Special recon groups may raid installations or conduct ambushes, even if their primary mission is to
between units. They can capture prisoners or documents, or conduct surveillance of unit positions or
Figure 1-4. Amphibious Armored Vehicle
Special Missions. These are done by parachute or helicopter assault forces of company-size, or
smaller units. They are a recon force or tailored to conduct sabotage or raids. The missions include
target recon and intelligence collection. They may attack nuclear delivery means. They may attempt to
disrupt command and control assets and logistic facilities. Special purpose forces will harass units
throughout the rear area. This mission may be to assist Level III threat forces.
Special-Purpose Forces (SPF)
Size and Composition. Special purpose forces usually work as:
o Squad-size or smaller (platoon or company-size).
o Skilled officers, warrant officers, and senior noncommissioned officers.