United States Army Field Manuals

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United States Army Field Manual 5-25, Explosives and Demolitions, from the Vietnam War era.
United States Army Lt. Gen. John Kimmons with a copy of the Army Field Manual, FM 2-22.3, Human Intelligence Collector Operations, in 2006

United States Army Field Manuals are published by the United States Army's Army Publishing Directorate. As of 27 July 2007, some 542 field manuals were in use.[1] They contain detailed information and how-tos for procedures important to soldiers serving in the field. They are usually available to the public at low cost or free electronically. Many websites have begun collecting PDF versions of Army Field Manuals, Technical Manuals and Weapon Manuals.

Use of Field Manuals[edit]

Numerous field manuals are in the public domain.[2] Especially for people training survival skills (e.g., survivalists, adventurous travelers, victims of natural disasters) the US Field Manuals may be a valuable resource.

Wikifying the Field Manuals[edit]

According to The New York Times (14 August 2009), the Army has started to "wikify" certain field manuals – allowing any authorized user to update the manuals.[3] This process, specifically using the MediaWiki arm of the military's professional networking application, milSuite, was recognized by the White House as an Open Government Initiative in 2010.[4]

List of selected field manuals[edit]

Notes about Further Reading
A. ^ Headquarters, Department of the Army (14 June 2005). FM 1, The Army. Washington, DC: GPO. OCLC 72695749.  ("HTML" (www).  "PDF" (PDF).  "PDF-in-ZIP" (ZIP).  Retrieved 31 August 2013.)
B. ^ Headquarters, Department of the Army (14 June 2001). FM 3–0, Operations. Washington, DC: GPO. OCLC 50597897. 
Part A: Begin – Chapter 4 (PDF). Archived from the original on 14 July 2007. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
Part B: Chapter 5 – Chapter 9 (PDF). Archived from the original on 14 July 2007. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
Part C: Chapter 10 – End (PDF). Archived from the original on 14 July 2007. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.onthemedia.org/episodes/2007/07/27/segments/82947 On the Media, 27 July 2007
  2. ^ U.S. Army. "Active Field Manual". Army Publishing Directorate. Retrieved 22 AUG 2012. 
  3. ^ Noam Cohen. "Care to Write Army Doctrine? With ID, Log On". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 Apr 2012. 
  4. ^ "Open Government Initiative". Whitehouse.gov. Retrieved 1 Oct 2012. 
  5. ^ Headquarters, Department of the Army (14 June 2005). FM 1, The Army (PDF). Washington, DC: GPO. Preface (p.iii). OCLC 72695749. 

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