13 Oct, 2014
When you decide you’re going to begin preparing for “TEOTWAWKISTAN” what is the first thing you do? If you’re like most people that I know, you will either seek out a knowledgeable friend/acquaintance, or buy a book on the subject. I’ve read (and own) a lot of manuals over the years, and without a doubt, most manuals have one huge failing. That failure isn’t due to incompetence on the part of DOD, it’s due to the audience it is provided for, and directed towards. Military manuals are generally written for military personnel, not civilians. The implied task here, is that the users has a minimum of “Boot Camp”, and maybe even some other specialty schools, before they will be using the information that they glean from that manual.
One of the hardest tasks for me as a new instructor in the civilian sector four years ago, was translating “milspeak and technique” into a product the average civilian with no .mil background, could not only grasp, but absorb into a cognitive, dynamic reality. This is as opposed to the “learn by rote” technique, without any true understanding of the raison d’etre. I want my students to grasp the reasons behind techniques, not just be “do as I do” robots, without understanding the “why” behind the trained, implied task. Fortunately, there is a book that does a very good job in the translation of those tasks, It is called “A Failure Of Civility”.
I’ve talked at length with Tom, at Defensive Training Group, and Quietman3, and we all agree, that it is probably the best “stand alone” resource/manual out there. Not only is this a great resource for those who take instruction from Tom or I, but also for those who don’t have the funds to come train, but still want to prepare. Am I saying this is the “be all, end all” of manuals? No. but if someone asks me “I can only get one manual, what should it be?” this is the book I recommend.
Garand and Lawson do an excellent job of giving a scenario, then explaining the implied tasks necessary for protecting your area under that tasks conditions, with easily understood standards. Do I believe there are other good manuals out there? Sure are. One of the best is my friend Max Velocity’s “Contact”, but Max’s book is not as all encompassing of different scenarios as AFOC, and I don’t believe he ever meant it to be. Speaking of scenarios and scenario based training (what I usually use). One of the recommendations I make to my SUT courses students is to read Max’s book “Patriot Dawn”. This book will give you a very true to life story of how things can go sideways in a hurry, and make you start thinking of ways to mitigate those specific threats.
Time is short, get your family and friends to training and prepped. GET TRAINED! Whether it’s through DTG, Max Velocity, Sierra12, Mosby, or MDT, or a friend who was an NCO or officer (read that as “subject matter expert”) in a Combat Arms MOS in the military, I DON’T CARE!, Just get it, the ride is about to get very bumpy!
American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE