TANK PLATOON ARTEP TASKS (ARTEP 17-237-10-MTP)
CONDUCT A TACTICAL ROADMARCH
CONDITION: The platoon has received an OPORD/FRAGO, complete with graphics, to conduct a tactical road march as part of a company team or cavalry troop operation. The order specifies the arrival time at the SP as well as the march speed, interval, and order of march. All planning and preparations are complete, including reconnaissance to determine the time-distance factor to the SP. Enemy contact is not expected.
TASK STANDARD: The platoon moves through the SP, checkpoints, and RP at times specified in the OPORD/FRAGO and completes movement to the location designated in the order.
1. Platoon leader initiates road march and controls platoon movement toward the SP.
a. Directs platoon to begin movement using the designated formation, movement technique, and vehicle interval and speed.
b. Positions himself where he can best control the movement of the platoon.
c. Uses visual signals, FM radio, or digital system to communicate with platoon.
2. Platoon moves along the road march route.
a. Crosses the SP at the designated time, using the proper formation, movement technique, interval, and speed.
b. Maintains march speed and reaches checkpoints at times specified in the order.
c. Platoon leader or PSG reports control measures in accordance with OPORD/FRAGO or unit SOP.
d. Maintains 360-degree observation, including aerial observation.
e. TCs maintain proper weapons orientation to provide 360-degree security throughout the road march.
f. PSG ensures that vehicles that drop out of the march column rejoin the column at the rear or continue along the route of march as directed.
3. Platoon conducts scheduled halts as directed in OPORD/FRAGO.
a. Executes a herringbone or coil formation.
b. Establishes security.
c. Posts guides to direct traffic as necessary.
d. Performs during operations maintenance.
e. Refuels, if scheduled.
f. Updates POSNAV systems (M1A2).
g. Reports platoon status to commander as required by OPORD/FRAGO/unit SOP.
4. Platoon conducts unscheduled halts as necessary.
a. Clears route of march and executes herringbone formation.
b. Establishes local security.
c. Determines cause of halt.
d. Reports unscheduled halt to the commander with as much information as possible about the reason for the halt.
e. Eliminates the cause of the halt, if possible.
f. Continues the march when directed by the commander or as soon as possible.
5. Platoon takes appropriate actions when a vehicle becomes disabled.
a. TC and crew move the disabled vehicle off the route so that it odes not block traffic.
b. TC posts guides to direct traffic around vehicle, if necessary.
c. TC establishes local security and radio watch.
d. Platoon leader or PSG reports status of vehicle to commander.
e. TC and crew attempt to repair vehicle and rejoin formation if able.
f. If unable to repair vehicle, TC and crew report to the platoon leader, assist maintenance personnel, rejoin formation if able.
6. Platoon arrives at and clears RP.
a. Does not stop or block traffic at RP.
b. Reports arrival at and clearance of RP to the commander.
c. Follows guides and moves to designated platoon area.