TDG Tuesday: Troop Leading Steps Part III: Complete the Plan & Issue the Order

I started this series, TDG (Tactical Decision Game) Tuesdays, to get you more in the mindset of how you could potentially handle a given tactical scenario with a limited amount of resources and manpower. My goal is to get you to read these scenarios and think about what resources you have available, what sort of scenarios you might encounter, and what gaps you need to fill in your equipment/training.

Previously, I started a mini-series on the six troop leading steps, abbreviated as BAMCIS.

Begin Planning
Arrange Recon
Make Recon
Complete the Plan
Issue the Order

Over the course of this mini-series, the TDGs have been a successive continuation of the same exercise in which you go over the complete planning and execution of a squad-sized raid on an objective, while following the 6 troop leading steps listed above. If you haven’t already, read TDG 9 for the orientation and scenario that this week builds on, and TDG 10 for the portion on planning and conducting your preliminary reconnaissance of the objective.

TDG 11: Complete the Plan & Issue the Order

This week’s TDG covers the fourth and fifth steps, Complete the plan and Issue the Order. Two weeks ago you came up with a rough plan of attack and a list of RFIs (requests for information) that you wanted answered before finalizing your plan. Last week you planned and conducted your reconnaissance, answering some if not all of your RFIs. This week you will finalize your assault plan and draft it into a 5-paragraph order to issue to your men.

The 5-paragraph order, also known as an “Operations Order format,” is a simple and easy way to organize a mission plan to present to your subordinates. The 5 paragraphs can be easily remembered with the acronym “SMEAC”

Situation: Disposition of all friendly, hostile, and adjacent forces.
Mission: What we are trying to do.
Execution: How we are going to do it.
Admin & Logistics: Who/what is getting where and how.
Command & Signal: Who is in charge and how they are communicating.

If this looks familiar, it should. It’s the same format I’ve used in past TDGs to present the scenario to you. This is a very, very simplified description of what can go into a 5-paragraph order, but for a small group of civilian volunteers it will suffice to organize your thoughts. If you like, you can use as much detail as you want and make a full operations order. A more thorough description of the 5-paragraph order can be found here.

Your assignment this week is to finalize your assault plan using the results of your reconnaissance. Yesterday I posted the results of Badlands Rifleman’s recon plan, you may use that as your own reconnaissance. Feel free to post your final assault plans in the comments and discuss.

Next week we go back to the classic TDG format.

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Mike is the owner and chief instructor of Von Steuben Training & Consulting (VSTAC). A self-described “Tactical Scholar,” he spent 6 years in the Marine Corps as a radio operator and small-unit tactics instructor. He has dedicated his life to honing the tactical prowess of himself and his fellow patriots, guided by the wisdom of his commanding officer, Jesus Christ. He can be contacted via email at

3 thoughts on “TDG Tuesday: Troop Leading Steps Part III: Complete the Plan & Issue the Order

  1. Situation: two fuel trucks are being guarded by a team consisting of at least 7 hostiles who were observed to change watch at 6am. A sand bag barricade with an machine gun is facing east in the midst of the trucks. There is a motorized infantry force approximately 2000 meters northwest. The locals are believed to be sympathetic to our cause.

    Mission: destroy fueling capacity/fuel
    Execution: first objective is to eliminate enemy NCO and/or radio operators to prevent mobilization of Motorized infantry. Main objective empty fuel trucks and disable them or incinerate fuel trucks if

    Admin & Logistics: team 1 will assult from 059 201. Team 2 will assult from 057 199. Team 3 will assult from 055 201 and will be first line of defense if the motorized infantry is mobilized from the NW. Assult will begin at 0900 with the rifleman from firearms 1 & 2 targeting the NCO/RTO first and immediately followed by automatic weapons targeting the sandbag machine gun nest. When enemies are eliminated, team1 will move to fuel tanks and dump their contents, disable the vehicles, gather radios and sweep for intel while team 2 and 3 provide overwatch.

    Command & Signal: squad leader will initiate assult with hand signal to the team leaders at designated time. Upon completion group will rally at predesignated point to debrief and relay info to partisan network. Casualties will be taken to local population for shelter and aid.


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