The Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion (53IB) opened its first batch of Reconnaissance and Surveillance Training shortly after the flag raising ceremony was held on November 16, 2020 at 53rd IB Headquarters here in Camp Sabido, Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur.
Reconnaissance and surveillance are the principal means of information collection in military operations.
It aims to maximize the efficiency of a military on missions which require soldiers to observe and report information to facilitate decision making, and incorporating the knowledge to troops during a mission could lead to a more decisive operation.
According to 53rd IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera, who is also a Scout Ranger and a graduate of Scout Ranger Course, reconnaissance and surveillance play a crucial role in the success of Army operations.
“Reconnaissance and surveilance are two very essential skills that must be learned by any soldier. Commanders depend on accurate information on the ground to be able to come up with a good decision. For this reason, reconnaissance and surveillance play a critical role in the success of Army operations,” said Lt. Col. Herrera.
A total of 11 students will undergo the said Surveillance and Reconnaissance Training.