I recently was made aware of an experienced (no mil background but apparently he’s just always looking for the next “One” to follow) “Rookie” that had all manner of “good” (not) things to say about the “Neighborhood Protection Team” concept. He was poo pooing the notion that an NPT could be formed during or right after a SHTF event, and actually do some good. From what I understand, this guy is very “well off” and has the ability to house all of his friends at his “retreat” during a SHTF event, and that is where they will run their “Ops” from. Great! Awesome! Good for you! Now let’s talk about the typical reality most normal people face.
The reality is that most people are lucky just to have a “Battle Buddy”. Reality is that if they are part of a group, most of the group fall under the “Non Combatant” or “Less Combatant” group member heading. These “Non Combatants/Less Combatant” members can generally assist with defense/security/observation of a fixed point, but will not be going out on the presence patrols conducted around the retreat or neighborhood. How do I know these facts? It’s simple, the people that come take my classes tell me what their reality is in their neighborhoods and areas.
Although I have had 4 man groups take some of my classes like RTTC (Rural Team Tactics Course) and “The Bushbastard Course”. The majority (about 85%) usually take the RBTEC (Rural Buddy Team Essentials Course) because they have only one other person to rely on and/or attend with, and/or the others in their group just can’t afford or get time off to attend (I don’t want to hear the BS from people about “What’s your life worth”, some people just can’t afford it). I guess this guy’s “fact or fantasy” filter is inoperable, because very few people have the opportunity to set up a “Todd Gray” “Patriots, Survive The Coming Collapse” capability.
This guy wasn’t just randomly using the term “Neighborhood Protection Team”. I believe he has a hard on for someone that uses it in their training. I’m not sure if it’s me (Doubt it, I don’t know him, and don’t care to) he’s trying to make look stupid/incompetent, or one of the handful of other trainers out there that use the NPT term to describe the organizational template and methods we advocate. He obviously doesn’t “Get it” when it comes to realistically assessing problems and coming up with common sense solutions for the average person.
Some of what he posted makes sense (a broken watch is right twice a day, right?), but the fact that he is posting something that basically tells people “You have no chance if you don’t have a group you train with RIGHT NOW!” or “If you don’t go to __________’s tactical course, you obviously don’t care about your loved ones.” is an exercise in defeatist thinking usually said by the typical rookie “Know it all” with delusions of his own competence and experience. The mindset of the “If you’re not doing what I’m doing, YOU’RE DEAD!” imbecile, shows his experience and mindset only lies with the “I’ve been to some tactical courses so I ‘Know’.” crowd. When training civilians in small unit tactics and defensive measures, I advocate planning on the “possible” outcomes, not the “probable” outcomes. The outcome of the Revolutionary War was a “possibility”, not a “probability”. Hell, the outcome of this election was a “possibility” not a “probability”….correct?
Why am I bringing this up? Am I trying to make him look bad? Not really. If I was I’d have said who he was, and I’m not going to do that. The point of this post is to show the ridiculous mindset of certain types who think they’ve arrived (Cuz I gots da trainin’), and believe they can now talk shit about what some instructors have put out. Unfortunately for the “Rookie Know It All”. he still has only a thimble full of the training and experience compared to that of the average PFC Rifleman in an Infantry Company when he’s half way through his enlistment (By the way, why didn’t you go in the military if you have such a hard on for infantry stuff now?). This guy’s problem is probably that his ego has gotten the best of him (Cuz he’s gots da trainin’) and he isn’t concerned about the facts concerning his actual ability in relation to an Infantry Soldier (that he wishes he was).
As I’ve said many times, “You are not a commando, but you don’t have to be.”. Are you screwed if you don’t have an NPT right now? No. You might be behind the curve somewhat, but you are not screwed (you do need to get squared away though) unless you give in to the defeatists out there. Having a small cadre of people in your neighborhood (a friend you’ve trained with, two or three vets, etc.) is all you need to set up the beginnings of an area defense. The whole point of the book “A Failure Of Civility” is to show the validity of the NPT concept (I hear a new printing is in the works). Garand and Lawson (who have real world experience, not this guy’s “I went to some classes.” BS) make a good case for the NPT concept, and give well thought out details on how to accomplish it.
Those who think they’re gonna form up their “trained” squads and go out to conduct their idea of “Operations” (that fantasy probably involves them ambushing a Gang version of an infantry squad), are stuck in their “Modern Warfare 3” fantasy and are in for a rude reality check . If your people are separated by more than 10-15 miles (that’s being generous and counting on a vehicle), they might as well be on the moon when you need an immediate response. “Defend in Place” operations might not be the sexy “Deliberate, Point, L-Shaped Ambush” Op you think you want to perform, but they are realistic and based on what has happened to others in SHTF situations.
Hopefully, this guy isn’t running the show in his group (probably is since it his “Bat, ball, and part of the field” they are “playing” on), because he strikes me as the type that doesn’t like to be disagreed with and apparently, his opinion is the only one that matters in his mind. When he’s controlling “His” retreat (as opposed to a neighborhood where all of you live and have a say), you know you’ll have to tow his line or else…..right? Don’t let jackasses like the guy we’re talking about get you down. As long as you have a plan, you are preparing, you are doing PT, and you are training in some way, you are ahead of 99.5% of others out there. This guy probably has fantasies of being a warlord when it hits the fan, and he’ll be running from firefight to firefight in his mind. Yeah……about that…. Next time you decide to criticize (especially regarding a specific term that obviously is implying the incompetence of someone with whom you are not a peer) , do it about something you have standing in. Several tactical classes does not make you a competent critic, just a vocal amateur.
American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE