--Phases of the Linkup

PHASES OF THE LINKUP

5-104. The Infantry platoon and squad conducts linkup activities independently or as part of a larger force. Within a larger unit, the platoon may lead the linkup force. The linkup consists of three phases. The following actions are critical to the execution of a linkup.

PHASE 1—FAR RECOGNITION SIGNAL

5-105. During this phase, the forces conducting a linkup establish both FM radio and digital communications before reaching direct fire range. The lead element of each linkup force should monitor the radio frequency of the other friendly force.

PHASE 2—COORDINATION

5-106. Before initiating movement to the linkup point, the forces must coordinate necessary tactical information including the following ─

  • The known enemy situation.
  • Mission Command Systems, if equipped, filter setting and address book commonality.
  • Type and number of friendly vehicles and number of vehicles equipped with Mission Command Systems.
  • Disposition of stationary forces (if either unit is stationary).
  • Routes to the linkup point and rally point, if any.
  • Direct and indirect fire control measures.
  • Near recognition signals.
  • Communications information.
  • Sustainment responsibilities and procedures.
  • Finalized location of the linkup point and rally points, if any.
  • Special coordination, such as those covering maneuver instructions or requests for medical support.

PHASE 3—MOVEMENT TO THE LINKUP POINT AND LINKUP

5-107. All units or elements involved in the linkup enforce strict fire control measures to help prevent fratricide and friendly fire. Moving or converging forces must easily recognize linkup points and RFL. Linkup elements take the following actions ─

  • Conduct far recognition using radios or Mission Command Systems, if equipped.
  • Conduct short-range (near) recognition using the designated signal.
  • Complete movement to the linkup point.
  • Establish local security at the linkup point.
  • Conduct additional coordination and linkup activities as necessary.