I’ll admit, I’m slightly warm as I’m writing this post. I’m a little irritated, but it has spurred me to comment on an issue that I have contemplated posting about before. If you read this blog you will have seen the AARs from my students. You know the deal. So I usually try and stay out of the muck and avoid cuss words. Not today, I’m getting stuck in!
I don’t bring ego to my instruction. It’s not ‘about Max’. You can see that reflected in the AARs. I have a desire to instruct and I love the subject matter: small unit tactics. Always have. The students also don’t bring ego. They come to learn, absorb, and take away what they learn in the weekend. Crawl, walk run.
There is a lot of talk about the ‘Patriot Community’. Well, I’m here to tell you the reality: It’s a fucking cluster. I’ve also commented and posted before about the ‘virus’ of this ‘CQB’ style training and how it affects what training civilians tend to get, and what they think is the right way to go about it. If people can’t get rid of their arrogance and ego, then they will not learn and move forward. There will be no ‘Team Patriot’.
There is a tendency for people to re-invent themselves and create a legend about who they are and what they have done or are capable of. I’ll get into more of that when I post the Facebook thing below. These guys did something for a minute, maybe they were prior service for five minutes in some sort of unit, whatever. Now they are the world’s fucking expert and feel obliged to sit at their keyboard and comment-snipe about shit they have no idea about. Wankers. Maybe all they ever did was read an FM or tactical pamphlet, or the Ranger fucking Handbook or something, and now they are full-on pamphlet warriors, expert at everything. These guys are living a make-believe legend in their own minds, their own egos.
Do me a favor, and get the fuck out and train, for real. I’ll train you if you can leave the two huge suitcases of ego at the property line, bring a decent attitude, and work hard. I’ve never had a problem with this from any of the really good guys who have actually shown up and worked their butts off for a weekend’s worth of training with me.
“It’s not the critic that counts, but the man in the ring with the blood on his face.”
Here’s the thing about the ‘CQB’ ‘Tacticool’ thing on square ranges. OK, SWAT stuff originated from SOF dynamic entry stuff. Actually this was pioneered by the British SAS back in the day. Now, everyone wants to call themselves SWAT and do dynamic entry. Getting the gear does not make you the part: “All the gear no idea.” So now we have a bunch of tacticool goons running around making life very dangerous for law abiding citizens in their own homes. We also have guys exiting this job and selling the training to civvies who suck it up.
The thing about square ranges: they are part of a transition to field firing, to further training, at least they are supposed to be. They are not the end. If you stick on a square range, then you just develop fads and ridiculous stuff to do as instructors look for gimmicks to keep people interested. You learn how to get yourself killed in a firefight. Turning in slow circles and walking constantly around barrels comes to mind. When you see a guy walking forwards on a square range engaging targets, he is doing so because the purpose of that training originated with structure entry/clearance and he is simulating moving down a corridor or similar on a dynamic entry. If you think that is how you should operate ‘tactically’ out in the open then you are sadly mistaken. This is the problem. Tier 1 dynamic entry teams will practice movement, transitions and all the like on a square range and then they will go into a kill house and do it inside. In those circumstances, moving and taking cover is not the same as it is outside. The problem is that civvies who only know what they know or have watched on YouTube think that being ‘tactical’ is doing that stuff but out in the open. NO.
Anyway, I have digressed. The original point here was to talk about Facebook and the whole ego thing. I posted my video of the team doing ‘Team Break Contact Drills – Contact Front’ on my Facebook page. I got all sorts of tactical and intellectual midgets making sarcastic and critical comments. They were not there, they basically have no idea what they are talking about, yet they feel the urge to keyboard snipe with sarcastic remarks. I removed some of the most moronic comments and left a couple that turned into a discussion which I will paste below.
Team Break Contact – Contact Front – Day 2
I am adding this comment after I had some tactical midgets negatively comment when I posted it on Facebook. Irritated the hell out of me! This is not a promotional staged video, it’s real guys going through training. Below is pretty much what I said:
This video needs some explanation. For the uninitiated or tactically inexperienced it may be hard to follow, and it is not the best quality video. For those that commented about interval what you are seeing is myself and Sam (photographing) just ahead of the video guy, walking tight up the back of the patrol so I can immediately do safety once I have popped up the targets at the right moment. The patrol is decently spaced as instructed for the drill to be run on this range.
This is the second day of training and the first ever live team contact drill these guys have done and they did very well, armchair critics and keyboard commandos aside. There are two pauses in the suppressive fire in the video, one initially for safety as I push the right buddy pair further right for a safety angle, and then after the second contact when I tell a guy in the left buddy pair to move who has stopped to concentrate on a weapons stoppage.
Once the patrol comes under contact, they move as instructed from single file into a rough line facing the threat to the front. They then fight back in buddy pairs until they break contact. There is the initial target that creates the ‘Contact Front’, and when I put that down the patrol begins to move back by bounding overwatch (no enemy (target) to shoot at). I then pretty rapidly put up a target quarter left (you hear a guy call “Contact Left!” which is not strictly accurate). The team then continues back by fire and movement. This is where the second pause comes in as a guy goes static trying to clear a serious stoppage. You see me walk over and encourage him to continue to bound back to get out of the contact and continue to try and clear it as he moves back. His buddy (it was actually a father and son buddy team) is still putting down fire to cover the other pair’s move, so it’s fine and the best way to get off the X rapidly.
After breaking contact, the team rallies into a hasty ambush security position. The hasty ambush is three guys covering back up the trail in case the enemy follows up, with one guy pulling rear security. Once they have checked each other and done any tactical reloads, they move off rapidly down the trail to escape the area.
Here is one of the Facebook Exchanges in response:
My last comment in full:
Yes, I am making a point, an example out of this. It is a teachable moment. Unless people can put aside their egos, realize that a lot of what they think they know does not make them tactically trained in reality, and open their minds to learn, then ‘Team Patriot” remains a cluster-fuck.
I remember asking a soldier on a Monday morning why he had a bad black eye (as if I could not deduce it, but it was always fun to ask, and also to ask if they won and if they were caught by the cops, the important parts as far as I was concerned). An NCO chipped in before he could answer: “He was talking when he should have been listening.”
So here is my advice. If you really do have a lot to learn, and also if you are nothing more than a square range ninja, then seek out someone who can train you in real tactics. Less talking, less sarcastic keyboard snipes, more listening.
Get out there and get it done.
Live Hard, Die Free.