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COMBAT APPRECIATIONLT COL PR PATHIRAVITHANA psc- SLAC
LAYOUT AND SEQUENCE
Considering the task allotted together with restrictions on the method of carrying it out to get the TERMS OF REFERENCE/LIMITATION AND AIM Collecting and collating all relevant info appropriate FACTORS and arranged at relevant DEDUCTIONS, towards achieving the aim under
Review of the deductions to bring out possible ways COURSES OF of achieving the aim to give the ACTON The elaboration of the course selected to give the OUTLINE PLAN
FORMULATION OF THE AIMAim is a statement of what is intended to be achieved. A clear and concise formulation of the aim is an essential pre-requisite of any military appreciation. A faulty aim will lead to a faulty plan. The task may be clearly laid down by higher commander. If so, the task will become the aim. If not, a review of the situation will be required to set the aim.
REVIEW OF THE SITUATION At higher levels, review of the overall sit obtaining at that time may be carried out under the following heads: A general review of the situation and environment.This may include terrain evaluation,weather, political and psychological conditions Terms of reference En forces and intentions Own forces and higher intentions
At lower levels, Div and below, review of the sit normally limited to listing the Terms of Reference/Limitation only
TERMS OF REFERENCE / LIMITATION Time Stipulation Restrictions on use of troops and equipment Purpose of an operation Ground stipulation Amplification of task Administration stipulation
AIMThe Aim must be simple, clear and concise. It should satisfy the following: Must be single Must not indicate the method of achievement Must be positive. No negative verbs should be used Must be capable of being attained with the existing resources Must be confined to the boundaries of immediate planning
QUESTIONS TO BE ASKED TO BRING OUT THE AIM What exactly is to be done? What does this involve? How far can I plan now?
Example One.If the task laid down by the higher commander is To capture Green Hill, the task itself may become the aim, as the answers to all the three questions are the same, ie, To capture Green Hill. At Bn level, selection of aim is often simple, the task itself becoming the Aim.
Example Two.The task laid down by higher commander is To capture Brown Hill. The answer to first question remains the same, ie, to capture Brown Hill. However, the answer to second question brings out - that capture of Brown Hill also involves capture of Mound and Knoll since the latter two are in close proximity of Brown Hill and will interfere in its capture and subsequent holding. The answer to third question is that the capture of all the three features can be planned now. Thus the Aim is this case would be To capture Mound, Knoll and Brown Hill.
Example Three.The task laid down by the higher commander is, Act as advance guard and establish a firm base in area Metipihibiya. The answer to first question is, To act as advance Guard and To establish firm base in Area Metipihibiya. The next question What does this involve? brings out To act as advance Guard upto area Metipihibiya and then secure Metipihibiya The answer to How far can I plan now ? is that I can only plan to act as advance Guard.
FACTORSA factor may be defined as a series of statement of facts or reasonable assumptions bearing on the aim, from which deductions also having a bearing on the aim can be drawn.
PURPOSEThe purpose of examining factors is to carry out an analysis of all available relevant info, facts and possibilities, whether known or surmised, with a view to deriving definite and relevant conclusions (deductions), towards determining the courses of action. Deductions that emerge enable us to suggest the possible courses that the en may adopt, to know clearly what options are available to own forces to achieve, the aim and finally to select the best option or course of action to realise the aim.
SELECTION OF FACTORSSelection of factors is dependent on the aim of the appreciation only relevant info and facts having a beating on the attainment of aim should be considered. All irrelevant matter not having a bearing on the aim or not leading to useful deductions should be ruthlessly discarded.
THE PROCESS OF SELECTION The Question Method The Plan ingredient/Execution Paragraph Method
CONSIDERATION OF FACTORS
METHOD OF DRAWING DEDUCTIONS There is no cover on Northern Approach (A statement of fact), So what? During day, enemy will be able to observe my move on Northern Approach (An effect), So what? Move on Northern Approach is likely to draw heavy enemy interference (An inference), So what ? I should move on Northern Approach during night or I should cover my move with arty fire. (These suggest a course of action and there is no further answer to So what? Therefore, these are deductions)
IMPORTANT POINTS TO REMEMBER WHILE DRAWING DEDUCTIONS Always use deductions the word should for wording Deductions should always be positive. Never draw negative deductions Do not include facts from which no useful deductions can be drawn Do not arrive at deductions without first considering the relevant factors. Such deductions may be termed as unsupported deductions. Unsupported deductions go against the technique of a written appreciation Cont ...
Cont ... Do not confuse statement of facts with deductions Deductions are conclusions leading to courses of action. A statement which is a fact and not a conclusion is not a deduction as it does not lead to a course of action Deductions pertain to own courses of action. Do not include deductions pertaining to enemy courses of action in the Factors Do not draw deductions factors/sub factors from the wrong
COURSES OF ACTION Courses of action are the various options available to achieve the aim. Factors have to be considered logically, the likely courses, both own and enemy, will be derived by considering the factors Most suitable course to attain the aim has to be selected by detailed consideration of the merits of each and weighing it against likely en action Courses, which are obviously unworkable, must not be included
SEQUENCE When En Has the Initiative: * State and examine en courses * Determine ens most probable Course * State and examine own courses * Decide own best course of action in relation to enemys most probable course When We Have the Initiative: * State and examine own courses * State and examine en courses * Determine ens most probable course * Decide own best course of action in relation to enemys most probable course
EN COURSESEn courses are discussed under the headings Likelihood and Effect. Under Likelihood, discuss the likelihood of adoption of that course by the enemy and under Effect, examine the fleet of that course on the attainment of our aim.
ENEMYS MOST PROBABLE COURSEIf no concrete indication of the enemys most probable course may be forthcoming from the consideration of factors, assess the enemys most dangerous course as his most probable course.
Own courses are the various methods of achieving the aim, derived from consideration of factors A course is a plan in nut shell. Hence while describing own courses, describe briefly the full essentials of each course No new own courses to be introduced it should be a logical outcome of all factors considered in the appreciation Each course should be examined in the light of the aim under the headings Advantages and Disadvantages Combination of courses may be considered if they more likely to achieve the aim, such a combination course should have been discussed in the factors before hand
OWN BEST COURSE OF ACTION
OUTLINE PLANThe plan is a statement of the method by which derived through an elaboration of the course selected to achieve the aim. It is a logical outcome of the consideration of factors.
THE GROUP HEADINGS USED IN THE PLAN Aim Mission Execution Service Support Command and Signals
RE-APPRECIATIONAn appreciation may be re-appreciate at any stage prior to execution of the plan if warranted by change in original situation or factors. It is a matter of judgement as to when and under what circumstances re-appreciation may be necessary.
DOs AND DONTs
DOs Evolve a clear, concise and simple aim Keep the terms of reference at the back of your mind while discussing factors Give due importance to all the factors, courses of action and the plan Be brief and to the point Be neat and tidy in your writing Follow the rules of minor Staff Duties
DONTs Do not situate an appreciation but appreciate the Situation Do not include information facts in factors from which no useful deductions can be drawn Do not draw negative deductions Do not draw unsupported deductions Do not draw deductions from the wrong factors Do not produce Courses of Action out of nowhere. These must be based on consideration of factors Do not include new matter in the plan