Tactical Mission Tasks
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Tactical Mission Tasks & Mission Statements
Tactical Mission Tasks or Task Verbs describe the results or effects a commander wants to achieve – in other words: the What and Why of a mission statement.
A mission statement (generally) contains the "5 Ws", the Who, What, When, Where, and Why associated with a specific operation/mission. The What and Why of a mission statement are not the same thing and both are needed, they can be considered the "core" of any mission statement.
The What is the task that is issued, so in other words an Effect (that is normally measurable), plus an optionally specified Activity. The Why is purpose of the task, so in other words the reason for the mission. For example:
35th MECHINFBN counter-attacks to seize OBJ OGG IOT (in order to) regain lost ground.
Here "35th MECHINFBN" (Who), "counter-attacks to seize" (What), "OBJ OGG" (Where), "IOT regain lost ground." (Why). In this example the Task (Why) contains both an effect ("seize") and an activity ("counter-attack"). The purpose is typically preceded by the term "in order to" (IOT). The When is intentionally left unspecified for better understanding.
K/3-2 CAV delays ENY forward of PL BANK for 48 hrs IOT create conditions for the defense of the river ENNS.
Here "K/3-2 CAV" (Who), "delays" (What), "forward of PL BANK" (Where), "for 48 hrs" (When), "IOT create conditions for the defense of the river ENNS." (Why).
This format of the mission statement is not only found in the 2. MISSION paragraph of the Operations Order, but is also used to issued as Task(s) to Subordinate Units in the 3. EXECUTION paragraph. Furthermore general format and verbs are, where possible, also used in verbal Fragementary/Battle Orders, in order to ensure clarity and avoid misunderstanding.
List of Task Verbs
The following list will provide a brief overview over some of the most common tactical mission task verbs and their graphic, while Steel Beasts can depict the majority of them properly, in ArmA often other means must be used to visualize the intended task. This list depicts the task verbs, as they are defined by NATO. While all NATO members and many Partnership for Peace member forces have adopted them, they often continue to use indigenous variations that might differ from the allied definition. This list is not comprehensive, but meant as a brief introduction into the most important tasks, for a full list see the links at the bottom.
References & Further Reading
- STANAG 2287 - The detailed NATO agreement for Task Verbs and Mission Statements
- FM 3-90-1 - Tactical Mission Tasks - US Field Manual with even more detail on the most prevalent tasks
Keep in mind that this is not meant as a comprehensive guide that covers the entire topic complex, but just meant as an aid for those that want some basic orientation on the topic to enhance mutual understanding.