TRAINING PREREQUISITE: COMBAT TEAM TACTICS
HELD AT THE VTC ROMNEY AND MOBILE CLASSES
This is a four day class which moves beyond the basics of the Combat Team Tactics (CTT) class, covering essential unconventional warfare tactics, techniques and procedures. It will give you the knowledge and training that you will need to not only defend your home base, but also to know what techniques hostile forces may use against you. Topics include:
It is a requirement to have attended Combat Team Tactics (CTT) prior to Combat Patrol. This class will involve living in the field (one night), tactical movement, actions on contact including break contact drills, ambush, raid and reconnaissance patrols.
Classes are open to prior CTT students only. Priced at $800 per person for the four days. There will be a requirement for one night in the field, in a patrol base / bivouac learning environment. Gear and patrol pack/ruck will be required for the patrol base operation. This will be a practical patrolling and live firing course.
Class size: max 12.
Above: Enemy Communications Site: Close Target Recon Objective.
Note: For Mobile Classes, there may be an abbreviated ‘Direct Action’ class of 2 or 3 days duration. Listed on the specific Mobile Training page. This is an abbreviated Combat Patrol class, focusing on Ambush and Raid, skipping the overnight patrol base.
Class outline (subject to rearrangement):
Day 1 ‘Basics:’
Day 2 ‘Reconnaissance:’
Day 3 ‘Ambush:’
Above: Enemy Dead, live fire ambush.
Safety: Most of the tactical phases will be executed on the live ranges under range conditions, live firing. The usual safety rules from the CTT class will be briefed and adhered to. In addition to the normal safety procedures at MVT, additional safety is implemented for phases of the Combat Patrol class. Specific procedures are followed when going from live phases to dry phases, and back to live again. The tactical exercise is suspended and loading/unloading is conducted under supervision.
Accommodation: The second night of the class (night of day 2) will include a night reconnaissance patrol. Students may bivouac non-tactically at site for the remainder of the night (or camp throughout the class). The third night of the class (night of day 3) will be an overnight patrol base exercise, carrying your small ruck, and sleeping in a patrol base / LUP.
Gear: The standard CTT suggested equipment list remains in place for Combat Patrol. In addition, you will be expected to bring and carry a patrol pack in addition to your load bearing equipment (i.e. battle belt/chest rig/plates). You do not have to carry all of the throughout the class all of the time: a light patrol pack will suffice for most of the class. You will be fully living out of your patrol pack for the patrol base overnight operation. Use it as an opportunity to pack light and sort out your gear.
For winter classes, Make sure you bring cold weather and rain gear, a full change of your tactical training clothing, spare socks, hat, gloves, headover etc. Not all of this gear needs to be carried all of the time, but it should be available. Conditions dependent.
A headlamp is invaluable for non-tactical phases, with a red or green filter. Bring a small tactical flashlight (red or green capable). For tactical operations at night, including the patrol base, you will not be using light. NO LIGHT. Light discipline in the patrol base will mean you will have to be able to pack, unpack and find gear in the dark.
Sleeping gear: for the patrol base night, you will be sleeping tactically on the ground. This means you will need appropriate sleeping equipment to sleep on the ground. This is the gear that you should bring:
Above: an example of what a suitable shelter tarps looks like (MVT Shield)
Catoma Adventure Shelters IBNS (Improved BedNet System)
Ammunition: 1,200 – 1,500 rounds approx. More is always useful.
Technology: If you have NVGs and FLIR, bring it. We will work with what we have, just like SHTF. If you don’t have night vision, or don’t want to use it, that is fine. If you want to use it, that is also fine.
Rations: Bring camping/military rations and for all meals. For the patrol base overnight, you will need to bring appropriate rations. A couple of MRE’s will suffice. You are also welcome and encouraged to bring some sort of small camping stove, such as a propane or solo stove, to heat water/food and to make hot drinks. For tactical phases, these will be used as appropriate to the tactical situation and during daylight.
Bring your rations in for the 3 days – there will be limited opportunity to go to town to resupply.
Safety: Bring a whistle on a lanyard and a chemical light stick. This will form part of your safety equipment for the night recce patrol. Pen flares and a compass/map will be loaned.
Wrist Watch: analogue watch with luminous dial/hands is preferred.