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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 36, Number 10. 23rd May 1973

Counter Insurgency Operations

Counter Insurgency Operations

In support of counter insurgency operations, the detachment commander and the combat engineer specialist will place primary importance on those actions designed to win the willing and active cooperation, assistance, and support of the people. In remote areas, where Special Forces detachments will normally operate, there may be a lack of sophisticated structures of any kind. The construction of buildings? may well be the assigned mission of the detachment, as opposed to combat operations. Extensive area studies conducted before commitment will reveal additional information on which to prepare plans and details of operations. In preparing for commitment, the engineer specialist will conduct extensive training and development in the field of expedient engineering that may include —
(1)Road expedients.
(2)Expedient crossings and bridges.
(3)Land clearing for framing.
(4)Construction of simple sanitation projects.
(5)Construction of lifting devices.
(6)Use of tools and materials for simple engineering.
(7)Training and advising indigenous construction and combat engineering units in general construction tasks and in the preparation of defensive fortifications for security of the local villages.