and barracks. A network of paths, often bordered by white-washed stones, is frequently
laid out between buildings.
Exercise and recreational facilities. Regardless of their size, military installations
have some exercise and recreational facilities. A parade ground, also used for physical
training is usually present. Lined athletic fields, when present, usually lack the spectator
facilities found at a nonmilitary installation.
g. Military billeting/housing. Most military installations have billeting facilities for
some or all of their assigned personnel. Military billeting whether temporary or
permanent, is usually located in the area separate from the main buildings of the
installation. On the other hand, private facilities (hotels, motels, and so on) usually have
extensive parking areas for private vehicles.
h. Military equipment, defenses, and training facilities. This is the last distinguishing
feature we will discuss, but we are not implying you should consider it last. Frequently the
defenses and trenches around the buildings are the first indication that it is a military
installation. Armored and tracked vehicles, personnel carriers, and weapons are designed
for military use. Training facilities, such as firing ranges, obstacle course, parachute
training towers, and maneuver areas, all indicate military activity. Equipment and defenses
present small images on imagery, but in combination with other distinguishing features,
they can help you identify a military installation.
Some of the features of military installations are seen at nonmilitary installations.
Some installations mistaken as military are industries, prisons and other
institutions, large farms, and housing developments. The complete lack of
military equipment and facilities is the most useful distinguishing feature for
these installations (Figures 1-8 and 1-9).