Special purpose forces' methods and missions are:
Deployed by parachute, helicopter, vehicle, foot, and boat.
Dress in host nation's (HN) or friendly forces' uniforms.
Mislead/disrupt, destroy enemy forces, and prepare for large-forces incursions.
Special-purpose forces are well equipped. They carry a full complement of explosives and incendiary
devices. Antitank, antiaircraft, and NBC weapons may also be carried. These teams do not want to
draw attention to themselves. Automatic weapons are equipped with flash suppressors and silencers.
For the same reason, they use long-range secure radios. Their activities should be expected in
division, corps, and TA rear areas.
Combat forces threat activities include recon teams. There will be a number of specialized recon teams
operating in the rear area. They include long-range recon teams and troop recon teams.
Long-Range Recon Teams
Long-range recon teams travel in teams of five to six men through front, army, and division levels.
Personnel in the long-range reconnaissance company have parachute training. These teams can enter
the enemy rear area by parachute, helicopter, vehicle, or on foot. They can also land by transport
helicopter along with their combat vehicles. Division-level teams operate up to 100 km from the forward
edge of the battle area (FEBA). Army-level teams operate up to 350 km from the FEBA. These teams
are specially selected and trained to collect information. They are also trained in ambush, raid, and
interrogation techniques. These teams infiltrate the rear area or are airdropped. Their mission is
twofold. They conduct recons for avenues of approach into division/corps rear area, troop locations,
and troop movement. Like all threat activities, they disrupt enemy activities. Their likely targets for
disruption are like other Threat II forces. They will go after command, control, communication, radar,
and nuclear sites.
The probable weapons and equipment long-range recon teams would carry are:
o Assault rifles, antitank grenade launchers, light machine guns (see Figures 1-5, 1-6, and 1-7).
The expected area of operations for the long-range recon teams are:
o Division, corps, and TA rear areas.
o Division-level teams operate up to 50 km from the forward edge of the battle area (FEBA).