The first thing to do in preparing for patrol duty is to realize that you must be a reporter as well as an aviator. You will be flying a plane, of course, and part of the time you may be encountering conditions that will test your knowledge of aviation severely. But your primary mission is to get the plane to take you places where you can learn what the Base wants to know. Your job is to find out things and report them. You are expected to be a mobile observation post. This observation post may be moving over domestic waters; it may be roving over the Bering Sea, or in the South Pacific, or off the coast of Africa, but the principle of scouting remains the same. You are expected to find out what they want to know back at the base, and you are expected to tell them as briefly and comprehensively as possible.