SAMPLE OPERATIONS CHECKLISTS
To make a tentative plan, the commander must gather information by focusing on the battery level METT-T. Table C-1 will assist the commander in this effort.
Tables C-2 through C-11 provide sample precombat checklists (PCC) for cannon mission and survivability preparations a battery will execute. By incorporating some version of these sample PCCs into a battery SOP, the commander will have preparation steps to specify to subordinates based on METT-T. With precombat checklists in the hands of all battery leaders, the commander can more efficiently communicate exactly what must be done. For example, it is easier to direct the section to complete the copperhead PCC than to individually specify all the subtasks required.
Table C-12 is a sample battery status inventory. It should be completed prior to the battalion order brief. The commander will readily know if he can support his tasks or what additional material is required.
Table C-13 is an example time line of critical events to determine how much time is available and to schedule the battery's preparation for combat. Remember to schedule appropriate events during daylight that are difficult to conduct at night, if time permits.
Table C-14, is a sample battery warning order to focus the commander's initial mission preparation and to allow his unit to begin preparation even before completing the plan. A good warning order directs actions rather than simply passing information.
Table C-15 is a sample battery order. Once the commander has completed his plan, he must ensure the sections retain the minimum essential information. One successful technique is the section fill-in-the-blank order. Section chiefs and other key leaders can use a laminated format to fill in during the commander's orders brief. It also helps the section chief brief his subordinates. More importantly, it forces the commander to focus on battery level-information only.
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