Department of the Army
United states army cadet command
501 College Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187-5593
ATOW-IIL-WC August 23, 2012
MEMORANDUM FOR: Rolling Thunder Battalion
SUBJECT: Garrison OPORD Template v2.1
1. PURPOSE: To provide a visual example to be used for reference when writing OPORDs.
2. This template is the required format for all OPORDs delivered through the RTB LDP process.
3. It is meant for use in conjunction with the OPORD Review Memo v2.1 and reflects the standard by which all OPORDs will be evaluated within the LDP process.
4. POC: c/MAJ Levi Benson, email@example.com
Copy xx of xx Copies
Issuing Headquarters (Rolling Thunder Battalion)
Place of Issue (E.g. Jenks Hall, Wheaton College)
DTG of Issue (161830FEB12)
OPORD 12-xx (Subject title of Order (AO _________& AAO _________) DDMMMYY)
References: FM 5-0 (OPORD template on G-22), AR 25-50 (Pg 9, Formatting regulations), AR 310-50 (Format for abbreviations) [FMs related to the OPORD], and any charts, maps, or tables.
Time Zone Used Throughout Order: [List time Central Standard]
Task Organization: [Unit writing OPORD E.g. A Company]
[Subordinate unit #1 E.g. 1st Platoon]
[Subordinate unit #2 E.g. 2nd Platoon]
a. Area of Operations. [Describe the area that the operation will take place].
E.g. Lewis Forest Preserve, Jenks Hall, Blackwell Forest Preserve, etc.
(a). Observation and Fields of Fire.
(b). Avenues of Approach.
(c). Key Terrain.
(e). Cover and Concealment.
(2) Weather. [List the High/Low temperatures and chance of precipitation etc].
b. Enemy Forces. [Write “None” or describe the enemy forces’ disposition, capabilities, and most probable and deadliest Course of Actions (COA)].
c. Friendly Forces. [Briefly describe any friendly forces that will be operating in the same AO]. E.g. Bravo Company will be operating in our AO
d. Civilian Considerations. [List your instructions for interacting with civilians].
e. Attachments and Detachments. [List units attached to or detached from the unit. State when each attachment or detachment is effective.]
2. MISSION. [ Who , conducts what from when to when in the vic of
where IOT why .]
[Keep your mission paragraph concise yet complete. Do not just cut and paste the mission statement from your received OPORD. Adjust it to your specific unit level].
a. Commander’ Intent. [This is the Commander’s intent for the mission. It must include purpose, key tasks, and a measurable end state. Only the BC, COs and PLs write intents. All other leaders copy their commander’s intent. This is where the commander paints the picture in his/her own words].
b. Concept of operations. [The concept of operations describes how the commander sees the actions of subordinate units fitting together to accomplish the operation. This is typically listed by phases, each of which should include the starting time and event of each phase, the tasks/events of each phase, and the definition of when that phase is complete]. You are not limited to only having two phases when writing your OPORD, your execution phase may consist of multiple phases pending on operation size. Dismissal and AAR are no longer a phase separate to themselves and need to be included in the Execution Phase.
Phase I. Planning/Preparation.
Phase II. Execution of Lab/Dismissal/AAR. E.g. This phase begins with first formation at 161545FEB12 and includes weapons draw, MSII led classes, two PEs, weapons turn in, final formation at 161750FEB12, dismissal, and ends upon completion of AAR.
c. Scheme of Maneuver. [This section describes the movement of units throughout the operation in paragraph form. Task and purpose does not need to be listed explicitly, however, it should be implicit in the language of the paragraph].
E.g. Phase II. Alpha Company will hold their first formation on the grassy knoll with the rest of the battalion. After first formation they will move into room 205 in order to conduct classes on customs and courtesies. They will rotate to room 204 for a class on wear of uniform, and finally will move into room 203 for a class on military rank. Order of march is 1st platoon, 2nd platoon. After classes are complete they will move downstairs to the grassy knoll for final formation.
d. Tasks to subordinate units. [State the missions or tasks assigned to each subordinate unit that reports directly to the headquarters issuing the order. Every task must include a purpose. This includes the training locations if they are different for subordinate units]. E.g.
(1) 1st PLT. T: Conduct training on W side of football field.
P: Prepare for…
T: Teaches a class on squad ambush.
P: Prepare for…
(2) 2nd PLT. T: Conducts training on E side of football field.
P: Prepare for…
T: Teaches a class on squad attack.
P: Prepare for…
d. Coordinating instructions. [These are all instructions that apply to two or more units. E.g. each platoon will submit class plans IAW Class Plan Memo v2.0 and teach a class on M16 disassembly and assembly].
(1) Time or condition when the order becomes effective. E.g. This order is effective immediately.
(2) Risk reduction control measures. [Indicate overall risk: Low, Medium, or High. This should not differ from the BN OPORD delivered, however, if there are any questions company leadership can contact the S2 for more information on the Risk Assessment]. E.g.
(a) Cadets will not lock knees in formation.
(b) Cadets will hydrate throughout lab.
(3) Environmental considerations. [List them or refer to an annex or SOP. Include your inclement weather plan here]. E.g.
(a) Cadets will not walk through civilian lawns or flowerbeds.
(b) Inclement weather plan.
(4) Timeline. [List all hard times (according to the given DTG format, especially times when tasks must be completed. This should include not only higher’s key events, but also your own based on your analysis]. E.g.
211545AUG08 Coordinate all supply needs with S4
(5) Tasks to key personnel. [This is used on the rare occasion that there is a specified task given to a specific individual. Typically, this is used at the battalion level or higher to coordinate staff tasks. This is NOT a section to give tasks to PLs or SLs such as creating class plans or sending in accountability, etc.]
(6) Uniform. [E.g. Field with CWG].
(7) Order of march. [E.g. 1st Platoon. 2nd Platoon].
a. Material and services.
(1) Supply. [List supplies by class (i.e. Class I: Water). List only supplies that apply to your unit].
Class I) Rations
Class II) Organizational Clothing, individual equipment (OCIE) and maps
Class III) Bulk fuel
Class IV) Construction and fortification material
Class V) Munitions
Class VI) Personal demand items
Class VII) Major end items (command-controlled)
Class VIII) Medical material
Class IX) Repair parts
Class X) Material for nonmilitary or civil affairs operations
(2) Transportation. [Describe methods, traffic control, regulation measures, and main and alternate routes, i.e. on foot or IAW Transportation matrix (usually an annex, contact the XO)].
(3) Services. [Identify services available, location, times, and procedures for requesting information].
b. Health service support.
(1) Emergency numbers.
(a). Wheaton College Public Safety (630) 752-5911
(b). Olivet Nazarene Public Safety (815) 939-5265
(2) Casualty collection point.
c. Personnel service support.
(1) Chaplain. [E.g. On site]
(2) Command nurse.
5. COMMAND AND CONTROL.
(1) Current CoC
(2) Location of unit leader and second-in-command.
(3) Succession of command. [This must be specific names or positions].
a. Primary. [E.g. Voice]
b. Secondary. [E.g. Runner]
NAME OF UNIT LEADER E.g. DAGG c/RNK, Unit, Position c/LTC, RTB, BC
OFFICIAL: [Only use this if the leader or commander did not write the OPORD.]
NAME OF OPORD WRITER E.g. JOE SHMOE
c/RNK, Unit, Position c/MAJ, A Co, TAC
ANNEXES: [List any annexes or write “None”. A list of annexes can be found in the FM 5-0, Figure G-3].
DISTRUBTION: [List who is to receive copies of the OPORD or write No distribution].