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considerations also apply to the recovery personnel. D-2 TC 18-01 30 November 2010 Special Forces Caching CACHING METHODS
D-9. The caching method depends on the situation, which makes it unsound to lay down general rules,
with the exception of suitability. Planners should always think in terms of suitability. For example, the
method most suitable for each cache, considering its specific purpose, the actual situation in the particular
locality, and the changes that may occur if the enemy gains control. CONCEALMENT
D-10. Concealment requires the use of permanent man-made or natural features to hide or disguise the
cache. Concealment has several advantages. Personnel can usually employ and recover a concealed cache
with minimum time and labor. In addition, dry cave or building caching protects the package from the
elements and requires less-elaborate packaging. In some cases, personnel can readily inspect a concealed
cache from time to time to ensure that it is still usable. However, the chance of accidental discovery—in
addition to all the hazards of wartime—may result in destruction or denial of access to a concealed cache
site. The concealment method, therefore, is most suitable in cases where an exceptionally secure site is
available or where a need for quick access to the cache justifies a calculated sacrifice in security.
Concealment may range from securing small gold coins under a tile in the floor to walling up artillery in
D-11. Planners can find adequate burial sites almost anywhere. Once in place, a properly buried cache is
generally the best way of achieving lasting security. In contrast to concealment, however, burial in the
ground is a laborious and time-consuming method of caching. The disadvantages of burial are that— Burial usually requires a high-quality container or special wrapping to protect the cache from
moisture, chemicals, and bacteria in the soil. Emplacement or recovery of a buried cache usually takes so long that the operation must be
done after da...
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