As Referenced In Comments

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B-720 Tips (DEC 95), 1/7 SFG


The B-720 Tips are an update of the Vietnam era “B-52 TIPS.” The B-52 Tips were published in 1970 and captured valuable combat experience in jungle operations. In 1988 the 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (with several joint attachments), conducted an extensive series of jungle operations. They ended the exercises by updating the B-52 Tips to cover changes in equipment, weapons, and doctrine. These include many new techniques, such as Night Vision Goggles and MH-60 (Blackhawk) tips, and a section on “Hatchet Team” (QRF) operations. The lengthy and detailed “PW Snatch,” “Breakout,” and “Movement Techniques” portions from B-52 Tips were excluded because, while important, they are step-by-step “how-to” formats, not “tips,” and can be found in TC 31-29.

The B-720 Tips were not written to be the replacement for B-52 Tips but to provide the Special Operations community with a report of lessons learned (and relearned) in combat patrolling. The reader may note redundancy in certain information; this was done for emphasis. There may also appear to be some inconsistencies; these were allowed to account for variations in technique between teams. These are tips, not regulations.

The B-720 Tips are organized into 10 major areas:

a) Leader Tips
b) Uniform & Equipment Tips
c) LCE/Rucksack Tips
d) NVG Tips
e) Weapons Tips
f) Commo Tips
g) Infil/Exfil Tips
h) Recon Tips
i) RON Tips
j) Hatchet Team Tips

5. Readers who want to do a more in-depth study of jungle operations are reminded that there is a considerable amount of Vietnam experience and techniques available. Proponent school libraries, old Army and Marine manuals, and the professional journals of the day are all good places to start.

See also B-52 Tips; intro:

Special Forces Combat Recon Manual
Republic of Vietnam
POI 7658, Patrolling FTX
Prepared by Project (B-52) Delta
HQ. NhaTrang

Attached are “Reconnaissance Tips of the Trade” prepared by Detachment B-52. Commanders of all units are encouraged to disseminate, widely, the information contained therein. The information presented in the attached “Recon Tips” is very appropriate for use in unit and individual training of US and indigenous personnel. Such information can be of significant value to units engaged in conventional patrolling as well as special reconnaissance units.

Detachment B-52, 5th Special Forces Group (Abn), 1st Special Forces assembled the original document. Was assisted by personnel of B-52, MACV Recondo School and 5th SFGA Combat Orientation Course School, who contributed from their knowledge and experience. Special credit is given to MSG Norman A. Downey, 1 SG, CCC Recon Company for his assistance.

This document has been reviewed and annotated by Headquarters, 5th Special Forces Group (Abn), 1st Special Forces. For easy use and reference the document has been organized into annexes.

See also Mosby’s take on these two items.

4 responses to “As Referenced In Comments

  1. ivan (who is actually 17 years old)

    Thank you, CA. We appreciate all you do on this blog.

  2. John Mosby posted an updated take on these tips on his blog that I thought was pretty good. Like all tips, take them for what they’re worth: do what works for you, but if you don’t know what works yet, these are an excellent jumping off point.

  3. Semper Fi, 0321

    Thanks also.
    Print these off, stuff them in a ziplock in your gear, and refer to them as needed. Just not enough room in your head to absorb all this when SHTF. I have this and an older small Ranger manual in my vest, with compass, pen and tiny notepad.