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Corporal's Course (Tactical Planning)

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1. Signal
This subparagraph clarifies the signal plan.

Using what is available and considering the desired effect, signals should be:

•Original - This avoids confusion with other signals.

•Appropriate - This is the ability to convey the desired action to the receiving unit within the environment (For example, the maneuver element's use of a whistle blast to shift or cease machine gun support by fire would not be appropriate because it is too likely that the blast could not be heard from the support by fire position over the sound of the machine guns.).

•Redundant - Always have a back-up to account for Murphy's Law (Remember: Friction makes the seemingly easy, become difficult.).

The location of a copy of the Communications/Electronic Operational Instructions (CEOI) should also be briefed.

2. Command
Within this subparagraph, there are two sections:

•Location of key personnel - The unit leader specifies the location of each key individual throughout the operation. If the location of various key personnel is to change due to the determined scheme of maneuver, identify this and disseminate the information to the subordinate units.

•Succession of command - The unit leader determines the succession of command among subordinate unit leaders. This should be somewhat dependent upon the scheme of maneuver. (For example, the first squad leader is normally your senior squad leader and will be higher in the succession of command than the other squad leaders; however, for a specific scheme of maneuver, if the third squad leader is the main effort squad, he may be higher in the succession of command.)