As I make my way from Missouri to Idaho classes, a number of comments make it seem worthwhile to put up a clarification post about how tactical training works. I say this because I occasionally come across a misunderstanding about what we are doing at Max Velocity Tactical. It is true that this often comes for the keyboard experts who have no real understanding and probably do not, or have not ever, trained. By training I mean real professional structured training. But it is worth the time to clarify.
The classic example of this is where there may be an MVT YouTube video of, usually, some sort of break contact drill. The guys are on some sort of road or linear feature and performing the training objective, perhaps a peel out of contact. And then you get the guy who calls me, literally, some sort of idiot, because for example there is a wood line (or similar) they could be in, somewhere left or right of video shot. This shows a fundamental misunderstanding about training. Clearly if you look at what I put out in books, videos, training, you will see me talk about avoidance and threat mitigation. You will note that I train patrol techniques and route selection. I have a complete pedigree as a selected high level professional soldier, trained and operationally experienced to do these things. I did not make this up. You can be assured that I spent a deal of my career as both a professional soldier and a contractor playing cat and mouse with various threats, and I know all about where to be and not to be. Yet people have actually called me a ‘FUCKTARD’ over my videos. Wow. Welcome to the internet.
Where to begin?
First, one thing that MVT excels at, is using real terrain to conduct training on. We conduct a progression which often starts on the flat range and moves to tactical ranges on real terrain. This is either at the VTC in Romney WV, or at mobile classes, such as Texas, Missouri and Idaho. Points about this:
Second, we have the actual progression of training, and the teaching and building of techniques from basic to more complex. The keyboard commando, if he ever showed up to training which if course he will not, cannot just go all out showing us his super secret squirrel techniques because he would end up off the range and learning nothing, and endangering others. Don’t know what you don’t know. Dunning-Kruger etc.
Thus we have a training progression, which is often termed ‘crawl- walk-run.’ How does this generally work?
Much of what you see on MVT Ranges comes from a high level of professional training in how to design and implement live fire ranges for elements of various sizes, and how to achieve the training objectives. The specific TTPs taught come from a mix of experience in training and on operations – this is a blend of what to teach and how best to teach it.
So yes (for example), I am aware there is a wood line to the left, but that is not what we are doing in the video. That wood line features in another video, where we conduct an ambush from it onto the trail we are currently conducting break contact drills on!
As you may be able to see from what is written above, there is a great deal of training and experience that goes into the design and conduct of MVT ranges and training classes. It is a progression. This leads me to two final points:
I refer to this review I posted yesterday: ‘Review: Combat Leader Course (CLC) April 2017: Jason.‘
For those of you who are not serious about training, or who went back to sleep after the election, that is a very special form of insanity. Watching videos and critiquing from the internet will not suffice. Training is an investment of time and treasure that you need to commit to in order to become effective. Someone will likely comment that I would say that, because it is my business. Well, I’m not in this business to become rich, and I don’t have to be doing this, but I am because I consider it important, and of course I find it very rewarding to have a hand in the training of good folks. If it helps you survive, then I take pleasure from that.