"Map reading is the only way if satellites fail"

'Soldiers must not forget how to read maps ... Commander of the Field Army has said' according to The Daily Telegraph Defence Correspondent in an article on Saturday 5 December. "The big 'what if' is, if we lose that satellite, lose that geo-locating device, if we lose our communication system, how do we operate?"  'Other senior commanders are ... worried that some [officer] cadets are turning up for military training without "basic skills" such as map reading.'  But CFA is reported as saying: 'The military [is] actively looking at "how we start to balance out those traditional skills - map reading - with modern techniques that don't require you to use a map". ... It [is] a delicate balancing act and ... the Army [can] not "remain stuck in the past".'  Link to copy of article.

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