Personnel Recovery (PR)
What is it?
- PR is the preparation of our forces to deal with all potential threats.
- Every leader is responsible to plan and prepare their personnel for responding to isolating events, and to support all recovery efforts within their capability.
- PR makes Soldiers more combat ready, better able to survive adversity, and more situationally aware on the battlefield.
What has the Army done?
-PR training is being integrated at all levels within the Army. Examples include the fielding of a chain teaching program and FM 3-50.1, Army Personnel Recovery, and mandatory unit and individual training in PR operations. This training includes the five recovery tasks of "Report, Locate, Support, Recover and Return/Reintegrate".
-Additional individual training is available in classified and unclassified formats and includes Code of Conduct, and survival, evasion, resistance and escape techniques.
-Since PR training became mandatory prior to deployment in theater, we have seen enhancements in the Army's ability to support, protect train and educate our Soldiers, DA Civilians and Contractors.
What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future?
-PR will be integrated into all levels of individual and unit training, to include pre-deployment specific training regarding the changing tactics being employed by the enemy, how to defeat those tactics, and if captured, how to survive in a captivity environment and facilitate their own recovery.
-Army Reserve Soldiers/National Guardsmen who have received PR training will be positioned at CONUS Replacement Centers and Force Projection Platforms to ensure that deploying Soldiers, Army Civilians and contractors undergo the PR training required by Combatant Commanders.