In order for you to develop a plan for a battalion religious program, you
must understand some of the doctrinal techniques and procedures of military
Planning is a continuous process in preparation for future
assigned or assumed tasks.
Planning involves a detailed and systematic examination of all aspects of
contemplated operations. Planning and preparing plans are essential parts
of the military decision-making process.
Planning makes future operations
easier by permitting subsequent, rapid, and coordinated action by the staff
and by other elements of the command.
Planning also keeps subordinate elements of the command informed of possible
requirements and keeps the command in a better position to respond to
rapidly changing situations. Adequate, practical planning is essential to
the success of any military undertaking.
Proper planning permits the
detailed and systematic examination of all factors involved in an operation.
The larger the unit, the greater the need to foresee and plan for long-range
As a staff officer, you will continually plan for future operations.
extent of this planning varies with the level of command. Staffs at higher
levels normally prepare for operations from one to several months ahead.
Staffs at lower levels are concerned primarily with short-range planning.
In planning, you consider those features of the operation that are in your
area of interest.
You must investigate the effects of these features on
unit operations and on the plans of other staff sections.
prepare the plans that are in your area of staff responsibility.
PART A - IDENTIFY THE TECHNIQUES USED TO
DEVELOP A PLAN
Characteristics of Plans.
A plan is a method or a scheme for a military action. It is a proposal to
carry out a command decision or project. As part of the planning process, a
plan represents the command's preparation in a specific area to meet a
particular event. A plan may be written or oral. Although plans are based
on specific conditions or assumptions, they are not static.
changed, refined, and updated as a result of continuing estimates and
The essential elements of a plan are a definite course of action and a
method for execution.