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APPENDIX E

SAMPLE TACTICAL STANDING
OPERATING PROCEDURES

The intent of this appendix is to provide an outline as an aid for developing tactical standing operating procedures (TSOP). Establishing a TSOP requires exhaustive research to properly put it together. The key is not to repeat doctrine, but to supplement it with how your unit fights.

In preparing your TSOP, keep in mind that there may be conflicts between your instructions and those of the supported unit. While you train your unit to standard based upon your TSOP, the supported unit TSOP in most cases should supersede yours (that is, your goal should be to help prevent fratricidal engagements).

I. GENERAL

A. Purpose: This TSOP prescribes standard procedures for use during all combat situations and provides a comprehensive reference for conducting operations in a field environment.

B. Conformity: All assigned, attached and operational control (OPCON) personnel will read and comply with the provisions of this TSOP.

II. BATTLE COMMAND

A. Command

1. Organization:

a. Succession of command

b. Cues for assuming command

2. Troop leading procedures

a. Estimate input (checklist)

b. Precombat inspection (checklist)

c. Backbriefs

d. Rehearsals

e. Combat orders

(1) Formats

(2) Preparation

(3) Reproduction

(4) Dissemination

3. Coordination with adjacent units (checklist)

4. Liaison with main body elements (checklist)

B. Control

1. Combat graphics and symbols

2. Control measures designation (numbering system)

3. Terrain identification reference system

4. Operational terms

5. Vehicle identification marking system

6. Unit recognition signals

7. Communication

a. Net diagrams

b. Fixed call signs

c. Brevity codes/cue words

d. Anti-jamming actions

e. Alternate means

8. Reports

a. Battle

b. Intelligence

c. Logistical

III. MANEUVER

A. Readiness condition (REDCON)

B. Quartering party

C. Road marches

D. Assembly areas

1. Load plans

2. March formations

E. Organization for combat

F. Formations

G. Battle Drills

1. Actions on contact

2. Fix and bypass

3. Bridges/defile

4. Formation changes

5. Passage of lines

6. Consolidate on the objective

7. Ambush

8. Other drills

H. Reconnaissance operations

1. Area reconnaissance

a. Graphics

b. Critical tasks

2. Route reconnaissance

a. Graphics

b. Critical tasks

I. Security operations

1. Cover

a. Graphics

b. Critical tasks

2. Screen

a. Graphics

b. Critical tasks

J. Limited visibility operations (checklist)

K. Break in action (checklist)

1. Redistribution of ammunition, personnel, and equipment

2. Evacuation of casualties and enemy prisoners of war (EPW)

3. Redistribution of ammunition under fire

L. Relief in place

1. Relief in place graphics

2. Critical tasks

IV. MOBILITY AND SURVIVABILITY

A. Mobility

1. Standard tasks

2. Standard priorities

B. Survivability

1. Standard tasks

2. Standard priorities

3. Fighting position construction

C. NBC defense

1. NBC defense organization

2. Unit NBC equipment

3. Defense against nuclear attack

4. Defense against chemical/biological attack

5. Decontamination

6. NBC reconnaissance

V. FIRE SUPPORT

A. Fire support (FS) request sequence

B. FS planning and execution matrix format

C. Graphics

VI. AIR DEFENSE

A. Air defense (AD) warning and cue words

B. Weapons control status and cue words

VII. INTELLIGENCE/ELECTRONIC WARFARE

A. Intelligence

1. Standard tasks

2. Standard priorities

B. Electronic Warfare (EW)

1. Standard tasks

2. Standard priorities

3. Countermeasures

VIII. LOGISTICS

A. Resupply procedures

1. LOGPAC procedures

2. Battle loss actions

B. Health service support (HSS)

1. Identification, treatment and evacuation of casualties

2. Field sanitation

C. Maintenance support

1. Battle damage assessment and repair

2. Exchange criteria

3. Cannibalization criteria

4. Destruction criteria

5. Maintenance repair time guidelines

D. Personnel

1. Replacements

2. Accountability

3. Personnel actions

E. Enemy prisoner of war handling

1. Handling

2. Documents

IX. SAFETY

X. REFERENCES



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