plans officer you are concentrating on the loading plan for an air assault operation for a battalion-size element. In most cases, loading plans for units smaller than a brigade are

A.   drafted by the plans officer.

B.   established by SOPs.

C.   established by the battalion commander.

All units below brigade level must use SOPs in planning for a loading plan.


8.   You are briefing a lieutenant assigned as the PZ control officer. You inform the lieutenant that in addition to organizing and controlling operations in the PZ that he is also responsible for

A.   coordinating the operations.

B.   drafting the loading plan.

C.   briefing the aircrews.

It is important that the operation is coordinated to avoid congestion at the LZ.


9.   While concentrating on the loading plan, you decide that there are too many aircraft in the first lift in order to maintain proper control. Therefore, you

A.   organize the lift into a number of loads.

B.   organize the lift into a number of groups.

C.   organize the lift into a number of serials.

Lifts need to be organized into more serials to avoid overloading aircraft.


10.   The last plan you are developing is the staging plan. You must formulate this plan so that the aircraft are not waiting on the PZ for the troops to arrive. Therefore, you plan for the troops to be

A.   positioned for pickup 15 minutes before the aircraft arrive.

B.   moving toward the PZ 6 hours before the aircraft arrive.

C.   arriving in the area 2 hours before the aircraft arrive.

Both aircraft and personnel should be there at the same time so that the operation is not delayed due to time requirements.


If you had a hard time getting the right answers, go back and review the lesson. If you did well on this practice exercise, you should be ready to take the exam.



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