From over the transom:
First off, a little background. I enlisted in the Army when I was 18 as an 11B (Infantryman) and have now served 6 years. During that time I’ve spent two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, on the line. (Rapid deployments, 6 months or less) I was assigned to a sniper team and graduated from Sniper School recently and have been a recon sniper team leader for 18 months now. I had originally titled this brief article, “Recon, another essential element in conducting combat operations.” After some thought, I decided to remove “combat” from the title because reconnaissance goes well beyond combat operations and it is critical to understand this. Every day, everywhere, every minute you are conducting some type of recon whether you realize it or not.
It’s time to begin learning and, more importantly, understanding the information you are gathering and how to…
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