Technology and training.

So ladies and gents I’ve been a tad slow in posting here. So I’ll try to fix that. Specially now with my new kindle fire hd. You want a good tablet I’d go this route. But that’s not what brings you here.

 

Let’s talk about rifle marksmanship training. Specifically virtual training. Now I know some of you are saying “virtual .. you mean like video game virtual? That isn’t training. That’s just playing. Video game!”

Well in some ways I’d agree. And so would the military specifically the Army in regards to actually qualifying. But here is some important key facts to virtual marksmanship trainers, specifically the EST 2000 (engagement skills trainer 2000).

DAPAM 350-38 states that virtual systems are authorized for qualification on only two tables of fire. The CBRN Course of fire and Night time Course of fire.

Now with budget cuts and such many units and commanders are looking for cheap effective training to maintain rifle and weapon handling. Especially as ammo allotments dry up for units.

In a way it is sad the EST and other virtual trainers cannot be used as an replacement for actual life fire qualification. But in all reality, and in this I firmly believe, it should not and cannot replace life fire qualification on any weapon systems.

Now saying this I will state and will hold firm on the fact virtual training systems can and will improve any marksmanship skills a shooter has. But (always with the buts) you need a good marksmanship coach who not only knows the live fire aspects of shooting but how to read and use the virtual systems as well.

Let’s look at a few of the pluses to the virtual systems.

– They are relatively cheap in the terms of training budgets

– Weapons function/feel just like liberalism with a 75% recoil.

– An experienced operator of the virtual systems can program in a small amount of time almost any range/engagement situation.

– Most virtual training systems such as an EST 2000 have a multitude of previously scenarios ranging from force on force to zero/qualification to shoot don’t shoot as well as quick response drills.

– You can diagnose a check of a lot on a WAY when it comes to bad shooting habits using its built in weapon and system sensors.

– A good marksmanship coach will become a better coach through utilization of these systems and working with shooters on them.

– You have to use Iron sites.

– You can engage targets out to a virtual 700 meters.

And these are just a few of the many bonuses from using a system like this. But they do have their cons. Such as

– They are not live fire.

– it’s a 3d weapon system shooting on a 2d flat simulated surface. So basically simulated distance is hard to judge for long rang engagement

– Because of the above optics don’t work on virtual systems (yet).

– If you are not military or associated with the military moat likely will not have access to a system like a EST 2000.

– Let’s not talk about the initial purchase cost, weapons purchase, software purchase, and maintenance.

– Trained and experienced operators/marksmanship coach’s aren’t a huge commodity.

Even these listed cons still do not out way using an EST 2000 or any available virtual training system for weapons/course of fire familiriaztion and your crawl/walk phase of training for marksmanship.

It’s actually recommends by the DA PAM 350-38.

I’ve used many virtual training systems for marksmanship training and highly recommend them. Just remember they supplement training but do not nor can replace life fire.

So with that, Howdy, Semper Fi, and have a wonderful freakimg day.

 

 

The People of these United States, I have a question. At what time did we as a People give up our liberties our freedoms to those who are in government? I can answer this.

WE DIDN’T! And now you ask “Then why did you ask this?” Because. It is an assumed authority of the Appointed officials of these United States, that they as a whole have the ability to tell me. A Free Man, born of these United States, who has Served, Fought, and bleed for these United States, what I can and cannot do with my freedoms appointed to me by my ForeFathers.

An assumed Authority of which they assume because they have become the voices, of which I use this term lightly, us, The People of these United States, they can tell me what is good or bad for me. Regulating and banning.

Yes I speak directly of what weapon I am allowed to own, down to what type of food my children are allowed to eat at school. Let me ask you this again, how is it they ASSUME they have the right to do such a thing? Is it because of a Vote? They where voted in to do such? If that is the case, does not it state, that WE who voted them in are the ones of whom THEY should be listening to?

We are their interests, their causes, their PURPOSE in service?

I watched a child once at play, he sat on the side of a dirt road with two rocks in his hands, he pushed one into the other and the rocks would click, but not move, he did this all day, pushing one into the other, trying to make the other rock move. In doing so he became frustrated, his frustration grew and he eventually threw the rock that would not move into the ditch. He then searched and found another rock, this one rounder then the last. It fit his purpose, his need and he played with it. This rock rolled when he pushed his other rock into it. Over time he learned to guide this rock, by hitting it in certain locations, at the end he gathered up his rock and smiled, after he’d driven that round rock in a complete circle. It served his purpose, his will, and he guided it.

The Government, these people who have appointed are not here to guide us. We are here to guide them. We are the un-movable rock, they are the round edged rock. They should go to our will, they should move to our direction, or needs, not theirs.

No man upon this earth knows better then I what is good for myself. No man knows what my family needs then I. No man dictates, nor demands I disarm myself, when it is this defense that is for my family. No man tells my children they cannot eat when they are hungry, and enjoy what they eat.

But these .. people, these Appointed officials, Appointed by the People of this nation, are doing just that. Telling us what we can and cannot do. We did not appoint them to assume they have this right, this power over us, WE are the Voices of this nation not them. It is not assumed it is a Right. They are our tools, tools that are becoming blunt and broken. Tools that need reforged.

I did not give them the Right to make choices with out my voice, and I have used my voice, I shall use my voice and continue to use my voice. Now you must all as well. Until our voices are louder then theirs. Our Actions are stronger then theirs.

My life is my own, I work, I live, I love. I take care of my family. They take care of me. They know what I need and I know what they need. I keep them safe and they keep me safe. We do this together, as we must now Speak together as Citizens of these United States. Stop this insanity, where people, who are out of touch with reality state they know “whats best” for us. When they themselves are uneducated. They themselves have never done, never held, never tried, nor ever trained. State to them, raise your voice and demand they learn, they look and they stop hiding behind their assumed authority.

It isn’t theirs, its ours. Speak up, speak out. Be Heard. Stop Hiding. We are the People of these United States, We are its Authority, We are its Power. We know whats best for us and this nation. Its time they started listening to us.

2nd Amendment and You.

Been a while folks, for that I apologize, been busy working and training, prepping for our first Fire arms Basic Pistol course on Feb 16th looks to be a great time learning and shooting. But some things have me worried..

Recently, my middle daughter who loves to read, came home with a book. It was a berenstain bears titled “NO guns allowed.” I looked at this book and it troubled me. So I read it.

I read the whole thing. This book I’ve never seen in my life, and I grew up reading berenstain bears. This book. Meant for children painted guns and gun owners as crazy and evil. Going so far as to have a man in it, crying out that they can’t take his firearms because he needs them to fight aliens.

I’ve never ever kept my children from reading any books they wanted to read. I’m a very open minded individual. I didn’t let them read this book.

Why you ask? Well recently.. I had a little discussion with my oldest daughter. She loves shooting, is constantly asking me to take her shooting and sadly I don’t get the chance to take her as much as I would like. She asked me one day after school if guns/firearms where bad. I explained to her that they where not bad, and had her recite from memory the four fire arms safety rules I require all my children to know by heart, along with the Pledge of Allegiance and recite ANY time we go shooting before they pick up a weapon. To include their BB guns. She did. It makes me proud to know she is a safe shooter.

Now.. that isn’t really the root of the problem. In the past few weeks, I’ve seen and heard somethings that truly trouble me. I own fire arms. My wife has shot them. My children have shot them. I use them in my work, I use them in my hobbies. They’ve never damaged or hurt any one. They are cold inanimate objects made of metal and plastic. They get hot after a few rounds, but that’s normal. I’ve taught my children right from wrong, and that its not the tool, but what is done with that tool.

But apparently me owning and using these objects makes me a nazi. Being a member of the NRA makes me a nazi. It makes me a bad person. A bad father, a bad husband, a bad American.

To date, I’ve dedicated my life, to this country. First in Service as a United States Marine, then as a Town Police Officer, from there I worked with troubled youth in the Youth Challenge Program, and now, I train our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines to defend our country, I train Americans in fire arms marksmanship and safety. I’ve bled, I’ve cried, I’ve gone days weeks months with out proper sleep. I at times can hardly walk because of the pain in my knees. I sometimes cannot lift my own children to hug them due to the pain in my shoulders. I’ve missed birthday’s, anniversaries, and holidays. Pain I earned defending this country, defending its people. Americans.

And I read the paper, every morning actually, couple dozen different ones, and I see stories. Because I stand and defend and will continue to defend the Constitution of These United States. Specifically the 2nd Amendment, that I am a nazi. And I sit here and think.. I wonder, what am I going to tell my oldest daughter when she hears this.

She never was able to meet her grandfather from my wife’s family. He served in WWII, He could cook like a god, and he could drink like one to. His uniform hangs our wall from WWII. The man fought nazi germany. My daughter knows this. What is she going to say, when she hears her father is being called a nazi because he owns fire arms and believes in the right in owning and maintaining these fire arms?

She understands the evil that happened with these “individuals” of the nazi party. I’ve not shown her the pictures from the National Holocaust Museum yet, but she knows her history. She knows these people were evil and wrong.

So I’ve come to a brick wall.. What do I tell my 10 year old daughter, when she asks if she is a nazi. Because she believes in the right to own a fire arm. Wants to own a fire arm and loves to shoot?

Maybe I should ask the President of These United States that. or Maybe the papers writing their articles.

Because right now.. all I can do is hug her, tell her she is anything but. That it is our Right to bear and own arms as an American, and take my Daughter out shooting.

Semper Fidelis.

These United States

So I’ve been watching, thinking about and reading up on the whole issue of the States wanting to secede from the Union. I’ve come to a determination within myself. The Union is not the problem. The United States is not the problem,

WE are not the problem. But we are not providing the solution either. Corruption, wrong attitudes, wanting and not giving back in return, Allowing those who do not live our lives day to day, to dictate to us how we SHOULD live our lives, demanding things rather then working for them, are the problem.

I’ve spent alot of time thinking on this. Watched the petitions online. One set of petitions sickens me. Americans demanding that Americans be deported because they are enacting their CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT. That is just piss poor uneducated idiotic behavior in my eyes. On the other hand, I can’t honestly state I want my state or any state to step out of this Union, These United States.

Its not the united states people. Its The United States. The problem in my eyes is The People of The United States refuse to step up and speak their mind. They expect others to do it for them. They have become lazy, complacent. No one is going to fix anything for you if you yourself are not willing to do it yourself.

Leaving the Union, will not fix The United States Problems. Speaking your mind to your representatives, being EDUCATED when you do such, FORCING the people YOU, WE appointed to REPRESENT US, who we appointed to WORK FOR US, to Do their DAMN jobs.

For the People Of the People. Mr. President, Congress and Senate members, I am not a political man. I hate Politics, I equate it to mudslinging and potlicking in the highest Order. But I am putting you on notice.

I have to work every day to earn the paycheck (small as it may be), that takes care of my family. I have to manage my family budget, make sure my children are cared for, and I am there for them. I fail to do that, I lose my job, my family. YOU are failing me in your responsibility in making sure my interest in MY UNITED STATES is being taken care of. I did not vote for Mr. Barrack Obama. But as it has been voiced and found that he is to be President for the next four years, HE WILL work for it, as he Works for me. I am HIS boss. WE ARE HIS BOSS.

I will be firm, but fair, My goals for him will be exact and achievable. And my first goal for the President of the United States is to pull his head out of the goddamned money bins, Start working FOR the people. Not for the money.

I am a warrior, I come from a warrior culture, I have fought, I have bleed, and I have earned everything I’ve ever set out to earn, and I’ve done it through hard work, blood, lose and gain. I will not sit idle and watch a country These United States fall into disrepair over The failure of MY EMPLOYEES. YOU CONGRESS, SENATE AND THE PRESIDENT OF THESE UNITED STATES WORK FOR ME. Start doing your damn job.
Because if you fail to do your Job, You will lose your job, and some one who will do your job will be put in your place. That is how it works in the real world. Your job is not guaranteed. You work for me, I am a Citizen of These United States, Your interest is MY interest, not your own, not a foreign country, not money. Understood? Carry On.

(I apologize, I don’t usually rant, but when I do its a doozy. As always this is my Opinion and if its not your Opinion as a Citizen of These United States, Fix yourself. Doesnt matter a lick who you voted for. The work for all of us. Its about damn time they started upholding their end of the Deal. )

Period of Instruction: Maintaining a high level of alert readiness.

Good Afternoon, For those of you who don’t know me I’m Art, For those of you who do, I’m still Art, Yep I checked, I’m still Art. Today’s Period of Instruction.

“Maintain a high level of alert readiness. Never stop observing your surroundings and be aware of everything that takes place within your field of sight and every noise you can hear.”

The question is how do you do this with out over taxing your senses and becoming overly paranoid? And yes being over observant can happen and cause stress to your system.

A few suggested ways are as follows.

1. Kim’s Games (Keep in Memory) – a simple game you can play, best done in a group. One person picks a group of objects, from 10 to 20 total, and places them inside a cardboard box. From this point you can conduct the Kim’s games in three different styles.
A. The Students receive a period of time, typically 1 Minute to look at the objects in the box, then they return to their seat and write down the objects. But they do not write them by name, I.E. If you have a paperclip in the box they would write a “silver wire bent into three loops”. The Purpose of writing the description rather then the name is you cannot always positively identify an object or know what it is in the field so describing it is better.
B. The students are given five minutes to examine the objects then move off to conduct other training. At the end of that training or the training day the students sit down and write down the descriptions of the objects they can remember from the box.
C. The students are given five minutes then move off to another location to conduct training. At the end of that Training they return to the box and find it empty. All the objects that where in the box are placed in a field in front of them ranging from 10 to 50 meters away. They must identify and locate each object.

Kim’s Games work on your connotative abilities to identify and remember details and greatly enhance your metal abilities to maintain a high level of alertness.

But what about your listening skills? Have you ever sat in one spot and just listened, then tried to identify the sounds you are hearing? You can do this in any location, a busy mall, a park, an open field etc. Take the time to sit and just listen. Then try to identify the sounds you are hearing. work at listening to one specific sound or voice. Work at listening rather then seeing. I.E. Don’t look at the area the sound is coming from but listen to the area its coming from.

The biggest thing to having a high level of alertness is simply SLOW DOWN. Today’s society is so bent on speed. Faster, Bigger, Better. Often times we miss so much by hurrying through things.

Slow Down. Take the time to observe, to listen. Not only See, but Identify what your seeing. Identify what your hearing.

Questions? If there are no Questions I have one for you.

Have you sat in your own home, with no electrical objects on that create sound and can you identify every sound that happens inside your home? No? Then your assignment is to sit for at least 30 minutes in your silent home (If possible) and identify as many sounds as you can within your home.

Then post about just what you heard or realized in that time about your own home and your awareness.

So with that Howdy, Semper Fi and have a wonderful Freaking day.

Period of Instruction: Morale in a survival/combat situation

Good Morning, For those of you who don’t know me I’m Art, For those of you who do, I’m still Art, Today’s Period of Instruction.

Morale in a survival/combat situation. There is a question at the end of this period of instruction please answer it.

Last week we talked about humor, and how it’s an important tool to survival/combat. This week we are going to continue in that manner but talk about Morale.

One of my biggest pet peeves is 90% of all Movies, TV, and Stories/Books do not show Morale as a important factor in survival/combat situations. Sure they have that humors individual in the corner that makes everyone laugh during bleak moments but everyone takes him or her as comedic relief to keep the movie/book from being to “dark”. And actually 90% of the time that is exactly why they are in the movie/book. Plus you always have to have that plucky, comedic idiot type to kill off at some point that every one mourns over. But in the truth of the matter that individual plays a vital role on all the survivors.

Morale. Morale is a emotional or mental condition with respect to cheerfulness, confidence, zeal, etc., especially in the face of opposition, hardship, etc.: the morale of the troops. (Thank you Webster’s dictionary of awesomesauce).

So lets look at Morale in an personal example. SCENE: “Your alarm goes off after a good night’s sleep, from which you had a great evening with your significant other the day before. You reach over and hit the button shutting it off, stretch, yawn and sit up in bed. smile to yourself remembering the day prior and you feel great.

Your mood is high, you get out of bed pad to the bathroom and do shit/shower/shave etcs. While you’re brushing your teeth in front of the mirror it hits you.

Its Monday. You’ve got to go to work. You have a project/task/meeting, you’ve been avoiding/putting off/just don’t want to do because it’s worse than pulling your own teeth with pliers.

And you get that sick feeling in your stomach, your shoulders slump; the world becomes a little less lack luster. Yesterday’s enjoyable day becomes just a memory and your mood is shot to shit. ”

How many of you have had that very situation happen? Yep I have probably almost EVERY Monday, Hate Mondays, when the apocalypse happens Mondays are the first thing I’m shooting. Well probably actually the second thing I’ll shoot, but they are getting shot.

Any ways. That is Personal Morale in a nutshell. Morale can be affected by anything. Typically it’s an outside influence in the negative regards. Can something affect your Morale Positively? Absofreakinglutly, and that is your goal.
Personal Morale is actually quite easily controlled by the individual person, you do it on a daily basis by either avoiding the morale eating problem, changing the situation, or doing something that improves your morale on a personal level.
But now let’s look at the group dynamic for Morale.

Morale becomes a huge factor when you are in a group. And yes two people constitute a group. Time is also a factor, in most cases the longer you are with or near a individual their morale will effect yours. So what are some things you can do in a group to positively and negatively affect morale?
Well let’s look at the negative aspect first. What are some things that can negatively affect Morale in a group?

1. Piss poor attitude. Self explanatory, negative will beget negative
2. False Motivation. This is almost as bad as a piss poor attitude, pretending to be motivated and positive when you are actually negative only makes the situation worse and often times irritates people
3. Not pulling your weight. Biggest contributing factor to Morale loss.
4. Lack of Communication. In a situation where potentially all forms of technology is cut off, communication is vital. Any news is good news. Keeping information to yourself can and will potentially destroy morale at great lengths. This is a double edged sword though in regards to communication and information.
5. Inclusion/seclusion, including or secluding someone from the group for whatever reason can affect your morale.

There are many many many many etc etc factors to what can cause negative Morale, if we continued to list them your morale would be negative just by reading it! So lets look at some positive ways to improve group Morale

1. Positive Attitude, Now.. this isn’t the “bubbly cheerleader, squirrel chasing a laser dot” attitude “YAY GO TEAM!” blah, It’s the end of the freaking world, everything can’t be rainbows and unicorns. But there can be some positive to it. You’re alive, you’re breathing, you’re supporting each other, your surviving. And you’re shooting zombies. That’s a positive thing!
2. Lead by Example. In many instances Morale can be improved just by the simple fact that someone is stepping up and doing something that everyone has to do first AND they are doing it without complaining/whining etc.
3. Communicating. Information is power, again the double edged sword, but when everyone is informed of what the plan is, and given the opportunity to voice their opinion, regardless in most cases of wither its followed or not. Will help with Morale.
4. Inclusion/Seclusion. Include people in the group when they are needed to be included. Kick the dumb ass out when they need to be kicked out. This is a large contributing factor to Morale.

Wait.. lets look at that list again, outside of number 2. Isn’t that almost exactly like the negative list? Well actually yes it is. Are you now seeing what can negatively affect Morale can positively affect it as well? And these are just the emotional/personal factors. And this isn’t even all of them! These are just a FEW examples.

Are there other factors that can affect morale? Yes. Danger, Stress, Food, Shelter, all the standard survival “items”, are a factor to Morale. And can all be mitigated by alleviating or reducing through standard or non standards methods.

Over all Morale is a balancing act. It can and will teeter towards one direction or other. The only way to really develop an understanding of how to balance Morale is balance your personal Morale in a situation that tests it on a minute to minute basis. Many people will not have that opportunity. So outside of that just taking the step to be aware of what Morale is, will start you on the path to balancing it in any situation.

“Improve your own Morale, and you will improve the morale of those around you.”

A book.. I know, I apologize I didn’t intend to go long winded, but I feel sometimes that you have to, in order to present information that’s vital or important to a topic. I am trying a different format for these, presenting them more as a Topic of Instruction like I do to Military Students I teach then just a “tip”. Let me know if you like it this way or the old way better.

So now, Questions? and if you have no Questions I have one for you.

“You are in a Group that has low Morale, to the point people are considering just giving up. How would you, NOT using any of the above mentioned ways to improve morale. Improve their Morale for them to survive? And yes, it is your responsibility to see that they survive as they are your Family.” Please post your answer.

So with that Howdy, Semper Fi and have a wonderful Freaking day.