2. Signal Annex Format. The format for the signal annex (Figure 3-1)
follows the same five-paragraph format used for an OPLAN or OPORD.
The following is a brief description of each of the five paragraphs.
a. Paragraph 1 - Situation. This paragraph contains information
on enemy forces, friendly forces and any attachments to the unit.
forces, signal units from higher headquarters are annotated (such as
elements of the division signal battalion providing Mobile Subscriber
b. Paragraph 2 - Mission. This is a clear, concise statement of
signal support to be provided to support the commander's concept of
operation for the unit.
c. Paragraph 3 - Execution. In this paragraph, all radio nets to
be established to support the unit's mission (to include both
(schedules/routes) and telephone procedures should also be included.
Diagrams, map overlays, and telephone directories may be included as
an appendix to the signal support annex to clarify or illustrate the
types of signal support available during the conduct of the unit's
d. Paragraph 4 - Service Support.
This paragraph contains
communications security (COMSEC) equipment.
e. Paragraph 5 - Command and Signal. This paragraph contains the
location of the battalion command post (CP), the index, and the issue
also be in this paragraph (e.g., instructions on radio silence and
operating under conditions of jamming).
3. Signal Support Planning Considerations. To ensure continuous and
satisfactory communications are provided, the signal officer in a
division's MI battalion must know the general planning considerations
for single-channel radio, wire, and multichannel communications.
a. The MI battalion uses single-channel radio as its primary
The signal officer
operating characteristics, which radios are compatible, antennas and
their characteristics, and what security equipment will work with
each type of radio.
Table 3-1, page 3-4, contains planning
considerations for single-channel radio operations.
planning considerations are discussed below.
is in Chapter 4 of FM 24-16, Communications-Electronics Operations,