July 29, 2016 at 6:52 pm #29611MaxKeymaster
One of the biggest problems faced by preppers is the whole ‘OPSEC’ and group building thing. Finding decent people out there. That is one of the main obstacles to preparing for any of the ‘post-collapse’ tactics that we all talk about, and that I promote/ train: you need TEAM. Whether for defending a retreat or a subdivision, or fighting foreign enemies, you can’t do it without team.
First you need decent people.
Then you need to train to an acceptable standard.
The combination of those two things will give you a chance of producing a TEAM: it’s an ongoing evolution – conducting effective training will in itself help select and bond the team, while good training can also have character building effects on people.
In this article I will talk a little bit about the building blocks for an effective tactical organization. This will not be about the logistical/auxiliary/Intel side, but that needs to be there in order to allow a tactical group to remain effective.
As a bit of background to this article, you may find it useful to read these two:
So the main problem is finding people. After that, it is lack of effective training. So, let’s keep this small, keep it local. I think that a mistake that many who are more on the prepping than tactical side make, is that they can’t find suitable people, or bring themselves to trust anyone, and part of this is the assumption that whoever you link up with must get immediate access to your retreat and stuff. That is a huge impediment. An easier way would be to step back from the whole “we are going to all meet at your retreat and can stuff” and just meet socially.
MVT offers resources to find people close to you. Whether you meet them at a training class, or on the MVT Forum, you can meet people with a like minded interest in training, without having to bare your soul or let them know the secret location of your Mountain House stash (my preciousssss….). This gives you the option of training partners. If it develops into a relationship of mutual trust, then that is a good thing. In NOVA, via the forum, we have started some meet ups. All it is is a small group of scoundrels meeting in a den of iniquity for a few drinks. I tell you, it’s a great way to get out of baby duty for an evening
If you can find one buddy, you are on the way. The absolute basic building block is a buddy pair team. Once you have established the buddy pair, you need to aim to have a 4 man team. The 4 man team is the tactical building block. The 4 man team can operate independently, or form the basis for larger tactical groupings. Groups can come together and then disperse.
I had this going on in ‘Patriot Dawn: The Resistance Rises’. Read it? If not, you should. It’s a training manual disguised as a novel.
Just to hammer the point: don’t forget that if you are going to aim to build a team, you need to do so with an ongoing process of sound training:
Doing so will weed out the Walter Mitty’s.
Here is an organizational suggestion, which you will modify depending on available numbers and the mission at hand (‘Task Organization’ – ‘Task Org’):
4 Man Fire Team:
- Team Leader (TL)
- Rifleman/Designated Marksman
- Rifleman/Team Medic
12 Man Squad:
- 3 x 4 Man Fire Teams
- The Squad leader is either the 13th man, or integral as a senior Fire Team leader, whichever you have the numbers for. 13th man is better.
- 2 x 4 Man Fire Teams, either plus or minus an additional squad leader, can make an 8 or 9 man squad if you can’t achieve the 12 man squad.
28/30 Man Platoon (this is just a suggestion/option)
- 2 x 12 or 13 Man Squads (3 Fire teams each)
- Platoon HQ:
- Platoon Leader + Signaler
- Platoon Sergeant + Assistant
- This is in effect another four man team , but split into two buddy pairs.
- 3 x 8 or 9 Man Squads
- Platoon HQ
The 12 man squad is in effect a miniature platoon (half platoon size), able to conduct, with its three teams, the assault cycle. It is also suited for satellite patrolling. When you get up to platoon level, you can decide to organize your four man teams in any way you wish. You can stick with the two 12 man Squads, or go to a classic 3 Squad platoon. You can even designate a specialized fire support element. You have to task organize building on the number of 4 man teams you have available.
Because remember, – these four man teams are local guys who trust each other, and work together. You don’t want to split them up. If you ever get to an organizational level above the 4 man team, then you also need a commonality of training. That commonality will also build trust. You can also not expect to lead such groups if you do not have the training and you have not built trust.
A little on leadership: you have to lead by example. ‘Be, know, do.’ There is no such thing as rank in this game. We are civilians. By what right do you take command of a group, that decides to give you tactical control of their team(s), in order to work towards a mutual goal? The only way you have that right is by competence and trust. You declared yourself a Militia Colonel? I call BS. Anyone that will work under your command has to give that willingly, and your job is to continue to earn it and not fuck it up.
In a civilian paramilitary organization, something of which I have experience with, there is no rank, but there are roles. You fulfill your role, whether as rifleman or team leader. If you volunteer, then STFU and fill your role, your obligation. One of the biggest problems is EGO. Particularly with former soldiers who are working as paramilitaries (or militia?), who were mercifully kept under control by NCOs when in service, but who now know everything and are not afraid to say it. Ego is the killer. It’s no different to turning up as a contractor at a work site – do what the foreman says, and STFU.
There has to be a captain on the ship. There has to be a designated leader. If you argue with him and descend into ego and politics when the situation is rolling, people will die as a result. There is a time, usually during the planning/preparation process or during an AAR, where you can give constructive input. Anything else is disruptive. Just because you think you know better: Well, I have some advice for you: STFU. However, this does come back to the problem with rank. Roles and appointments should be based on merit, not politics or who knows who. If incompetence is detected or displayed, then there needs to be a mechanism for that person to be shuffled.
And: that is why training together is so useful. People will rise to the top, especially in combat. If your squad leader is stymied and frozen when you are under fire, then it is up to the next team leader, or the next rifleman, to take charge. Whoever takes charge is in charge. This is with the clear caveat that it is not ‘Billy Know It All’ who just wants to take charge because of his ego – we all know the type – a swift punch will solve that problem. Which brings us back to the point of training together, so you can work all this out.
Have you seen any of the shite out there on the blogowebz post-Bunkerville and the cluster that that situation was? Ongoing politics, fights, arguments, egos, recriminations. What a cluster. This is my opinion, take it or leave it:
That was a local situation that went national, thus creating a cluster group of all sorts that did not abide by anything that I have written above. Self important commanders of ‘Militias’ and all sorts of groups. Nightmare. No commonality of training, nothing. Terrible levels of training and weapons safety. Yes, I know they were trying to do the right thing. But it will never get any better if people stick to doing this stupid stuff all the time. We are all the militia, and the only way to earn it is not with grandiose names and ranks, but by training and commonality of purpose.
My take on the Bundy situation: The BLM was clearly way out of line, probably based on massive corruption. How many western movies have you seen where the rancher is getting kicked off his land by the railroad company using hired guns? The sad truth is that that scenario is probably closer to the real modern America than the story of the Revolutionary War. Massive greed and corruption.
However, if you are primarily concerned for the safety of the Bundy family, they should have been evacuated to a place of safety. If you are primarily concerned with protesting the rights and wrongs of the BLM action, then you don’t do it as a cluster of armed ‘Militias’ and individuals, who are supposedly there to protect him. Be careful what you wish for, or precipitate, because starting a war is not doing anyone any favors. This is not SHTF yet, and this shit show of corruption will most likely collapse of its own weight. Then, the role of the Militia (us) is to keep folks safe. Being gunned down in Nevada is not helping anyone. That’s not to say I wasn’t proud to see that line of Cowboys. I was.
However, you want to protest the BLM action and prevent it? Unarmed protesters with placards, sitting in the roadway, chained together if necessary. Remember the Civil Rights movement? It is tactically unsound as an (unorganized) paramilitary force to deliberately put yourself into a siege. If you really thought the BLM were going to start killing civvies, or driving tanks over the picket lines, then the way to deal with it is with an organized QRF (Quick Reaction Force). Groups of perhaps four vehicles each, containing 12 Man Squads, trained and ready to go, waiting at specified locations OUTSIDE the cordon. Then, if it kicks off, they relieve and rescue from OUTSIDE. And, if the BLM had started killing unarmed civilians, then to roll in the QRF would be legitimate self-defense. Not what could be termed an armed insurrection. The trouble is, there was no one at the scene organizing anything to any level.
Yes, I know, it was a come as you are party. Which is a compelling argument for keeping things local, so that you know the people and groups you are working with. Who will be the incident commander? Firstly, the most competent individual on scene, recognized as a competent leader. Next, the later arriving command group that is recognized as a competent senior command group. Something along those lines. Not just fucking Colonel Bob of the Colonial Redcoat Militia. WTF?
If you want to talk national level Militia organization, then you have to have realistic and competent levels of common training and performance standards. So that when Colonel Bob shows up and wants to take charge, and I’m the guy defending the farm, I know that he is ‘Colonel’ for a reason, and not just because he decided to be. However, I think that is a bridge well too far for Militia organizations that often have no real standards or competencies, other than owning camo and weapons. Harsh, but if the cap fits wear it.
That is why I would rather you just started building your small SHTF teams with like minded preppers who have undergone some actual training. Something you can trust. Until Militias recruit actual combat veteran trainers (I know some do) and establish real competencies, I’m not feeling it.
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