tactical preschool 35


When conducting a deliberate, organized operation involving the co-ordination of many people with different tasks a useful tool is the “rally point”.

The military definition for a “Rally Point” is:

Rally Points: A rally point is a place where a patrol can reassemble and reorganize if dispersed during movement; or temporarily halt to reorganize and prepare for actions at an objective; or temporarily halt to prepare to depart from friendly lines; or temporarily halt to prepare to reenter friendly lines. The leader should pick rally points either during the patrol or by a map study before the patrol. Those picked from a map are tentative and will be so until confirmed on the ground.

In military operations there are various rally points:

Initial rally point (RP) : An initial rally point is where a patrol rallies if dispersed before departing friendly lines or before reaching an en route rally point. It is located within friendly lines.

En route rally points: An en route rally point is where a patrol rallies if dispersed en route to or from its objective. There may be several en route rally points. They are between friendly lines and an objective along a patrol’s route.

Objective rally point (ORP): An objective rally point is where a patrol halts to prepare for actions at its objective. It is also a point to which a patrol returns after its actions at its objective. It must be near a patrol’s objective, but there is no set distance to it from the objective. It should be far enough from the objective so that the patrol’s activities will not be detected by the enemy.

Reentry rally point: A reentry rally point is where a patrol halts to prepare to reenter friendly lines. It is short of friendly lines and out of sight and sound of friendly observation posts.

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3 thoughts on “tactical preschool 35”

  1. So if I wanted to set up 2 2man op would i set up a patrol base or a orp due to the fact I am only setting in for a couple of hours 3 or 4 then I am collapsing it and heading back to my patrol base?

  2. A patrol base by definition is a position established when a patrol or several patrols halt for an extended period of time in an area not protected by friendly forces…more of a “base camp” then a rally point.

    If you mean an OP as in a ‘spec ops” style surveillance of a target then I suppose you could technically define it as as a “patrol mission” ran out of a patrol base. Unless the unit was dropped in and will be evaced out. You could have numerous en route rally points on the hump in and then an objective rally point before moving into your OP position.

    If you mean just putting out OP’s to secure a defensive position or a patrol base then you wouldn’t want to be placed so far out of your base that RP’s would be an issue.

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