Now that you've added in some details, it does indeed sound like this group was subjected to an experimental control system.
In this case the control caused severe disorientation regarding reported mileage/distance covered.
It further caused hallucinations, possibly catalyzed by props entered into the field to gel a common theme with all effected.
After that, it's anyone's guess what happened. It could have progressed to the point of complete breakdown in discipline, as well as sanity,
triggering the fight/flight response into overdrive resulting in all personnel scattering.
What I find difficult to understand about all this is, from what I gather, this was a military exercise with trained and disciplined military
personnel, men, with gear, training, and weapons.
Not children that jump at every little scary shadow in the night.
These were trained, military professional men.
If such is the case, whatever caused them to break ranks and scatter in all directions would, I think, have to be some pretty effective motivation.
As far as strange women howling, calling, and coming after people in the woods, especially in Yukon territory, the term Wendigo comes to mind from
native mythology describing a cannibalistic spirit or some such.
Some speculation regards the Wendigo myth to be attached to bigfoot, but, that's all the the realm of speculation.
The most reasonable explanation that would satisfy the weird behavior and reports of the missing people would involve them on the test end of
something experimental that drove them crazy.
Their disappearances could then be accounted for by another other retrieval team, unknown to you, and attached to the experimental weapon testing,
that super secret nabbed all concerned to make them disappear.
Even that sounds highly improbable.
Whatever the case, if true, it's an interesting and strange case.
What branch of the military where these men? Army? Marines? National Guard? Something else?
Edit: Another question - were these men cleared for and equipped with real world effective live ammunition, or were they issued miles, or blanks as
part of the training exercise?
I ask this, because, if they had no real-world offensive or defensive capability, one lone crazy with a deer rifle and real world effective ammunition
could take out all 20 like shooting fish in a barrel while playing head games with them.
Additionally, a large enough pack of wolves could drag them off one by one, though, such behavior against a group of 20 men seems highly improbable.
What season was it? Summer? Winter? Spring? Fall? or the month?
edit on 15-7-2012 by Druscilla because: (no reason given)