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U.S. Army Field Manuals are published by the United States Army's Army Publishing Directorate. As of 27 July, 2007, some 542 field manuals were in use.[1] They contain detailed information and how-tos for procedures important to soldiers serving in the field. They are usually available to the public at low cost or free electronically. Many websites have begun collecting PDF versions of Army Field Manuals, Technical Manuals and Weapon Manuals.

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Use of the US Field Manuals

Lately, most of the US Field Manuals have been submitted to the public domain.[2] This has given civilians the possibility of learning from them. Especially for people training survival skills (e.g., survivalists, adventurous travellers and tourists and poor people e.g., subsistence farmers in the third world), the US Field Manuals are providing a valuable resource. The presence of the document in the public domain has also allowed terrorists to use the manual for training purposes.[3][4]

Wikifying the Field Manuals

According to The New York Times (8/14/09), the Army has started to "wikify" certain of its field manuals - allowing any authorized user to update the manuals. See the Times article at: [1]

List of selected field manuals

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