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SUBCOURSE EDITION
IT 0601 C

US ARMY INTELLIGENCE CENTER

QUESTIONING TECHNIQUES

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QUESTIONING TECHNIQUES

Subcourse Number IT 0601

Edition C

United States Army Intelligence Center
Fort Huachuca, AZ 85613-6000

2 Credit Hours

Edition Date: May 19 9 7

SUBCOURSE OVERVIEW

This subcourse provides information on the proper use of questioning techniques during an
interrogation in order to gain the maximum amount of enemy prisoner of war (EPW)/detainee
information in the minimum amount of time. To understand how to effectively lead the EPW/detainee
through his memory to obtain enemy dispositions.

Non-MOS 97E personnel should complete USAICS subcourse IT 0606 prior to taking this subcourse.

This subcourse reflects current doctrine at time of preparation. In your own work situation, always refer
to the latest publication.

The words "he," "him," "his," and "men," when used in this publication, represent the masculine and
feminine genders unless otherwise stated.

TERMINAL LEARNING OBJECTIVE

TASKS: To apply direct questioning techniques to obtain all information pertinent to
interrogation objective(s). To identify spot reportable information during the
interrogation. To access and control the EPW/Detainee through proper use of
repeated and control questions.

CONDITIONS: Performed in a tactical environment. Given a EPW/detainee, captive tag,
documents captured with the EPW/detainee, screening reports, previous
interrogation reports, interrogation plan, map(s) of the area where EPW/detainee
was captured, interrogation notes, and a pencil/marker capable of recording
dispositions on a map's surface, satisfy assigned collection requirements, maintain
control of the interrogation, and correctly prepare written interrogation reports.

STANDARDS: To demonstrate competency of this task, you must achieve a minimum of 70% on
the subcourse examination.

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determining the most recent EPW/detainee duties. This information will give the interrogator an
important clue to general EPW/detainee knowledge, and can provide a transition to the next question.

Clues obtained from EPW/detainee duties will help determine the EPW/detainee's mission prior to
capture. This information will also aid the interrogator in determining missions of the EPW/detainee's
agency or unit, and those of related units.

The EPW/detainee will be most familiar with his own unit's activities, locations, installations, or troop
dispositions, and other units within his area of operation. He is best qualified to speak about activities
which he was personally engaged in or observed.

The EPW/detainee may be able to provide additional information about adjacent areas. This will
enable the intelligence officer or using agency to draw conclusions concerning other sectors of the
enemy front.

Everything the EPW/detainee contributes to the overall situation should be reported. This includes
supporting unit's locations, deployments, activities, and information regarding area installations and
weapons. It also includes all commander's names and other persons known to the EPW/detainee.

The EPW/detainee may have observed items of intelligence interest while moving in or through other
areas. Ask questions on these points. If the EPW/detainee has recently been in rear areas, he may
have information concerning reserve units, artillery positions, higher headquarters locations, supply
installations and routes, preparations for defense in depth, and other related data.

The interrogator obtains all the EPW/detainee's pertinent knowledge in the topical area before moving
on to the next topic. The interrogator should maintain established questioning sequence to ensure no
topics are missed during questioning.

CONCLUSIONS

As the final questioning step, the interrogator should obtain any additional conclusions, statements,
observations, or evaluations, especially from a knowledgeable EPW/detainee. Officer EPW or
informed noncommissioned officers and civilian sources, who may be qualified, should be thoroughly
questioned as to their conclusions, opinions, and evaluations. Their conclusions may be as important
as factual information. When the interrogator receives such information, he must further obtain facts
on which the EPW/detainee based his conclusions and/or evaluations.

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Figure 1-1. Spot (SALUTE) Report

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5. If the EPW/detainee cannot read the interrogator's map-

A. Try and help the EPW/detainee to read the map.

B. Cancel this interrogation phase.

C. Get the EPW/detainee a map he can read.

D. Ask the EPW/detainee if he knows compass directions.

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LESSON 2

PRACTICE EXERCISE

Answer Key and Feedback

Item Correct Answer and Feedback

1. D. DCRP and ICRP (page 2-4).

2. B. Keeping EPW/detainee's attention (page 2-2).

3. C. About other locations and objects (page 2-5).

4. A. Orients the EPW/detainee to his map (page 2-2).

5. D. Ask the EPW/detainee it he knows compass directions (page 2-3),

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