BAMCIS: Begin, Arrange, Make, Complete, Issue, Supervise
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.
Arrange for Reconnaissance and Coordination
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.