Max Velocity penned a superb critque of a Discover Channel program, “Watchmen, Militia Rising.” I’d encourage its reading along with the comments. Here’s the video under scrutiny:
The cornerstone of all training and individual and group effectiveness that’s missing, based on the people appearing in the program, is a general lack of health and fitness.
Health? Sure. Excess weight is a symptom of existing health problems, most likely Diabetes II. The same goes for excessive tobacco, alcohol, or other drug use, prescription or non-prescription. The best thing you can do for your health is start doing ‘push aways’ (push away from the table) and start to exercise discipline in what and how much you eat. Stop with the High Fructose Corn Syrup based foods and get some good nutrition. You’ll find you won’t eat as much after awhile. Balance your diet with 1/3 protein, 1/3 carbs (good carbs, like green things), and 1/3 natural fats (don’t fall prey to the ‘low fat/no fat’ garbage that turns to processed sugar in your system and then turns to fat stored on your body).
Fitness? As has been hammered on here and many other reputable web sites (JC, Max, WRSA, Sierra 12, etc) without the physical capabilities to carry the weight of weapons and equipment for long periods of time while maintaining alterness and the capability to respend effectively when an emergency presents itself, the individual or group isn’t going to do much save for give their opponent some field fire practice. Yes, it takes work. Yes, you’ll be sore. Yes, it’s a long-term life style change. There are superb programs available; we prefer mostly body weight exercises, but that’s a personal choice issue. Find one that suits you. Then, start doing it.
Closer to home, relate what you saw in the program and read at Max’s to your NPT preparing and training against the day when, ‘A Failure of Civility’ becomes the new reality. How long do you think your team will keep your families safe and OPFOR at bay? Do an honest self-evaluation. Is your NPT training comprised mainly of social time or posing in the latest, greatest camouflage pattern? If so, you might want to reevaluate your objectives and priorities. Do you have any real expertise or skill sets within your NPT? If not, seek help in trianing. There is nothing wrong whatsoever in saying, “I don’t know what I don’t know, and I’m going to get somebody who does know what to do to help me!”
If you need help in training, don’t think you can get eveyrthing you need from the internet! The internet and various books/manuals avaiable are great….for what they are: academic references to familiarize you with the subject material or provide useable lists of necessary tools and equipment. You need some practical experience. It’s not going to be free. Remember, in almost all cases in life, we get what we pay for. Expertise doesn’t come easy or cheap. It’s typically gained over years and years either in military service or thousands and thousands of dollars spent going to reputable schools (what makes people think these commodities (and certain skills and expertise are, in fact, a comodity) are public domain is beyond me).
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