United States Army Field Manuals are published by the United States Army's Army Publishing Directorate. As of 27 July 2007, some 542 field manuals were in use. They contain detailed information and how-tos for procedures important to soldiers serving in the field. They are usually available to the public at low cost or free electronically. Many websites have begun collecting PDF versions of Army Field Manuals, Technical Manuals and Weapon Manuals.
Use of Field Manuals[edit | edit source]
Numerous field manuals are in the public domain. Especially for people training survival skills (e.g., survivalists, adventurous travelers, victims of natural disasters) the US Field Manuals may be a valuable resource.
Wikifying the Field Manuals[edit | edit source]
According to The New York Times (14 August 2009), the Army has started to "wikify" certain field manuals – allowing any authorized user to update the manuals. This process, specifically using the MediaWiki arm of the military's professional networking application, milSuite, was recognized by the White House as an Open Government Initiative in 2010.
List of selected field manuals[edit | edit source]
- FM 1, The Army[A] – "establishes the fundamental principles for employing landpower." Together, it and FM 3–0 are considered by the U.S. Army to be the "two capstone doctrinal manuals."
- FM 3–0, Operations[B] – The operations guide "lays out the fundamentals of war fighting for future and current generations of recruits."
- FM 3-0.5.130, Army Special Operations Forces Unconventional Warfare. Establishes keystone doctrine for Army special operations forces (ARSOF) operations in unconventional warfare.
- FM 5–31, Boobytraps – Describes how regular demolition charges and materials can be used for victim-initiated explosive devices. This manual is no longer active, but is still frequently referenced.
- FM 3–21.8, The Infantry Rifle Platoon and Squad
- FM 3–24, Counterinsurgency – Published December 2006.
- FM 21–76, US Army Survival Manual – Used to train survival techniques.
- FM 34-52, Intelligence Interrogation – Used to train interrogators in conducting effective interrogations while conforming with US and international law. Updated in December 2005 to include a 10-page classified section as a result of the Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse scandal. Replaced in September 2006 by FM 2-22.3, Human Intelligence Collector Operations.
- FM 3-21.20 – covers the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT)
- FM 27-10 (1956) – Cornerstone of rules of war for the US Military. This manual was last modified in 1976 and is still used by the US military today.
- FM 3–25.150 (Combatives)
- FM 3–21.5 (Drill and Ceremony)
- Notes about Further Reading
- A. ^ Headquarters, Department of the Army (14 June 2005). FM 1, The Army. Washington, DC: GPO. OCLC 72695749. ("HTML" (www). http://www.army.mil/fm1/. "PDF" (PDF). http://www.army.mil/fm1/PDF/FM%201.pdf. "PDF-in-ZIP" (ZIP). http://www.army.mil/fm1/PDF/FM%201.zip. Retrieved 31 August 2013.)
- B. ^ Headquarters, Department of the Army (14 June 2001). FM 3–0, Operations. Washington, DC: GPO. OCLC 50597897.
- — (PDF) Part A: Begin – Chapter 4. Archived from the original on 14 July 2007. http://web.archive.org/web/20070714135134/http://www.dtic.mil/doctrine/jel/service_pubs/fm3_0a.pdf. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
- — (PDF) Part B: Chapter 5 – Chapter 9. Archived from the original on 14 July 2007. http://web.archive.org/web/20070714135134/http://www.dtic.mil/doctrine/jel/service_pubs/fm3_0b.pdf. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
- — (PDF) Part C: Chapter 10 – End. Archived from the original on 14 July 2007. http://web.archive.org/web/20070714135134/http://www.dtic.mil/doctrine/jel/service_pubs/fm3_0c.pdf. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
See also[edit | edit source]
- List of United States Army Field Manuals
- Graphic training aids
- United States Army Technical Manual
- United States Army Weapon Manual
- United States Army Education Manual
- United States Army Training Circular
References[edit | edit source]
- http://www.onthemedia.org/episodes/2007/07/27/segments/82947 On the Media, 27 July 2007
- U.S. Army. "Active Field Manual". Army Publishing Directorate. http://armypubs.army.mil/doctrine/Active_FM.html. Retrieved 22 AUG 2012.
- Noam Cohen. "Care to Write Army Doctrine? With ID, Log On". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/14/business/14army.html?pagewanted=all. Retrieved 21 Apr 2012.
- "Open Government Initiative". Whitehouse.gov. http://www.whitehouse.gov/open/highlights. Retrieved 1 Oct 2012.
- Headquarters, Department of the Army (14 June 2005) (PDF). FM 1, The Army. Washington, DC: GPO. Preface (p.iii). OCLC 72695749. http://www.army.mil/fm1/PDF/FM%201.pdf.
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