Lesson 1/Learning Event 4
LEARNING EVENT 4:
DESCRIBE TROOP-LEADING TECHNIQUES
In order to operate in combat, it is necessary to prepare for combat operations. Regardless of the
type of NBC unit, each prepares for combat in essentially the same way. NBC unit leaders follow a
prescribed process in preparing their units for combat operations. This process is called troop-
Using troop-leading procedures, the leader issues instructions to his subordinates. The lower the
echelon, the more simple, direct, and rapid is this process. Nevertheless, all the steps should be
taken even if they involve only a few seconds. Once operations start, subsequent orders and
responses must be fast, effective, and simple.
The eight steps to troop leading are as follows:
Receive the mission.
Issue a warning order.
Make a tentative plan.
Start troop leading and movement.
Complete the plan.
Supervise and refine.
These steps are not rigid. They can be modified to fit the mission and situation. Some steps are
often taken at the same time. Others are considered throughout the operation when there is
Step 1. Receive the Mission
Commanders may receive a mission in either an oral or written operation order (OPORD) or
fragmentary order (FRAGO). Upon receiving the order, the leader analyzes the mission and plans
the use of available time.
Step 2. Issue a Warning Order
A commander issues a warning order by telling subordinates about the mission. The commander
also tells them when it will start and where the complete order will be issued. This allows
subordinates to plan their time