Army Releases Field Training Manual

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FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) _ The Army has released its latest
field manual on training, elevating the need for units to prepare
to conduct stability operations during combat deployments.

The manual was written at Fort Leavenworth. It comes on the
heels of the Army's release earlier this year of its operations
manual that emphasized that soldiers must be prepared and
proficient in offense, defense and stability skills.

Army officials say its a reflection of the past seven years of
conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq and a reality that units will be
in a period of ``persistent conflict'' for years to come.

The manual also makes reference to units training and applying
stability skills to homeland security missions, similar to the role
played by active duty forces following Hurricane Katrina in 2006
and the potential for another Sept. 11-style attack.