Lesson 1/Learning Event 4
Step 6. Complete the Plan
As a result of reconnaissance, the commander adds detail to the tentative plan, and may even alter it.
As the time for issuing the actual order draws near, the commander quickly reviews the concept and
identifies specific tasks for subordinate units.
Step 7. Issue Orders
Most orders are issued orally. If the commander has conducted a reconnaissance, the orders are
usually issued from a vantage point in the assigned area. This permits the commander to point out
particular terrain features on the ground as well as on a map. It also eliminates the time which
might be wasted in driving back to a command post only to speak to subordinates who would then
drive forward to reconnoiter. If the unit if already involved in an operation, orders may not only be
issued in person but also by radio or messenger.
Step 8. Supervise and Refine
Commanders must supervise the operation to insure that all necessary preparations are made. This
includes coordination, organization, movement, and any other required actions. Supervision of fire
support and maintenance is also part of the commander's job. Once the operation is under way, the
commander must insure that the plan is followed. The commander must also issue fragmentary
orders to modify or refine the operation as the situation develops. Supervision is a continuous
action which is as important as issuing the order.