Researchers say special ops UFO manual looks authentic

By Steve Hammons
Joint Recon Study Group

An alleged 1954 U.S. special operations manual that provides instruction on dealing with UFOs and extraterrestrial beings was discussed by researchers Robert Wood, Ph.D., and Ryan Wood Thursday, April 16, on the radio program “Coast to Coast AM.”

The Woods, a father and son team, examine and evaluate the authenticity of various government documents related to UFOs.

They said on Coast to Coast AM that their research indicates the manual has characteristics indicating it is authentic.

The alleged manual is titled "SOM1-01 Special Operations Manual: Extraterrestrial Entities and Technology, Recovery and Disposal."

The cover of the manual includes the date April 1954 and notes that it was created by the "Majestic-12 Group."

Some researchers have proposed that the manual could be a fraud or hoax. If that is the case, which is possible, the manual would not be considered a classified or restricted government document.


In the table of contents, the manual lists six chapters as well as other sub-sections. Additional information at the end of the manual is also of interest.

The sections include:

“Chapter 1 – Operation Majestic-12, Section I: Project purpose and goals”

“Chapter 2 – Introduction, Section I: General, Section II: Definition and data”

“Chapter 3 – Recovery Operations, Section I: Security, Section II: Technology recovery”

“Chapter 4 – Receiving and Handling, Section I: Handling upon receipt of material”

“Chapter 5 – Extraterrestrial Biological Entities, Section I: Living organisms, Section II: Non-living organisms”

“Chapter 6 – Guide to UFO Identification, Section I: UFOB guide, Section II: Identification criteria, Section III: Possible origins”

The copy of the manual the Woods obtained was a page-by-page photocopy. Some of the text is difficult to read. However, interesting material is contained in the alleged manual. This includes the following:

“Scope: This manual has been prepared especially for Majestic-12 units. Its purpose is to present all aspects of Majestic-12 so authorized personnel will have a better understanding of the goals of the Group, be able to more expertly deal with Unidentified Flying Objects, Extraterrestrial Technology and Entities, and increase the efficiency of future operations.”

“General: MJ-12 takes the subject of UFOBs, Extraterrestrial Technology and Extraterrestrial Biological Entities very seriously and considers the entire subject to be a matter of the very highest national security.”

“History of the Group: Operation Majestic-12 was established by classified presidential order on 24 September 1947 at the recommendation of Secretary of Defense James V. Forrestal and Dr. Vannevar Bush, Chairman of the Joint Research and Development Board.”

The alleged manual describes the goals of the Majestic-12 Group in detail including the acquisition of "EBEs" and technology, formation of special teams to for these purposes, designation of secure facilities for these activities and related support operations.

The manual also provides an overview of the "current situation" about what was known at that time regarding views on extraterrestrial visitors. Possible threats to the U.S. are also assessed.


One section of the manual is "Description of Craft." This section describes four types of craft: "Elliptical or disc shape," "fuselage or cigar shape," "ovoid or circular shape" and "airfoil or triangular shape." The manual also provides details of each UFO type, based on radar and observations.

In another section, "Description of Extraterrestrial Biological Entities (EBEs)," the document notes "EBE Type I" and "EBE Type II" and includes physical descriptions of the beings.

In a section titled "Description of Extraterrestrial Technology," the manual reviews analysis of materials obtained from UFO crashes.

Security aspects of the situation as well as recovery of EBEs and technology from crashes or other kinds of encounters are covered in the manual. Sub-sections include "Press Blackout," "Secure the Area," "Removal and Transport," "Cleansing the Area" and "Special or Unusual Conditions."

The manual also includes specific instructions regarding packing any materials obtained and the shipment of such materials to other personnel.

In a section on "Extraterrestrial Biological Entities," sub-sections provide guidance on circumstances of contact or encounters such as "Encounters initiated by EBEs" and "Encounters as the result of downed craft."

Information in the manual also covers "Isolation and Custody" of living EBEs as well as "Retrieval and Preservation" of deceased EBEs.

The alleged special operations manual and other documents are available online in PDF at provides a printed version of the manual for $8.00 plus shipping. describes this product as follows: "The Special Operations Manual 1-01 (SOM112) – This manual titled 'Extraterrestrial Entities and Technology, Recovery and Disposal' is in the 2 color 6 x 9 inch original format typical of field manuals. It is a precisely produced reproduction of the originally photographed text. 32 pages."

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