CALL Handbook: Convoy Leader Training

Center for Army Lessons Learned

  • 81 pages
  • For Official Use Only
  • November 2003


The purpose of this handbook is to provide a quick-reference TTP guide for convoy commanders and their subordinates on how to train for and conduct tactical convoy operations on the asymmetric battlefield in  support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.

The Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL) and the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E), Joint Survivability (JSURV) Quick Reaction Test (QRT), Joint Test and Evaluation (JT&E), in coordination with the United States Central Command (USCENTCOM) Combined Forces Land Component Command (CFLCC), collected convoy operations lessons learned and tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTP) to aid in the reduction of the U.S. casualty rate during stability operations and support operations in Iraq. The result of this effort is the Convoy Leader Training Handbook.


Section I
Convoy Operations Troop-Leading Procedures

1. Troop-Leading Procedures (TLPs). Troop-leading procedures are used by leaders to prepare their unit for a mission. Many of the things that need to be done, such as pre-combat checks (PCCs) and pre-combat inspections (PCIs), may already be in unit SOPs since they are fairly standard from mission to mission. In situations where the missions conducted are similar to each other, such as tactical convoy operations on known routes, much of the planning may be completed beforehand and merely updated for each new mission. The use of SOPs, drills, and pre-mission preparation (e.g., detailed strip maps) will reduce the time required to prepare for a new assignment, particularly when lead times are often short. The TLPs are:
• Receive the Mission.
• Issue the Warning Order.
• Make a Tentative Plan.
• Initiate Movement.
• Conduct Reconnaissance.
• Complete the Plan.
• Issue the Operations Order.
• Supervise Execution.

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