The corps area of operations should extend far enough beyond the FLOT to permit
corps to engage forces which can join or support the main battle within 72 hours;
division areas of operation should extend from its rear boundary out far enough
beyond the FLOT to engage enemy forces up to 24 hours,
Figure 2-2. Areas of Operations.
Area of Interest is defined as that area of concern to the commander, to include
the area of operations, adjacent areas, and areas extending into enemy territory,
which contain objectives pertinent to current or planned operations as shown in
Figure 2-3. This area also included terrain occupied by enemy forces which could
jeopardize mission accomplishment. Commanders' guidelines for these limits appear
in Figure 2-4.
An area of interest may be irregular in shape and overlap the areas of adjacent and
subordinate units areas of operations. The area will change with the movement of
the FLOT as new avenues uncover and as commanders assess METT-T. Higher
headquarters should provide intelligence on overlapping areas of interest to all