Convoy and Combat Logistics Patrol Classes

Army Convoy Operations 


Planning Considerations For Tactical Convoy Operations

Leaders must be located where they can best command and control the convoy or their portion of it. Generally, a leader should be centrally located in the unit within the order of march, but may need to maneuver to get to a vantage point that will allow him visibility of the battlefield when required. It is not recommended that leaders be in the lead or trail vehicle. Leaders must maintain situational awareness.

Combat lifesavers, medics, and aid and litter teams should be positioned towards the rear and front of the convoy to enable them to easily move forward or rearward if they need to render aid. The aid and litter team should be different than the combat lifesaver or medic. Ensure the designated MEDEVAC vehicle has been configured in a way to rapidly load and transport casualties. All members must know MEDEVAC procedures, and their aid bags need to be checked to ensure they are complete.

Communications and signals need to be developed in order to be seen or heard during a tactical convoy operation. Factors of engine noise, gunfire, distance, dust, and other things that interfere must be considered. Always have a primary and alternate method to communicate both within and outside the convoy.

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Recovery and maintenance teams must be capable of functioning en route and under fire. Take a look at your capabilities, rehearse them, and ensure every member of the unit is trained on them. All vehicles should carry commonly used spare parts, with recovery and maintenance teams having more parts and necessary tools and diagnostic equipment. This is a tough requirement to balance – not too little and not too much.

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Combat lifesavers, medics, and aid and litter teams should be positioned towards the rear and front of the convoy to enable them to easily move forward or rearward if they need to render aid. The aid and litter team should be different than the combat lifesaver or medic. Ensure the designated MEDEVAC vehicle has been configured in a way to rapidly load and transport casualties. All members must know MEDEVAC procedures, and their aid bags need to be checked to ensure they are complete.

 

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