|Direct Ground Support Doctrine|
US Navy SBD Dauntless
|Parent Tree||Close Air Support Doctrine|
|Parent Field||Air Doctrine|
Combined Arms Focus
|Main Effects||Improve CAS morale & organization|
|Prerequisites||Battlefield Destruction Doctrine|
|Required for||Night Strikes Doctrine|
Direct Ground Support is the use of air power to operate directly in support of offensive and defensive ground operations. In most cases direction for attack from the air is received from the ground, either directly from ground unit staff or from forward air controllers. In some cases, forward air controllers are airborne in spotting aircraft, but even so, they are calling in support for ground operations.
Typically close air support aircraft and fighters, as well as occasionally heavier aircraft, are utilized to provide support. They often loiter in an area awaiting a request from a ground unit for a mission, at which point they respond and strike the designated targets. Usually these targets are called out by the ground forces, and often directly marked using smoke or other means.
The ability of air forces to provide direct ground support greatly improved the utility of the branch in the eyes of army commanders, as they could have much greater assurance that the firepower of the aircraft would be delivered where and when desired. Air force commanders however often chafed at being shackled to the army, and often strategists felt the power of aircraft was underutilized by the need to loiter for long periods and then be expended against low echelon targets.
|Combined Arms Focus||3||Early Frontline Air Controllers|
|Bomber Tactics||3||Combat Support Patrols|
|Piloting||3||Emergency Service Spirit|
|Mechanics||3||Early Specialized Bombsights|
|General Equipment||3||Basic Ground Attack Ordnance|
Direct Ground Support Doctrine provides a 5% boost to morale and organization of Close Air Support Wings. Along with Dive Bombing Doctrine and Bomber Veteran Initiative it allows development of Night Strike Doctrine.
One of the more basic close air support doctrines, direct ground support is really only necessary for those nations actually employing close air support wings, as it has no ancillary benefits. It is cheap however, and even a small fleet of CAS aircraft should warrant development of this technology.
See also Edit
| Close Air Support Doctrines|
|Battlefield Destruction | Bomber Veteran | Direct Support | Dive Bombing | Night Strikes | Combat Unit Destruction | Bomber Ace | Hunt & Destroy | Low Echelon CAS|