March 13, 2018 at 3:06 pm #56791veritas556Participant
“In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” – Charles Darwin
Whether you’ve trained at MVT or read the many AARs, you understand how quickly a single person, flying solo, will become permanently horizontal in a battle of any sort. We know a trained team is exponentially more effective beyond the mere numbers they represent. A two-man team has far more effect than 2x an “Army of One”. Likewise, a trained 4-man team is worth more than 2x a team of two. Ceteris paribus, of course.
If you’ve spent any time at all on this forum you are familiar with the many struggles of most here to build a “team”. Myself included. Despite being part of a regular training group, consisting of many folks who have lots of square-range class and training time under their belts, I haven’t been able to muster one person to MVT with me. I think I’ve figured out why (no, not cause I’m an asshole. Well maybe ;)
Because I never asked people with a shared purpose.
Come train, come train, come train! But why and for what purpose? There aren’t too many folks who have the money and time do this sort of particular endeavor for purposes of fun or sport alone. There has to be another animating reason. And I don’t mean fear or paranoia. Rather, a rational view of the world we live in (that humans have always lived in) and the dangers therein.
Each of us has our own purpose/reason though I suspect they might be quite similar. My “purpose” is to have an advantage – a better opportunity to survive whatever inevitable whirlwind Mother Nature, politics, the economy or society throws my family’s way. The “what” here is irrelevant – only that the possibility exists in a “more than being struck by lightning” sort of way. I believe it does.
I also know I won’t have much of an advantage (regardless of how much I train solo) as an Army of One. Yet building and maintaining a “team” of 4 or more is incredibly unlikely for too many reasons to list here. It just is. And many of us have come to that conclusion.
That’s why I’m now focused on building a Mutual Support Team (MST). Myself and another individual who leverages our shared purpose to mutual benefit. In this case, family or self-preservation based on a rational world-view. Also useful for less threatening scenarios such as help moving a pile of cut timber, etc ;)
Some criteria are as follows but would like to hear suggestions on making these points more complete but not too unicorn. Think prepping (I can hear the howling!) meets training, meets commitment:
• A reliable, trustworthy person with a known background
• Brings complementary skills and/or resources to the table
• Willingness and in a position to coalesce around one AO (more on this later)
• Commitment to regularly train as a team – both physically and tactically
This individual doesn’t have to be your best bud, rather someone you trust and respect, mutually. Other factors such as family size, distance of AO from one another, physical abilities, personalities, etc should all be taken into account. Remember, the commitment has to be mutual and must not be taken lightly – after all you both share the same reasons for teaming together!
In discussing this concept with a few folks, I could see some lightbulbs go on. Creating and maintaining a MST feels far more doable and purposeful as opposed to the vague, “team of many” concept that most of us have found so elusive.
In general, breaking problems down into smaller, more solvable ones is how the big ones get solved anyway.
Plus, from a group dynamics perspective (critical in maintaining any long-term team), managing two personalities/egos is exponentially easier than 3 or 4 or more. But you don’t have to limit yourself to your MST – this is the basic building block. You can always team up with another!
So how does this relate to MVT and why am I posting this? For one I hope this might spark a discussion about the concept of “thinking small to get big” through this idea of the MST. It’s also to float the idea for new training opportunities designed specifically for the MST concept. And yes, I realize that the bulk of what MVT teaches is applicable to buddy teams as that’s how the training ladder starts. Which is why this makes so much sense to do here! And marketing ;) Of course I am well prepared for a public flogging as well, so be it!
But first a premise:
1. Most people will defend their home, they will not be bugging out. This due to both practicality of travel in a SHTF situation and human nature to want to stay and defend your shit.
2. Most people’s AO consists of houses, cars, roads, trees, ie: neighborhoods.
3. In order to be useful in a true SHTF scenario, the team (+ family and moveable resources) must coalesce around one previously decided AO. ie: most defensible. Otherwise, there is no point of a MST.
That said, an outline…
• 2 person (team) booking mandatory. 6-8 teams max
• Partial live/partial UTM
• Team weapon skills, drills, mutually supporting gear (live)
• Break contact – from roads, huts, car (live)
• Defend structure – huts (UTM)
• Standoff distance and/or support by fire – use 1000yd range? (live)
• Taking initiative/ambush (UTM)
• Fighting in/around autos (drag some old cars up there?)
• Basic comms/defensive planning/TCCC
• Students participate in opfor and/or observe when not active MST – learning/breakdown sessions after each iteration
Within the next six months, how many of us could establish a MST? Maybe you already have one – or are close. Enough to fill a class I’m sure. Perhaps many! Whether this is something that makes sense for MVT is one thing, but I hope this inspires action for some of you here. I’m making this a personal priority to achieve within the next six months because it’s the rational thing to do and it can be done!
“One hand washes the other” – SenecaMarch 13, 2018 at 3:10 pm #56793MaxKeymaster
I do appreciate the post I honesty do (no sarcasm – no really, no sarcasm). I can’t help think it reinvent the wheel, which in itself is not bad thing, becasue it puts it up front and center again.But I’m not going to redesign the MVT classes again around this concept. The MVT classes provide all of this, you just need to show up with a buddy for your MST, and work with him.
But that takes us up to 4 and 8 man teams you cry! Well yes, the building block is the buddy but it gives you the training you need beyond the buddy while training the MST. It really does.
We already have hut complexes up there and we will have more. I’m not planning on bringing any wrecks up there.
I had a post on building buddy pairs towards a team but I can’t recall the title. Needs research.
I suspect this:
“There aren’t too many folks who have the money and time do this sort of particular endeavor for purposes of fun or sport alone.”
Is another example of a misunderstanding of the TacGun concept, which is not for fun or sport alone, but to invest in yourself exponentially.March 13, 2018 at 3:57 pm #56797veritas556Participant
Point of clarification – not suggesting to alter anything, merely additive. No wrecks you say? But they are all the training rage!
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