Each installment of US Covert Ops Training Manual you collect adds a rank in the Infiltration perk, which gives a slight increase to your sneak chance.

— VDSG Catalogue No.8432

U.S. Covert Operations Manual is a perk magazine in Fallout 4 that gives the player ranks of the Covert Operations perk.


Each magazine gives a rank of the Covert Operations perk which makes one more difficult to detect while sneaking.

Magazine issuesEdit

Issue Location Location Description Base ID
#01 Whistling in the Dark Lexington: The Switchboard On the desk by the terminal in the executive office above the open office and double stairwell area. 0008e737
#02 Urban Camouflage USS Constitution Ship interior, on a corner table inside the captain's cabin. 0008e738
#03 Facepaint Fundamentals Federal ration stockpile On the main table in front of the sofa, in Red Tourette’s base, southeast tunnels near exit. 0008e739
#04 Not the Soldiers You're Looking For Abandoned shack (Federal surveillance center K-21B) In the federal surveillance center, deepest area, on the light blue metal computer bank, near the steamer trunk and terminal. 0008e73a
#05 Who Goes There? Fort Strong armory On the desk of General Brock, southwest corner of the ground floor. 0008e73b
#06 Squeaky Floorboard, Sudden Death Fort Hagen Command Center On the side table of the bedroom and kitchenette room, just east of the armory. The room can't be reached until the Reunions quest becomes active. 0008e73c
#07 Bushes, Boxes, and Beehives Camouflage Special Libertalia By the red chair and oil lamp on an exposed outlook on the main shanty ship, on the last level before the entrance to the captain's cabin, same level as the white metal cabin. 0008e73e
#08 Getting the Drop on Communists National Guard training yard On a table in the cafeteria of the barracks, near a cooler (northwest, ground floor). 0008e73d
#09 Look Better in Black Revere satellite array In the shanty hut atop the central satellite support (without the dish). 0008e73f
#10 Tiptoe Through the Tulips USAF Satellite Station Olivia Inside the computer room (intel room) near the entrance unlocked by terminal (southeast interior) or with key found in last room on lower level in steamer trunk, on the desk with the mini nuke. 0008e740

Behind the scenesEdit

50 Vault-Tec C.E.O.The following is based on unverified behind the scenes information and has not been confirmed by canon sources.

The entire collection of manuals may be based on the "Department of the Army Field Manual."

  • U.S. Covert Operations Manual - Whistling in the Dark might be a reference to the Splinter Cell series where the player can whistle to lead enemy guards to their location.
  • U.S. Covert Operations Manual - Not the Soldiers You're Looking For is a reference to Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope, where Obi-Wan Kenobi says "These aren't the droids you're looking for."
  • U.S. Covert Operations Manual - Who Goes There? is the name of a science fiction novella by John W. Campbell, Jr., written in 1938 and made into several films, the best known of which is John Carpenter's The Thing (1982).
  • U.S. Covert Operations Manual - Squeaky Floorboard, Sudden Death appears to be another Splinter Cell reference, in particular to the third game in the series, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory.
  • U.S. Covert Operations Manual - Bushes, Boxes and Beehives Camouflage Special could be a reference to the Metal Gear Solid game series, of which hiding in a cardboard box is a signature, and where Snake may hide behind bushes, under boxes and use beehives as a method of distraction.
  • U.S. Covert Operations Manual - Look better in black is possibly a reference to a quote from City of Bones, part of the Mortal Instruments series of novels. The quote is as follows: “It means 'Shadowhunters: Looking Better in Black Than the Widows of our Enemies Since 1234'.”
  • U.S. Covert Operations Manual - Tiptoe Through the Tulips is a reference to the song "Tiptoe Through The Tulips" by Nick Lucas, from Gold Diggers of Broadway.
50 Vault-Tec C.E.O.End of information based on unverified behind the scenes information.


ps4Icon ps4 pcIcon pc xboxoneIcon xboxone The world graphic of issue #7 matches the inventory graphic of #8 and vice versa.[verified]


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