So, when it comes to prepping, of course we all (or at least most of us) like the defensive part of the equation. No doubt because this is the part that involves the guns, gear, etc… Sometimes though, it’s easy to forget about the (equally) important other aspects of the equation. Having food so that we eat… Can’t effectively protect what we have or our loved ones if we’re starving. Having water… Yup, can’t function well without water. Dehydration sucks. Then of course there is shelter, which includes your clothing, thought some of that could fall under the defensive tab of course. Can’t forget about tools either. So, you get the idea. Lots of parts to the whole survival/prepper/being prepared equation. They are all important, some marginally more so than others, but most are pretty equal. One thing that I often see people forgetting, is to not only stock medical supplies, but they also don’t get the training to go along with it. You have to know how to properly use those supplies. Even more so, you need to be able to do it under stress, and possibly on someone you care a lot about. Treating an injury under calm circumstances can be tough enough. Add in some rapidly changing dynamics like an active threat, and even the best trained and experienced can find it difficult.
So with that in mind, watch the following video. If that were your close friends or family that were injured, and the fight is still raging on, can you treat them? It’s very easy to overload the brain just with the dynamics of the fight itself… directing your team, engaging the threats, safely maneuvering on the threats, etc… Now you have to treat injured team mates, treat yourself, and possibly even have to treat a team mate while you are also injured. Can you continue to fight and protect your team while someone else is doing the treating? Can you do it while you yourself are injured? Can you still work your weapon? I was told once in a class by a retired SEAL, to make sure your gear and equipment can work, and you can work it, while you and it are sweaty, muddy, or bloody, because you most likely will be (not sure he came up with it, he was just the first person I had ever heard it from). I’ve tried to follow that in selecting my own weapons, gear, and equipment ever since.
Now, I’m not advocating for, or against, any of the specific techniques shown here, I’m just presenting it as what I think is a good example of how stressful and chaotic things can get, and this is just in training. The real thing would be even more so. Don’t neglect your medical supplies, AND your medical skills. Learn how to use those skills under stress.
Pay attention (as usual) folks. These are for the most part, all positions, thoughts, and ideas that I’ve long held and expressed. This is some serious validation for them and has actually helped me clear up and reconcile some things in my own life and situation.
Last week a group of four Combat Arms Veterans contributed to a post I wrote concerning the premise that, “on a good day, a civilian that has taken 3 or 4 SUT type classes from a Tactical Trainer won’t even be at the experienced Infantry PFC level”. Although the majority of the comments, both here at MDT, over at WRSA, and in personal emails were positive, even though there were still those who are still unwilling to mesh reality with their delusions of grandeur, concerning their level of training, and it’s comparison to that of the experienced Infantry PFC.
I have mentioned a number of times (these highlighted links are just a few examples) a variation of this theme, “You are not a Commando/Infantry, but you do not need to be.”. I actually had a guy say, “YES! and if you had just said it this way from the…
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So, I’ve shared this video in the past, but I thought that it was worth sharing again. While it’s not a “perfect” (if such a thing could actually exist) example, I think it is quite well done and it shows some pertinent points. In the vein of Brushbeaters recent post, note here the planned route(s), the pre-planned/designated RV point, etc..
Also of note…. notice he/they aren’t blasting everyone and everything in sight. Notice the lack of authority (LE/Govt) presence. Etc. I’m really hoping they do the mentioned part 2 video, but it’s been over 2.5 years, so I’m not holding my breath.
Good stuff from Brushbeater as always.
In the same vein as the last post on ‘bugging out’ and a lot of the un-reality that surrounds it, the very real crossover skill of conducting a personnel recovery, or at a minimum, how to link up with friendlies, needs to be taught in lieu of the “look at muh bugout stuff!!!” that frequently goes on among rank amateurs. Building a bag and sitting it in the corner, or better still, pontificating on which “one gun and knife combo am I gonna use???” really does absolutely nothing for us if a) I have nowhere realistic to go; b) I have few if any relevant daily practiced skills; and c) I have no people who also have those skills to help me. Gear is nice and makes us feel good when we buy that new piece of kit (I’m an admitted knife nut, one day I’ll find…
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