How to Prepare an Area Handbook for
This appendix provides an outline as guidance for the preparation of an area handbook for peacekeeping operations. The headquarters deploying as the US contingent to a peacekeeping operation prepares this pocket-sized handbook. The book contains information on the peacekeeping organization, the history and culture of the people, the terrain, the weather, and the local armed forces. Its graphics portray the insignia, markings, and identifying characteristics of armed forces, military weapons, and equipment. Each member of the peacekeeping force should receive a copy of the handbook.
The area handbook should contain sections or parts describing--
- Size and organization.
- Uniforms with rank and branch insignia.
- Weapons and equipment characteristics and markings.
- Culture and customs including interpretation and significance of possible offending gestures and body language.
- Common and frequently used phrases and words.