Night Reconnaissance Operations in Mission Oriented Protective Posture
Final memorandum rept.
ARMY BALLISTIC RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD
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Military commanders are concerned about the impact chemical agents may have on operations. This is especially apparent in night reconnaissance operations which frequently require soldiers to wear mission oriented protective posture, level IV MOPPIV for the duration of the mission because of uncertainty about the location of chemical hazards. To evaluate this situation and provide a quantitative estimate of the degradation in performance, eight reconnaissance tasks were performed in a field environment, at moderate temperatures 52-84 deg F. The tasks included route reconnaissance, movement to two objectives, air and water samplings, hasty sketches of an objective, emplace a claymore mine and photography of a target. These operations were performed by several teams who alternated starts while wearing the standard battle dress uniform BDU and the MOPPIV ensemble. Individuals were highly motivated, in high physical readiness and psychologically prepared for the operation.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics