Civil-Military Operations Assessment Checklist
A-1. Obtain a map of the area or the community. If no map is available, draw one to scale.
A-2. Indicate road networks (include main and secondary roads).
A-3. Show location of such important places as religious institutions, schools, community halls, and marketplaces.
A-4. Indicate distances to adjacent communities.
A-5. Describe what determines the center of the community and what factors are most important in giving the community its identification.
A-6. Describe the relation of the community as to the political, trade, school, and religious areas with that of the adjoining communities.
A-7. Describe the weather and terrain features directly affecting the location or life of the community.
HISTORY (AS IT AFFECTS THE PRESENT SITUATION)
A-8. Identify important people and events in the community's history. Consider the following:
- Natural crises in the history of the community.
- First settlement.
- Incidents giving rise to conflicts or cooperation in the community.
- Immigration and emigration.
- Outstanding leaders and famous citizens in the community.
- Prior interaction with foreign militaries.
A-9. Obtain the following information:
- Common occupations of inhabitants.
- Ethnic groups present, if applicable.
A-10. Determine how inhabitants, groups, organizations, and governmental entities communicate within the community and with other communities. Consider the following:
- Transportation (roads, water, rail, air).
- Electronic (telephones, television, radio, internet, telegraph).
- Printed material (newspaper, posters, magazines).
- Mail facilities.
- Connections with other communities.
- Degree of self-sufficiency or isolation.
A-11. Determine the groups or individuals that are independent of the local government; for example, groups or individuals directly responsible to an outside or higher government. Determine the effects they have on the community. Determine the attitude of the local citizens toward these individuals.
A-12. Consider the following factors when assessing the economic situation:
- Natural resources.
- Crops and products, markets, ownership, and tenancy.
- Who are the landlords?
- Are they in the community or absentees?
- Are there any local merchants? What is their influence on the community?
- Professional (teachers, doctors, ministers).
- Credit associations and their relations to the community.
- Relative economic status of the people (debt, savings, taxes).
A-13. Consider the following factors when assessing the economic situation:
- Number, make-up, attitude, and membership of each religion/sect.
- Buildings and equipment.
- Schools run by religious institutions.
- Relationship of each religion/sect with the others.
- Do they clash or cooperate? Holy sites.
A-14. Consider the following factors when assessing the influence of educational organizations:
- Schools (number, size, territory served, buildings, equipment, libraries, and administrative structure).
- History (how and by whom were the schools constructed?)
- School activities and relation to the community.
A-15. Consider the following factors when assessing the influence of voluntary organizations:
- Number, types, composition of membership, equipment, activities, and relation to other phases of community life.
- Farmers' co-ops (4-H-type organizations, home economic organizations).
- Other occupational groups.
A-16. Consider the following factors when assessing the influence of recreational facilities:
- Organizations for recreation (community buildings, athletic clubs, soccer teams, ball fields and courts).
- Traditional forms of and local attitudes toward recreation needs.
HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE
A-17. Consider the following factors when assessing the health and health care situation:
- Physicians, health workers, nurses.
- Public and private health organizations, national and international (hospitals, dispensaries, clinics, school health program).
- Health status of the people.
- Prevalence, incidence, and types of diseases.
A-18. Consider the following factors when assessing the political situation:
- Political structure and government (solidarity or strife and causes).
- Dominant personalities.
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, CUSTOMS, AND IDEALS
A-19. Consider the following factors when assessing the influence of community activities, customs, and ideals:
- Community events other than religious observances.
- Community customs or traditions (taboos or social disapprovals)?
- Activity characteristics and pastimes.
- Community attitudes on all types of progress?
A-20. Consider the following factors when assessing the leadership situation:
- Dominant leaders. Family control.
- Is leadership representative, democratic, or autocratic?
- What is being done by whom to develop new leaders?
- Attitude of people toward old and new leaders.
- Motivation--politics, religion, economic power, prestige, or a combination of these?
A-21. Consider the following factors when assessing the community organization:
- What is being done to integrate the community?
- What are the needs for community organizations?
STATUS OF LAW AND ORDER
A-22. Consider the following factors when assessing the status of law and order:
- Organization and capabilities of law enforcement agencies.
- Police techniques.
- Crime rate and trends.
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