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This manual describes the organizational structure of Army Special Operations Aviation units and serves as a doctrinal and tactical guide for employing these units in combat. It also describes command and control, combat support, and combat service support requirements for SOA units. Capabilities and limitations are included. Appendixes A through E discuss risk management, ARSOA operations orders and aircrew mission briefings and debriefings, ARSOA aircraft characteristics and capabilities, special operations mission planning folders, and basing special operations aircraft in theater.

The operational content of this publication is based on AirLand Operations Doctrine established in FMs 100-5 and 1-100. It is directly linked to and must be used along with the doctrinal principles found in Joint Publications 3-05 and 3-05.5 and Field Manuals 100-5, 100-25, 1-100, and 31-20. Organizations that are described in the manual have unique tables of organization and equipment.

Although intended primarily for commanders and staff officers who employ ARSOA, Army Special Operation Forces ground commanders and their staffs will also use this manual.

The proponent of this publication is HQ TRADOC. Send comments and recommendations on DA Form 2028 to Commander, US Army Aviation Center, ATTN: ATZQ-TDA, Fort Rucker, AL 36362-5263.

Unless this publication states otherwise, masculine nouns and pronouns do not refer exclusively to men.

This publication has been reviewed for operational security considerations.

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