The Fear of Training Failure / The MVT Training Progression


I was just chatting about this topic and it seems worth a blog post. I was just informed that some people are actually put off from attending an MVT class because of fear of failure, for whatever perceived reason that might be: lack of PT, lack of skills, etc. I have heard anecdotes of some just not wanting to show up for training, due to fear of the unknown,  even though encouraged to do so by their training buddy.

Now, it is true that at MVT we do not conduct run of the mill ‘tacticool’ training. No, in fact we conduct real combat training. We do this because we are doing our best to give you the tools and skills you need to set you up with a best chance of survival in these uncertain times.

The training is conducted in a ‘crawl – walk – run’ progression with full safety measures. It is designed for the civilian and will teach you not only the ‘how’ but also the ‘why’ to allow you to better understand what you are learning. You will not be degraded or humiliated. Even the individual lanes that students go through can / will be amended by MVT cadre to tailor them to the skill set and physical abilities of the students. We have had all sorts of shapes and sizes through the Combat Team Tactics and Combat Patrol Classes. Aged up to around 70 years old, down to around 14.

It is true that one of the big takeaways from students is the need for more PT. However, this is true of anyone conducting these classes, because whatever your level, you will work at that level and wish you were in better shape. That’s just the way it is. There is a certain amount of courage and intestinal fortitude required to show up for these classes. I’m not telling you that it will be easy, but I am telling you that you will DO IT, and we will help you to do so. I am constantly in awe of the heart and team work shown by students when they are going through these classes, and that gives me hope for their chances, and thus their families chances, in a survival situation.

Yes, the classes are the real deal: we have had active duty and retired military combat arms pass through the classes, including active and retired Special Forces. This, however, does not mean the classes are TOO HARD for average Joe. They are designed for average Joe, for him and her to succeed, and learn.  Really, if you haven’t been to MVT, you won’t know how awesome these classes actually are! I’m very proud of where we are with this training right now.


Now, it would be easy to run a series of large volume low skills square range tacticool pew pew classes. But that would not help us with the mission of “Keeping Good Folks Alive.” So instead we have well designed classes with clear objectives and standards. That does mean that we have a funnel effect onto our more advanced classes. However, I am not convinced that many out there, who have not yet been the an MVT class, fully appreciate what is available with the Combat Team Tactics Class:

CTT is a 3 day class which has the option of being a 4 day class if you add Rifle Skills on the front end. Rifle Skills is a primer class that takes place on the square range. If you add this to a 4 day class, then you will have 2 days on the square range before moving to the tactical ranges for the final 2 days of training. This gives you an excellent training progression and you will learn a lot in this 4 day class.

The current MVT class training progression looks like this:




Combat Team Tactics (CTT), particularly with the Rifle Skills portion included, has taken on the role of the MVT ‘basic training’ class,which will give you access to the other classes.

Combat Patrol is an excellent grounding in patrolling and recce/raid/ambush. Combat Patrol can be combined with CTT to create a 6 (7) day class.

Citizen Close Combat (C3) is an excellent grounding in urban combat. When is it goes bump in the night and it is just you and your wife at home…..? You are now a buddy team, clearing the house! You learned that at the C3 class!


If you really want to aim for a standard, we have the MVT Rifleman Challenge: