UFO Conjectures

Friday, August 24, 2012

USAF (or Marine Corps) UFO Instructions?

Spanish UFO researcher Jose Caravaca found these images in his files, and sent them to us, thinking they may be pages from a United States Air Force manual of some kind, even though the first page notes the United States Marine Corps. (Senor Caravaca has the images labeled 1976, which may be when he found them, not their date of origination, as the drawings seem to be from an era earlier than 1976):
Does anyone have any information about these drawings or the material from which they derive?



  • Rich, the pamphlet or book, is definitely a Marine Corp publication under the MCIO area of "Marine Corps Essential Subjects".

    Look at the pamphlet's upper right hand corner, you'll see MCIO P1550-44A. This usually corresponds to terrorism (Currently).

    The earliest date of publication that I could fine was 1974, but I have to assume that there were earlier variants.

    By Blogger Tim Hebert, at Friday, August 24, 2012  

  • Hello,
    It is imho the typical "The United States Marine Essential Subjects" handbook MC10 P1550.14A (I have difficulties to read in the picture provided for the serial, but well).
    So this one:
    Then similar these 2 ones (one of 1986 and a contemporan one in which you can find illustrations "like" the one José presented) :


    Gilles Fernandez

    By Blogger Gilles. F., at Friday, August 24, 2012  

  • Thanks, Tim...

    Your expertise may lead us to the whole document, which seems to indicate that there was a procedure in place to handle UFO sightings by Marines.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Friday, August 24, 2012  

  • And thank you Gilles...

    Don't you think that the publication suggests a procedure for handling UFO sightings?


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Friday, August 24, 2012  

  • Rich,

    I think in the purpose of such USMC instructions book, a drawing must be sufficiently speaking if its purpose is to well summarize an instruction. The drawings are used to illustrate, to use a second "cognitive" way and to summerize what the text is verbaly expressing (by imagery then). Sort of double cognitive codage.

    Regarding this picture and the presence of an UFO, I think it's a great way to use drawing to express that the Marine must contact the Corporal of the Guard if something that is not covered by the instructions happens.
    So, the UFO was used ONLY in this perspective imho, and it is then not suggesting it exists a procedure concerning UFO sightings.

    Allow me to think that to believe that the drawing is suggesting an UFO sighting procedure is a sort of confirmation bias done by the people too much immersed in ufology (sorry, but frankly).

    I dunno what MC10 P1550.14A is exactly corresponding in 1976 in the USMC. As Tim stated, 44A should be devoted on terrorism, but this one is 14A (read my first link, you can enlarge the picture and you will see it in top right corner).

    I suppose an ex Marine or someone with Militaria knowledge or USMC experience could confirm or not?

    Best Regards,


    By Blogger Gilles. F., at Saturday, August 25, 2012  

  • Thanks Gilles....

    I just wonder why a UFO is used as an example of an unusual incident to be reported rather than anything else?

    Why not a picture of an explosion or a man using a gun or even a bear climbing a tree?

    Why a UFO of all things?

    After all, UFOs don't exist, do they?


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Saturday, August 25, 2012  

  • This comes from the standing orders for a senty.
    Any enlisted man (sorry Tim H but I don't think officers get this drilled into their brain) can tell you they had to memorize these in Boot Camp (and you were constantly asked to repeat them).

    They used an extreme example for something that one might not normally encounter. The point of the order was to contact the upper chain of command if there are no orders on how to deal with an unusual situation. Explosions, peace protestors, intruders with weapons, etc are cases one would cover in the training of the sentry. UFOs, bigfoot, the loch ness monster, lighthouse beacons, scintillating stars, planets, etc are things not covered in a sentry's instructions. One can see this order in action in various UFO incidents at military bases involving guards. They see something strange and then report it to the upper chain of command. However, I can cite several instances in my naval career where I was called as a supervisor for some unusual reports by watch standers/security personnel.

    By Blogger Tim Printy, at Saturday, August 25, 2012  

  • @Gilles, I stand corrected. I did enlarged the photo, but mistakenly saw 44A vs. 14A. (your new avatar is freaking me out!)

    @Tim Printy, Navy/enlisted trumps AF/officer on this one.

    By Blogger Tim Hebert, at Saturday, August 25, 2012  

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