Recon:Danger Areas

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Danger Areas

1. Open areas - In areas such as rice paddies or jungle clearing attempt to bypass if possible, if you must cross them use these procedures. Observe area for not less than a minute. Select the best route, cross single file, step in the tracks of the man before you. It is permissible to use streams and small naturla corridors to cross open areas because speed of crossing may be essential and counter tracking is minimal. When dealing with LZ adopt similar tactics. It is advised to deploy your team on the edge of the tree line in order to maintain maximum situation awarness on the open ground while keeping your men concealed.

2. Natural choke point and corridors - Take care to conceal entry and exit points, the last man should if it makes sense wipe out tracks on trail while covered by the second to last man. Avoid making false or obvious tracks until positive you are being tracked.

3. Roads - The same recon actions should be taken as for trails except that, on asphalt when conditions are wet, mud tracks may be left to counter this each member should carry 2 burlap type sandbags (these should have ties on them made from parachute cord). These should be put on the feet when crossing roads during wet conditions and taken off immediately after.

4. Ponds - In a general concensus (the exception would be avoiding a dog team) avoid crossing ponds or large water surfaces. They generate noise, offer poor concealement and they are bad for tracks and in an jungle environement you never know what's sleeping in them.

5. General considerations- Recon teams may in some situations use trails, roads, streams or rivers to break track, since sign left while moving on or along such an obstacle may be minimal and scent may also be lost, (particularly in water). Hard surfaces may be used for movement whenever tactically feasible (When road will be implemented). Also, crossing and recrossing an obstacle more than once can be a method to throw the enemy off the trail. However, since the enemy will also use these features for movement you may stand more of a chance of compromise.

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