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Nontraditional uniforms do accord prisoner of war status for special operations forces

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Drone, Robert James
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2003-08
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Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
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Although SOF may be more effective than conventional armed forces for certain missions, the unconventional operational methods of SOF create a chink in their armor not faced by the conventional armed forces. The nontraditional attire worn by SOF while operating in enemy territory, rather than traditional uniforms, arguably result in forfeiture of prisoner of war (POW) status for SOF under the law of war. Wearing a traditional uniform is not the combatant's sole means of distinguishing himself from the civilian population. SOF operating wearing nontraditional uniforms in enemy territory should not be declared spies because they wear distinctive clothing that distinguishes them from civilian populations.
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Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
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George Washington University
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[2], 77 leaves ;
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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