Introduction to Offense

Platoon leaders and squad leaders must understand the principles and TTPs associated with the offense. They must comprehend their role when operating within a larger organization’s operations, and when operating independently. Leaders must recognize the complementary and reinforcing effects of other maneuver elements and supporting elements with their own capabilities, and also understand the impact of open or restrictive terrain on their operations. The platoon conducts the offense to deprive the enemy of resources, seize decisive terrain, deceive or divert the enemy, develop intelligence, or hold an enemy in position. This chapter covers the basic principles of the offense, common offensive planning considerations, actions on contact, movement to contact, attack, and transitions.


Conduct of the Offense

Key Points

  1. Characteristics of the Offense
  2. Offensive Tasks
  3. Forms of Maneuver
  4. Common Offensive Control Measures
  5. Sequence of the Offense


2-1. The leader seizes, retains, and exploits the initiative when conducting offensive tasks. Even when conducting primarily defensive tasks, taking the initiative from the enemy requires offensive tasks that are force- or terrain-oriented. Force-oriented tasks focus on the enemy. Terrain-oriented tasks focus on seizing and retaining control of terrain and facilities. (Refer to FM 3-90-1 for more information.)


Edited by MAJ J.LaFlash