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Field manual (FM) 33-1 is the U.S. Army psychological operations (PSYOP) doctrinal manual. It describes PSYOP roles, missions, capabilities, and organization. It also describes PSYOP employment, command and control, and support across the operational continuum. The manual is the basis for PSYOP force design and materiel acquisition. It supports the doctrinal requirements of the Concept Based Requirements System. This manual links to the doctrine in Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) Publication (Pub) 3-53: and FMs 31-20, 100-5, 100-20. The manual reflects the current PSYOP force structure. It also incorporates PSYOP lessons learned during operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
The manual expresses the United States (U. S.) Army's current operational concept for PSYOP. Users should refer to the manual's Glossary for the meanings or definitions of the terms, acronyms, and abbreviations used in this manual.
FM 33-1 is the doctrinal guide for commanders, planners, and users of PSYOP. It is also a guide for those who must consider the psychological effect of military operations on a target audience. For PSYOP planners who use force structure, it provides the doctrinal principles to plan and prepare PSYOP elements for commitment. It also provides the principles used to direct and maintain those elements after commitment. PSYOP personnel must use their professional knowledge, skills, and judgment in adapting the principles in this manual to their specific situations. PSYOP commanders and trainers should use this manual and Army Training and Evaluation Program (ARTEP) 33-705-MTP to plan and conduct their training.
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