e. The CSS elements of a division are assigned to the DISCOM. The DISCOM
includes the Headquarters and Headquarters Company and MCC, a transportation
aircraft maintenance company, three forward support battalions (FSB), and a main
support battalion (MSB) (Figure 3-1). In the airborne and air assault divisions, the
supply and transport (S&T) battalion is replaced by a supply and service (S&S)
battalion. The air assault division also has a transportation aircraft maintenance
a. The various divisions, or "type divisions" as we refer to them, are constructed
by assigning different combinations of combat maneuver battalions to the division base.
The combat maneuver battalions are infantry, tank, and mechanized infantry battalions.
The number and types of combat maneuver battalions assigned to a division are not
fixed by a table of organization and equipment (TOE). The determination of the number
and type of combat maneuver battalions in a particular division is called tailoring.
b. There are three types of tailoring. They are strategic tailoring, tactical
tailoring, and organizing the division for combat.
(1) Strategic tailoring. Strategic tailoring is accomplished by the AMEDD
and involves making the determination of the number and type of combat maneuver
battalions assigned to a division prior to its deployment to a particular area of
operations. It may also occur when a division is initially organized or an existing division
is reorganized. The organization of a division may also be based on the area of
(2) Tactical tailoring. Tactical tailoring involves the transfer of units by a
higher field commander, such as a corps commander, from one division to another, or
the augmentation of a division from non-divisional sources to meet a specific need.
(3) Organizing the division for combat. Organizing the division for combat is
the grouping of elements of the division by the division commander under the three
brigades and other control headquarters.
c. This flexible organization of the division gives the division commander and his
subordinate commanders the optimum capability to perform assigned missions. It
permits greater flexibility at each level of command, because maneuver elements may
be readily detached from one unit and attached to another unit (cross attachment) to
accomplish a specific mission.