How to Plan a Mission

Steps

1) Tentative Plan- Formulate your mission.  Select a mission type, goal, and expected outcome.

2) Discussion- Talk your plan out with other leaders, get their recommendations and compare them with others.

3) Unit Selection- Select the group of personnel you need/prefer for the mission.

4) Mobilization Order- Call them up for mission consultancy.

5) Review Intelligence- Study reports and observations from your intelligence-gathering echelon.  Use the intelligence to better compose a plan.

6) Finalize Plan- Complete your plan for recital to your selected personnel.

7) Stage your Personnel- Find a staging area and have your personnel gather necessary equipment.

8) Final Preparations- Have your personnel assemble gear, mission parameters, and other items of the personnel test.

Consideration Points

1) Objectives- Set out a list of objectives.  Break the mission down into checkpoints based on important points of the mission (Capturing, Securing, Defending, etc).

2) Terrain- Study the type of terrain the area has.  Include obstacles, barricades, and areas where traps can be installed.

3) Weather- Determine if the climate is suitable or difficult for the mission and prepare gear accordingly.

4) Allies- Find out if friendly persons or other units are active in the area.  Inform them of some parts of your plan to avoid confusion.

5) Civilians- Gauge the situation of the local civilian populace.  Take their attitude into account and determine their hostility towards your unit.  Take note of alarm systems, patrols, and anything that might detect you (barking dogs, stray animals, etc).

6) Enemies- Inform yourself of the enemy strength in the area.  Ensure you know what the enemy is performing, their equipment, and time they are present.

7) Equipment- Go over the equipment your personnel will need (weapons, tools, survival items, etc).

Personnel Test

1) Camouflage- Faces and other exposed areas camouflaged.

2) Communications- Place fresh batteries in radios and tune to proper channels.  Review hand signals, sign language, etc.

3) Gear- Tighten rucksacks, clothing, and other equipment.  Have your personnel move loosely and listen for rustles.

4) Weaponry- Order one round with one magazine to be loaded (if using firearms).  If using nonlethal defense, ensure devices are prepared.

5) Objectives- Ask personnel about the objectives thoroughly, and ensure that they fully understand.

6) Security- Order personnel to maintain security protocol by calling a gag order on mission details.

Example:

1st Platoon of Charlie Company is needed to secure the Europa Chemical Disposal facility 4 kilometers northeast of Paulson Cove.  They must guard the plant from 2200-0300 hours as part of the “Ghost Patrol” defense initiative.  The plant is 2 kilometers from the Cedric river, and is surrounded by small brush and vegetation.  There are many large rocks, ditches in the ground, and mildly rough shrubbery.  Tonight’s temperature will be around 21 degrees centigrade, winds around 30 kilometers per hour.  Don cold weather gear as needed.

Several squads of TRENCHCOAT troops will be performing reconnaissance nearby, contact them through radio frequency 9-37.  Keep in mind that they are looking for guerrillas near the Cedric river and should only be contacted in an emergency situation.  Escort any civilians you find on the campgrounds upriver to avoid deaths in the event of a chemical spill or assault on the plant.  The guerrilla force threatening the plant has been confirmed to be a joint task force from Get Aware and ISIS.  They are carrying AK47’s, RPG’s, and C4.  There have been 45 persons sighted in total wearing dark grey camouflaged outfits and ski masks at around 2120 hours Zulu time.

All troops will step off with 2 full canteens of water, 10 batteries, and an individual first aid kit.  All Class-01 riflemen must carry 500 rounds of ammunition while Class-03 must carry 2,400 rounds.  Report all deaths to the Company S-1, peculiar findings to the S-2, and return all unused ammunition to the S-4.

Staff Officer Positions (S-Number)

1: Personnel (Records Custodian)

2: Intelligence

3: Training and Operations

4: Logistics

5: Civil Relations

6: Communications

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