Grids - Protection Of Map Coordinates And Locations

A disadvantage of any standard system of location is that the enemy, if he intercepts one of our messages using the system, can interpret the message and find our location. This possibility can be eliminated by using an authorized low­level numerical code to express locations. Army Regulation 380­40 outlines the procedures for obtaining authorized codes.

a. The authorized numerical code provides a capability for encrypting map references and other numerical information that requires short­term security protection when, for operational reasons, the remainder of the message is transmitted in plain language. The system is published in easy­to­use booklets with sufficient material in each for one month's operation. Sample training editions of this type of system are available through the unit's communications and electronics officer.

b. The use of any encryption methods other than authorized codes is, by regulation, unauthorized and shall not be used.