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The Advance Reconnaissance Operations, better known as the Pathfinders, are the scouts, and eyes and ears of the Republic's forces. They go ahead of the main force, designating targets, preparing the battle space, gathering intelligence and removing threats to the main force. Pathfinders were born out of conversion of the Jiralhanae, where the enemy forces often ambushed the Covenant forces by leading them into traps. The Pathfinders were founded by the warriors in a unit with the most self-control, who could entire a battlefield and not be overcome with the desire to fight his enemies, and instead complete his objectives.
The Pathfinders are equipped with the Special Operations Harness, fitted with active camouflage modules to obscure them from sight. Usually equipped with Active Camouflage, they carry Type-1 Sights and occasionally use light vehicles and True Phantoms as transportation. They may carry a few carbines or plasma rifles, but often carry small blades and Nail guns to silence enemies without raising alarms. Pathfinders are chosen from the most disciplined warriors, who can maintain their silence on the battlefield without alerting the enemy, and complete his task given to him without bringing attention to him self.
In recent years, the Pathfinders have trained to not only gather visual intelligence, but also audio, electronic and cyber intelligence, intruding on the enemy's communication networks, and eavesdropping, with many learning multiple languages and dialects.
|Special Operations Divisions in the Necros War|
|UNSC||Marines, First Echelon: STO | Night Runners | SPARTAN-IVs
Marines, Second Echelon: ODSTs
Marines, Fourth Echelon: PSYOPS | Guardian | Spear Head
Navy: ANWG | SOW | Flight Testing Group | NavWar DevGru
Joint: Joint Evaluation and Tactics Group
|USR||Operation Divisions: Commandos | Spec Ops | Assassins | Pathfinders | Rangers | Assault Troopers | Avengers | Fleet Security|
|Vorenus||SPECTRES | STARS | FEAR | START | Vanguards|
|Jiralhanae Alliance||Brute Ravager | Brute Stormtrooper|
|Kig-Yar Regime||Kig-Yar Scout | Kig-Yar Shocktrooper | Kig-Yar Stormtrooper | Kig-Yar Butcher | Kig-Yar Bodyguard | Kig-Yar Bombardier | Kig-Yar Assassin | Black Claw|
|Yanme'e Hives||Yanme'e Slayer | Yanme'e Berserker|