The U.S. Army recently published Field Manual 3-96 (FM 3-96), The Brigade Combat Team. FM 3-96, whose predecessor was FM 3-90.6, provides doctrine for the brigade combat team, and describes relationships, organizational roles and functions, capabilities and limitations, and responsibilities within the brigade combat team. Some of the new areas that were later expanded into chapters include the nature of the threat, reconnaissance and security operations. Tactics, the employment and ordered arrangement of forces in relation to each other are discussed in this manual and are intended to be used as a guide. The principal audience for FM 3-96 is the commanders, staffs, officers and noncommissioned officers of the brigade, battalions and squadrons within the BCT. FM 3-96 applies to the entire Army, both Active and Reserve components. Field Manual 3-96 is available online.
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