Resistance forces are more likely to demobilize or

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Unformatted text preview: eflects their original expectations. The belief exists that elements will honor promises made before transition, specifically in terms of benefits, such as back pay for service to their country or future employment. 3-40. During the period of conflict, it is possible that attitudes of a given force change or allegiances collapse. It is common for isolated guerrilla units to lose sight of their original objectives in order to maintain a lifestyle that is now more familiar than their preconflict lives. For this reason, all levels need to monitor attitudes and reinforce the end state objectives throughout the course of the campaign. MISO units are particularly useful in disseminating information about the benefits of demobilization, reintegration, and a reestablishment of society and civilian life. The manner in which the transition occurs affects the postwar attitudes of the people and the government towards the United States. Perhaps the greatest danger in transition is the possibility that former resistance members may resort to factional disputes, banditry, or subversion of the new government. The new government must make every effort to reorient and absorb former resistance members into a peaceful society and gain their acceptance. To achieve this goal, the new government must— Bring arms and ammunition under government control. Assist resistance members in returning to civilian life. Use resistance members as local militias or the base for future police and army forces. Take positive measures to prevent resistance members from beginning or participating in further political upheaval. 3-41. Because of their knowledge of resistance organization and history, SF teams initially remain in their operational areas to assist in the demobilization effort or in the transition of former resistance forces into national regular forces. SF personnel may serve as trainers and advisors to newly formed counterguerrilla or counterterrorist units, particularly if former resistance forces reject transition and continue to violently oppose the new indigenous government. During transition and demobilization, CA units are critical assets in helping the new government...
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