Student Review: Combat Patrol 30 Aug – 1 Sep: ‘Shitbreak’
The march in followed a trail up some hilly terrain. We broke off the trail and traversed down a steep slope. The squad reached an intersection of two trails and halt was called. This was our ORP. Watches were coordinated and the fire support team hiked up into an overwatch position. The assault team was led up a dry creek bed. Walking slowly and carefully placing each foot the assault team silently moved into position. Security was set and the squad leader passed down the time remaining to the assault. Ten minutes. Five. Two. You flex your fingers and re-grip your rifle. Tension is mounting. Moving signal was given. We all stood up and got ready. Waiting. The calm before the storm is about to break. Suddenly a crescendo of gunfire roared from the hillside. Raid initiated. It was on!
You never know who is going to show up to the training class. The group that showed up to this class had their shit squared away. Everyone was in good shape, ran their rifles well, and knew the drills. After the first drill I could tell everyone took safety seriously and had active muzzle awareness. Everyone came to learn, no one hesitated to ask for clarification, and the drills ran well.
Its a testament to the ability of Max, as a teacher and the program he’s running, that ten guys who have never trained together before can gel together and pull off some “Complicated…but simple drills.”