Making Decisions (2)
I have posted previously (June 2016) on ‘Making Decisions‘ and that article should be reviewed with this one. Here at MVT we are packaging tactical training as a holistic activity under the name ‘TacGun.’ It is important to note that TacGun is a ‘whole man’ activity that is not merely a ‘shooting sport.’ I have mentioned the positive training aspects of teamwork and leadership and how the development of those skills will have a positive impact on your current day to day personal and professional life. This should not be underestimated, and the mental and character positives that are developed in this way are a strong part of the purpose of TacGun.
People arrive at MVT, and TacGun, by a variety of routes. Some are simply seeking the warrior way, and the learning of small unit tactics (SUT) as a martial art. It is of course the ultimate martial art. Those who practice TacGun are improving their physical fitness, shooting and tactical skills, awareness, and of course most importantly their mental skills. It is true that many former military leaders will leave the military and go on to teach leadership and management skills to business. That is a well known career path. However, with TacGun we are actually using the military skills of SUT as a vehicle to teach leadership and teamwork, so you not only gain those managerial skills, you actually learn how to function tactically in combat. This is why what we do at MVT is unique outside of the military. It is real combat training, using a mix of live fire and force on force environments.
Of course, many people arrive at TacGun through a desire to prepare for the worst, to protect their families. That is great and noble, and I fully support it, but there are some pitfalls, mainly in the execution. Many ‘preppers’ fail the tactical ability test because of several reasons:
- They never adopt a warrior mindset and are simply attempting to study tactics to cross off a need on a ‘list of lists.’
- They are approaching prepping from a fear based perspective, not a warrior perspective.
- They never attempt to prepare themselves by adequately preparing with physical conditioning.
- They stuck to book learning of tactics which is not sufficient to allow successful execution when the hammer drops.
- They exhibit an over-analytical ‘research’ mindset which is anathema to what I am writing about in this article, which is effective and timely decision making.
After all, if you spend your life beset by paranoia and glued to internet insanity, there really is no time for effective training. In order for a ‘prepper’ to become successful at effective tactical preparation, they will need to adopt a warrior mindset and a way of life. This is what the most successful MVT alumni do, and for many of them they are not really full time ‘preppers’ but more along the lines of warrior students. You cannot focus on purchasing gear and a little bit of questionable tactically-applicable shooting at the range, it is simply not sufficient to ensure tactical survival or success.
We apply decision making in TacGun in a variety of ways. Informally, it has its place in some of the more advanced live fire training scenarios such as those found on the Combat Patrol / Direct Action and Convoy Tactics classes. It most definitely comes into play on Force on Force Team Tactics (next event; November 4-5), and decisions and results are analysed in the after action debriefs. It is formally taught on the annual Combat Leader Course (CLC) which runs in April.
Why is most of this article missing? Because the full article can be found on the MVT Forum HERE. Why? Because the MVT Forum is a $25 per year subscription service. This keep it as a high quality, rational, sensible discussion venue which also serves as the library for all MVT Articles. If you are serious about becoming tactically proficient we would like to see you on the MVT Forum.
This is an excellent illustration of the points made in the original post Making Decisions. Decision making and the ability to recognize the moment that a decision must be made, are skills that need to be learned and practiced in a dynamic simulated combat environment. This will have benefits to teamwork and leadership skills in your personal and professional lives in the hear and now, and is one of the reasons that we do TacGun. An over-analytical nature and a reluctance to make decisions will not translate well to a survival or combat situation.