Edited: 1/6/08 12:00 AM
Member Since: 05/09/2005
I was discussing this today with my students. I was trying to get going in this direction a little more when I was in Germany at JMRC. The issue always comes back to the "band of excellence", which is why I never seem to get off the fundamental level I grappling stuff. We can discuss scenario and "what ifs" all day long, but unless the guys have a good solid foundation in the basics, then why implement scenarios? Which is what I always run into when teaching. I do spend a great deal of time and effort on trying to make them THINK about ENDSTATE when training. WHy they are doing what they are doing. What situations they might find what they are doing might be good or bad. Once I get basics done, then introducing knives, stun guns, sticks, shinai, what not into the equation is the next step I think..this is covered by the MACP curriculm, Weapons retention training as someone mentioned above. How to set up their Kit, where they put things, type of weapons they carrym, where, how to use them. Practice using them! Intro of Blauer suits in this enviornment. MOUT, once they have their battle drills and SOPs down, cause you have to work as a team....then put them in the Blauer suits with OPFOR and OCs that are TRAINED and COMPETENT in MACP. MOUT sites must have furniture, clutter and crap in it. For PSDs, Police type stuff where you have very limited ROE/RUF...I don't see much difference in the basics above...maybe not do the "ENTER and CLEAR" stuff, but work in the same enviornment, dark, clutter, blauer suits and various weapons. Minimal force issues, arrest, control, handcuffs, flex cuffs..all done in an alive enviornment. The reason I tend to stay away from alot of this is twofold. 1. Most soldiers I train don't have the fundamentals down. 2. I have not done the METT-T on their mission, I am not their CoC, and I don't want to screw with their SOPs, ROE/RUF stuff. It gets hard enough getting units to let me work with their soldiers only to have them go back and say "MAJ Leavitt says what we are doing is wrong!" or teaching them something contrary to what the unit is doing...confuses them and might not be helpful. The real issues though boil down to time and the "band of excellence". I spent the day preaching this stuff to a bunch of Junior soldiers. Hopefully as they get up there in rank...they will remember that we don't have to train the same way we are doing it today...that you CAN be creative, you CAN train with a great deal of aliveness, and make it meaningful!