(a) Like the heavy force battalion, the light fore battalion has an O&I net (Figure 2-15,
(b) The purpose of the O&I net is the same as it was for the heavy force -- to provide a
means for the light force commander to accept routine items of information concerning O&I reporting,
without cluttering or interfering with the command net.
(c) The S2 monitors and controls this net. Others enter the net to pass information.
(3) Administrative/logistics net.
(a) The battalion net is shown in Figures 2-16A and 2-16B, pages 2-31 and 2-32. This
net handles the administrative and logistics requirements of the force. This net is also the backup
(b) The connectivity for the light force battalion administrative/logistics net is the same
as that of the heavy force. All CSS elements are connected into the net from company through battalion.
As you can see, the battalion administrative/ logistics net connects with the brigade administrative/
Communications in Heavy-Light and Light-Heavy Task Forces.
a. As you may recall from lesson 1, there are times when light forces and heavy forces are
cross-attached. The brigade commander makes the decision to cross attach company level units to his
subordinate battalions. This decision is based upon his analysis of the factors of METT-T.
b. The organization and capabilities of the communications platoon organic to a heavy or light
force were discussed in the preceding paragraphs. Although the communications platoons are similar,
they differ in ways that reflect the missions of their battalions.
(1) The heavy force relies on its mobility to move and fight on the battlefield. The
commander, his staff, and subordinate commanders fight mounted. The mechanized infantry is also
equipped to fight dismounted. The armored battalion does not fight dismounted, and it is not equipped
with the communications equipment to do so.
(2) The light force is organized and equipped to fight and communicate dismounted. It is not
equipped to fight mounted. The light force has only a limited number of mounted radios.