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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Sharpening the Air Assault Spear

The second half of a chalk of Air Assault soldiers doing a left door exit on Tuesday at 6 SAI Bn.

It is interesting to note that most of the problems experienced by the UN in the Congo (and other places) could in theory be solved by employing the techniques utilised by Air Assault. A platoon of Air Assault Soldiers could fast rope into an area where suspected belligerents were operating, carry out whatever task and then be extracted by means of the rope extraction method. The UN reliance on roads could be curbed and the knowledge belligerents would develop that there is no place for them to hide would ensure a much safer countryside.

I suspect that by effectively employing a company of South African Air Assault Soldiers with trackers the whole Eastern DRC could be turned peaceful in months.