February 22, 2018 at 9:21 pm #55960mdbjjcParticipant
For those who are on their way to building a training team of like minded folks, tell us your success stories. How many are on your team? How often are you training? What are your keys to enticing motivated individuals to stick together?February 24, 2018 at 10:51 am #56062KeeperParticipant
Yep I am going watch this one
Alumni living in N.E Fla. for now. Going to retire in Iowa on the farm some day soon.February 24, 2018 at 2:06 pm #56077idahocajunParticipant
I’ll throw my experience thus far in on this one. First, our team was initially only family and it took some mindset shifts and hard work to open the doors to non-family members. Our dynamic is always evolving and we have to be able to adjust to that…or the team will simply fall apart.
1. Leadership: Without someone taking a solid leadership role, you will quickly run into a “too many chiefs and no Indians” scenario (no offense intended). Our leadership centers around a retired colonel who organized MVT training for two years for our family and friends in Idaho. The leadership role has evolved as our team has. I now have a more direct role with non-family members and organizing team get togethers and training. Point being, it starts with leadership.
2. Location: This was our biggest hang up. Where were we going to ride out the storm in a SHTF scenario? Once we decided on a physical location, it was a mindset shift to open the door to non-family members. How will you store their gear? Where will you train? A lot of our team building has now been strengthened by having a location, a place to call “home”, a place to defend and giving the team a foundation to build on.
3. Selection: Initially, our team was 100% family. But as we progressed through MVT, it quickly became apparent we needed to expand. I recruited some like minded colleagues from work who actually have a similar mindset, which made it easy. After training together, it was a no brainer. We’ve trained together monthly on the range, weekly at the gym and grab drinks regularly to cuss and discuss. These two non-family members are solid and survived our selection process. They put in the time and money for training and gear and are invested in the teams survival. It’s not easy to find like minded folks…but when you do, make it a point to build those bonds. In the future, anyone wanting to join will have a rough road. We’ve set a minimum requirement as a team regarding training, experience, skill set, gear, etc to even make it to the vote. Yeah, it restricts us, but I don’t want just any asshole with an AR defending my wife and 3 yo.
4. Training: This is key! It builds on the team dynamic. We hope to get Max back to Idaho again, as we all agree he is an excellent trainer. However, in his absence we continue to hone our skills. This ranges from gym time, hikes, and range time. In May we’re planning a team weekend with maneuvers, patrol, camping, etc. A team that’s not training together will never function together when the SHTF. We use simulation all the time in medicine, same concept. Mastery of the basic skills so when you need them most, you won’t waste mental energy on stupid shit.
I’ll stop here for now, but this is the formula that seems to be working for us. Leadership, location, selection process, and continuous improvement (training). This has led to some great things such as comms: all have same encrypted radio systems. Don’t want to give too much away, but we are definitely ahead of the curve on some things, with the need for improvement in others.
This is what has worked for us, and we understand it’s a PROCESS that’s ever evolving. But, with solid leadership and a great team foundation…we’ll be ready. Hope this gives you some insight. If ever in Idaho, let us know!February 24, 2018 at 2:38 pm #56079Joe (G.W.N.S.)Moderator
I’ll throw my experience thus far in on this one.
Excellent job and points!February 24, 2018 at 3:19 pm #56082idahocajunParticipant
Before I forget, one of the most important topics:
5. Communication and conflict resolution: This is HUGE! We’ve all seen how poor communication or the ill effects of someone’s opinion not being supported or taken seriously. Having an effective meens of conflict resolution is key. I think this is overcome with great leadership and training. But each persons opinion must be valued and respected…no matter how stupid it may seem.
To answer the original question, we have 5 family members who have all completed MVT training. All have done CRS, 4 CTT’s, 3 mobility and CQB/FOF, and 2 all the way through combat patrol. We have 2 non-family (but close enough) through everything including patrol. 3 outside the inner circle but local with CTT and CP training. Not a huge group, but we all have the same training experience and thus share a common language. Always looking to expand our circle, both inner and outer.February 24, 2018 at 7:59 pm #56091tangoParticipant
That’s awesome @idahocajun
I have had some success meeting and training locally as well. It’s is do-able.
Weak Men can't be virtuous. - JBPFebruary 24, 2018 at 9:39 pm #56096mdbjjcParticipant
Impressive idahocajunFebruary 25, 2018 at 9:15 am #56100Virgil KaneParticipant
Impressive indeed. Finding like-minded people combined with the drive to do instead of talk and spend some money where it’s needed is not easy.
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