first published on September 14, 2019 by Will
The US Army Rangers are the masters of low light combat operations. Simply put, they own the night.
Night fighting is incredibly difficult. Even with cutting edge night vision goggles, thermal optics, and infrared aiming devices, the challenges are ever present.
The rangers must overcome limited depth perception, inability to distinguish color, and discriminate between friend or foe when visual acuity is significantly reduced. They must overcome those obstacles while literally manipulating physical obstacles (walls, fences, rivers, and transitions from inside to outside).
In addition to being able to operate in the dark, the advanced infantry troopers must be keenly aware of their own noise and light signature to not become targets themselves. Undisciplined troops may negligently activate their weapon-mounted white light or loose their footing on uneven terrain, which could compromise the entire mission.