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UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS THE BASIC SCHOOL MARINE CORPS TRAINING COMMAND CAMP BARRETT, VIRGINIA 22134-5019 COMBAT ORDERS FOUNDATIONS B2B2377 STUDENT HANDOUT Basic Officer Course
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B2B2377 Combat Orders Foundations Combat Orders Foundations Introduction Combat orders instruction at The Basic School (TBS) is a detailed, rigorous package that strives to develop and evaluate your ability communicate a tactical decision to peers and subordinates in order to execute your plan in a time-competitive environment. The primary focus throughout the instruction and evaluation will be on action. Significant events from the combat orders package include: Combat Orders Foundations, Combat Orders Discussion Group, Combat Orders Evaluation I and II, and Combat Orders Extension. Importance Not only is the commander’s will decisive in war, but also his manner of expressing that will. Commanders use orders to express their will and translate their decisions into actions. During your time at TBS, you will be required to brief and write numerous combat orders. Your tactical actions and necessary communication for action will be evaluated under the dynamic, chaotic, and uncertain lens espoused in MCDP 1. A solid understanding of the Combat Order is inherent to Marine Corps leadership. In This Lesson Initially, we shall discuss the combat orders fundamentals and foundations. We shall also review three types of orders, the required information, and various techniques for effective issue and receipt of combat orders. We shall review some examples that are included at the end of the student handout. This lesson covers the following topics: Topic Page Combat Orders Fundamentals 4 Types of Orders 5 Order Format 7 Command Relationships 18 Techniques for Issuing an Order 18 Summary 21 References 21 Notes 22 Appendix A Offensive Squad Operations 23 Appendix B Offensive Platoon Operations 28 Appendix C Example of a Platoon Offensive Order 33 Appendix D Example of a Platoon (Reinforced) Defense Order 44 2 Basic Officer Course
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