SWCS to publish revised SF manuals

SWCS to publish revised SF manuals

The United States Army JFK Special Warfare Center and School, or SWCS, will be publishing revised editions of several Special Forces manuals during fiscal year 2007. The SWCS SF Training and Doctrine Division has revised the manuals, updating and expanding doctrine where necessary through the incorporation of lessons learned from the field and use of the latest media technology.

The revised manuals will better prepare SF Soldiers for operations in the 21st century by addressing the changing mission requirements for SF. They will also familiarize non-SOF personnel with SF capabilities and requirements, contributing to interoperability and integration with other SOF, conventional forces, other U.S. agencies and allied or coalition forces.

Each manual has been renumbered to conform to the numbering system for joint publications. Once published, the manuals will be available through SWCS and through the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command’s Reimer Digital Library. The manuals incorporate changes in presentation and formatting, as well as less obvious changes that expand the manual’s utility to users, such as the incorporation of embedded hyperlinks in the electronic versions of several of the manuals. The hyperlinks take users to recent video footage of SOF in action, animated short takes, color graphics and virtual simulations.

The revised publications are FM 3-05.20, Special Forces Operations; FM 3-05.214, Special Forces Vehicle-Mounted Operations Tactics, Techniques and Procedures; FM 3-05.204, Special Reconnaissance Operations Tactics, Techniques and Procedures; and FM 3-05.221, Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat. Some manuals have been reclassified and will be limited in their distribution or accessibility.

FM 3-05.20, Special Forces Operations, formerly FM 31-20, Special Forces Operations, now classified as confidential, is scheduled for release during FY 2007. The manual remains a guide for SF Soldiers conducting special operations either in training or combat situations. The new FM 3-05.20 reflects the changing mission requirements for the SF primary missions of unconventional warfare, foreign internal defense, direct action, special reconnaissance, counterterrorism and counter-proliferation. For additional information, telephone R.J. Wagner at DSN 236-6072 or commercial (910) 907-3913, or send e-mail to: wagnerr@soc.mil.

FM 3-05.204, Special Reconnaissance Operations Tactics, Techniques and Procedures, previously known as FM 31-20-5, Special Reconnaissance Tactics, Techniques and Procedures for Special Operations, remains the premier guide for personnel conducting special-reconnaissance operations. Now classified as confidential, FM 3-05.204 is scheduled to be released during the first quarter of FY 2007. For more information, telephone Danny Averitt at DSN 239-8286/7690 or commercial (910) 432-8286/7690, or send e-mail to: averittd@ soc.mil.

FM 3-05.221, Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat, the principle guide for SF personnel conducting advanced urban-combat operations, continues to be classified as confidential. The manual was designed to incorporate the latest tactics, techniques and procedures, or TTPs, and lessons learned from the Global War on Terrorism. The manual highlights several new TTPs for entering rooms and moving through stairwells. It is the first SOF manual to contain imbedded hyperlinks. FM 3-05.221 is scheduled to be released during the first quarter of FY 2007. For more information, telephone Danny Averitt at DSN 239-8286/7690 or commercial (910) 432-8286/7690, or send e-mail to: averittd@soc.mil.

FM 3-05.214, Special Forces Vehicle-Mounted Operations Tactics, Techniques and Procedures, formerly FM 31-23, Special Forces Mounted Operations, Tactics, Techniques and Procedures, encompasses TTPs and lessons learned by SF at Fort Bliss, Fort Campbell, Fort Bragg and overseas. Unlike FM 31-23, it is classified as confidential. The revised manual accounts for equipment updates, such as the new ground-mobility vehicle, and the use of global-positioning-system devices. It also incorporates data extracted from recent operations, including Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Restore Hope, Provide Democracy, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. FM 3-05.214’s primary purpose is to serve as a reference for training and employing mounted SF detachments and other military units operating in desert terrain during long-term, unassisted operations. FM 3-05.214 is scheduled to be released during the first quarter of FY 2007. For additional information, telephone CW04 Randall Wurst at DSN 239-5952/3043 or commercial (910) 432-5952/3043, or send e-mail to: wurstr@soc.mil.

The SF Doctrine Division has already revised and published another SF publication, GTA 31-01-003, Detachment Mission Planning Guide. A revision of the 2003 edition, the latest version is less a GTA and more a handbook. It is a comprehensive reference covering the SF detachment’s deliberate planning process. Although the GTA retains the 3×5-inch handout format, it has grown from 36 to 96 pages. The additional pages allow the GTA to provide greater coverage of the military decision-making process; overviews of isolation-facility staff and liaison procedures; more in-depth descriptions of the duties and responsibilities of SF detachment members during planning; and sample formats for briefbacks, operations orders and annexes. GTA-31-01-003 remains unclassified to ensure the widest distribution.

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