Good idea. Beat me to a post I was going to do about an idea I had. But I guess I need to step it up and make a complete product.
13 July, 2014
Students ask me all the time, “How do we see the guy in front of us on a really dark patrol?”. My answer is first and foremost that the situational variables (terrain and illumination, etc.) dictate your spacing and formation (tight ranger file, 5-10 mtr spread wedge etc.). Using your training and experience (you’re practicing movement at night, right?) and applying 2 of the most important principles in the 5 principles of patrolling, CONTROL and COMMON SENSE, will get you through a patrol without losing anyone, or getting lost yourself.
You should always plan on the lowest common denominator when it comes to reliance on equipment. Night vision and Thermal viewers are great, but will let you down when needed the most (Damn Murphy again), and if you’re gonna plan on using visual aides, using something that doesn’t required batteries or a certain level of illumination…
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