PLATTRAIN PREMISES AND TRAINING IMPLICATIONS RELATED TO IMPROVING THE TACTICAL PROFICIENCY OF RIFLE PLATOONS
GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIV ALEXANDRIA VA HUMAN RESOURCES RESEARCH OFFICE
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Tactical doctrine, combat literature, and the literature of previous research were studied to develop premises and training implications to serve as a base upon which subsequent programs of training research relevant to the rifle platoon could be built. A set of premise statements was presented summarizing those factors which have complicated smooth rifle platoon functioning in th past and probably will complicate smooth functioning in the future. Separate sets of statements outlining the implications of the e premises for training the individual platoon member, the platoon and squad leaders, and platoons as units were written. The conclusion is t at the foregoing premise statements and their implications for training must be given priority consideration in the development of future training programs involving the rifle platoon, its leaders, and individual members. Analysis of past combat, ROCID doc rine, and pertinent research indicate that the areas pinpointed here are critical ones. This paper does not intend to convey the impression that these areas are the only ones to which training should be devoted. There are a number of other areas, as well a these, in which platoon members, leaders, and platoons as units need to be trained.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics