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Appendix C

Template for an Operation Plan


                                                       Copy ____ of _____ copies
                                                       Unit designation
                                                       Date/time group

OPLAN 1234

References: Maps, SOPs, relevant OPLANs

Time Zone Used Throughout the Plan: ZULU

Task Organization: List of elements in the RTF


a. Enemy Forces. This subparagraph gives information on enemy forces as related to the RTF mission. Reference to an intelligence annex may be sufficient.

b. Friendly Forces. This subparagraph discusses friendly forces not covered by this OPLAN if those forces may affect the actions of subordinate commanders.

c. Attachments and Detachments. Units not listed in the task organization above are included here, along with the times that attachments and detachments are to be made.

d. Assumptions. Examples of assumptions are as follows:

    (1) Unit to be regenerated will be attrited to ___ percent personnel strength and ___ percent fighting systems at start of regeneration.

    (2) Regeneration will occur no earlier than D+ ___ .

    (3) Minimum time required for RTF to deploy to regeneration site and be prepared to receive attrited unit is ___ hours.


This paragraph should state that on order, RTF deploys to (location) and regenerates attrited unit to ___ percent combat effectiveness during the time duration of __. The level is set IAW the time and other resources available.


a. Concept of Operations. This subparagraph gives the directing commander's concept for how the RTF is to conduct the specific regeneration covered by the OPLAN. The concept clarifies the purpose of the regeneration and discusses the various phases of the operation. It should cover the Phase II assessment, linkup of the RTF with the attrited unit, reestablishment of the unit's chain of command, CSS operations of the RTF, training, and evaluation of the unit's effectiveness at the end of the operation. If the amount of detail is great enough, a separate subparagraph may be used to discuss each of these phases of the regeneration. However, the details for specific elements of the RTF should appear in the subparagraphs below, not in this one. Details should not be repeated if they appear in the SOP.

b. Assessment Element. The role of the assessment element is discussed here. Included should be the criteria to use to assess the unit, the assessment reporting procedures, and the time the final assessment is due. The role of the element in evaluating the effectiveness of the unit at the end of the regeneration is also addressed here.

c. Link-up Element. This subparagraph covers the tasks the RTF has to perform to help the unit move to the regeneration site. The tasks are based on requirements submitted by the unit.

d. Advance Party. This discussion tells the advance party of the RTF where and how to begin establishing the regeneration site. It sets the priorities for the various activities the advance party normally performs. The subparagraph also tells the party when to begin its operations and how long it has before it begins receiving the unit.

e. Operational Element. This subparagraph details how the element is to reestablish or reinforce the chain of command of the unit and assist in its training. It should include the commander's guidance on replacement of lost leaders in the unit.

f. CSS Element. All the specifics on how CSS operations are to be conducted are included here except as covered in the SOP. The level of detail is similar to of a service support annex. Areas covered may include the following:

    (1) Supply. Supply point locations and times, type of distribution, and priority of resupply. Controlled supply rates. Theater reserve replacement items distribution plan and crew requirements. Use of captured enemy materiel. Determination of requirements for both unit and RTF and replenishment of unit PLL.

    (2) Transportation. Transportation reconnaissance of regeneration location and development of transportation infrastructure plan. Transportation control, circulation, facilities, and plan to include:

      (a) MSR and traffic circulation.

      (b) Alternate supply routes into and within regeneration site.

      (c) Locations and capacities of usable rail, road, water, and air terminals.

      (d) Proposed location of RTF headquarters helicopter landing zone.

      (e) Methods to coordinate all external requests for transport and movement.

      (f) Details for airdrop, air resupply, and rerouting changes of stocks should final destination change.

      (g) Use of alternate supply routes when MSR is blocked (that is, MSR blocked for ___ hours ).

    (3) Services. Permanent construction required and use of local facilities. Laundry and bath points established and operated for unit. Mortuary affairs collection points en route to and at regeneration site. Availability of clothing renovation and exchange resources. Use and location of contractors. Chaplain support and operation of churches. Counselling services provided and use of civilian labor.

    (4) Maintenance. Repair time limits and priority of repairs. DS maintenance elements and tasks. Maintenance collection point locations. Cannibalization and backhaul policies. Critical repair parts. Salvage and collection points and unserviceable/unreparable equipment policies established.

    (5) Health Service Support. Location and capabilities of patient collecting points, ambulance exchange points, and medical treatment facilities. Availabililty of ground and air medical evacuation assets. Theater evacuation policy. Patient decontamination site. Class VIII supply procedures. Preventive medicine assets for the inspection of water sources, ice, and dining facilities, and the monitoring of field hygiene and sanitation measures. Veterinary assets for the inspection of Class I supply points and locally purchased foodstuffs. Combat lifesaver training. Combat stress control measures and personnel. Triage and medical treatment. Refresher training in self-aid and buddy aid. Medical assistance needs for refugees and civilian casualties.

    (6) Personnel Service Support. Submission of daily strength reports and changes. Obtaining, receiving, and allocating replacements; replacement of losses to organizations providing personnel to the RTF and the unit; and replacement detachment locations and regulating points. Personnel management including submission of award recommendations, and control of civilian personnel. Development and maintenance of morale including granting of leave, special rest, recreation facilities, and religious, postal, financial, and legal services.

    (7) Miscellaneous. Liaison with civil authorities and refugee control. Regeneration site boundaries and rear area security. Site management including layout, functional areas, traffic control and circulation, and security plan. Discipline and law and order, especially speed limits, offenses, and areas off limits. Decontamination. Interpreters. Separate signal nets for logistics operations with call signs, frequencies, and passwords.

g. Coordinating Instructions. This subparagraph gives guidance on coordination of regeneration activities. It should tell how the RTF coordinates with both the attrited unit and the directing headquarters. Examples of specifics that may be included here are as follows:

    (1) Proposed regeneration sites are located at ______.

    (2) Proposed linkup and decontamination sites are located at ________.

    (3) Coordinating conference will be held by ________.

    (4) Reconnaissance of proposed sites is restricted to _________.

    (5) This plan effective for planning on receipt and execution on order.


This paragraph tells the RTF elements how they receive their CSS, as opposed to how they execute the CSS portion of the regeneration of the attrited unit.


a. Command. This subparagraph gives the location of the RTF CP and identifies the alternate CP.

b. Signal. This identifies the current SOI in effect.






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