Lesson 1/Learning Event 2
LEARNING EVENT 2:
IDENTIFY MOVEMENT TECHNIQUES
Movement techniques provide for maximum feasible speed, good use of terrain, and security of the
reconnoitering unit (figure 1). There are three basic movement techniques. Their use depends on
the likelihood of enemy contact
FIGURE 1. THREE MOVEMENT TECHNIQUES
AND LIKELIHOOD OF CONTACT.
When using this technique (figure 2 on page 5), the lead and trail elements move together as a unit.
It is the fastest but least secure method, and it is used when speed is important and enemy contact is
not likely. Movement is continuous. The interval between vehicles is maintained as terrain permits;
but as a general rule, it is about 50 meters between vehicles.
When using this technique (figure 3 on page 6), lead and trail elements also move together, but at a
greater distance. The lead element moves continuously on the most covered and concealed route for
protection against enemy observation and fire. The trail element moves at various speeds,
maintaining visual contact with the lead element. The trail element must be far enough in the rear to
maneuver or deliver suppressive fires if the lead element receives direct enemy fire. Traveling
overwatch is used when speed is important, but enemy contact is possible.
When using this technique, both teams move by bounds with one element always in position to
overwatch another. It is the slowest movement technique and is used when enemy contact is
expected. The lead element advances to a