Am I Compromised?

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        One of the big lessons learned during the outstanding HEAT Reconnaissance Class 22-24 NOV 2019, was that your job is to NOT be compromised. That means knowing the terrain cold. It means a lot of things actually. 1SG pounded this into our heads. Once compromised, the team needs to get out of the area and assess if the mission can be completed at all. Sometimes you may not know for sure right away, if you have been.
        Both field problems we faced involved possible compromise and required the team leaders to react appropriately. This was a brilliant lesson delivered with flying plastic balls from OPFOR and the simulated screams of the wounded. Once you are compromised it becomes a different game. It’s a race for survival. GET TO DA CHOPPAH! Avoiding contact until it is no longer avoidable is what a team must do to live. Once compromised the need for advantageous terrain for a fight becomes paramount.
        One of the scenarios we faced involved the enemy signaling using whistles. The team did not comprehend initially what the whistles meant. We were being persistent trying to set our OP. No one wanted to believe the whistles were a real problem. To us, compromise meant failure. True enough. The real failure is your team getting run down and shot up. When is it time to scoot? Actions On compromise needs to be briefed before stepping off. What compromised the team? How do we deal with that? Bravo-20. Redwings. SOG. Different answers for different times.

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          OK I’ll jump. In some cases, SOG teams were deliberately sent in, knowing they were compromised, and played a cat n mouse game with the enemy. One of the problems with working with partner forces, eh? Anyways, teams would hear rifle shots from the LZ watchers, and/or other OP’s which would signal reaction forces hunting down the teams. The objective was to stay in the zone for as long as possible before calling in for extraction. Now before you say this sounds insane, (which it was) you have to realize what they had to work with. First of all, these guys were loaded for bear. Secondly, they might have had arty fans from near-by firebases. Then they had “Covey”, (Cessna OH-1) with a highly experienced senior NCO orchestrating air support. So they had anything from “snakes” (AH-1 Cobra gunships), to “Sandy” AD-1 Skyraiders, “fast movers” (F-4’s and A-4’s), and “Spooky” (AC-47 gunships). So once they were physically compromised, the shit they could rain down on pursuit was pretty epic. In fact, when they put in the final 360 on the LZ to wait for extraction, the team would be “stacking mags, and straightening pins”, not to mention laying out the claymores. As the enemy attacked in waves, the team would attempt to hold them at bay, while the tac air would decimate their ranks, at danger close distances. This might go on for 20-30 minutes before the extraction birds showed up. The Snakes would roll in making their gun runs followed by the Hueys attempting pick-up. Sometimes the LZ’s were so small they had to use “the ropes” (McGuire or STABO extraction rigs). You’d be dangling from a fucking rope, with green tracer coming up all around you, while you did mag dumps in return. You’d land at the nearest MSS (Mission Support Site), get off the ropes, climb in and head back to camp. That, to me, is the very definition of being compromised. They made an art form out of it, if you could call it that.

          Obviously, we won’t have this kind of package. So…what to do. As the 1st Sgt said, you gotta stay in stealth mode and undetected. Being compromised could very well be a death sentence. With a 4-man team, one casualty could end up killing you all. That’s the stakes. So yeah, this is a different game. Wanna play?

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