MECHANIZED COMPANY/TEAM IN OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS
SUBCOURSE NO. IN0810
United States Army Infantry School
Fort Benning, Georgia 31905-5593
5 Credit Hours
Edition Date: March 1995
The purpose of this subcourse is to identify the basic information necessary to succeed in a mechanized company team offensive operation. This information includes the division of responsibility among key leaders; command relationship with other units and to establish lines of authority and support; actions used for planning, coordinating, executing, and supervising tactical operations; company team organization; offensive operations in which the company team participates; threat defensive employment; considerations governing the conduct of a tactical movement; movement techniques that allow for the greatest amount of flexibility and security; techniques for night attacks and the attack of strongpoints.
There are no prerequisites for this subcourse
This subcourse reflects the doctrine which was current at the time it was prepared. In your own work situation, always refer to the latest official publication.
When used in this publication "he", "him", "his", and "men" represent both the masculine and feminine gender, unless otherwise stated.
Terminal Learning Objective
|ACTION:||Identify the command and control responsibilities; Command and support relationships; troop-leading procedures/operations order; command and control of operations; company team organization and capabilities; offensive concepts, characteristics, and functions; deployment of tanks and mechanized infantry together; Soviet defensive tactics; control measures for tactical movement; movement to contact; conduct of the attack; assault; consolidation and reorganization; limited visibility offense and the assault of strongpoints.|
|CONDITION:||Given the subcourse material for this subcourse, a training scenario and extracts, as applicable, the student will complete the examination at the end of this subcourse.|
|STANDARD:||The student will successfully answer 70 percent of the questions on a multiple-choice based examination for subcourse IN0810 by identifying company team organization and company team in the offensive operations.|
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Commanding a mechanized infantry company, or company team, in an offensive operation requires understanding, not only how to command, but what you are commanding and why.
Knowledge of the mission, terrain, troops, and time available (METT-T) factors set the groundwork for the entire battle planning process.
- Understanding your mission involves knowledge of your higher commander's intent and accompanying orders.
- Having an intimate understanding of the way the enemy commander's mind works, enables you to anticipate his next moves, thus putting you one step ahead of him at all times.
- Knowledge of the terrain leading to and surrounding your objective allows you to plan movement techniques and formations with the flexibility you need to maneuver. Knowledge of the terrain also gives you the information necessary to provide adequate protection, cover, and concealment for your men and equipment.
- Planning is driven by the time allotted you to accomplish an objective or complete a mission. Sequencing the events and the time needed for each one to occur is the key to winning on the battlefields.
Along with gaining an understanding of the METT-T factors, this subcourse will teach you the capabilities and limitations of the combat power elements of the mechanized infantry in the attack; conditions and major advantages/disadvantages under either tank or dismounted infantry lead; the troop-leading procedure; time/space factors; the commander's estimate process and major influences on it; the format for preparing an operation plan (order); and capabilities of the enemy motorized rifle battalion in the defense.
Essentially, this subcourse will teach you the factors necessary to lead a mechanized infantry company/unit in the offense.