Control Measures

1. Are means of regulating forces or warfighting functions established under a commander’s authority used to assign responsibilities, require synchronization between forces, impose restrictions, or establish guidelines to regulate freedom of action. They can be permissive or restrictive. Permissive control measures allow specific actions to occur; restrictive control measures limit the conduct of certain actions. They help commanders direct by establishing responsibilities and limits that prevent subordinate units’ actions from impeding one another. (PAM 3-00) 2. Directives given graphically or orally by the commander to subordinate command to assign responsibilities, coordinates fire and maneuver and control combat operations. Each control measure can be portrayed graphically. In general, all control measures should be easily identifiable on the ground. (PAM 3-0701, PAM 8-03)

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