The problem may be caused by the threat posed by the enemy, by
terrain that limits vehicular movement, or by weather which inhibits
The problem may also be caused by lack of roads and
bridges capable of carrying normal military loads in sustained
operations. However, regardless of the operational environment, you
must make every effort to maintain security.
To ensure adequate security measures for motor transport movements
are taken, you must be able to--
plan the location of security elements.
coordinate matters pertaining to vehicle security.
select halt locations before the convoy departs.
employ security practices during motor movements.
PART A - PLAN THE LOCATION OF SECURITY ELEMENTS
Escort and security elements accompany a column or convoy, assist the
convoy's movement, and protect it from interference from any source.
Convoy escort and security elements are placed in direct support of
The security elements may consist of military police,
civilian police, or other personnel assigned to accompany the column
through congested areas or areas of possible traffic conflict; of
armed guards, ground troops, or armed aircraft to protect the
movement from sabotage, pilferage, guerrilla activity, or enemy
as escorts or security elements will normally be assigned only to
high priority missions.
Motor transport movements must be flexible to meet unpredicted
weather, terrain, road conditions, route restrictions on overhead
clearances and bridge-weight limitations, civilian controls, tactical
operations, and enemy action. Generally, motor movements made in the
territory of a friendly nation are subject to civilian traffic
You may have to coordinate with civil authorities
before executing motor moves.
You must obtain clearances through
transportation movement office channels as prescribed by local
Civilian controls do not apply when operating in
occupied or hostile territory where military operations have
In a theater of operations, particularly in the combat
zone, you must give tactical conditions the highest consideration
when planning motor transport movements. Tactical conditions include
those imposed by--