Three types of VCPs
is a permanent, fortified checkpoint usually placed along an approach to a built up or restricted area i.e. Forward Operating Base (FOB).
is a pre-planned, temporary checkpoint in support of a specific operation or during a specific time of day/year.
1. is an immediate checkpoint employed during a patrol based on a fragmentary order from higher or at the patrol leader's discretion.
2. are commonly are used to target specific vehicles such as vehicles on a Be On-The Look Out (BOLO) List
Four components of VCP
2. Guardian Angel
4. Search area
Three categories of search techniques
1. Initial check - 3 minutes
2. Primary search - full search (BOLO)
3. Secondary search - detailed search
a.Be quick, thorough, and efficient. This will reduce complaints.
b.Children, babies, pets, old people, young women, and infirmed civilians should not deter operations. If necessary, request special or additional assistance.
c.Use common sense. Look for anything unusual, i.e., scratched screw heads, repaired upholstery, new bodywork etc.
d.Low-riding or overloaded vehicles.Nervous driver or passengers.
e.Remembering details of searched vehicles could be useful in future operations.
Four vehicle types
1. Automobiles (cars)
2. Motorcycles and bicycles
4. Heavy goods vehicles (trucks)
Cordon and search mission
1. conducted to systematically search for enemy personnel, weapons, supplies, explosives or communications equipment.
2. almost always inextricably linked with counterinsurgency operations.
Principles of Cordon and Search
4. Target ID
7. Minimization and mitigation of collateral damage
8. Detailed search
Phases of a cordon and search
3. Movement to the Obj
1. Security - block, interdict, and isolate
2. Support - fix, isolate, block, interdict, suppress, contain
3. Assault - search, seize, clear, secure, destroy
1. isolates the objective area and prevents enemy or civilian influence.
2. NOT an independent operation
1. isolates the target in order to protect the assault/search element from threat activity such as direct fire, grenades, explosives, or civil disturbances and prevents escape from the immediate area.
2. NOT an independent operation
Movement to Target
1. Techniques of movement
2. Order of march
3. Method of movement
a. Single point ingress
b. Multidirectional ingress
Two techniques for emplacement of the cordon and search
Simultaneously occupation (emplacement)
- occurs when the cordon and search elements occupy multiple positions at the same time.
1.Difficult to control.
2.Multiple routes required.
3.Additional control measures required.
4.CASEVAC is more difficult.
5.Combat power is spread out.
Sequentially occupation (emplacement)
- occurs when the elements occupy multiple positions in sequence
1.Less effective at timely isolation of the objective area and the target.
2.Allows the enemy initial freedom to reposition or hide personnel and materials.
Methods of Egress
least preferred. It lacks overwatch as units leave the area.
will provide greater security for forces leaving the cordon area.
Egress Route Selection
1. Single point
Single point route
provides simplicity in movement from the objective area to a predestinated rally point.
requires greater coordination for each cordon and search element.
2. Interpreter's Role
3. Modes of Interpreting - consecutive, simultaneous, summary, and intervention
4. Tactical questioning with the interpreter