2-355. For all attacks, Infantry units should and must plan to exploit success. However, at the conclusion of an engagement, the unit leader may be forced to defend. For short defenses, units make use of existing terrain to enhance their survivability. If a longer defense is envisioned, engineer assets immediately should refocus their efforts on providing survivability support (fighting positions and similar activities). Engineer assets should do this even as they sustain mobility and integrate countermobility into the planned defensive mission. The Infantry leader considers the higher commander’s concept of the operation, friendly capabilities, and enemy situation when making the decision to defend or continuing the offense.
U.S. Soldiers waiting orders to defend or continue the offense.