TANK PLATOON ARTEP TASKS (ARTEP 17-237-10-MTP)
ASSAULT AN ENEMY POSITION
CONDITION: The tank platoon is operating as part of a company team or cavalry troop during tactical operations and receives an OPORD/FRAGO to conduct as assault. The commander has positioned the remainder of the unit in support by fire positions. The platoon may or may not be in its assault position.
TASK STANDARD: The platoon successfully executes the assault, destroying all enemy forces or forcing them to displace off the objective.
1. The platoon leader receives and analyzes the OPORD/FRAGO.
a. Determines location of the objective.
b. If METT-T allows, determines location of the assault position (the last covered and concealed position en route to the objective) if the position is not specified in the OPORD/FRAGO.
c. Identifies covered and concealed routes to the assault position.
d. Confirms commander's direct and indirect fire scheme of maneuver (who has indirect fire control; when to lift and shift fires).
e. As necessary, co-ordinates with supporting elements.
f. Issues FRAGO to platoon.
2. Platoon conducts tactical movement to the assault position.
a. Employs appropriate formation and movement technique.
b. Orients weapon systems to provide 360-degree security during movement.
c. If necessary, engages enemy forces.
3. If the platoon is unable to occupy an assault position, platoon leader determines/designates tactical information and relays it to the platoon and/or commander while on the move toward the objective.
a. Collects and disseminates updated enemy information from and to TCs, overwatch forces, support forces, and the commander.
b. As the situation permits, designates TRPs, targets, and routes through the objective.
4. Platoon occupies the assault position.
a. Comes on line within the assault position (in turret- or hull-down positions if METT-T allows).
b. Scans objective to determine enemy type, size, and locations and types of any obstacles.
c. Conducts final checks of vehicles, weapons, and equipment and reports to the platoon leader when prepared to assault.
5. Platoon leader analyzes the situation and makes final preparations.
a. In accordance with METT-T, develops an estimate of the situation to determine additional courses of actions that may be required by the platoon and/or company/troop prior to and after the assault but that were not in the commander's original OPORD/FRAGO.
b. Determines composition and disposition of the enemy force occupying the objective and identifies routes into enemy flanks and/or bypass routes around any known obstacles.
c. Sends SPOTREP/SITREP to the commander recommending course of action.
d. Relays pertinent information from the commander to the TCs as it is received.
e. As necessary, designates TRPs, targets, and routes through the objective.
6. Platoon leader orders the platoon to assault.
a. Specifies weapons orientation and limit of advance.
b. Requests direct and/or indirect fire support to suppress known or suspected enemy forces on or within range of the objective.
7. Platoon executes the assault.
a. Moves out on line.
b. Maintains forward momentum along designated routes or in accordance with OPORD/FRAGO.
c. Platoon leader or platoon sergeant ensures that supporting fires are lifted and shifted beyond objective as necessary.
d. Employs all weapon systems to destroy or suppress enemy elements on the objective.
e. If the objective is defensible, moves to its designated position on the objective.
f. If the objective is not defensible, assaults through the objective to occupy defensible terrain beyond it in accordance with the commander's intent.
8. Platoon occupies defensible positions.
a. Executes steps for hasty occupation of a battle position.
b. Continues to use direct/indirect fires as appropriate to destroy identified enemy elements.
9. Platoon leader reports the situation.
a. Compiles SITREPs from TCs.
b. Submits SITREPs to the commander as necessary.
10. Platoon conducts consolidation and reorganization.