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Spotting and Target Deihctiom

During World War II, the American OSS intelligence agency trained its personnel to memorize an entire scene with a single glance so that with only one passing view of a railway yard, for instance, a spy still could report details about every Nazi train in the station.

This mental snapshot technique was made famous by Rudyard Kipling's novel Kim, in which his youthful hero plays it as a game. Called "Kim's Game," or just "Kim's," it has become so standardized in sniper training that it's equally known as the "Keep in Memory System" (KIMS,) which also spells the Kipling character's name. Whatever it's called, playing it is simple in concept and execution.

Take an ordinary blanket and a half-dozen commonplace items, such as a coin, a fired cartridge, a business card, eyeglasses, a piece of string, and a pencil. Lay them out randomly and cover them with die blanket.

Now, expose the items for two minutes and allow your fellow snipers to study them but not take any notes. Re-cover the items and then direct your audience to write notes in as much detail as possible, recording what they saw. They can even draw a sketch, depicting the relativ e sizes and spacing of the objects.

Now, ask them highly detailed questions. They probably all noted the coin's date, but how many wrote that it was facing the business card, which was about 5 inches away? And that string—which end was frayed and which end was cut?

To keep the mood competitive, it's excellent to allow a person who answers one question correctly to ask the group the next question— but in order to ask it, his own notes must record, say, that the business card had a phone number with an area code of 612. Or you can direct questions at people, with any wrong response eliminating a competitor and the final winner owed a brewski or relieved of policing brass from the range, etc.

To make KIMS even more challenging, increase the number of items displayed, reduce the amount of exposure time, or lengthen the time gap between observing and recording

information. We've had our school cadre act out gunfight scenarios as a real-life kind of KIMS that was especially popular with students. It sometimes required observing through optical devices.

But just the blanket and trinkets technique works fine, too, and makes for an exercise that can be conducted anywhere with two minutes' preparation.

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