Infantry Drills

FM 3-21.8 – Chapter 9 – Section VIII- Post Patrol Activities

Section VIII- Post Patrol Activities

Accounting for Patrol Members

9-211.  Immediately on re-entering the secure base or rejoining the unit, the patrol leader should positively verify that all members of the patrol and any included attachments, prisoners, or detainees are accounted for.

Checking In

9-212.  The patrol leader should check in with the company command post or the battalion tactical operations center as soon as possible after entering the base location or rejoining the unit.

Accounting for Weapons and Equipment

9-213.  The patrol leader is responsible for verifying that all the patrol’s weapons, ammunition, munitions and equipment are properly accounted for and reporting that status to the commander or the operations center.  Lost or missing equipment must be reported immediately.  The patrol may be ordered to return to the area where it was lost, if it is assessed safe to do so, and look for the item.

Hot debrief

9-214.  The patrol leader should conduct a “hot debrief” with the entire patrol as soon as possible after entering the base or rejoining the main body.  This allows him to capture low level information while the Soldiers’ memories are fresh and the information relevant. Every member of the patrol should participate. If there was an interpreter or other attachments with the patrol, they too should be de-briefed as a source of human intelligence (HUMINT) by allowing them to pass on any information they obtained during the patrol.  The patrol leader includes the significant information that he gleans during the hot debrief in his patrol report to the commander.

Patrol Report

9-215.  Immediately after the hot debrief, the patrol leader should render his patrol report to the commander.  This report may be verbal or written, simple, or elaborate depending on the situation and the commander’s requirements.  The commander may have the patrol leader render his report to the battalion intelligence officer or to the duty officer at the battalion tactical operations center, especially during stability or civil support operations.  The patrol commander is responsible for the patrol report.  He may be assisted by his assistant patrol leaders and any specialist personnel that were attached to the patrol.

Actual Patrol Route

9-216.  The patrol report (Figure 9-25) should include a description of the actual route taken by the patrol (as opposed to the planned route), including any halt locations.  If the unit uses digital command and control systems that automatically track and display the patrol’s route, the information is already known.  If not, the patrol leader must report it.  When global positioning devices are used by the patrol, gathering route information is easier and faster.  The actual route the patrol took is important for planning future patrol routes and actions.  Enemy intelligence operations will attempt to identify any pattern setting by U.S. and coalition patrols, including the locations of halts.  This may result in attack against locations regularly used by security forces.

Figure 9-25. Patrol report example.

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