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Guys...found this info about the roles within a team...
The Point man or Senior Scout led the team.His main job was to maintain direction,while being on lookout for the enemy.His area of observation was directly to his front from ground level to eye level.
The Slack was next in line.His main role was to pace or keep track of the distance travelled by the team.The slack position also backed up the point when he made contact.The point would empty his weapon into the contact area,then withdrew to the rear past the slack man.When the point passed him,the slack emptied his weapon into the contact area,then he would withdraw past the next man.The entire team would fire and withdraw until the contact was broken and the team could then E & E.
The slacks area of observation was to the right and left flanks and to the front from eye level up.He would normally walked three to five metres behind the point.
The Team Leader walked third in line.His job was to monitor the progress and movement of the team,making sure that spacings were kept,and that the team moved in the right direction.
His position in the centre gave him control of the entire team in case of contact was made to the front or rear.The team leader did,nt really have an area of specific observation while on patrol.He had to be free to monitor the entire teams performance.
The senior RTO walked behind the team leader.His job was to handle all routine radio traffic,freeing up the team leader to run the patrol.He had to be able to call for medevac and direct them,call for fire missions and adjust the artillery,diect gun ships and air strikes,and be able to send comms info clearly to relay teams or to the rear.He also had to keep a cool head when in contact.His area of observation was to the left flank
The junior RTO walked in the fifth position.He carried the spare radio or the arty-net radio.he was more or less the pack horse of the team,unless in contact and had to get a fire mission in very quickly,he also had to handle all the duties fo the senior RTO.His area of observation was to the right flank.
The junior scout or the rear security brought up the rear of the patrol.his role was to observe the rear making sure that the enemy did,nt move up onto the rear of the team.He also did his best to make sure that no sign of the patrol,s movements remained to the enemy.
I,m sure that we could incorperate this info into our patrol with very good effect.What do you think gents.
This info was drawn from a book written by G.A.Linderer.