***Is there anyone who can take the attached USMC Platoon defensive operation order and create a media to show the work, the correct operational terms and graphics must be used.
Visual Aid (map, power point, terrain model)
• Provides clarity to the operations order (additive) • Addresses both the company level and the platoon levels. (big to small) • Includes the following information: current location, direction of north, key terrain, tactical control measures within the area of operations (AO), and cardinal direction the defense is oriented. • Employs proper symbolism
***This is just and example of how to make a Fire plan sketch***
Annex B: Step-by-step how to create a fire plan sketch Step Action 1 Determine appropriate scale required for creation of your platoon fire plan sketch. This means determining the dimensions, in meters, of each box on your graph paper. (remember that the ratio of your scale should grow as the FPS progress from FT to Sqd to Plt). 2 Ensure that you know the length of each squad battle position (pace it off to be exact) as well as the attitude of the position. This will allow you to be precise when you place it on the grid lines. (You can also use a GPS to get the 8-10-digit grid for each position, or the left and right most holes for the fire teams/squads sectors. This info can also be used to place the positions on the grid lines.) 3 Use the grid lines available to orient the grids north. Reference the squad fire plan sketches and, based on the attitude and size (measure both with a protractor), draw your ME and both SE squads’ primary positions. Repeat for alternate and supplementary positions as necessary. 4 Draw and label the platoon CP. Your company commander may need this information later on. 5 Use the protractor to measure and draw each squad’s left and right limits (Magnetic Azimuths) using a dotted line Primary Positions Alternate Positions Supplementary Positions Write the azimuth for each sector along its associated line 6 Use the protractor to draw: For Plt – MG PDFs and FPLs; do not include SAW PDFs (You may choose to include some SAW PDFs based on the SAWs’ location in the defense and importance in the overall fire plan.) FPLs are depicted with a bold line for grazing fire; where grazing fire cannot be achieved, the dead space is shown by a thin line. FPLs have a magnetic azimuth For Sqd – SAW and M203 PDFs for each fire team; SAW PDF has magnetic azimuths M203 has magnetic azimuth and range to target/dead-space in meters Write the azimuth for each PDF/FPL along its associated line 7 Annotate key terrain on the sketch (large fingers or draws, roads, steams and large amounts of dead space. Try not to clutter the sketch. Ensure the terrain matches what you see in front of you. (This portion falls under the art of developing the sketch. Try to balance the need for detail with avoiding clutter/confusion on the sketch). Page 32 of 34 8 Draw and number Target Reference Points (TRPs) and trigger lines Are TRPs recognizable? Do they make sense? Do all the Marines know their respective TRPs/trigger lines? 9 Annotate targets (maintain grids to targets on another piece of paper) ensure FPF target is drawn with boxes. Each box is labeled with a number that corresponds to a gun on the gun-line. Annotate whether or not the FPF has been registered. 10 Annotate obstacles. This includes both existing and reinforcing obstacles. (Maintain grids to obstacles on another sheet of paper; this includes early warning devices). 11 Draw Passage Points for patrols. Draw Check Points for patrols if applicable. Draw LP/OPs 12 Complete the marginal information 13 Create a copy of the fire plan sketch. You will keep one and turn the other one over to your company commander. Ensure to update as required.
PLATOON FIRE PLAN SKETCH CHECKLIST 1. Significant terrain annotated on the sketch? a. Streams? b. High Ground? c. Trails? 2. Left and Right Grids and Sector Limits for Squads (Magnetic Azimuths) a. Primary Positions? b. Alternate Positions? c. Supplementary Positions? 3. Center Grid for the Squad position? 4. Left and Right Grids and Sector Limits for the Platoon (Magnetic Azimuths) a. Primary Positions? b. Alternate Positions? c. Supplementary Positions? 5. Center Grid for the Platoon positions? 6. Final Protective Fires for MGs (Principle Direction of Fire – PDF, or Final Protective Line – FPL) and Rockets/ Missiles (Hot/ Cold Positions) a. SAW has magnetic azimuths? b. M240G has magnetic azimuths for PDF/FPL? i. Length of Dead Space annotated? ii. Have you attached copies of the Range Cards to the Sketch? iii. Do you have a copy of the Range Card at the CP? c. Mk153 hot/cold positions marked? i. Have you attached Range Cards to the sketch? ii. Do you have a copy of the Range Card at the CP? d. Vehicles/other attachments marked? i. Grids to positions? ii. Sectors of Fire/PDFs/FPLs marked? iii. Have you attached Range Cards to the sketch? iv. Do you have copies of the Range Cards at the CP? 7. Target Reference Point (TRP) Grids and Descriptions? a. Are TRPs recognizable? b. Do they make sense? c. Marked in Additional Information? 8. OP/LP positions marked? a. Grids? i. Primary? ii. Alt? 9. Targets annotated on sketch? Grids to targets? FPLs noted for all fire support agencies (60mm, 81mm, Arty, NGF) 10. Wire, Natural Obstacles, Claymores, Booby Traps, Trip Flares, etc.? a. Annotated on map in relation to terrain? b. Grid marked in marginal info? 11. IS IT CURRENT? Is it updated for new additions to the defense? Have you changed the date/time group (DTG) to reflect the new changes? Name, Rank, Unit, and DTG on Margin?