There was a very interesting post and subsequent thread over at the MVT Forum: ‘AUXILIARY…….???? (Is it theory or reality….???)‘. Yes, the original poster, Sourdough, takes a somewhat negative and reactionary stance, but at the same time he has hit the nail on the head. He has outlined the situation, highlighted it.
There is military doctrine for Unconventional Warfare………and then there is our America. Not the America of days gone by, but our place and people right now. ‘Merica.
Should we find ourselves in an SHTF situation, fighting enemies foreign and/or domestic, how do we implement UW doctrine, which includes the fighters, the Auxiliary, and the underground? If we don’t have it now, will it develop?
I am often stressing the need for team tactics. I also stress the need for sustainable communities for long term survival, protected by tactical teams that are in turn sustained and enabled by that same community. I often rail against the’selfish prepper’ and the ‘retreat sniper.’
If we pull the two key words out of the above paragraph, we have community and team. That is a function of society, a society that for us is badly damaged and sadly lacking in today’s America. It is in turn not helped by extreme individualism and the myth of the’ ‘rugged individual.’ In such a situation, we all end up, by default, being the selfish prepper, and there is no auxiliary. The auxiliary is not magic – if you don’t have community now, then who will give you food SHTF? If you are a leaderless resistance guy, a loner, then why would you expect anyone to be your auxiliary? It’s not as if you are any sort of tactical team anyway, so why would anyone support you? You reap what you sow. You live as a rugged individual now, you will die as one later.
Here are a couple of useful sample quotes:
Baldrik wrote: “Max often refers to the fact that no one can live forever out of a ruck. I think the basic thinking goes like this:
Modern battles are largely fought in cities. This is folly for the UW that Max envisions. Instead a rural insurgency should be used which minimizes the enemy armor, air, and numbers, as well as extending and thus exposing their supply chain. A small force shouldn’t try to hold blocks of a city or towns, but rather should melt into the wilderness surrounding them.
This involves setting up primitive patrol bases using whatever can be rucked in and striking at targets of opportunity. However, no matter how fit you are or how big your ruck is you can’t live forever from a pack (well maybe Bergmann could but he’s special.)
People who are not directly participating as fighters would help with the logistics necessary for a force of any size to function. Think Resistance sympathizers in WWII, VC sympathizers in SE Asia, etc. A team has to consider shelter, fallback areas, E and E contingencies, ammo, food, medical supplies, and the availability of water to conduct a sustained rural insurgency. That, as I understand it, is the task of the auxiliary.”
Randy wrote: “The “normal” operational cycle for a G Band is about 30 days. During that time, resupply, recon, targeting, security, training new Gs, etc. are ongoing. The long poles in that tent are targeting, security, and refit/resupply.
Your auxiliary plays a major role in all of those, as directed and supported by the area command. Your supplies may come in from other areas to support ongoing operations, with the promise of replenishment/payment. Given that supplies may trickle in (OPSEC, finding stuff, etc.) you see why the cycle time is long.
Concur with OP4 as resupply. Your intel cycle and targeting will drive this. Isolated outposts, fixed CPs, etc. provide confidence targets that Gs hit for practice and supplies. One function of the auxiliary here is to haul off the loot. Six Gs aren’t carrying a lot of stuff. A truck would be handy. Just be prepared to share: You don’t, or shouldn’t, know what another band needs to conduct its operations. You probably won’t know why you did what you just did, assuming any kind of structure and plan, which you’ll need to succeed.
We used a variation of this with the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps which later became the New Iraqi Army. Someone said “Here they are, get to work.” No logistics. Just went upstairs to the S2, an old SF guy, and asked for some low priority targets that could be used as confidence targets and resupply. He just grinned and pulled out a folder with the comment “I wondered when you’d ask for this.” Off we went, killed them and took their stuff, inventoried it, and passed it out. We then replicated that across the Iraqi Brigade and we were off and running. “
Randy also wrote: “The problem is going to be if we end up in a full blown resistance and the area command starts trying to inventory and distribute supplies for the cause. Dealing with the selfish prepper will take on a whole new dimension, and I don’t have any ideas, other than psychologically preparing people, now, to share for the greater good.”
I think that in that last quote from Randy, there is a clue as to the root of the dysfunction. “Area command.” You cannot have a tactical team without people agreeing to work together under some form of discipline. You cannot have a functioning military unit without leaders and led. Yes, we are all free men, but some have to allow other to lead, and be good followers. It doesn’t matter if you elect your leaders, or choose them for their fashion sense (not the best idea!), so long as there is only one captain on each tactical ship. If the guy fails, then replace him, or walk – that is a choice that is yours.
UW doctrine assumes a hard discipline for the G band. It also assume an element of the populace that are willing to help supply and support that G band. Many people see reference to the very military sounding “inventory and distribute supplies” and immediately grasp their mountain house tight, muttering “mine, mine, my precious’. I was once called a pirate by a commenter over at WRSA for talking about this very thing. Max the pirate. I like it 😉
Readers star to equate the role of the auxiliary with someone coming to take their stuff, and conflate that with FEMA stealing their ‘hoarded’ supplies. Well, the thing is that all this has to be voluntary. There is no magic auxiliary. It will only be communities supplying fighters in their area, because they want to support them, unless we end up in some full blown civil war/resistance situation which is a bigger thing than most people are either preparing for, or could imagine, anyway.
In Patriot Dawn, I described the G base and also the base where the families were stashed. I described how everyone brought in their supplies. Bringing what they had. And it was clear that these supplies were the private property of those families. However, I also described how as time went on, as they shared hardship, they started to share and support each other. You cannot continue to be a selfish individualist under such circumstances, when you are living with a group like that. You can, if you are isolated in your retreat, but then again no one is supporting you and no one will fight for you, or come to your aid.
I think that many are expressing opinions from what they consider a position of strength. They are preppers and they have the retreat, and all the stuff, and they “will be damned if anyone will have any of it.” But many in America have no idea of war. They have no idea of the ebb and flow of the tides of war. It is easy to be talking from a position of strength, but when something happens that forces you away from your stash, makes you homeless and seeking refuge elsewhere, you will be grateful for a spirit of charity.
So, to conclude, there is no auxiliary, right now. There is no real team, right now. People need an attitude adjustment. Many who come on my classes and see team tactics in action are amazed by the holistic effect. The only way things are going to evolve beyond a bunch of individuals and small groups hunkering down across the country is if people start to think in terms of team, and start to get a grip of this before it goes down.