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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Perform rural security operations 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
376360  Perform rural security operations 
ORIGINATOR
Task Team - Special Combat Capabilities 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security Sovereignty of the State 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  18 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2015-07-01  2018-06-30  SAQA 10105/14 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2019-06-30   2022-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
Learners assessed against this unit standard will possess the skills and techniques required to prepare for security operations in a rural environment, participate in foot patrols, and demonstrate individual battle craft during contact with an opposing force. They will further be able to perform ambushes, raids and trench clearing operations within a team in a rural environment.

Persons credited with this unit standard will through the application of these skills enhance the capabilities of security organisations to maintain peace and security in the community. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
It is assumed that learners will be competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 4.
  • Interpreting a topographical map for navigation purposes at NQF Level 5.
  • Using a hand held compass for navigation purposes at NQF Level 4.
  • Using firearms in military and law enforcement environment at NQF Level 5. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare personal and team equipment for rural operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Personal and team equipment are camouflaged according to the area of operation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Personal equipment includes but is not limited to clothing, personal webbing, ruck sack and personal weapon.
  • Team equipment includes but is not limited to team support weapons.
  • Camouflage includes but is not limited to removing all signs of traceability.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Food, rations and operational equipment are prepared and packed taking the length of the deployment and geographical area into consideration. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Load bearing equipment is packed to ensure an equal load distribution and fit comfortably with all items secured. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Participate in rural patrols. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Day and night.
  • Minimum patrol duration of 36 hours. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Weapons are loaded as per instruction. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The axis of advance and left and right boundaries are identified in accordance with the patrol leader's instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Groupings within a patrol are identified taking into account the type, aim and method of the patrol. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Individual movement techniques are applied in accordance with patrol orders. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Commands or signals for the adoption of formations are applied while continuing to move tactically through a terrain in accordance with the team SOP. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Hand signals are used to communicate tactically with other members of the patrol. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Individual obstacles are crossed tactically in order to minimise individual exposure time and potential risk to the patrol. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Camouflage and concealment techniques are applied during movement to prevent the compromise of the patrol. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    Hides are occupied and withdrawn from in a tactical manner ensuring the security of the patrol in terms of noise, observation and litter or equipment left behind. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    Track discipline and anti-tracking techniques are applied in order to minimise the signature left by the patrol. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Perform individual battle craft. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Day and night. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The section battle drills are described in terms of the actions that must take place during each stage of the fire fight. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The principles of fire and movement are described based upon their application in a structured scenario. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Individual immediate action drills when contact is made with an opposing force are demonstrated by means of a structured scenario. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Methods of fire and movement are demonstrated in accordance with the team leader's orders during a simulated exercise. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Fire and movement methods include but are not limited to groups, individual, mutual and bounds.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Fire control orders are interpreted to inform action while continuing to tactically engage the opposing force. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Firing positions are changed tactically using aggressive battle talk. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Weapons are handled tactically to achieve the desired outcome. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Weapons include personal and team weapons.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Personal and team weapons are applied tactically to achieve the team leaders desired outcome while maintaining the required rate of fire during a simulated tactical exercise. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Team weapons include but are not limited to rocket propelled grenades, light machine guns, light mortars and grenade launchers.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Participate in special rural operations. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Day and night.
  • Ambushes.
  • Raids.
  • Trench clearing. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The aim and principles associated with a specific special operation are explained along with their impact on the operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The tasks of the members and groups involved in a specific special operation are demonstrated in accordance with the operations order. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The sequence of events for a special operation is described in order to show understanding of the team leader's intent as well as the overall situation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The methods of communication identified in the operations order are explained and applied throughout a simulated tactical exercise. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Personal and team weapons are applied in accordance with the operations order and the specific type of operation during a simulated tactical exercise. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Drills for contingencies are explained and applied in accordance with specific operations orders or the team leader's commands. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Operational security is applied to a tactical exercise in order to minimise the chances of compromise and casualties to friendly forces. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this Unit Standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard or assessing this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when the learner is capable of selecting and preparing personal and team equipment for the given task. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, and community during rural foot patrol and team raids, ambushes and trench clearing operations. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when using time efficiently to prepare for a specific operation or task. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion when applying battle talk during battle craft and hand signals during foot patrols. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when applying weapons and tactics during special operations to ensure the safety of friendly forces. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  78263   National Higher Certificate: Special Combat Capabilities  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2018-06-30  SAS SETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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