In the interest of spreading useful information regarding
tactics/training I wanted to relay this conversation I had with some
folks from the tactical community a while back. I was asked several
pointed questions which I do my best to answer below:
Of all the various training disciplines available, which one should
be top of the training list right now in light of world events? Rifle
training? Land Navigation? Communications? Patrolling, etc...
Well, there are definitely some sacred cows on that list. It of course
kind of depends on where you are as an individual with regard to the
various skillsets, but lets assume you are a competent shooter with some
basic fieldcraft under your belt....I would put information gathering
on top. You could also label it Intel/Comms if you wanted. Why?
1. Intelligence drives the fight. Without it, you are just a bunch of armed guys in the woods.
2. Everyone can do it. Your 75 year old aunt can do it, your kid can do
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There could shortly come a time when a mundane task such as driving into town to pick up a family member could become a seriously dangerous activity. Some of us are used to this concept as we performed it routinely overseas as part of a military unit or a clandestine services unit.
The military unit will for the most part roll out in a heavy or overt-profile; meaning part of the psychological strategy is visibly projecting force....the "you don't want none of this" approach. This approach may work depending on the METT-TC or environmental/situational reality. As many a soldier has learned, in a warzone, this can make you a rather juicy target. This could also be applied to a domestic "grid-down/WROL/SHTF" scenario. The clandestine operator will generally follow a policy of low-profile (or no-profile), meaning they seek to blend into the local environment as neatly as possible. This is for a couple of reasons, most of which should be obvious but lets examine a…