Summary: This is an infantry combat leader class designed to teach you the basics of leadership, decision making, the planning and the execution of combat missions at the team and squad level. This is the ‘Combat Patrol / Direct Action II.’ Although it is a progression from Combat Patrol, there are in fact no training prerequisites for those coming from alternative tactical training backgrounds. There is also the option to attend as a rifleman with no command responsibility. This is not a live fire class, and runs utilizing UTM Man Marker Rounds. This class is currently intended to be an annual event.
Students will rotate through command appointments, with each leadership student getting the minimum of one full rotation as squad leader. Each scenario will allow time for those nominated as leaders to conduct full battle procedure:
Battle Procedure: planning, orders, rehearsals.
Debrief / lessons learned.
When not in a command appointment as a squad or team leader, you will be a part of the squad, supporting execution of the mission. Although the class will at times be demanding and tiring, it is a learning environment and will be managed accordingly.
Sample mission types that you will run:
Advance to Contact / Hasty Attack
Occupy Patrol Base
Ground Domination Patrol / QRF
Key Point Defense / QRF response
FoF Squad vs. Squad
CQB – deliberate attack
Types of Attendance Available:
Leadership Student (with a command appointment).
Rifleman Student (without a command appointment).
The intent of this is to allow those with the confidence and training in basic small unit tactics to attend the class and develop their leadership skills via a mix of command appointments and rifleman roles. Those who simply want to learn from the class without assuming a command appointment can attend as a rifleman with no command responsibility. Up to 6 non-paying OPFOR volunteers are required for each class.
Class runs Sunday to Sunday.
Arrival / reception at 1500 hrs Sunday.
Training Monday thru Sunday.
Minimum 9 Students.
Maximum 18 Students.
$800 UTM ammo (this is subject to limited change as the class is developed, but will be close).
This is NOT a live fire class.
$400 deposit holds a space on the class.
Deposit is non-refundable, but transferable.
If the class does not meet minimums, students agree to transfer the deposit to another MVT class of their choice.
This will be a camping class. You will either be luxury camping at the campsite (FOB) or out on a mission (patrol base). Exercises will run as per the requirements of the class, not 9-5.
You will be given rest / admin time, but at times it may be unconventional.
Your fitness will need to be adequate to be mobile across the Velocity Training Center with a combat load, at times carrying gear to stay out overnight / self sustaining. You have advance warning to conduct a fitness regime, so that fitness is not your limiting factor. See Tactical Fitness Training Plans for more information.
AR15 rifles only, due to the UTM bolt requirement.
You will mostly be moving with a basic combat load for short duration (up to 12 hour) missions. Lite battle belt, chest rig / plate carrier and lite daypack are recommended.
Class joining instructions will include guidance on the number of MREs/alternatives that you will need to bring for tactical exercises.
No MVT Class prerequisites, although CTT/CP is recommended.
You must have some appropriate infantry or civilian/other tactical training. This class will not be taught from the ground up of basic tactics. The focus is on the planning and leadership. If you need help with specific techniques for your mission, of course it will be given. It is a learning environment, not sink or swim. Cadre will shadow you through your appointment, helping or hindering, as deemed most beneficial to your training development.
The yet to be published MVT Tactical Handbook.
There will be a requirement for a 4-6 man volunteer OPFOR to support the training objectives.
OPFOR will require the same gear as the students.
There will be limited learning opportunities for OPFOR, by taking part as enemy and listening to debriefs.
In the spirit of this operational / training heritage, but tempered to the class / students: