Straight Shot on Recon
By Aaron ďGhostĒ Grubin
The roll of the reconnaissance patrolman is to gather information on the
enemy and the terrain he holds. If the information is not relayed to higher
elements of command, then the whole patrol was a waste and any casualties you
took were in vain. A recce patrolís objective is to get in un-noticed, gather
information, and get out without the opposition even knowing you were there.
Leave the strikes behind the other teamís lines to the commando detachments.
Itís your job to locate the enemy, not engage him.
Conduct of a Reconnaissance Patrol
The holy grail of the recce patrolman is stealth. Camouflage and
concealment must be second nature. Know
the reasons why things are seen and do everything you can to minimize your
chances of being seen.
Why Things are Seen:
Shape: A marker looks like a marker and a hopper looks like a hopper.
Break up the outline with leaves, branches, or a ghilee suit.
Shadow: Objects in shadow
must blend in darkly with the shadows. The human eye will pass over the dark
area accepting it as uniform. If the object is bright in the shadows, it will
stand out and be seen.
Silhouette: Anything silhouetted against a contrasting background
Movement: Movement draws the attention of the eye.
Take advantage of wind on the field to hide your movements and keep then
Spacing: Mother nature does not space things evenly. Even spacing is a
dead giveaway for a man-made object and will attract the eye.
Position: Objects are often identified by their position in relation to
other objects. A long object on a rail road track is assumed to be a train, a
large object on a road is a vehicle, and an object moving along a trail is a
Texture: Texture refers to the ability of an object to absorb, or
reflect light. The rough surface of
a body in a ghilee
suit will absorb more light and remain undetected unlike the smooth surface of a
Colour: An object that is coloured differently than the background is
easy to spot. A splashed anodized red and blue marker is easier to see than one
that is a dull black.
Scale: An object that differs greatly in size than those around it stand
out and are easy to notice. Picture a pro basketball player in a room full of
Noise: Noise draws a personís attention
making you look for the source of the noise. For example. You know who has a
cell phone in a theatre during a movie if it rings out loud.
Shine: Shine is the almost complete absence
of texture. Shine is most often associated with reflected sunlight that can be
seen for miles.
When you are picking our gear for
the game, and getting ready to go out on the field, remember these points.
Open Fire Policy:
The patrol should not open fire except in self-defense. When the patrol returns fire and engages the enemy any
information that the patrol returns up their chain of command will be invalid. A
competent commander will change the layout of their defenses as soon as they are
compromised. Thatís why it is imperative that you do not open fire unless you
have to defend yourself. When hit, break contact, withdraw, and if possible,
complete the mission.
Types of Recce Patrols:
ē Point Recce: The
mission is, go to this location, scout out what is there, and report back.
ē Layback: The recce detachment is left behind and
lets the opposing team move past them. They are now in the perfect position to
report on the other teamís movements and strengths, or weaknesses.
ē Route: Your objective is to check out a route that
your team is planning to use and you are to report back on the route and terrain
that your side will use.
ē OPís: Observation posts are an early warning tool
used in the defense. The detachment is to go to a location, hide themselves, and
report what they see in front of them. Before they get over run, fall back and
warn the rest of the team.
Getting the right information back is essential. Here is a quick guide of
useful information that your commander will need.
Size - Size of
the unit or of the position you observed.
- Activity of the players or position you observed. What are they doing, and
what are they preparing for?
Location - The
location where you saw the other team or the objective.
- Who are they and what were they wearing?
Whatís the ground like where the other team is? This may be used to your
Equipment - What
have they got? This can give insight into what the other guys are going to be up
S.A.L.U.T.E. Follow the acronym, bring back the
Recce is the eyes and ears of the team. You bring back important
information that leads to the strategy that can make or break a game. If you
want to play recon, you can do it right. Play the game. Recce is a hard job, but
if it is done well, is a rewarding one. Thatís the straight shot from someone