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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Stand To

It is South African doctrine to go into stand-to positions whenever they are in defensive positions from before sunrise until after sunrise and from before sundown to after sundown every day. This drill ensures everybody is ready during the two times when the light changes to observe any changes outside the base perimeter, it also ensures everybody is ready for any first- or last light attacks and has many more advantages. On my second night at Mahla there was a false alarm and everybody knew exactly where to go and what to do. I felt the safest I have felt thus far in Darfur. The unit at Mahla is Bravo Company of 8 SA Infantry Battalion.