The “Bushbastards”


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The “Bushbastard” Tab on top is earned, the OD green Mason Dixon Longrifles” scroll is worn by the MDT OpFor and Instructors. Why a scroll? Because it dates back hundreds of years, and is a simple means to convey “Who” it is without all the fancy shapes and logos.

In a recent “Testing” class (class 3 of the “Bushbastard” series) We had five individuals earn the “Bushbastard” tab. Is this a big deal when we compare it to guys who have earned things like “Ranger” tabs, “Special Forces” tabs, etc.? No. Are they now “Supah Dupah ‘Tres’ Militia Commandos”, prepared to defeat the Orcs of Mordor on the Potomac with one 30 round mag (only loaded with 10 rounds for political correctness) and a gleam in their eye? No.

Kerodin's commando website

I just updated this here because I thought using the term “III Militia Commando” specifically had been used before, here you go.

So you ask “What are they JC?”. What they have become are individuals that were smart and realistic enough to realize that as civilians it’s a good idea to not only get some basic training, but to be tested on it.


This is the tan “Mason Dixon Longrifles” scroll given for class attendance.

Is being tested such a big deal? Yes, I believe it is, and here’s why. Most people can fudge through a training class as long as they are appearing as if they get it, and they can keep up (there is no test at the end of a typical Mosby, MVT, or MDT class). Getting a “Mason Dixon Longrifles” scroll is not the same as earning a “Bushbastard” tab. To get the Scroll you only have to attend a class and participate. You have plunked down your hard earned bucks and deserve to have something to show for it other than the skills you’ve learned.


Should he be in the prone? How would he pull security if he can’t see?

Earning the Tab shows the end result of taking training classes over a period of approximately six months or more, and then being tested on not only retention, but proficiency. One of the other benefits of the six month time frame is weather. Each class is different. The last series had Fall “cool”, Winter “extreme cold/snow”, and Spring “warm/rain (ALL WEEKEND)”. This tests gear selection as well as the student.


The “Low Crawl”

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The “Rush”

The “Bushbastard” testing involves a written 25 question test to show retention of the things learned academically (they have to study it) from the 27 page handout. There is a “Practical” test that includes questions about setting up an ambush (from class 2) in the location chosen. It forces the student to assess the surrounding and say “I’d place it there.” and then they have to place the 4 elements of the ambush, using the terrain’s visibility ( denseness of terrain, available light, weather conditions, etc.) to determine spacing of the elements.

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Rifle Qualification.

“Bushbastard” students must show they have a minimum of proficiency with their long gun by shooting a weapon’s qualification. They must also show that not only do they “Know” what the “Low Crawl”, “High Crawl”, and “Rush” are and when to use it, they have to demonstrate it physically till the instructor is satisfied they “Get it”. In reality, a minimum physical fitness requirement is needed for “active” patrol members (when I say “active” I mean if you are moving from point “A” to point “B”, the “active” guys are the combatant patrol members who will react to a contact and get the others that are being escorted to safety, whether by a delaying action, etc.). The other physical requirement in the “Bushbastard” test is a ruckmarch.

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All gear carried by the students is weighed before the ruckmarch.


For the “Ruckmarch”, students are required to carry a combined weight of 60 pounds (Load Bearing Gear and Ruck. I believe this is the minimum amount of weight that a “survival and existence” load would weigh) for three miles in one hour over varied terrain (I like hills). You might say “That’s nothin’.” OK, good for you. These are basic minimums guys. This last class I had a guy who thought he’d never be able to do it before class 3. He worked at it over the six months (first to last class), and guess what, HE DID IT! I also had a guy who has chronic knee issues that was able to complete it, and he’s 61 years old (upon earning his tab, he also became the first Non-prior .mil guy to become an MDT Assistant Instructor). No one complains about the weight because I normally do this with 120 pounds of gear, so a complaint would be rather ineffective, and would probably be followed by instructions to “Massage your inner pussy enough that you can push it back in and cowboy the fuck up!”


You don’t learn what to wear on a ruck march until you go ruck march. The temps here were in the high teens/low 20’s, and with windchill was in the single digits. I usually run hotter than most people, and know how to dress for this. Hot weather desert boots one pair of socks with polypro liners (reduce friction). BDU pants and no longjohn bottoms. Lightweight polypro (longjohn) long sleeve top and a hooded sweatshirt. I know how to dress for a ruck march because I’ve had a lot of experience actually doing it. Experience is pivotal to survival, especially in temps that can kill you. How many of you would wear heavy long johns and your gore-tex cold weather suit in those conditions? You’d be wrong, and experience or listening to “The experienced” is the way you learn that.  NO BLUE GUNS WERE HARMED IN THE MAKING OF THIS PHOTOGRAPH!

Among other things, the “Bushbastard” students are also tested on the practical application on movement techniques (and formations) if moving as a detachment sized element (generally 8 or more personnel and two teams). They might be asked, “In this terrain, if you are the trail team, how far ahead would you place the lead team if you are using the ‘Travelling Overwatch’ technique?” Sounds easy right? The textbook (7-8) answer is 50 meters plus or minus, right? Well, this isn’t a textbook, and the terrain can change constantly. To have the ability to assess the terrain and make adjustments is not only critical for a leader, but it is just as important for the individual team member to understand and do it second nature.


Would the personnel and teams spread be greater in this location than in the woods nearby?

If the team members can adjust because they know what is needed and the “why” of it, how much easier would it be for the team/detachment leader to concentrate on other priorities? This is the heart of the “Bushbastard” class. Giving the individual a base of academic and practical knowledge that they have been tested on. This gives them confidence in their ability to “step up” if needed. In combat, you can never count on the “Leader” (whether a Survivalist “Nuclear” Family group moving to safety, or a Neighborhood Protection Team) always being able to lead. Things happen, and if he is unable to lead due to injury, sickness ( but no one gets sick on a patrol, do they?), etc., someone has to fill that void immediately.

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Knowing how to function as a team is prerequisite to that team’s survival.


Can your “Significant Other” or child pick up a “bad guy” weapon and effectively use it? Do they know the basics of how to move as a patrol member? Survivalists don’t just plan on “norms” they plan for “worst case” scenario.

Being able to step in the shoes of the person above you was always a mantra for every unit I served in. It is impossible to do this unless you have a good base of training to build upon. The “Bushbastard’ series (3 classes) is designed to give you a base upon which you can build other skills (personal and team) to add to your group’s effectiveness in surviving whatever is coming. As I say in the header of my  website concerning what MDT is about, we are “Getting beyond the video and manual.”. You aren’t getting a practical education on this from youtube or a manual. If someone tries to make you think that you are, you might want to check their bona fides.


Fortunately, I don’t look like Ventura in this pic.

The last class started with 16 people  in class one, and we had 5 individuals earn their “Bushbastard” tab. The class before had 17 in class one and had 4 tab earners. We now have a light infantry squad’s worth (9) of “Bushbastard” tab earners. I’m hoping more people step up to test themselves. This is not about revenue generation for me (if it was, you’d hear about it all the time with student “AAR’s” and the “Why I’m the best instructor, and everyone else sucks” BS), it’s about helping those around me get squared away for survival.  If you don’t have the basics for defending your loved ones when Ragnarok comes, your preps are for nothing.


This message is approved by “Cold weather” Scout, official mascot of MDT.

PRAY, Plan, Prepare, PT, Perform

JCD aka “The Bushbastard”

American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE

I bet he’s glad this one isn’t specifically about him, isn’t he?


12 thoughts on “The “Bushbastards”

  1. And this is why I subscribe…. One day, I am going to get both those. And some matching headgear. Just have to find the time and $$, and both at the same time….

        • This is why I keep on about moving to areas that have likeminded people so those that have the time but don’t have the money can coordinate with those that have the money but don’t have the time at the moment and then at least one of the two or ten can get the training and maybe go as far as getting an instructor certificate to come back and train others…

          • BTW Lineman, what ever happened with the stuff Scambo said you were going to give them for the Short Bus (Tactical Oxygen Center)? Did you actually give him that as he was intimating?

          • Well the Short bus never made it to the stage of putting equipment in it so it was never asked for and I never gave it…Just another idea with no follow through… Is anyone keeping a tally of how many failed ventures K has been responsible for…I think he’s closing in on Abe Lincoln in that respect… Here’s a few I can think of….III Congress, III Citadel, III Arms, III Short Bus, III Mail, Mailing Letters to fund raise(Glad I didn’t loan him 20k for that idea), III Society ( Shouldn’t of gave him a grand for that idea which since it was cash might not have even made it into the III Society)…Sad that he took something that could of been used for good and ruined it with ego and greed… I still pity him since he reminds me of the creature Gollum in LOTR…

  2. In regards to the gentleman with knee issues and heck anyone with just a general active lifestyle try a inversion table.I carry a lot of lumber at times,still occasionally hump shingles up ladders(try and avoid that!) and generally doing a lot of physical work.A quick hit in the monring and one at night on inversion table and no real soreness/back issues ect.,was a joy to discover this inexpensive and folded not space taking personal doc/chiropractor/therapist ect.

    A friend has knee issues to the point that they made ugly noises going upstairs that even his wife noticed,a hit on inversion table and seems much better and his knees are silent now.He feels he may need replacement someday but swears by table and feels can safely at least put off a long time any med intervention.He is just one of many have loaned me table to who then go out and get one,a good quality used one about a 100,money well spent.

    I am still trying to rig a way to do it naturally while hiking about,found dropped trees at least make a nice back stretcher but have yet to get a natural inversion style down.That said do provide entertainment with folks if hiking with others as I try to hang from tree limbs ect.

  3. It reminds me of the EIB badge. There were more tasks to getting an EIB, but not a whole lot more.

    Unfortunately, so many people cheated to get it that it became meaningless after a while. I was a young PV2 when I went through it, and was the only candidate in the battalion at Ft. Carson to qualify Expert on the rifle range, which was one of requirements. I know I was the only one who qualified Expert because it was my company running the whole EIB selection. My CO was justly proud of my accomplishment.

    When it came to the tasks portion, I should have been the only one going through them, right? Wrong. Most of the people going through the tasks portion were from Headquarters Company. Someone fudged all the rifle range scores and would you believe that almost everyone in HHC got an EIB? I saw almost the same thing happen again in Germany – twice. Those headquarters pukes got all the medals, whether they deserved them or not. I reckon that’s been the way of the Army since day one.

    I think I’d have more pride in the Bushbastard tab, knowing that the folks who wear it actually earned it, unlike the cheapened Expert Infantryman Badge.

    • The last time my Battalion went through EIB we had five men earn it. That was due to a high standard that was maintained by all the Officers and NCO’s who were graders due to having a CIB or EIB. Although I get the comparison, it’s more apropos to compare it to basic training than EIB, since it is generally the first time these guys are learning this stuff, and EIB is a “showing of proficiency” test. All people taking the “Bushbastard” test are graded by me, and I keep all the written and practical test sheets, and weapon qual targets together in a file with each person”s name attached. I can “show the work” of anyone who gets a “Bushbastard” tab.

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