Infantry Drills

FM 3-21.8 – Chapter 9 – Patrols and Patrolling

Chapter 9

Patrols and Patrolling

A patrol is a detachment sent out by a larger unit to conduct a specific mission.   Patrols operate semi-independently and return to the main body upon completion of their mission. Patrolling fulfills the Infantry’s primary function of finding the enemy  to either engage him or report his disposition, location, and actions. Patrols act as both the eyes and ears of the larger unit and as a fist to deliver a sharp devastating jab and then withdraw before the enemy can recover.

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