Enemy characteristics and capabilities.
Available support from other army forces, other services, or
Available time for deployment or reinforcement.
Figure 1 illustrates a corps organization.
The elements of the corps are
depicted by type.
The elements highlight the flexibility of the
organization. The size of each headquarters should be the smallest capable
of providing the required command and control over subordinate elements.
Troop lists should be consistent with availability of units in the US Army
Also, the types you see are considered necessary to
support a typical corps mission.
In addition to combat elements, there are the corps field artillery, corps
Contingency Corps. We have discussed the forward deployed corps. Now let
us briefly consider the contingency corps.
The Army must be prepared to
conduct operations anywhere in the world. The contingency corps allows the
Army to respond to global requirements as they occur.
give us an added degree of flexibility.
Since it is not possible to
determine beforehand where a corps may be required to fight, plans must be
developed for the most likely contingencies a corps might face.
The corps must be prepared to deploy on short notice to engage in
Mission, enemy, terrain and weather, troops, and time available
(METT-T) sensitivity will vary.
structure are important to preparation for contingencies.
responsibility of unified commands. A joint task force (JTF) headquarters
Army corps commander will normally be designated the land component
commander when only one corps is assigned to the JTF. He will be joined by
the component commanders of the US Air Force and the US Navy when forces of
those services are employed under the JTF commander.