ROUTE RECONNAISSANCE OVERLAY
Critical Task: 052-196-3065
In this lesson, you will learn how to prepare a route reconnaissance overlay. You will learn
what items are required on an overlay and the symbols used.
TERMINAL LEARNING OBJECTIVE:
You will identify the information and procedures required to prepare a
route reconnaissance overlay.
You will be given the material contained in this lesson.
You will correctly answer practice exercise questions at the end of this
The material contained in this lesson was derived from the following
publications: FMs 101-5-1, 5-170, and 5-34 and STANAG 2253.
features along a specific route. The techniques that are used and the requirements for a
route reconnaissance are less time consuming and are performed more rapidly than other
types of reconnaissance. Two methods used for performing a route reconnaissance
arehasty and deliberate.
Hasty route reconnaissance is usually performed when required time and qualified
personnel are not available. It is used to determine the immediate trafficability of a route
for military traffic. A hasty reconnaissance report usually consists of an overlay,
supplemented by additional reports (dependent on the detail required) about various
aspects of the terrain.