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Rail transport operations in developed nations are considered to be a HN-provided service. In contingency areas, US rail units may have to be employed to support the theater of operations. This FM sets forth transportation rail doctrine and organizational structure. It is written to explain the functions of rail transport operations service in a theater of operations. It provides basic information for commanders and staffs of supporting units and for staff officers of higher HQ. It is also intended to serve as a text for student instruction and training of rail unit personnel.

The following AMovPs apply to this FM:

  • AMovP2 (Procedures for Surface Movements Across National Frontier).
  • AMovP3 (Documents and Message Text Formats).
  • AMovP4 (Technical Aspects of the Transport of Military Material).

The Army's environmental strategy into the 21st century defines our philosophy and commitment in protecting and preserving the environment and natural resources for present and future generations. Sound environmental practices and considerations must be integrated into all Army documents, missions, and operations. In keeping with the Army's vision to be a national leader in environmental stewardship, commanders and leaders must ensure that all local, state, federal, and host nation laws and regulations pertaining to the environment are included in the planning process and strictly followed.

The proponent of this publication is HQ TRADOC. Submit changes for improving this publication on DA Form 2028 (Recommended Changes to Publications and Blank Forms) and forward to Commander, USACASCOM, Transportation Training Division, ATTN: ATCL-AT, Fort Lee, VA 23801-1511.

Unless otherwise stated, whenever the masculine gender is used, both men and women are included.

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