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BAMCIS For The Patrol Leader

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BAMCIS: Begin, Arrange, Make, Complete, Issue, Supervise


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These six troop leading steps help leaders, plan, and execute their mission. Troop leading steps are a logical and orderly process for making the best use of time, facilities, and personnel in preparing for and executing an assigned mission.

Begin Planning
Arrange for Reconnaissance and Coordination
Make Reconnaissance
Complete Plan
Issue Order

A patrol leader must take advantage of time and resources when planning a patrol. Planning involves many parts that must come together if a patrol is to be successful.

Begin the plan: Painting the intelligence picture

Information is only information until you start to connect the dots.

The true difference between information and intelligence; intelligence (intel) paints a picture of the battlefield based on the connections made from raw information. With this picture, the battlefield commander can better tailor a large scale plan for the unit as a whole. Drawing from this “big picture” intel report, the commander issues broad spectrum mission statements, commander’s intent and what their desired end-state is.

From the intent and endstate, patrol leaders create their own mission statement. Once the mission has been established the patrol leader must begin gathering intel reports within their specific AO.

Having gathered the necessary intelligence for patrol, assemble the information along with the intent of the patrol and mission statement into a single page brief sheet – a warning order.

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posted on May 27, 2015 under Articles
Michael J. Penney
Michael J. Penney is a former infantryman and Marine Corps Combat Arms instructor. During his eight year career in the Marines, he served with distinction on the battlefields of Ramadi Iraq 2005-2006/ 2007 and Kajaki/Sangin Afghanistan (2011). Learn more about Michael at

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