Combat Recognition Requirements
RICHARDSON BELLOWS HENRY AND CO INC WASHINGTON DC
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The study was undertaken in order to evaluate recent and current Army recognition training, to find out how that training relates to the means by which soldiers actually recognize targets in combat, and to make recommendations for improvement in training. Recognition, is restricted to that made by direct observation without the use of mechanical aids, such as radar. It is that recognition which is possible to a man through the use of his ability to see, hear, touch and smell. One of the important conclusions of this investigation is that in spite of the increasing number of mechanical devices by which recognition can be assisted, there is a continuing vital need for the individual to be able to rely on his own capacities. Men can and have learned recognition the hard way. They have taught one another. Even when it was inefficient to pool their recognition skills, they have done so because they had to. The study found that men need not only planned training in recognition, but a different and more extended kind of training, if combat performance is to be improved.
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