COMMENTARY: Skill Based Tactical Training VS “Lets Have fun Training”

skill
skill

I Like Sandwiches and Tactical Training

Why are people more interested in taking classes where they get to dress up in full kit as apposed to non-shooting classes (or with less shooting) where they will learn an actual skill? Now I understand that I come from a background where I pull triggers for a paycheck and work in the 3rd World as a job, so in my mind I am thinking "why take a class if I don't learn how to do something, I only have a month off this year?"

One example is EP/PSD Courses - I have had several top EP/PSD Instructors tell me I am crazy to offer an EP/PSD course that only teaches Classroom based Academic training and does not have tons of shooting in it (despite the fact that the base EP/PSD skills are non-shooting skills), one buddy that is a Rock Star in the PSD/EP business said “Just add a day or two of shooting on your course and you will sell out – pander to people”

Also Combat Causality Care or Tactical Medicine, I have been told that I wont book a class with non-contractors/cops/mil unless I throw in a couple of day of shooting in the air while students are supposed to be learning. But Combat Lifesaver and Field Medicine are classroom based skills.

This makes me want to eat my 1911 – Do people really deep inside just not want to learn an actual skill VS doing something “cool” where they can post pictures of themselves on Facebook wearing full kit?

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~James G Founder – Editor in Chief

JamesGrey
JamesGrey

James G is a Veteran Civilian Contractor who has worked in the Middle East and Southeast Asia for way too long. He spends his off time in Indonesia and Virginia getting drunk, shooting guns, writing poorly written articles and

TACTICAL COMMENTARY: Infidel Shirts Are Fucking Stupid

INF-DORK
INF-DORK

Operators totally wear Infidel Shirts

Ever since we started dropping bombs, kicking ass, and taking names in Afghanistan and Iraq, I started seeing all these infidel shirts, hats and other stupid infidel branded shit popping up for sale online. Generally I file gay tactical stuff like this under the “Multicam” category in my brain and go on with my day.

But lately there has been an explosion in Infidel branded crap being peddled on every corner of the internet. I figure it is only a matter of time before people start making Dog Sweaters with “infidel” written on the back so they can look like “operators” while walking their dog in the park.

The first thing that makes these shirts stupid is the fact that the term “infidel” is an insult. Someone wearing an Infidel shirt is the equivalent of someone wearing a shirt that says “Les américains sont des Idiots” in French [Americans are Idiots] or a shirt that just says “Fuck Christianity.”

Yes people, the term “Infidel” is an insult, so it just doesn’t make any sense at all to wear a shirt that basically says “I am a piece of shit unbeliever of any religion or belief.”

Now the justification some folks use for wearing Infidel Shirts is “We are taking the word Infidel back as a way to insult the insulters” [something like “nanny, nanny boo-boo stick your head in doo-doo” or some other intelligent reason].

Sure I agree - fuck the folks that call us Infidels, but at the same time why would you want to toss everyone in the Middle East in the same asshole basket.

Infidel-Shirt
Infidel-Shirt

mmmm… Should I wear my super tight Infidel or Affliction shirt to the grocery store today?

Something like 90% of the Security Contractors on my team are Iraqis, most of these guys have been working with and helping the US from as far back as 2003. Countless other Iraqis and Afghan allies  have giver their lives protecting US personnel, cargo, and bases, as Civilian Security Contractors.

That is probably why I have never seen any actual Operators wear an Infidel shirt and I have sure as hell never seen anyone wear one here in theater [you know a shirt is gay if even a FOBBIT wouldn’t wear one]. I honestly really don’t know anyone who even owns one. I guess maybe they are popular to wear at gun ranges in the States so you look like a tough guy or something.

So basically wearing an Infidel Shirt screams “I have never pulled a trigger in the Middle East.” They are not quite as douchebag as wearing 5.11’s and a tight ass Affliction shirt to Starbucks, but they still scream “I am a Wannabe Operator.”

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~James G Founder - Editor in Chief

James G is a Veteran Civilian Contractor who has worked in the Middle East and Southeast Asia for way too long. He spends his off time in Indonesia and Virginia getting drunk, shooting guns, writing poorly written articles and Buying T-Shirts that Actually Fit.

COMMENTARY: I Swear if I Hear Another Person say “I Didn’t Quit BUDS/SF Selection"

COMMENTARY: I Swear if I Hear Another Person say “I Didn’t Quit BUDS/SF Selection - I Had to Drop out Because of an Injury” I am Going to Kick a Kitten in the Head

Navy SEAL BELL
Navy SEAL BELL

I was at the PX grabbing some shit I don’t need when I ran into some buddies who work for another contractor. This particular contractor is somewhat known for “warm body recruiting”. We all sat down over a lukewarm coffee when a couple of their less than high-speed coworkers sat down.

Of what is a tradition in contracting, everyone did the usual dick-measuring contest where guys start asking each other about their backgrounds. I sat back and waited for the standard responses that usually vary from “I was in the Army” to “I rescued white women from dragons back when I was in a SCUBA K9 unit” to my response of “just contracting bro” [that always receives the most bewildering looks].

That is when one of the guys came out with one of my favorite cockamamie lines: The “I went through BUDS/SF Selection but I had to drop out because of an “injury” line. I swear I have heard that one at least 100 times over my lengthy Contracting and EP career.

By my count [and according to these guys] no one has ever quit SF Selection or Rang the Bell at BUDS because they couldn’t hack it in the entire history of Special Operations – like ever.

This BS story is usually followed by the “but they were still impressed by my performance and said I could try out again, and even let me hang out with them after, but I decided to get out instead”.

Yep – I guess that a career in the worlds most elite Special Forces Units just couldn’t compete with a year of unemployment, a job at Home Depot, then working for one of the lowest paying contractors in Iraq.

Hey – if you rang the bell at BUDS or didn’t make it through SF selection just say so, or omit that part of your military career from future conversations. Seriously, no one is impressed that you did not make it.

And when you then try to play it off like you didn’t cop-out and ring the bell with eyes full of tears while the instructors were calling you a pussy, well, that just makes you look like more of a douchebag.

And the worst part about these Bell Ringers is they constantly start sentences with: “when I was in BUDS/SF Selection” or “In SF training we…” like they actually made it through. Hey news flash - you did not earn the right to refer to SF and SEAL units like you were actually a member nor is anyone impressed that you failed.

FAIL!

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~James G Founder - Editor in Chief

James G is a Veteran Civilian Contractor who has worked in the Middle East and Southeast Asia for way too long; he has traveled to over 50 countries chasing fortune and glory. He spends his off time in Indonesia and Virginia getting drunk, shooting guns, writing poorly written articles and Calling People Out on Their BS. James G. on FACEBOOK