Accession Number:

ADA272720

Title:

Military Freefall and Underwater Operations: Recommendations to Improve Roles and Capabilities

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis 2 Aug 92-10 May 93,

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1993-05-10

Pagination or Media Count:

106.0

Abstract:

This study reviews the current roles and capabilities of U.S. Army military Freefall MFF and Underwater Operations UWO teams in the Special Forces Groups Airborne, the Ranger Regiment and Battalions, and the Corps and Divisional Long Range Surveillance Units LRSU. It also provides a historical background to demonstrate successful employment of these infiltration techniques and to generate ideas for their future use. Next, it looks at the U.S. Armys ability to respond to possible near-future situations with its limited number of MFF and UWO capable teams. Finally, it recommends various techniques to increase the number of MFF and UWO qualified personnel in the U.S. Army without creating a burden on current training institutions. Recommendations for alternative techniques of infiltration which, in most cases, are as effective as MFF or UWO are provided. This study explains the rationale for suggestion of these alternative techniques. Available school allocations, changing unit priorities, limited assets and resources, and unit missions are some of the factors which led to such recommendations. The overall purpose of this research was to provide the U.S. Army with ideas to increase its ability to infiltrate forces into an area accurately and intact, day or night, in order to increase its combat multiplier ability.

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE