Army Terminal Operations
Terminals are key nodes in the total distribution system that supports the
commander's concept of operation at all levels of war and through the range of
military operations. When linked by modes of transport, they define the
transportation structure for the operations.
Army terminal operations involve:
Receiving, processing, and staging passengers.
Receiving, loading, transferring, and discharging unit equipment and cargo.
The main activities executed at terminals are:
Loading/unloading modes of transport.
Stow planning loads.
Documenting movement through the terminal.
The two broad categories of terminals are:
Water terminals--When used
as departing ports are known
embarkation (SPOE); for arriving they are seaport of debarkation (SPOD).
Inland terminals--used to complete an existing transportation network to
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