Training Standards

Over the past twenty years, there have been various proposed Militia Training Standards.  Each Militia unit has always been free to adopt or create their own training standards and for the most part, very few militias have talked with each other, like we do now, to share their ideas and activities.  Some units would recreate the very best of their U. S. Army experience from memory, complete with a library of FM – whatever manuals, while others would just create as much as they could from watching too much television.  We try to stay in that niche third category, which is to say, neither of those.

Over on the SideBar, under the heading of “Guides and Manuals”, you’ll find a copy of the Swiss Army Manual “Total Resistance” and a copy of the Guerrilla Warfare Manual from the early period of the Vietnam War.  Both of those contain instructions  meant for a general population with no prior military training but needing to cause maximum havoc and inconvenience for any occupying forces, without having to engage those forces in direct combat.  While it is all good and well to be familiar with how things are done in the “Big Army” way of doing things, resistance forces made from “the locals” will be doing a great many things other than trying to out-perform the “Big Army” at those things the “Big Army” does day-in and day-out to perfection.  This is where I’ll just mention that there are certain specialists from the “Big Army” who usually get stuck with the job of going into third world hell-holes to find those pockets of “the locals” and train them in the art of becoming “The Resistance”.  There are also certain specialists, not specifically of the “Big Army”,  that do pretty much the same job, for much higher pay, but with the stipulation that they are completely expendable to both the government that will deny sending them there and the government that writes their checks.  But I digress.

As for training, Chris Sajnog of Center Mass Group, likes to say, “If you’re not measuring your training, what you’re doing is called playing”.  Measuring our training is something we will be doing more of this year.  The capability that comes from the Land-Nav skills, campcraft skills, and communications skills form the  basic foundation for small unit movement and tactics.  But the ability for any such small unit to actually accomplish their anticipated goals will largely depend on both their physical and mental skills to see each mission through.  Measuring  the mental aspects may be a bit iffy because combat changes everything.  Measuring the physical aspects is a good bit easier.  You just have to decide what those aspects are and determine what the acceptable performance goals will be.  The bar must be set fairly high for those acceptable goals because nearly everything a Militiaman might be expected to do will tend towards the “exceeding worst-case scenario” end of the scale.   No one ever wants to see  “ODT  —  Or Die Trying” listed among the mission parameters.   (Insert Gen. Patton speech here).  Assessing where each individual is right now will determine how much they will have to work to eventually reach these goals.  Hence, measuring your training progress.

And how opportune!  Our buddy Max, just to the north of us, has already thrown down the gauntlet on what may quickly become the new training program for the new unorganized militia. Under the categories of “Shoot, Move, Communicate and Fight”, there are  detailed objectives for a solid training program that can be implemented at the local level to meet those standards. Starting next year, there will eventually be three-day qualification trial events at Max’s training facility where you can demonstrate your proficiency and earn that III% Rifleman Patch.


Go look it over.  It may evolve a little over the winter.  Max is focusing on more than just the significance of this set of  goals.  It’s more the implication of what a good percentage of Militiamen meeting these standards could mean.  Figure out where you are in your abilities to meet these goals.  We’ll figure out some way to work towards meeting these goals in 2015.  It will give us something to grouse about while we’re freezing our little behinds off at the January FTX.  The Almanac says last half of January will be colder than normal with a good chance for snow.  Might want to bring a hat.


Training Opportunities


21 – 22 MAR 2015  3% Grid-Down Communications Course conducted by Sparks31 at Mason-Dixon Tactical,  Mercersburg/Waynesboro, PA.  Waiting to hear specifics on what gear we need to take.  Other than some mittens.


25 – 30April 2015, 6-Day Border Scout School, Death Valley Training Center, Tucson, ArizonaSpend a week with those Professional Adventurers and Interesting People .   For those of you that have talked about going to the southern border with the Minutemen in May, this school will get you three days of class prep and three days on the ground with the Arizona Border Recon guys.  And just before the Minutemen plan to deploy.  A little pricey, with a high probability of seeing something and a small risk of getting killed, or worse.