The Effects of Exhaustive Military Activities in Man. The Performance of Small Isolated Military Units in Extreme Environmental Conditions
ROYAL DANISH NAVY GENTOFTE (DENMARK) DANISH ARMED FORCES HEALTH SERVICES
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The aim of this article is to focus on selection criteria for duty in isolated areas, on factors relevant for such a duty, the importance and content of training, the role and duties of the back-up organization, and finally how this is accomplished in the operations of the Danish dog-sledge patrol in the Northernmost Arctic. Operating small isolated military units especially under extreme climatic conditions present a series of problems. Most nations do have such units dedicated to these tasks. The problems will change from mission to mission, but there are certain general aspects. One way to define these is to look at specific groups and from these try to come to a conclusion and determination of the common problems. Many of these may present themselves as very different, but analyzed it may turn out, that the difference between operating in the cold of the high Arctic or the heat of the desert may less than expected. In Denmark the service of the Danish Sledge Patrol SIRES in the isolated parts of Northern Greenland may serve as the model for describing the problems in operating isolated military units.
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