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SFODA personnel. Keep operational information on a need-to-know basis. Maintain internal communications procedures that indicate a compromise of information.
3-80. The situation may dictate that U.S. personnel reduce their distinctive appearance. This may include
the wear of articles of indigenous clothing, such as a scarf or hat, the carrying of indigenous weapons and
gear, or the adoption of normal customs of appearance, such as a mustache or beard. Signature reduction
measures can allow SF personnel to blend in with indigenous forces and prevent identification by enemy
3-81. However, if advisors deviate from their normal U.S. military appearance but not toward that of the
allied military forces it can have the opposite intended effect of drawing attention to the U.S. personnel or
causing a perception of a lack of discipline on the advisor’s behalf. At times, Soldiers can reap significant
benefits from deviating from the normal U.S. military appearance, but this requires an understanding of the
local customs and culture. The Soldier must make deliberate and conscious decision to take this step. The
unit chain of command must approve any deviations from standard appearance and must ensure they
comply with the legal requirements of the operation. PHYSICAL SECURITY
3-82. Decentralized elements often must rely on indigenous forces for security. However, U.S. personnel
should always maintain a degree of vigilance for their own security, at least passively, if not actively. As
much as the resistance forces are familiar with the local area, U.S. forces must not become complacent with
their trust of the resistance forces. Resistance forces may contain enemy collaborators or infiltrators among
their ranks. SFODAs maintain internal emergency communication signals, rally points, linkup plans and
evasion plans of action. 3-14 TC 18-01 30 November 2010 Concept of Employment LEGAL PRINCIPLES
3-83. The foremost legal concern for UW operations is that every proposed operation receives a spec...
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