Figure 11-35.--Standard format for an operation order.
command; however, SOPs must contain all the
subordinate units and agencies can have a thorough
information needed to serve as a guide for new
understanding of the part each is to play in the
personnel assigned to the battalion.
OPORDs maybe oral, dictated, or in written form.
Operation Orders (OPORD)
The most important determining factor of the form and
method of issuing an OPORD is the time available for
its preparation and distribution. An order should reach
An OPERATION PLAN (OPLAN) is a detailed
its destination in enough time to avoid halting troops
statement l of a course of action to be followed to
while they wait for further instructions. Even the lowest
accomplish a future mission. An OPERATION ORDER
subordinate commander needs time to reconnoiter,
(OPORD) (See fig. 11-35.) puts an OPLAN into effect.
place his troops in position, make other necessary
The OPORD is a formal statement issued by the senior
arrangements, and issue his own orders before the hour
commander to subordinate commanders that outlines
the coordinated execution of a future operation in the
set for beginning the action.
Oral and dictated orders are similar because both are
In five paragraphs, OPLANs and OPORDs detail
spoken orders. When oral orders are issued, notes are
the complete information and orders necessary to carry
made by the persons receiving them. Dictated orders are
recorded verbatim by the receiver. A complete copy of
out the decision of the commander. They are written so