TANK PLATOON ARTEP TASKS (ARTEP 17-237-10-MTP)
DESTROY AN INFERIOR FORCE
CONDITION: While conducting tactical operations as part of a company team or cavalry troop, the platoon makes contact with an enemy element. Based on analysis of the terrain and the enemy's strength, weapons types, and disposition, the commander and/or the platoon leader determine that the platoon has the capability to destroy the enemy. The platoon then receives an OPORD/FRAGO to destroy the enemy without support or to seize key terrain.
TASK STANDARD: The platoon employs effective fires and/or tactical movement and, as ordered, destroys the enemy element or seizes key terrain. It then conducts consolidation and reorganization activities and/or is prepared to continue the original mission.
1. Platoon leader conducts troop-leading procedures as appropriate and OPORD/FRAGO.
a. Directs the platoon to execute appropriate battle drills, if immediate action is required.
b. Designates an overwatch element and a maneuver element as appropriate.
c. Designates TRPs, sectors of fire, and fire control measures as necessary.
d. Designates routes (with cover and concealment if possible) and scheme of maneuver.
2. Platoon leader or PSG employs indirect fire/smoke support, as required and as available, in order to suppress the enemy and/or screen the platoon.
a. Sends calls for fire targeting known and suspected enemy locations or locations for smoke.
b. Adjusts indirect fire as necessary.
3. Platoon conducts tactical movement to a position of advantage.
a. Uses covered and concealed routes to the maximum extent possible.
b. Uses the most advantageous formation and movement technique based on METT-T factors.
c. Based on formation selected, maintains proper weapons orientation to ensure 360-degree security.
4. Platoon destroys the enemy force by executing an attack by fire.
a. Occupies attack by fire position on dominating terrain that affords hull-down firing positions or allows weapon standoff.
b. Employs a high volume of direct fires and requests indirect fires as available and as appropriate.
c. Moves to alternate firing positions as necessary to protect against the effects of enemy direct and indirect fires.
5. Platoon destroys the enemy force by executing fire and maneuver ( maneuver section assaults while overwatch section provides support by fire).
a. Occupies support by fire position on dominating terrain that affords hull-down firing positions or allows weapon standoff (overwatch element).
b. Employs a high volume of direct fires and requests indirect fires as available and as appropriate (overwatch element).
c. Moves to alternate firing positions as necessary to maintain intense direct fires on the enemy and to protect against effects of enemy direct and indirect fires.
d. With support by fire under way, executes a rapid and violent assault to destroy enemy (maneuver element).
e. Maintains cross-talk to reduce fratricide risk and to lift and shift supporting fires as necessary (overwatch and maneuver elements).
6. Platoon destroys the enemy force by executing an assault (entire platoon assaults).
a. Occupies or moves through assault position (last covered and concealed position before the objective).
b. Moves out on line and executes a rapid and violent assault, employing all weapon systems to defeat the enemy in detail.
c. Ensures that indirect fires are lifted and shifted as necessary.
d. Occupies defensible terrain on or beyond the objective or continues to move along the assigned axis in accordance with orders or commander's guidance.
7. Platoon leader or PSG keeps the commander informed of the situation and prepares the platoon for future operations.
a. Sends updated SITREPs to the commander as necessary.
b. Directs the platoon to conduct consolidation and reorganization activities.
c. Directs the platoon to continue the company team/cavalry troop mission.