Pre-Training Attendance Study, Discussion, Correspondence and Consideration for any course and for any level of training is the lubrication in the learning engine. Especially in physically demanding courses and most especially in courses where live fire occurs.
Our friend, the Spec Ops Medic, explains it here.
“You need to have a firm understanding of basic military tactics such as patrol formation and movement, react to contact and disengagement drills, radio communications and command and control elements.”
Besides the safety aspect, consider that the class can only advance as quickly as the slowest, or least skilled person. This doesn’t mean that if someone’s having difficulty the instructor jettisons them, it just means the group learning experience may be slowed down. So, if you’re getting ready to sign up for a patrolling class at Mosby’s or Max’s or here, send a note, ask a question or two on required reading or suggested preps a reasonable time before you go. Mosby even has a required reading list you need to do before you take his patrolling class and has written a superb training manual called, “The Reluctant Partisan – Volume1” . Max Velocity has both a blog and a forum (along with 3 books on the subject) to get information from him. We’ve got our blog and email. If you’re doing a TC3 class with the Spec-Ops Medic, help him help you get more out of your training because you’ve got the basic building blocks of tactics taken care of.
And while I’m at it, all the harping you read from Mosby, Max, WRSA, and others who’ve attended said classes, as well as us here at DTG isn’t for any other reason than we know how you perform at training (let alone a SHTF situation) is directly related to what kind of physical condition you keep yourself in.
Here’s an example: Our 15-18 May class will include some walking with full rucks. In early March, we provided every participant suggestions to build their strength by building up to carrying their packs for several miles as well as a list of subjects we’ll cover and pre-req reading/review. Anyone who didn’t do any ruck walks prior will be very evident on day 2, when their ankles are very sore and they have difficulty moving. The ones who chose not to do the pre-req study will also be evident. The training will still work; it just won’t be as dynamic as it might have been if all had followed the suggestions.
All things being equal, if you’re in reasonable shape for what you are signing up for, and have done the pre-requisite reading, conversing, and study, you’ll find that you come out of the training feeling much more confident in your personal capabilities than you would if you just show up.
You’ll find that if you meet your training cadre half way, I can say without a doubt that they’ll bend over backwards to give you everything they can.