Unit of competency details

PUADEFCA404B - Undertake reconnaissance tasks (Release 1)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 09/Feb/2011

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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 099905 Security Services  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 099905 Security Services  03/Sep/2009 
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Unit Descriptor

Unit Descriptor 

This unit covers the competency required to operate as a team  member during the conduct of reconnaissance tasks  in the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

Reconnaissance operations require soldiers to operate in small teams in close proximity to the enemy in order to gather information to inform their commanders.

Application of the Unit

Application of the Unit 

The application of this unit in the workplace - the environments, complexities and situations involved - will be written during Phase II of the Review of the PUA00 Public Safety Training Package.

This text will be useful for the purposes of job descriptions, recruitment advice or job analysis; where possible, it will not be too job specific to allow other industries to import it into other Training Packages, where feasible.

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Employability Skills Information

Employability Skills 

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a Unit of Competency.

Performance Criteria describe the required performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the Required Skills and Knowledge and/or the Range Statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the Evidence Guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Prepare for reconnaissance tasks 

1.1 Reconnaissance orders are received and clarified where required

1.2 Battle procedure is conducted

1.3 Appropriate equipment  is selected, checked for serviceability and fitted as directed and/or required by the operational environment

2. Conduct a reconnaissance patrol 

2.1 Formations  are adhered to in accordance with operational requirements

2.2 Drills and procedures  are conducted in accordance with operational requirements and standard procedures 

2.3 Movement is completed to ensure that detection is minimised

2.4 Reconnaissance patrol techniques  are performed in accordance with standard procedures

2.5 Reconnaissance tasks are completed in accordance with standard procedures

2.6 Patrol debrief is conducted in accordance with operational requirements and standard procedures

Required Skills and Knowledge


This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level, required for this unit.

Required Skills 

  • apply battlecraft aggressively
  • apply navigation techniques
  • apply operational safety
  • apply recognised safety precautions
  • assimilate orders
  • handle weapons safely in an operational environment
  • interpret fire control orders
  • work in a team

Required Knowledge 

  • battlecraft
  • characteristics, technical capabilities, effects, employment and limitations of equipment
  • cultural awareness
  • fire control orders
  • navigation techniques
  • OH&S requirements
  • Orders for Opening Fire
  • recognised safety precautions
  • team work

Evidence Guide


Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

Assessment must confirm the ability to work as part of a team by day and night in a simulated operational environment that replicates the extremes and stress of a threat environment.

Assessment must confirm the ability to complete all:

  • formations as listed in the Range Statement
  • reconnaissance tasks as listed in the Range Statement
  • drills and procedures as listed in the Range Statement
  • reconnaissance patrol techniques as listed in the Range Statement.

Assessment must also confirm the ability to use the following equipment:

  • binoculars
  • cameras
  • marking devices
  • recording devices.

Consistency in performance 

Competency should be demonstrated over time in a range of contexts that could be expected in the workplace.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Context of assessment 

Competency should be assessed in a simulated operational threat environment. The person should be exposed to the extremes of the operational environment under physical and mental stress. The context of assessment would usually be simulated due to the nature of this high-risk environment.

Specific resources for assessment 

Access to a team; a simulated operational environment that replicates the extremes and stress of a threat environment; weapons and ammunition; and a variety of equipment as listed in the Range Statement.

Guidance information for assessment 

Information that will assist or guide assessment will be written during Phase II of the Review of the PUA00 Public Safety Training Package.

Range Statement


The Range Statement relates to the Unit of Competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised  wording in the Performance Criteria is detailed below.

A reconnaissance team is 

A grouping of up to approximately five personnel

Reconnaissance tasks must include 

Acting as a guide

Area observation

Collecting demographic and infrastructure intelligence

Collecting topographical information

Forming up point marking

Landing zone marking

Locating enemy positions

Point target observation

Route marking

Equipment may include 



Camouflage nets

Communications equipment

Marking devices

Navigation equipment

Recording devices


Video equipment



Will be largely dependent on the task, the nature of the threat, terrain and on the need for control, and must include:

  • single file
  • box
  • diamond

Drills and procedures must include 

Ambush procedure

Break contact drill

Counter ambush drills

Harbour drills

Laying-up place drill

Marking procedures

Mine incident drills

Observation post drill

Obstacle crossing drills

Recording procedures (i.e. field sketching)

Rendezvous and marry-up procedures

Short and long halts

Standard procedures may include 

Australian Standards

Defence Instructions

Doctrine pamphlets

Job guides, other publications

Manufacturers' handbooks, industry specifications and technical instructions

Occupational health and safety (OH&S) regulations

Organisational policies and procedures

Procedure manuals

Reengagement procedures

Relevant local government by-laws

Relevant state/territory or federal legislation

Routine Orders

Standing Operating Procedures

Standing Orders

Written and verbal orders

Reconnaissance patrol techniques must include 

Ground search, which may include the following formations:

  • fan
  • box
  • ridge

Close reconnaissance, which may include:

  • point target
  • right angle
  • natural traverse

Unit Sector(s)

Not applicable.

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