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    • #119051
      Max
      Keymaster

        It is a source of immense pride to me the level of excellence we have achieved both with the course curriculum at MVT, and also with the development of the VTC. We offer the best tactical training available. No one does it better. But, as with any commodity demand drives supply.

        I am always assessing what is happening with classes and what is selling and what is not. In 2020 we will make some re-positioning decisions based on this.

        Much as we want to train you how we want you to be trained, it is up to students if they book classes or not. It is up to demand. The flip side to that is that this level of tactical training takes time, and we do have classes that are longer than a weekend, simply because it takes that long for safety and training reasons. A source of frustration to me is that I often schedule a class based off the resounding success of one I have just run, but then see, even with 3 months notice, that it will not fill. Despite the great success and benefit the FoF Squad tactics course offers, the course scheduled in two weeks time is cancelled due to low enrollment. Certainly, from my perspective, the lack of flexibility and responsiveness to booking classes among potential students, even at several months notice, is an obstacle.

        I get a lot of people who say “next year I will do that class.” However, if classes are not filling this year they will not run “next year.” The Combat Leader Class is currently half full. It is perhaps our flagship class in terms of the huge benefit it has to students. It has run once a year for the last two years and each previous year we have had the required 13 students. At this point, Combat Leader Course will not run in 2020. Cancelled. The only thing that would alter this course of action is:

        1) We fill up to 13 students and 6 OPFOR this year.
        2) I am approached for a useful dialogue by a suitable number of students who want the class to run at a certain time in 2020.

        I did write prior to publishing the 2019 schedule that I wanted students, perhaps organizing on the forum or privately, to be more proactive on when they wanted to train. No one did. So I had to schedule the training lottery again for 2019.

        What I am planning on doing for 2020 is going ‘part time’ again at the VTC, like I was at the beginning. I plan to focus more on other projects such as book writing. This will also have the benefit of leaving spaces in the calendar for private classes and also for SOF bookings.

        I will likely plan on running one class a month, separate from any classes Scott also schedules. Given this years attendance, it may look like this for 2020:

        CLC – cancelled for 2020.
        HEAT 2: run once
        FoF Squad Tactics: run once
        CQBC: run once

        HEAT 1 Combat Tactics and the Reconnaissance class: run alternately on other free months.

        As I have mentioned elsewhere, we will likely run one OP class over a weekend. I may also look at bringing back the Land Nav class and also TC3 perhaps once each.

        This will allow me more time for writing, and also give me more time at precious weekends with my own family.

      • #119052
        Max
        Keymaster

          P.S. that is one per month March thru November. I also forgot to mention HEAT Night Operations, which I hope to run March and November, assuming it continues to fill.

          Makes you realize there are not that many opportunities to train at 1 per month. Here is an entirely random sample calendar:

          February: Texas 2020
          March: Night Operations
          April: HEAT 1 Combat Tactics
          May: HEAT Reconnaissance
          June: FoF Squad Tactics
          July: HEAT 1 Combat Tactics
          August: HEAT Reconnaissance
          September: CQBC
          October: HEAT 2 Combat Patrol
          November: Night Operations

          Wow. When it goes up, book your spot.

        • #119156
          Max
          Keymaster

            Bumping to ensure everyone reads this. Also posted on the Blog, and will send a mailer out next week when back from CQBC.

            I still need AT LEAST 2 more guys for CLC. But so far no one is communicating with me. I’m just a guy on the end of the internet, my intel skills are poor unless people start talking to me.

            I also lost an OPFOR guy for CLC, who unvolunteered himself for that wonderful reason that he has just discovered he has family visiting that week. This is why no one can have nice things.

            You will not be ready for the boogaloo if you cannot fit in training when it is available.

            • This reply was modified 11 months ago by Max.
            • #120685
              buckbuchholz
              Participant

                For myself, as a graduate of the Army RECONDO Course and the A.F. Security Police Airbase Ground Defense and SWAT courses, nothing beats “hands-on” (gun) courses.
                I read and re-read TACTICAL MANUAL Small Unit Tactics and CONTACT! Tactical Manual For Post Collapse Survival. I will be going to your HEAT 1 Course in the future. Right now, my Prepper Money is going into vehicles and equipment, or I would be “booked” for HEAT 1 today. I believe SHTF is months, not years away, and I am conducting my Preps accordingly.
                As a person with an MBA in Marketing, if your enrollments are lower than you would like to suggest maybe using the following strategy.
                I seem to gravitate into the corner full of Preppers at bars, public gatherings, and especially at N.R.A. functions. Preppers treasure advice from other Preppers. You could start a referral program giving a small percentage scholarship on one of your Courses to people who enroll others in your Courses. As an example, if I get two of my fellow Preppers enrolled in your Courses, and I get a 10% discount for each you gain 2.8 enrollments as a result of my efforts. I know if I attend one of your Courses, I will be a customer for several more Courses.
                I am looking forward to taking the CLC Course when it restarts.
                My two cents. :unsure:

                • This reply was modified 10 months, 3 weeks ago by buckbuchholz.
            • #119216
              Brushpopper
              Participant

                We had a little taste of recce/recon (hostage situation) in Texas 2018 with an opfor at the lodge, which was a great learning experience! Glad to see this turning into a class! Fill it up guys!

              • #119217
                AWS18
                Participant

                  I’m working on trying to get one or two more guys to sign up for the CLC. No guarantees yet, but I’m trying.

                  CQB 04/19
                  Heat 1 06/19
                  Heat 2 08/19
                  CLC 10/19

                  • #119218
                    Max
                    Keymaster

                      Thank you. :good:

                  • #119246
                    vagabond
                    Participant

                      I’m in for Texas 2020, and was planning on taking the CLC next year. If it is offered again next year I will put a deposit down as soon as it is announced.

                      • #119250
                        Max
                        Keymaster

                          CLC is cancelled for 2020. If you want to do CLC, join the Oct 2019 class. I’m not bluffing here guys.

                      • #120931
                        snah1776
                        Participant

                          My brother and I are looking forward to your first HEAT 1 in April 2020 (alumni of the heat 0.5) and the CQB course. The bummer is that we have to wait till April (Can’t make the Dec course).

                        • #121965
                          Max
                          Keymaster

                            Ok, it’s up. Mostly.

                            We still have spaces on classes in 2019. Notably:

                            DCH (Defensive Concealed handgun) 10/26/2019 – 10/27/2019
                            HEAT Reconnaissance 1 Spot – 11/22/2019 – 11/24/2019
                            HEAT 1 Combat Tactics – 12/05/2019 – 12/08/2019

                            February: Texas 2020
                            March: VTC ROMNEY: ALUMNI WEEKEND (TEAM REKKR): 03/21/2020 – 03/22/2020 (not bookable yet, will post here on the forum).
                            April: Night Operations – 04/03/2020 – 04/05/2020
                            April: HEAT 1 Combat Tactics – 04/23/2020 – 04/26/2020
                            May: HEAT Reconnaissance – 05/15/2020 – 05/17/2020
                            June: FoF Squad Tactics – 06/13/2020 – 06/14/2020
                            July: HEAT 1 Combat Tactics – 07/16/2020 – 07/19/2020
                            August: HEAT Reconnaissance – 08/14/2020 – 08/16/2020
                            September: CQBC – 09/18/2020 – 09/20/2020
                            October: HEAT 2 Combat Patrol – 10/08/2020 – 10/11/2020
                            November: Night Operations – 11/06/2020 – 11/08/2020

                            December HEAT 1 is not scheduled yet.

                            Its all up on the training calendar and bookable here:

                            Training Calendar

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