SBCT PLATOON AND COMPANY ORGANIZATION AND VEHICLE DISMOUNTING
This appendix outlines the organization and drills necessary for conducting combat operations. The SBCT infantry platoon can fight as a part of a mounted or dismounted infantry company, or it may fight as part of a task-organized company of mechanized infantry and tank platoons. The SBCT infantry platoon is equipped much like a conventional Bradley platoon in that it has four vehicles and a light infantry platoon based on its number of rifle and weapon squads SBCT.
Once the squads have dismounted, the mounted element will integrate into the company/platoon scheme of maneuver based on METT-TC. The mounted element is equipped with four ICVs organized in two sections with two vehicles each. When the squads and the platoon leader are dismounted, the platoon leader must ensure he has a designated representative to control the vehicles and crews. (Refer to Figure A-1, and Figures A-2 and A-3, for company, rifle platoon, and MGS platoon organization.)
|NOTE:||Leaders must consider their tactical cross-load plan when conducting operations. The SBCT rifle platoon vehicle seating capacity is 44 personnel; however, it is organized with 45 organic soldiers and one attachment (platoon trauma specialist) for a total of 46 soldiers.|
Figure A-1. SBCT infantry company organization.
Figure A-2. Rifle platoon organization.
Figure A-3. MGS platoon organization.
A-2. VEHICLE DISMOUNTING
The ICV sections are the base elements for dismounted drills (Refer to Appendix E for Crew Drills). The capability to deliver a rifle squad intact in a single vehicle warrants the need for section drills.
a. When the dismounted force prepares to exit, the VC coordinates with the infantry squad or team leader onboard and orients the leader with the terrain. The VC should provide a view of the threat area of concern, the location of other platoon vehicles, and covered and concealed positions close to the vehicle.
b. While viewing the squad leaders display and LWS screens and conducting voice coordination with the VC, the infantry squad or team leader provides specific instructions to the infantrymen to include assigning specific targets or sectors to each soldier. After this coordination, the leader is ready to give a dismount order to the infantry personnel onboard.
c. Before giving the order to dismount, the leader determines which side of the vehicle provides the best terrain to establish an initial position (left, right, or split). When the leader gives the dismount order, the squad immediately dismounts left or right of the vehicle or splits left and right. The leader positions at the rear of the vehicle and ensures the element occupies the positions as briefed in the vehicle. The leader also attempts to visually locate the other vehicles, infantry squads, and the platoon leader. Next, one of three things happen:
- The squad takes up positions in the vicinity of the vehicle.
- The vehicle moves away from the squad or assumes an overwatch position.
- The squad moves to conduct an assault, links up with the platoon, or continues the mission separately.
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