Force on Force: Communication & Grip


I’m just back from another great Force on Force Team Tactics weekend class. Yes, the class was not on the schedule, because it was a private. We had 18 students and a couple of observers. Some of the students had not attended any other MVT class, which is allowed (I am not sure many have twigged to that yet) and despite a lack of formal training they were able to conform to the tactics and learn alongside everyone else. Something that makes this more viable is the detailed cadre led briefing and squad rehearsals at the beginning of the class covering formations, drills, and silent / noisy movement.

The way that Force on Force Team Tactics works, is that students take the positions of squad and team leader, and make quick plans to execute the scenarios as they are presented by the cadre. We run various scenarios on the class, from squad against squad against each other’s base, one squad with a fixed base and the other without, and we also run through a couple of iterations of a 13 man (3 team plus squad leader) hasty attack on a defended enemy position (5 enemy). This is why I really want full classes of 18 people to run these classes at the optimum.

Most of the cadre teaching at the FoF classes, unlike the live fire classes, takes place in the debriefs following each drill. This is where lessons learned can be drawn out, and pointers given on how to do it better next time. The way the scenarios unfold is rich for debrief and learning points, on everything from individual drills to team and squad actions. The exception to this is the squad hasty attack, where a lesson is given beforehand  on squad attack drills and how the assault cycle works with three teams. This is very much the ‘CliffsNotes’ version and the debrief will get into detail on actions on the objective and how to deal with enemy dead etc.  This was a potent lesson on the second time through the drill, when a fighting position was not cleared effectively and an enemy lit up the squad during the consolidation phase.

For those wanting more tuition and practice with battle procedures, from receiving the mission, planning, briefing, rehearsals and execution of a mission, we have the new Combat Leader Course (CLC) coming up in April 2017. This will rotate students through command appointments in the accomplishment of missions. It will also utilize UTM Man Marker Rounds against a live enemy during the execution phase of the missions.

Communication and ‘Grip’

One of the big lessons that is hammered home during Force on Force Team Tactics is that of communication and ‘grip.’ This is not something that is fully understood ‘on the internet’ by those who do not effectively train. Many can shoot, on a flat range or a bench, but far fewer can effectively move or communicate.



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