Review of Force of Force Team Tactics at Max Velocity Tactical in West Virginia 01 – 02 Oct: Duane
I attended the 2 day Force on Force at Max Velocity Tactical in West Virginia. Instructors were Max and 1SG (Scott). The purpose of FOF is to utilize team tactics in squad sized unit to accomplished specified objectives against a force that can shoot back. In this class, MVT utilizes UTM man marker rounds which use the participants own AR with an MVT supplied bolt.
I have previously trained at MVT 7 times and several other schools prior to that. There is only so much you can learn on a square range which is why I started training at MVT. There is only so much that can be learned from a pop up Ivan which is why I signed up for FOF.
Day 1 began with each team (Swampdogs and Deplorables) spending time rehearsing battle drills and practicing the fundamentals of break contact, peel, and bounding. After that we rolled right into the individual drills. Each drill was essentially capture the other teams smoke grenade. How you did it was up to each individual team. You had the options of defensive, going on the offensive or trying to get creative by using ambush. The terrain at MVT WV is uniquely suited. Unlike flat ground, the terrain dictates the when and where of many of the tactics that you can employ and we had multiple opportunities to switch bases. Unlike flat ground where it would be possible to easily avoid the enemy by running around them, that wasn’t too much of an option.
Day 2 the cadre mixed things up a bit by selecting team leaders and then having them select their teams. It was kinda like grade school but I didn’t get picked last this time. We spent time attacking enemy held positions and had the opportunity to swap out being the enemy.
About midday we switched back into our original teams and began the process again.
I chose to use my main rifle with an ACOG on it, and even at less than 50 yards it helped.
Overall I can say that I learned a lot and it was worth the money, time and effort to go. The after action reviews after each engagement were priceless in terms of information gathered along with the ability to put it into context having actually done it.
With the fogging goggles on the first day, I just felt like I was running around the woods getting shot. I was able to mitigate the fogging on day two by use of Rain-X anti-fog and not wearing a helmet and wrapping my head in a shemagh instead. Also picking out the foam on the sides of goggles seemed to help. Even so it was extremely challenging to apply all the things learned in CTT, CP and the other classes I have had and I found myself making some really stupid mistakes. Like getting my team in good cover, but then leaving myself out in the open.
While I made many mistakes, I was able to learn from them and I have improved. My intent is to go back so I can apply what I have learned in order to continue to improve.
Next FoF Team Tactics Class: 10 – 11 December. See ‘Christmas Force on Force Extravaganza!‘