FM 17-98 Scout Platoon

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FM 17-98 Scout Platoon describes how scout platoons conduct reconnaissance and security missions.  It focuses on the principles of platoon operations and the tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTP) the platoon uses to acquire battlefield information for its commander as well as to provide security on the battlefield.This manual also covers the supporting tasks and operations that the platoon must perform or coordinate as part of reconnaissance and security missions.

FM 17-98 Scout Platoon is for leaders of scout platoons equipped with the M3 Calvary fighting vehicle or Humvee.  This encompasses scout platoons of armor battalions, mechanized infantry battalions, the heavy division, the heavy cavalry regiments, and the light Calvary regiment.  The principles and TTP are adaptable to scout platoons of the light division reconnaissance squadron.

The closest I ever came to being a scout was during operation purple star.   I got in a little trouble in a Wilmington NC nightclub and was temporarily kicked off my M88 and made squad leader in a field MP platoon.  We were tasked with security patrols and route reconnaissance during the exercise.  However, in reality it was a squad of Marines that were a little wild in their parent units and were tasked to the MPs for the duration of the exercise.  The MP captain ensured we received good MP training by having us practice squad rushes up and down the various Camp Lejuene Temporary Landing Zones for a few months prior to the exercise.

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