A Survivalist’s Perspective And Use Of Common Task Testing As It Is Applied To the Infantry, And It’s Support.

Common Tasks Testing, The Army’s “Everybody” Requirement

From the desk of JC Dodge

While Speaking with Concerned American from WRSA the other night, he asked me about the validity of putting out a checklist of skills that originate in the “Common Tasks/Skill Level 1” (now called “Warrior Skills Level 1”) manual that the US Army uses. After thinking about it, I decided to go through the PDF Table of Contents, and highlight what I thought were important skills for the Survivalist/ NPT Member to concentrate on. For the last two years, I have concentrated most of my class time on the Rural Buddy Team Essentials Course (RBTEC), because the Buddy Team is not only the core building block of any martial group (Techniques of movement, etc. are usually the same, just on a larger scale with the bigger groups), but is also what I believe is the most realistic, when it comes to how many people you will have to work with (apparently, some other trainers are now seeing the reality of that, and are jumping on that bandwagon).

So here goes. The skills I believe you should concentrate on are highlighted in yellow, and I will make notes below or in the screenshot where I feel it is appropriate (they will be in black after the task listing, or in red if it needs explanation). Keep in mind, that if you know someone that served in the US Army, they had to test on this every year in their respective units. This isn’t just an “Infantry?Combat Arms” thing.















Here’s the link again if you missed it above  http://www.milsci.ucsb.edu/sites/secure.lsit.ucsb.edu.mili.d7/files/sitefiles/resources/STP%2021-1-SMCT,%20Warrior%20Skills,%20Level%201.pdf

Most of these are the basic tasks a member of the US Army has to perform to pass Common Tasks Testing every year. Infantry personnel have to perform the CTT, then do their eval on their own MOS skillsets, which are related to your position/level in the Unit ( Level 1- Enlisted E1-E4, Level 2 E5/Team Leader, Level 3/E6 Squad Leader, Level 4 E7/Platoon Sgt) . If you can’t show proficiency in the common tasks of First Aid, Commo,  Land Nav, Movement as a Buddy Team and in a patrol, and proficient accurate use of your primary weapon, when even a Dental Hygienist in the Army has to do it every year, how do you plan on functioning in an “Infantry” type role?

Find a friend that has an Army or Marine Corps background (I’m using the US Army, because that is what I know and understand what their requirements are, and I know the Marine Corps consider everyone a “Rifleman first”), and ask them to help you become proficient. I don’t know what basic Air Force and Navy teaches everybody, and that’s why I haven’t recommended them. They would be on a case by case basis, and their job in their respective service would be the indicator of the knowledge you seek (example: Security Forces, Para Rescue, Combat Control, or SERE in the Air Force, and Pilot, SEAL, SWCC, or SERE in the Navy comes to mind).

Either continue making excuses for doing little or nothing of substance in your preparations (“Mom, the bad man called me a child!”), or get it done! You have no one to blame but yourself if you’re not even a speed bump in the thugs movement to power. For God’s sake, at least be a Damned speed bump, you owe your family that much. Train and Prepare yourself Spiritually, Mentally and Physically, and get your logistics in order.


Common Infantry Tasks Testing-The Basic Requirements Applied To Survivalists

This is a follow up on a line I used in a recent post which was, “Are there Infantry skills that you should master? Hell Yes!” In the past, I posted about the Army’s Common Task Testing these are the standards every soldier has to perform and show proficiency in every year. This is an Infantry only version of that same “Tasks, Conditions, and Standards” type testing. This is Level 1. Level 1 is for the Private (PV2), PFC, and Specialist in the enlisted ranks. This is the lowest and most basic level of requirements the Infantry expects from it’s Soldiers. As with the CTT post, I have selected what I believe are the realistic tasks that a Survivalist who mean to go into harms way should have a basic understanding of, if not proficiency in. To use the recommendations here, go to the link posted below and look up the block you desire to learn the tasks, conditions and standards for. Below the first block, there is an example of the tasks, conditions, and standards for “Operate Telephone Set, TA-1/PT”.

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Common Infantry Tasks Testing-The Level 2/3/4 Requirements Applied To Survivalists


In February, we talked about Common Tasks that everyone in the Army has to show competence in. Last week we discussed the basic Infantry testing done in an Infantry unit which shows they have competence in the tasks they are required to know. Today we’re gonna discuss some of the tactically applicable Survivalist skills you need to be at least familiar with, if not show some competence in if you are in any level of leadership in your group. In the Army Infantry, level 2 is a Sergeant/(4 man) Fire Team Leader, level 3 is a Staff Sergeant/(9 man) Squad Leader, and level 4 is a Sergeant First Class/(40 man) Platoon Sergeant.

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Infantry common tasks level 2-5

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Go through the manual and review the tasks, conditions, and standards for each task. Hopefully, this is helpful in trying to figure out what martial skills might be applicable in a Survivalist scenario.


American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE

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