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fully and firmly, rather than by formal military commands.
Refusal to obey under such circumstances should ordinarily
be regarded as a violation of only the 96th Article of War.
Officers should also realize that reprimands are best issued
after the offender is again in full possession of his mental
51. COMBINATION PATROLS. A combination patrol
is a patrol equipped with a motor vehicle, which moves to
an area by motor and upon reaching the designated area
operates on foot as a normal foot patrol. Combination pa-
trols are usually assigned to cover business and shopping
centers located in outlying districts of larger towns and
cities. Although these centers are frequently complete com-
munities in themselves, a separate military police head-
quarters is not set up for the community. Combination
patrols maintain contact with military police headquarters
by radio or telephone.
52. TYPES OF RESERVES. a. Reserve patrols. A
portion of the military police organization should be held
as a reserve, available at all times to handle emergencies.
Frequently it is advisable to organize the reserve into pa-
trols, which should be stationed at headquarters. Adequate
transportation should be provided for emergencies. Addi-
tional personnel and vehicles may be held in readiness at
the military police barracks or other suitable place.
b. Special reserve. A special reserve is a reserve, not
necessarily a part of the military police engaged in patrol-
ling, which may be called upon to assist in unusual emer-
gencies, such as large disturbances or public disasters. If
the military police are furnished by a post, camp, or station,
or by a tactical unit, the organization providing the person-
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