Field Manual 3-05.40 (FM 41-10)
Civil Affairs Operations

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Field Manual 3-05.40 (FM 41-10)
Civil Affairs Operations


Civil Affairs forces support missions in every theater, in peace and war, throughout full spectrum operations. They are a combat multiplier for every commander. The role of Civil Affairs forces in support of civil-military operations is clarified for the missions, employment, support requirements, capabilities, and limitations of these forces.

Civil Affairs forces are only one of the many resources a commander has to help him with the myriad of tasks in this complex and ever-increasing mission. They are an essential element of civil-military operations by virtue of their area and linguistic orientation, cultural awareness, training in military-to-host nation (HN) advisory activities, and civilian professional skills that parallel common government functions.
Although written primarily to assist Army Service Component Command (ASCC), modular Army corps, modular Army divisions, and brigade combat teams (BCTs) in conducting (planning, preparing for, executing, and assessing) Civil Affairs operations, this field manual (FM) has application in joint force operations as well. The commander must always consider the civil components within the area of operations (AO).
This publication applies to the Active Army, Army National Guard/Army National Guard of the United States, and United States Army Reserve unless otherwise stated.

The proponent of this manual is the United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School (USAJFKSWCS). Reviewers and users of this manual should submit comments and recommended changes on Department of the Army Form 2028 (Recommended Changes to Publications and Blank Forms) to Commander, United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, ATTN: AOJK-DTD­ CA, Fort Bragg, NC 28310-5000.

Unless this publication states otherwise, masculine nouns and pronouns do not refer exclusively to men.

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“Field Manual 3-05.40 (FM 41-10) Civil Affairs Operations,” Special Operations History Foundation, accessed January 25, 2021,

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