How We Train

DTG trains to operate from the bottom up rather than the top down. This means that once each participant reaches a certain level of expertise in basic skill sets and can or has demonstrated such, he should have a say in how the team develops its “play book” for various scenarios.

We believe the fundamental building block of any team at its most basic level is the “buddy team” (BT) of two people. The BT helps to cement the lessons learned in basic skill set training through responsibility and accountability reciprocally between the partners. All things being equal, the relationship developed through the growth of personal and team loyalty will minimize the need for an autocratic leader within it.

To survive and thrive, small groups cannot train in the same manner that standard organizations (which have long supply chains and top heavy infrastructure and a seemingly neverending stream of replacements) do. In fact, the training philosophy must be diametrically opposed from standard military-type supply chain and rank structure dependent organizations in order to be effective.

DTG believes the man on the ground sees the situation much better than an overall ‘commander’, or mid-level command in most tactical or SHTF scenarios. Since ‘command’ cannot see what the man on the ground sees, the best way to ensure success is to support him by to teaching and encouraging initiative and developing trust to help ensure the ‘commander’s intent’ is realized. All ‘t’s’ are crossed or ‘I’s’ might not be crossed or dotted, but the intent of the mission will have been met or exceeded. In essence, DTG believes in teaching trainees how to think instead of what to think. This approach also lends itself to decreased reaction time in OODA loop employment.

DTG doctrine also allows for ‘Basics’ instruction. Depending on task maturity levels possessed, all participants are evaluated to see what they can do and how well they can do it. Once the new person or team demonstrates their mastery of ‘the basics’, his or their thought processes are addressed by encouraging participation in ‘play’ development, evaluation, and modification.

Attrition based ideas such as “no retreat” are shelved and replaced with “situational flexibility”, or “drawing an opponent into a trap”, for example. Adaptability to the situation, terrain, mission changes, OPFOR activities, etc are all brought to the fore, and each member of the Buddy Team, Fire Team, and Squad are encouraged to begin to think in terms of initiative, cunning, and deception of the opposition. Self-discipline is key, and leads to voluntary subordination to the ‘commander’s intent’ by all members of the team, whether it’s a buddy team or a full squad-sized group.

The final objective of ‘bottom up’ structuring and training is to develop a self-sufficient team, from a single buddy team to a squad-sized group.

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