Now, I realize that there would be limited actual utility to such training, because there would be large numbers and perhaps a limited amount of trainers. There would need to be a coordination training conference to establish SOPs and TTPs for how people would be taught It would be production line training with limited utility, not bespoke personal tuition. Perhaps there could be some paintball areas set up, or similar? These are just outline ideas. It could be termed a ‘tactical fair!’
However, the point would be to make a showing, establish relationships, get a basic level of training. Those that have experience or a greater skill level could be part of a ‘train the trainer’ program and once standards are established people could be given a baseline level of training. At least it would iron out any misguided notions.
In my comments to the Dilemma and Restoration post, I have responded to some comments by readers with a suggestion to start a training program for the unorganized militia. This would take care of a few things at once: the need for training, teams, organization, relationship building and also to make a political statement. This is one of my comments:
The obvious answer to this is to institute a Patriot training ‘league’, like a version of the boy scouts for grown ups: the unorganized militia. Basically, we ‘train the trainer’ at central camps on private land with a set of good standard basics and send them back to their communities to train them up. The key thing would be some sort of standardization with good basic light infantry battle skills so we don’t allow any craziness to creep in to what people are learning.
It would be true unorganized militia writ large. Just like Army Reserves and National Guard do a two week training camp once a year and weekends, there could be an initial two week training camp run once a year at certain locations, then localized follow up training once a month.
This would make our unorganized militia like the Swiss. Clearly central/Federal government will not organize this but if we created an association it could be created and run privately by the people for the people. Full exercise of our Second Amendment rights.
Does anyone want to work with this idea, help me take it and start something up? Please read the linked post for the genesis of this idea and discussion. It goes somewhat against the standard ‘prepper’ need for OPSEC for reasons laid out in the previous post. It is a way to stand up and be counted and also create citizens that are tactically adept if they do actually have to resist ‘enemies foreign and domestic’ in a shooting war. The idea is to never actually get to a shooting war, but push back against authoritarianism madness by standing up the unorganized militia.
So in summary there are two threads here. There is perhaps a short term ‘tactical fair’ answer to getting people together to stand up and do some training. No doubt that would help people out, particularly if they have had limited access to training. The second slightly separate thread is to create an actual organization that would assume a training role for the unorganized militia, which is basically every citizen who wants to volunteer.
The idea would be to create a series of standards for teaching tactics, run some ‘train the trainer’ camps, get people to volunteer and show up for camps, and run weekend continuation training pushed down to the local level. Training starts national/State and gets pushed down to the local level. People could join the ‘unorganized militia ‘ via a website and get introduced to others in their area. Really, it does not matter if such an organization is infiltrated by agents, because it just does not matter. It is all above board and the volunteers are still receiving the training they need.
Vital to this would be creating the right impression with the right PR. It needs t be clean and above board. Regrettably, we would need to move away from the PR image of militia in BDUs, not because they are doing anything wrong, but simply because the image is tarnished by the MSM. This would need to be a new clean organization with a sharp name.
EDIT: Additions: Following some great feedback via both comments and email, I am adding this portion to the current discussion:
1) LEGAL: there have been some great points made and references sited to various paramilitary laws in States. Although I believe that there is no danger of training actually contravening such laws, we all know that in the current climate there is little stop law enforcement overstepping and acting unlawfully to break up such an event, should they so wish. As such, we should tread carefully with the how’s and what’s of this concept.
2) Airsoft: I have no experience of this game. Anyone have comments on it? I’m considering it as a vehicle to training, a good way to run drills and force on force SUT. Given the current ammo shortages, it may also have utility in that direction also. I am considering purchasing a squad’s worth of equipment for my training site. Can these air-soft guns fire on semi (single shot) – I’ve seen some footage and they always seem to be on full auto! At first glance it seems that air-soft could be conducted with your normal gear on (plus protective stuff) unlike paintball where you end up with all the ancillary gear? It seems a little more realistic than paintball? Comments?
Back to the event concept, it would seem that we could run ‘TACTICAL DEFENSE CONVENTIONS’ at various locations across the country throughout the year. They would be held on private land, set up for camping, parking, vendors, food, sanitation just like any other event. It would need an event organizer who would charge an entrance fee to cover costs Maybe even make a small profit – it is the United States of America after all!. Like a gun show there would be spots for vendors of tactical gear and all that. There would be a convention tent with power-point and video access. Rather than live firing, training would concentrate on dry drills, instruction, TC3, and perhaps this air-soft idea. If facilities allowed, there may also be a range there for some static shooting.
I have already had a potential offer for a tract of land for use in East Texas. It was never my idea to actually run with this myself but it may just end up that way. If anyone wants to be an event organizer for something like this in your State, let me know, similarly if anyone has land they would like to offer. If we can get enough interest going we may be able to generate some momentum.