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Military Topics - LRRPs (Long Range Reconnaissance
Randal M. Bundy - 28 November 2014
subject is of particular special interest for me as when I was in the
US Army I ran a LRRP's Platoon. The LRRPs
seen in this video above would have been
the same generation and high caliber that would have trained and taught
me and the other LRRP's that I served with.
Now in this video they mention that
the LRRPs were absorbed by the Rangers Units, but this was not the
case in the Units that I was in. Many Intelligence
Caverlry Units and even Tank Battalions did maintain their
individual LRRP's Platoons and the small groups were known as
Teams. Usually these LRRP's were selected from the standard scout
platoons, as was true in my case. My original enlisted MOS
was 19D, which was known as a Cavarly Scout.
When I voluntered
for LRRP's I had already become Airborne Qualified and after acceptence
I attended many specialized training course such as French Commando
Training, Australian Commando Training and of course Recondo School. Additionally I recieved some still classified
training at particular Inteligence Agency facilities at Fort Belvoir,
Virginia;, Langley, Virginia; Fort George G. Meade, Maryland as well as Fort Bragg, North Carolina..
Although there is still in effect a non-disclosure agreement
which I signed, the above mention does not violate that agreement and so all information in this article is
what I can safely get away with saying.
The Intelligence Battalion that I served in was part
the 82nd Airborne Division and the LRRP's platoons were always kept separate
from the rest of the Battalion. No one in the regular
was authorized inside of our compound and the compound itself was
unlike most of the other unites, never labeled with a name at the
entrance to the compound. Anyone who had a need to know what
compound actually was and who we were, already knew and those who
didn't know had no need to know.
I was never was part of the
Rangers or special forces although we did receieve a great deal of
training from both of those military organizations. The LRRPs are
in fact a completely different animal than those units. That is a
typical Army Term meaning, our missions are often much different than
the Ranger’s and SF Units.
As mentioned early on in this video most
one of the MOS’s who the LRRP's are selected from are the Cavalry
Scouts, which was my initial MOS, “19Delta“. After becoming
Airborne of course my MOS was designation was 19Delta-P which simply
means Parachutist indicating Airborne Qualified.
video they mention that the LRRPs were renamed as LRSPs, which stands
for Long Range Surveillance Patrol but I never was aware of this and it
was not the case with us or our unite. We were proudly known
LRRPs partially out of Great Respect and admiration for the LRRP's who
came before us and were the ones who trained us.
Scout Unites through out the US Army tended to attract many American
Indians from all of the tribes. For them the Scouts seem to
tradition and since many of the LRRP's came from the Scouts, my LRRP's
Platoon and Teams had a high percentage of American Indians from all
tribes and especially from the Navajo and Cherokee Tribes.
were a great benefit to our LRRP’s Unites and knowledge and training
received from simply being around them gave us a special edge above
foreign unites who did not have such valuable resources.
although the LRRP's primary mission was intelligence
they were also much more than that. Sometimes they
called upon to perform certain types of operations other than their
primary mission . For that reason our
teams also went through special types of sniper training as well as
demolitions and even specialized assassination training, which was
sponsored by two different "Three Letter Alphabet Agencies"
which will remain
remain un-named here. Many of us
also had the opportunity to attend the the French Commando
and yes, it was sponsored by
actual “French Commandos”. So the LRRP's were in
highly trained and
skilled in a vast area of fields, although they never recieved the
same Glorified Recognition and advertising that other unites
such as the Army Rangers and Special Forces, or the Navy
and Marine Recon. This was actually by
design and was preferred by them and their command.
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