PART A: ANALYZE MILITARY ACTIVITIES
Military activities are normally revealed by military equipment and personnel signatures.
1. Personnel. Personnel on foot can only be identified on large scale aerial
photography. Considering the added factors of camouflage, cover, and concealment, the
task of detecting personnel appears almost impossible except when in the open. You can,
however, estimate troop strength within a given area based upon other military activity
which is visible on the photographs. Figure 2-1 depicts personnel on foot (Annotation A)
near a shower point (Annotation B); additionally, there are civilians at Annotation C as
depicted by their attire and one individual being shorter than the others.
Figure 2-1. Personnel on Foot.
2. Vehicles. Track activity and wheel marks indicate military activity when there is
nonconformity with the civilian or natural surroundings or a disregard for the economical
use of the land. Civilian vehicles will normally travel on the existing road and avoid
a. Military vehicles, tracked or wheeled, will travel wherever the mission dictates.
Frequently, important information on photos would be overlooked if it were not for the
presence of track or wheel marks. A truck park forms a pattern of several loops in a
wooded area near a major road. Figure 2-2 shows numerous trucks and their wheel