A lot of the recent shitstorm on the forum was caused by the tongue in cheek use of the word ‘asshole’ in describing yours truly as part of a review of the April 6 Day Class by ‘Diomedes.’
This was seized upon by a small element of internet forum snipers in order to criticize the training that MVT offers. There is an example of this, and some great comments, in this thread on the forum. Seriously, go read through the comments. It’s not pretty, but it’s educational.
At time of posting, the final comment is by ‘Palmetto,’ here:
I’m going to throw my hat into the ring here because I believe I have some relevant info on this “Max is an a-hole” issue.
First, I was in the Combat Rifle class back in November which Gladius was moved to from CTT. I invite everyone to go back and read my AAR that I wrote on that class (Nov 2014). In that AAR I made it a point to write a paragraph just about how impressed I was with how Max and MVT went the extra mile to work with Gladius and do right by him. It impressed me to see the effort Max and MVT made in that situation. It was clear to me at that time that Max genuinely cared about the individuals who come to his training.
Secondly, I just finished spending the last three days training with Max taking the CTT course. When you spend three days of intensive training with Max it becomes quite clear that he is very far from being an a-hole.
But here’s the thing – when you come to MVT you are not paying Max to be your buddy or your pal; you are paying him to teach you how to survive combat. Let that sink in for a moment. COMBAT – that means life and death with people actively seeking to destroy you.
MVT is not a prepper fantasy camp; it’s a serious business teaching serious skills in a dynamic, live-fire environment. It takes tough men to have first acquired the skills in order to teach them and it takes tough men to maintain order, discipline and safety in an environment to teach those skills.
CTT is a physically demanding course. It’s tough. My lungs and thigh muscles were a poor match for the hilly terrain of WV and I slowed down quickly. Did Max berate me like an a-hole because my PT wasn’t up to snuff? No! But he didn’t coddle me either. Like a professional who knows his business and cares about his trainees, he knows how to gauge the capabilities and limits of his students and push them up to those limits but not beyond.
The bottom line? Max isn’t Martha Stewart but he isn’t Simon Cowell either. Max is exactly who you want to take training from for combat SUT tailored for civilian students. I’ll be posting a full AAR on my CTT experience soon.
So here’s the thing: some people seized upon the comment by ‘Diomedes,’ who is a cardiologist and far too clever for anyone else’s good, and tried to make it all about ME. It isn’t about ME. What is happening in these cases is (cue amateur psychology) is that some people are trying to make it about me as an excuse to not face the need for this training, and their potential, easily remedied, obstacles to taking it. Mainly lack of PT and intestinal fortitude. So it’s actually about THEM, and their perceived or actual failings. Mostly, just laziness and lack of commitment to training. Denial and normalcy bias.
I have to add that it worries me with all this talk about PT. I don’t want people, to get the impression that you need to be a PT stud to attend a class. Clearly, for your overall survival chances, being a PT stud is a good thing. However, I have had numerous unfit/overweight/ injured or whatever students through the classes. It is not so much about PT, although you will perform better the fitter you are, it is about HEART. and that is what all those less-than-fit students have shown, and they have benefited greatly from the training. They also find out that they need to do more PT!
At the April 6 Day class, ‘Diomedes’ discovered that I have never read Starship Troopers. So he sent me a copy in the mail, which I am currently reading. ‘On the bounce’ 😉
As a former paratrooper I feel I have a little affinity with the Mobile Infantry ‘boots’ in the book. In the paperback copy I have, pages 113-114 there is a letter from his former teacher, Mr. Dubois. I quote:
“So perhaps you will permit an older comrade to lend you the words, since it often helps to have discrete words. Simply this: The noblest fate that a man can endure is to place his own mortal body between his loved home and the war’s desolation.”
I believe this absolutely. Say what you will about ‘the tragedy’ of war – there is no greater purpose, no greater glory, for a man than to defend his home, his kith and kin, even if it results in his death. Particularly so. Motivate yourself to great deeds in defense of your beloved ones, and songs of your sacrifice will be sung down the generations. Or not: the most you can hope for is to be remembered by those you sacrificed for. Because it isn’t about you: it is about saving them.
Now, there is a continuum here, that will depend on your particular political beliefs/indoctrination or however you term it. Whether or not you believe in signing up for a national military and going abroad to fight enemies of the civilian government’s choosing, or whether you don’t, the bottom line is that this all stems from the same calling, and the very basis of this is the defense of your hall and family.
As a man (or woman) it is absolutely imperative that you have the tools, training and skills to defend your people. It has absolutely nothing to do with a formalized military, even though you may go there for training. It is a basic function of self defense and your job as an adult member of your family/ community. It is not a responsibility to be handed off the the police, or the State. When you do, it is all too easy to take that responsibility and capability away from you entirely, by disarming you and making you incapable of self defense. Whether by physically disarming you, or brainwashing your mind, you are gelded.
The MVT business model is not the norm. Don’t offer me business advice, because I am not listening. You are not ‘customers,’ you are students. You will be put under stress at the appropriate times when undergoing tactical training. You will receive battle inoculation. The only ‘customer service’ that I am concerned about is that you are best prepared to do your job in defending your family: that I give you the best training that I can. I will not water it down for your fucking sensibilities, born of a modern corporate pussified culture.
You can train with me, you can train elsewhere, pick your poison. But you need to get a grip of yourself, throw off the mental chains and weakness of modern society, grasp your balls (women also) and nut up for some training. Every single one of you needs to be as fit as you can be, as trained and prepared as you can be. There are no excuses and certainly no second chances. When it happens, it happens, and you can only look around you with your last breaths at whatever death the enemy has dealt out, as your vision fades to black.