Demonstrate the benefits of using geographical skills as a soldier.
DefinitionDemonstration should include the benefits of using military geography, a subset of geography, to make decisions regarding
- urbanistics—analysis of the urban environment
- base locations and construction
- terrain analysis—desert, jungle/forest, winter, mountain, escarpments, soil, water features
- ocean front analysis—harbors, beaches, sea cliffs.
- In what situations might a soldier use geographical skills?
- What geography-related tools or instruments are commonly used?
- How is urban-area intelligence important when planning tactical and strategical operations?
Related Standards of Learning
History and Social Science
The student will demonstrate skills for historical thinking, geographical analysis, economic decision making, and responsible citizenship by
- synthesizing evidence from artifacts and primary and secondary sources to obtain information about the world’s countries, cities, and environments;
- using geographic information to determine patterns and trends to understand world regions;
- creating, comparing, and interpreting maps, charts, graphs, and pictures to determine characteristics of world regions;
- evaluating sources for accuracy, credibility, bias, and propaganda;
- using maps and other visual images to compare and contrast historical, cultural, economic, and political perspectives;
- explaining indirect cause-and-effect relationships to understand geospatial connections;
- analyzing multiple connections across time and place;
- using a decision-making model to analyze and explain the incentives for and consequences of a specific choice made;
- identifying the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and the ethical use of material or intellectual property; and
- investigating and researching to develop products orally and in writing.
The student will analyze how physical and ecological processes shape Earth’s surface by
- explaining regional climatic patterns and weather phenomena and their effects on people and places;
- describing how humans influence the environment and are influenced by it; and
- explaining how technology affects one's ability to modify the environment and adapt to it.
The student will apply the concept of a region by
- explaining how characteristics of regions have led to regional labels;
- describing how regional landscapes reflect the physical environment and the cultural characteristics of their inhabitants;
- analyzing how cultural characteristics, including the world’s major languages, ethnicities, and religions, link or divide regions;
- explaining how different cultures use maps and place names to reflect their regional perspectives; and
- developing and refining mental maps of world regions.