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METT-T For The Patrol Leader

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METT-T is the method of analysis used when considering how to maneuver a patrolling element around the potential battlespace. METT-T is addressed during the ‘make the recon‘ phase of BAMCIS.

The mission statement is at the center of METT-T analysis. If the objective is to recon an area, the patrol needs to go through certain, known, enemy locations; to recon further enemy activity.

If the objective is to cordon and clear a structure, the route is limited to where the structure is located. There may be access point considerations that need to be made when conducting actions on the objective.

When conducting raids, its easy to lose site of the community and their sensitivity to these types of operations. Raids typically happen quickly and through violence of action. That’s great if the mission takes place behind enemy lines where battlespace owner’s don’t have to deal with the aftermath however, in contentious battle-spaces this could really mess up a units progress within the AO.


Patrol through Kajaki fields


Being able to understand the enemy’s movements and reactions is vital when creating the intelligence picture for the team. Patrol leaders must take into account the effect an enemy attack may have on their patrol. This is not to say patrol where the enemy is not; much rather the opposite. Know how the enemy trains and fights. Learn where they patrol and who they interact with.

Understanding the enemy and giving a clear picture of the enemy helps patrol leaders to determine how to destroy enemy threats along a given route. Patrol leaders need to look at potential threats along the route, at checkpoints and objectives, then conduct pre-combat drills with the squad. Each member of the squad needs prepared to defeat those threats.

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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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