So funds and schedules are tight, so tight, in fact, that you can’t break out the time to get your NPT together for some training, let alone attend a school on NPT Tactics, Land Navigation, Security Patrolling, etc.
You can do one thing productive every day, though, if you choose.
You can do PT. Yeah, it’s a pain in the ass, but it’s worth it. Weights, body weight exercises, ruck walks of varying lengths and pack weights, road work on the street, elliptical, or tread mill, or whatever. Something. 6 days a week. Light, heavy, middle of the continuum; whatever fits. Where it pays off is when, without warning, SHTF and you can perform whatever task is necessary without running out of steam.
You can study many of the references we’ve mentioned here, including, “A Failure of Civility,” by Garand and Lawson; “Small Unit Leadership,” by Dandridge M. Malone (who, in our opinion, has some of the best examples of effective leadership behavior matching to what is happening in your team since Hersey & Blanchard’s, “Situational Leadership Theory”); “The Battle for Hunger Hill,” by Daniel P. Bolger or “Training for War,” By Tom Kratman. There’s literally scores of other good references out there; find those that you are weak in or need a refresher on and read one chapter a day. It works.
You can get yourself a NPT AO map and do some study and planning. 30 minutes of focused study goes a long way each time you do it. If you’re really into it, build a sand table!
You can study for and achieve a HAM license. Comm is everything when cell towers and the internet is down.
You can do dry fire. 5 to 10 minutes a day.
You can do an awful lot. Much, much more than is mentioned here.
Doing one thing each day, or almost every day, adds up pretty quickly. Then, as each week, and then month goes by, you’ve gotten yourself, your family, and your NPT much more close to the objective of security in bad times than you might have thought possible.
Stay positive; stay focused; stay productive.