Infantry Drills

FM 3-21.8 – Chapter 7 – Offensive Operations

Chapter 7


Platoon and squad leaders must understand the principles, tactics, techniques, and procedures associated with the offense. They must comprehend their role when operating within a larger organization’s operations, and when operating independently. They must recognize the complementary and reinforcing effects of other maneuver elements and supporting elements with their own capabilities. They must also understand the impact of terrain, open or restrictive, on their operations. This chapter discusses offensive operations and the elements that affect tactical success.

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