Answer to question 10 of 13 for MCDP 1 Discussion
Continuing the distribution of the MCDP 1 Discussion topics introduced today:
10. Describe base unit tactics? Why do we use them?
Base unit tactics is the method by which a leader controls a unit composed of multiple sub-units, such as a rifle squad or platoon. Rather than try to control twelve Marines or even three teams (difficult at best), the squad leader designates a base unit and focuses most of his effort on controlling it. The other teams in this case cue off of the base unit. By controlling the base unit, the squad leader can control tempo and direction of the entire squad. It is important to note that the base unit and the main effort are not the same thing, and may not be the same unit.
(MCDP 1 pages 59-60 and 78-82)