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In today’s dynamic tactical environment, the ability to see, observe, and interpret what is around us is a crucial skill to master in order to successfully operate on the battlefield.


Awareness is having knowledge of your surroundings and is a state of consciousness.  Situational Awareness refers to the degree of accuracy by which one’s perception of their current environment mirrors reality.  Being observant of your environment and being able to recall details of what you see are skills that will allow you to better interpret your area of operations in battle. You want always to be the hunter, and never the hunted.

“Conflict may be viewed as time-competitive cycles of observation-orientation-decision-action (OODA).”

“First, each party to a conflict enters the fray by observing himself, his surroundings, and his enemy. In tactics, this equates to adoption of a hunting instinct: searching; actively looking; hunting for the enemy; and seeing what he is doing or is about to do. It also includes anticipating the enemy’s next moves—getting inside his mind.”

“Second, based upon those observations, the combatant orients to the situation, that is, produces a mental image of the situation and gains situational awareness. This awareness becomes the foundation on which to erect a plan. Generally, the better the orientation, the better the plan.” -MCDP 1-3

Combat hunter is a MIND SET

There are 3 Pillars

•     Observation (Basic)

•     Combat Profiling (Intermediate)

•     Tracking (Advanced)

In This Lesson                     

You will learn techniques that will help you improve your observation skills and memory, and then learn how to apply those skills to interpreting your environment.

This lesson covers the following topics:

Topic Page
Cooper’s Color Code 4
Observation Theory and Techniques 5
Nine elements of Visual Perception 7
Summary 9
References 10
Glossary of Terms and Acronyms 10
Notes 10