Personnel Recovery

Friday September 21, 2007

What is it? Personnel Recovery (PR) is "The sum of military, diplomatic, and civil efforts to effect the recovery and return of U.S. military, DOD civilians, and DOD Contractor personnel, or other personnel, as determined by the Secretary of Defense, who are isolated, missing, detained, or captured (IMDC) in an operational environment." (FM 3-50.1)

Keys to PR proficiency for every Soldier, Civilian, Contractor and Leader:

- Architecture and Doctrine - Follow the PR rules: Report, Locate and Recover.
- Preserve Life - Reinforce security, including first aid for self and others.
- Communicate - "Report" is key to "Locate." Use all available means to communicate. Maintain situational awareness and understanding.
- Endure Hardship - You can and must endure to survive.
- Navigate - Know where you are, where you have to go, and how able you are to get there.

What has the Army done? Army training, education, and daily activities include every component of Personnel Recovery:
- Basic Military Instruction
- Chain Teaching Program
- Army Advanced Survival Evasion Resistance Escape (SERE) School
- TRAIN, TRAIN, TRAIN - Pre-Deployment Training, Unit Level Training, Staff Training, Mobile PR Training

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
- Provide baseline PR training for every Soldier, Civilian and Contractor.
- Integrate PR training with the Future Soldier Training System of Delayed Entry Soldiers (computer-game-based training).
- Provide advanced training to Military and Civilian leaders who have PR roles and responsibilities

Why is this important to the Army? By creating a robust, well-trained, and properly equipped force, we ensure our adversaries are denied the ability to exploit our Warriors against the United States Government or U.S. Military Forces. Good PR practices also increase force morale by demonstrating that we will employ every effort possible to recover our personnel, and we will "Never Leave a Fallen Comrade!"


- 2007 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2007 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates.
- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace
- Army Public Affairs Portal


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  • Head of firm paid to track Iraq spending investigated (EB | USAT)
  • Army tests of rival carbines postponed (AT)
  • Equipment shortfalls hamper Guard (AP)


  • Defense Secretary Gates discusses way forward in Iraq with lawmakers (AFIS)
  • Iraqi alliances spread, U.S. says (EB | USAT)
  • U.S. Army: Violence down in Baghdad (TME)
  • Officer: Progress, but still 'too many' dying (EB | PI)


  • Workshops, career fair help wounded find jobs (ARNews)
  • A little mud never stopped anyone (SAS)
  • Soldier saves drowning man from brain damage (FO)
  • Rainy weather no match for "Operation Soldier Assist" (ARNews)


  • President Bush defends U.S. troops' drawdown in Iraq (ALS | Story)
  • U.S. troops detain Iraqi intelligence officer for illegal activities (PDO | Story)
  • Two more U.S. Soldiers die in Iraq (PLG | Story&language=EN))
  • Suicide blast hits foreign military convoy in Kabul (CDA | Story)


  • National POW/MIA recognition day hosted by Pentagon (SM)
  • Does SOCOM have Spec Ops troop's backs? (BF)
  • Returning to normalcy: Placing al-Qaeda on the Run (TR)
  • Next wave of female suicide bombers (STRATFOR) (RSX)

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