Structure: The manner in which the mission is to be conducted. 

Observation of the training program indicates that remote viewing is a learnable skill. Specifically, it appears that a viewer trained in this CRV technique can be expected to exhibit a performance curve as depicted in [FIG 3].

After being exposed to the basic concepts of the training program, the viewer typically exhibits a few sessions of very high quality. This is known as the “first-time effect.” This quality cannot be maintained and is followed by dropping to a very low level of performance. At this point learning begins. As learning takes place, the session quality improves. Improvement continues until a plateau is reached. When this plateau is maintained for five to six consecutive sessions it is time to commence training in the next Stage. 

[McNear, Tom. Coordinate Remote Viewing Stages I–VI and Beyond. February 1985, DIA]


First-Time Effect: In any human activity or skill a phenomenon exists known as “beginner’s luck.” In remote viewing, this phenomenon is manifest as especially successful performance at the first attempt at psychic functioning, after which the success rate drops sharply, to be built up again gradually through further training. This effect is hypothesized to result from the initial excitation of hereditary but dormant psi-conducting neuronal channels which, when first stimulated by attempted psychoenergetic functioning “catch the analytic system off guard,” as it were, allowing high-grade functioning with little other system interference. Once the initial novelty wears off, the analytic systems which have been trained for years to screen all mental functions attempt to account for and control the newly awakened neural pathways, thereby generating increasing amounts of masking “mental noise,” or AOL.

[Smith, Paul H. Coordinate Remote Viewing. May 1986, DIA Manual]