The AN/VDR-2 can be operated in mounted or dismounted mode in tactical Army
It provides a means for conducting dismounted and
Monitoring is included in normal intelligence and reconnaissance activities
and provides the following:
Small units. Unit monitors keep the unit commander informed of
the degree of radiological hazard in his unit area.
Brigade, battalion, and comparable units.
from subordinate units are used in conjunction with fallout
Division or higher or similar organizations. Monitoring reports,
screened by intermediate headquarters, are one of the forms of
If sufficient data are collected from monitoring
efforts and if reports are not delayed in transmission, a
Company/troop/battery units or smaller units.
operating independently monitor for radiation once nuclear
operations have commenced. Monitoring may be either periodic or
Types of Monitoring.
a. Periodic Monitoring.
Periodic monitoring is the periodic check of the units area for radiation.
The purpose of periodic monitoring is to assure the commander that the unit
area is not contaminated and to warn him if contamination arrives.
units (normally platoon level and above) should routinely monitor a
designated point in their unit area a minimum of once during each 1-hour
period. The unit SOP should give detailed guidance on monitoring procedures
and times so that subordinate units will monitor at essentially the same
time and in the same manner. Units having several survey meters on hand may
need to use only one instrument for this purpose.
b. Continuous Monitoring.
Continuous monitoring is a continuous surveillance for radiation in the unit
area of operations or along a route of march and is performed by units,