In , the commanding general of the st Airborne Division , Major General William Westmoreland , noticed a failing of proficiency and initiative in squad , fireteam , and patrol leaders during an exercise code named White Cloud. General GEN Westmoreland was a veteran of the Invasion of Normandy and realized the importance of small unit leaders and individuals who had been separated from their parent units to take action against superior enemy forces.
GEN Westmoreland decided that his division needed relevant training to rectify their deficiencies before their deployment. The U. Army sent many of their officers and senior non-commissioned officers to Ranger School.
However, not every unit leader could be sent to the course. Second Lieutenant Donald Bernstein suggested that some of the st Airborne's Ranger trained personnel start a school for the entire division in small unit tactics. Millett command the two-week school. The course was named the Recondo School , a combination of the words " recon naissance" and " do ughboy " or " comman do. The first week of training focused on classroom instruction, the second week on air operations, and the third week used real reconnaissance missions to teach students the critical skills needed to successfully infiltrate, observer, report, evade, and extract using small unit tactics in a jungle environment.
Army Recondo Schools had a two or three week curriculum conducted at the home garrison of the perspective unit   and focused on training students in the fundamentals of:  . The insignia of the Recondo Schools, which was also worn as a patch on the right pocket of Recondo graduates, was an arrowhead pointing downwards to symbolize assault from the sky to the ground in the colors of black and white to signify operations by day and night.
Army division and corps Recondo Schools either carried-on with their curriculum or disbanded throughout the s and '80s. To fulfill this requirement, the course was initially designed to emphasize the mission essential tasks drawn from lessons learned from previous long-range reconnaissance patrol operations in the jungles of Southeast Asia.
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Therefore, priority for training is to team leaders and above pay grades of E-4s and above assigned oversight of small unit reconnaissance operations without prior reconnaissance training and experience. Menu-based training enables unit commanders to meet specific reconnaissance focused training priorities without sacrificing other training needs in support of a unit's operational mission requirements.
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