TANK PLATOON ARTEP TASKS (ARTEP 17-237-10-MTP)
FOLLOW AND SUPPORT
CONDITION: The platoon is conducting tactical operations as part of a company team, cavalry troop, or with light infantry. Elements consisting of dismounted infantry or scouts are leading. The platoon is conducting tactical movement, or it is stationary to the rear of and not in the battle space of the lead element. The platoon leader receives a FRAGO to conduct linkup and to destroy an enemy position that has halted the forward progress of the lead element.
TASK STANDARD: The platoon positions itself during movement so it does not interfere with the lead element's battle space or tactical movement. The platoon conducts linkup and destroys the enemy position or vehicle(s), enabling the lead element to continue its original mission.
1. Platoon conducts tactical movement and/or hasty occupation of a battle position.
a. To the maximum extent possible, uses covered and concealed routes that do not interfere with battle space or movement of the lead element.
b. Uses the most advantageous formation and movement technique based on METT-T.
c. Based on the formation selected, maintains proper weapons orientation to ensure 360-degree security.
d. Enters battle position from the rear and occupies position using modified line formation.
e. Moves into turret-down positions and orients all weapon systems toward the center of the avenue of approach or engagement area.
2. If physical linkup is required, platoon leader conducts linkup with the lead element.
a. Conducts tactical movement to designated contact point.
b. Employs far and near recognition signals to reduce fratricide risk.
3. Platoon leader conducts coordination with lead element.
a. Based on tactical situation, conducts information exchange to confirm or determine the following:
1. Enemy disposition.
2. Friendly disposition.
3. Tentative maneuver plan.
4. Requirements for use of guides.
5. Control procedures for direct and indirect fires.
6. Close-in protection procedures for platoon vehicles.
7. Communications procedures.
b. As time permits, conducts a map and/or ground reconnaissance with lead element leaders to identify and/or coordinate the following:
1. Primary and alternate routes.
2. Firing positions.
3. Danger areas along the route that may provide enemy ambush positions.
4. Dominating structures and terrain along the route.
5. Use of and locations for ground guides.
4. Platoon leader updates the platoon.
a. Outlines results of information exchange.
b. Briefs the plan to destroy the target, including tactical information from the reconnaissance.
c. Specifies the time of movement.
5. Platoon conducts tactical movement to the firing position.
a. Employs indirect and direct fires to suppress enemy antitank weapons and obscure the movement of platoon.
b. As required, uses dismounted personnel to guide vehicles to their position and provide close- in security.
6. Platoon conducts actions on contact to execute one of the following operations:
a. Executes actions to destroy an inferior force.
b. Executes attack by fire against the enemy position.
c. Executes an assault against the enemy position
d. Executes support by fire for an assault by friendly elements or overwatches friendly movement to destroy the enemy position.
7. Platoon leader informs the commander of the situation and prepares the platoon for future operations.
a. Sends SITREPs to the commander as necessary.
b. Directs the platoon to continue the follow and support mission.
c. Directs the platoon to consolidate and/or reorganize at a secure location to await further orders.