Infantry Drills

FM 3-21.8 – Chapter 3 – Tactical Movement

Chapter 3

Tactical Movement

Tactical movement is the movement of a unit assigned a tactical mission under combat conditions when not in direct ground contact with the enemy. Tactical movement is based on the anticipation of early ground contact with the enemy, either en route or shortly after arrival at the destination. Movement ends when ground contact is made or the unit reaches its destination. Movement is not maneuver. Maneuver happens once a unit has made contact with the enemy. Because tactical movement shares many of the characteristics of an offensive action, the battlefield is organized in a manner similar to other offensive actions. This chapter discusses the basics and formations of tactical movement.

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