TDG Recap: Troop Leading Steps Part IV: Supervise

Previously, I started this new 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.  In TDG 9, you made an rough plan of action and created a list of Requests For Information (RFIs) that you wanted answered for your final plan.  In TDG 10, you planned and conducted your reconnaissance of the objective to answer your RFIs.  If you sent your recon plan to me, I emailed you back your results, complete with imagery.  And finally, in TDG 11, you used the information from your reconnaissance to finalize your attack plan and draft a 5-paragraph order.  This brings us to the final and most important step in the troop leading process: Supervise.

You, as a leader of troops, are responsible for the ultimate success or failure of those troops.  Therefore, it is your responsibility to ensure that any task you assign is understood and accomplished.  You do this by supervising the task you have assigned and ensuring that every man knows what he is doing and why he is doing it.

One common tool for supervising is Pre-Combat Checks and Pre-Combat Inspections (PCCs and PCIs).  PCCs involve checking your troops’ equipment and appearance before stepping off on a mission.  Check to make sure that everyone has the required equipment, that it is packed correctly, and that all weapons are loaded and serviceable.  It is important that you actually check your guys rather than taking their word for it that they have everything.  Don’t just ask Larry if he has his nvg, have him pull it out and show it to you.  Put your hands on Sean’s rifle and perform a functions check yourself to make sure it works.  This isn’t micromanagement or distrust, it’s another means of redundancy to minimize human error to save lives.

PCIs involve asking your men questions about the operations order to make sure everyone understands what’s happening and how they fit into the big picture.  Ask questions like “What is the casualty handling plan?” “Where is the objective rally point?”  “What is the primary radio frequency?”  Brent 0331 made an excellent comprehensive video about PCCs and PCIs that you should watch.

I want to thank everyone who participated in this exercise.  I was very impressed by some of the plans I received and I did my best to meet your level of effort in my responses.  A special “thank you” to Badlands Rifleman, for posting his detailed recon and assault plans. Over the next few days I will be publishing some of the “homework” that I received along with my feedback, so the rest of you can comment and discuss the plans that were submitted.  The first one will go up later today. Tomorrow we go back to the normal TDG format. 

If you’d like more practice developing skills to be an effective small unit leader, come out to a Team Leader Class.  The next one is March 24-25 in NC, see you out there.

Published by vonsteubentraining

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

One thought on “TDG Recap: Troop Leading Steps Part IV: Supervise

  1. Thanks for putting the time and effort into these that you have done, I hope there are people out there wise enough to take part in this free training. Maybe if you change the name from TDG Tuesdays to Free Training Tuesdays more folks will jump in?? Lol

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