An Interesting Perspective On Reasons To Join The National Guard.

Here is a post I actually found by accident. The guy who runs this blog put links to both of my “Infantry Common Tasks” posts and I always check out a site or an article my links were included in before I approve it in comments. Something to pay attention to in this post relates to some things that I and some others have mentioned, regarding you and people in your group joining the National Guard. In the US, reservists are not combat arms, they are support units, and are a Federal organization designed to augment Federal military support units as an auxiliary (no commandos or Infantry in the Federal Reserves no matter what some jackass might tell you).

The National Guard, while being a State entity, can be used by the state (natural disaster response, riot control, etc.) or federalized as has been shown many times, but it is organized and funded by the State (with some Federal assistance). The National Guard has every Combat Arms MOS within it, and within those units are multiple support MOS’s at the Company level that are needed to complete the unit (medic, supply, NBC, Commo, Armorer, cooks, etc.). For example: Special Forces (18 series), Airborne, LRS, Infantry (11 series), Cav/Armor (14 and 19 series), Artillery (13 series), and Engineer (21 series) are all in the NG. This doesn’t even point out all the support MOS’s needed to round out the overall unit at the Battalion level or higher.

Do I have a problem with a guy who wants to get training from the Tactical Trainers out there? Of course not. That would be like cutting off my nose to spite my face. My issue is those who want to “play soldier” and think that “If I get enough training on the weekends, I will be a Light Infantryman.” (this is exacerbated by some trainers out there who forward this idea, simply to make money off of those types of people).

You wanna go out and do “militia” training one weekend a month? Why not get paid to do it after an initial 4 month training block (for the Infantry MOS, others are different in time required) that your employer cannot fire you for doing? That’s right, according to ESGR regs an employer cannot fire you for any time off needed to do any training or deployments while a member of any Reserve/NG component unit, and if they penalize the employee, they get hammered by the Feds. I have heard a few guys say, “But if I’m gone that long, my girlfriend/Wife won’t be around when I get back.”, and to that I say, if that’s true, you need a different Wife/girlfriend anyway.

You wanna get your group squared away? Do as SFC Barry has mentioned before and have them join the same NG unit and get Infantry (or whatever combat arms MOS is in that state), supply, commo, NBC and medical training, then be able to train together once a month while getting paid to do it. Hell, you wanna “Play Commando”, the 19th and 20th NG Special Forces have units all over the country in 15 different states.

Think about this. You get your group in the same Combat Arms unit and train once a month on those tasks with the unit, then you guys train once a month on your own Survivalist skillsets you want to become proficient in. How squared away would that group be? By the way, can you think of a better place to recruit group members (after a watch and listen period) than in a Combat Arms NG unit? Also, you would have the opportunity to go to whatever Army schools are available to the Combat Arms MOS that you fall under such as Mountain Warfare, Air Assault, Airborne, Pathfinder, Army Combatives (multi-tier hand to hand courses) and the NCO academies, just to name a few. These are schools you can’t even get in the civilian world, let alone what they would cost you if you could, and you’d have to do it on YOUR time off from work.

Here’s one of the problems I see groups like militias having with going down this path. Those guys would actually have to start at the bottom and earn their way up, and they’d have to listen instead of talk. No “Insta-Kernals”. No, “Well it says here in the Ranger Handbook….” from those who have never used it in a real training context. No more, “Well the Youtube video shows…..” and the video is from an equally unskilled or less than knowledgeable “militia ranger”.

Joining a NG Combat Arms unit would be real world immersion training that can be dangerous, and you would have to actually commit to a period of time that you would be on the line (weren’t some militias actually at some protest/riots, and now they’re askin’ for money to support them going to more? They’d have gotten paid to be there if deployed with the NG, but the kicker is they wouldn’t have been callin’ the shots), and you might actually be called to do your Combat Arms job for real, and most aren’t willing to do that unless it’s convenient, and combat never is.

You guys want to be a Constitutional Militia, but then say, “I don’t like the current Governor (or President), so I wouldn’t follow their commands.”. Then you try to impress everyone by sayin’ “We were workin’ with law enforcement.” (wonder where their orders came from?), or “We tried to work with law enforcement, but they turned us down.”.  You’d better re-read what the militia acts originally espoused, because if you say you’re “Constitutional Militia”, then by God, be “CONSTITUTIONAL MILITIA”! This is one of the reasons I recommend you DON’T call yourself “militia”, Constitutional or otherwise. For example, if you are following the rules as a “Constitutional Militia” in PA, you don’t have the option of tellin’  that socialist Governor Tom Wolf to shove it up his ass, do you?

This post isn’t a “You need to join the NG or you are nothing but a POS.” post. It is about presenting some options that came to mind because of the post I reposted here. Do you need to join the NG to be a well rounded Survivalist? No. Are you a hypocrite if you are a member of your local militia that claims Constitutional authority, but are not/never were willing to join the NG if physically able? Yes.

For most of the militia members that I have seen that have no former mil service, or are not prior Combat Arms service members, they want to do the cool “Combat Arms” stuff (look at me, I’m an “operator” even though I never was when I was in the mil), without the “baggage” of the commitment or the threat of actually having to do it real world. Most don’t start at the bottom (does a militia unit actually even have “Privates”?), and they usually get to have an immediate say in what’s going on (they don’t have to listen without being heard like an enlisted soldier would), which is a scary prospect in and of itself.

By the way, pay close attention in this article to the info about the British Soldiers that got hemmed up over their extra curricular activities.

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Greetings men-

The following article is by Europeancivilwar.com contributor Michael Gladius, and is on a topic that is very germane to the site’s focus.

Many of those of our mindset struggle with figuring out the best course to set in life, knowing the lands we most care about are facing anarchy and violence in the near future, and knowing those governments (in Western Europe at least) are deathly opposed to anyone questioning their radical policies and ideology, which are leading to that impending anarchy.

Mr. Gladius’s article- as well as the relevant story I link to below it- is a thought provoking treatise on one such possible path.

Why Preservationists Should Join The Military Reserves

by Michael Gladius

Not everybody can be an activist, especially on the right. The left-wing activists have more sponsors and wealthier sponsors than the right has, and they have been doing this for far longerRight-wingers need to ask permission from the state to do anything, whereas left-wingers can act with impunity, protected by the police power of the government. Right-wingers need months to plan a rally, whereas leftist thrall-masters can summon a riot within hours. When it comes to virtually all conventional methods of power, the left holds a near-monopoly.

So what can the right do? There are already several successful activist groups, particularly Generation Identitaire and its various iterations, but for various reasons many patriots cannot get involved with these activist groups on a regular basis.

The answer lies in the army reserves. If European patriots joined the reserves en masse, the balance of power would shift dramatically in our favor.

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What are the reserves?

War is expensive, and standing armies are a massive drain on a nation’s resources. For peaceful nations, small nations, or poor nations these costs are prohibitive. Even bigger and wealthier countries would prefer to spend as little as possible on their militaries, unless they are at war. The reserves are a way to balance out the need for a large body of trained soldiers with the desire for a small, inexpensive army. When a man joins the reserves, he goes through basic training, same as a full-time soldier. When he finishes training, he returns to civilian life and is required to drill once a month. In time of war, he may be re-activated, and called up for duty. When this happens, he normally undergoes a period of a few months to refresh his skills before being deployed.

Switzerland is famous for mandating military training for its entire population (which I personally think should be copied across the West). Being a small, peaceful country, it has maintained a policy of iron neutrality for 500 years through this system. Other examples throughout history include the Spartans, Romans, Germans, Israelis, and Boers. The Israelis in 1948 and the Boers in 1899 are the most suitable for our scenario today. This will be the subject of a future article.

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Advantages of joining the reserves

In a military, there are combat units, auxiliary units, and a chain of command to ensure these are coordinated and organized. Basic training varies from country to country, but is generally no shorter than 3 months. Compare this to gun clubs and tactical schools in the United States and Europe, which normally only offer classes on weekends (many of them will, however, offer courses for law enforcement personnel on weekdays… hint hint). These basic skills are highly perishable, and require time and qualified teachers in order to be effectively ingrained.

Link one: https://masondixontactical.wordpress.com/2017/08/19/common-infantry-tasks-testing-the-level-234-requirements-applied-to-survivalists/

Link two: https://masondixontactical.wordpress.com/2017/08/13/common-infantry-tasks-testing-the-basic-requirements-applied-to-survivalists/

The first advantage of joining the reserves is that patriots do not have to quit their jobs to join. Once training is complete, reservists will return home, and pick up where they left off. It would be impractical for every European patriot to join the army full-time, but this is not the case with the reserves.

The second advantage of joining the reserves is legitimacy. It may seem odd to join the armies of the nation-states conspiring to replace us and our way of life, but the left has no qualms about milking the state for money and wielding its conventional power. Neither should we. If the right breaks away from the nation state, then we are only another gang in a lawless landscape. If the nation-state collapses, the gangs will survive, but so long as the state remains, the left will ensure that it hunts us down first. By joining the reserves, we will show our loyalty to our nations (if not the politicians running them), and be able to claim legitimate use of force against lawless Islamo-leftists. If we are reservists, then the state cannot declare war on itself without consuming itself and rendering itself irrelevant.

The third advantage of joining the reserves is the need for effective leadership. The right currently lacks a unified command structure, outside of activist groups. Contrary to common perception, the many activist groups on the left are not centrally controlled. Each is capable of independent action, while simultaneously having an efficient and effective communication network that allows collaboration and co-conspiracy. If one leftist group throws a protest, the others join in, even if their goals are only tangentially related.military 5

By joining the reserves, the right can organically develop command structures on a regional basis (i.e., among fellow reservists and police/fire volunteers in our hometowns). Having a decentralized, localized command structure like this will enhance our own legitimacy, while also allowing the scattered groups to come together for larger actions. These small, scattered groups will need to maintain connections to right-wing activist groups, in order to both inform and be informed of changes as they occur.

The fourth advantage of joining the reserves is that the state pays for it, not us. The left is bankrolled and sponsored by banks, the merchant class, large financial institutions, and taxpayer dollars. The right is not. By joining the reserves, we will be able to train and prepare at the state’s expense, and save our private funds for other projects. Plus, reservists’ pay/stipend can supplement the patriot’s income handsomely.

The last advantage of joining the reserves is that it can serve as a tool for cultural revival. From the beginning of time, men have always been the warriors. Womanhood happens automatically, manhood does not. Young men are usually more enthusiastic about fighting than the elders, and need rites of passage into manhood. The modern state of affairs does not offer anything to satisfy this need. We on the right must fill it in, day by day.

At a local level, reservists can offer fraternity to Europe’s young men. Even those who do not join the reserves due to age or infirmity can still help by hosting and mentoring these youth. Ideally, patriots would take turns hosting get-together’s for fellow reservists and their families, and nurture/emphasize the importance of patriarchy, family, tribe, and local culture (I would also highly recommend basing volunteer groups around Churches, as the Deacons for Defense were in the 1960s). This process will take time, and can’t be accelerated. Frequent gatherings are better than large gatherings, as is the case with all forms of training.

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Conclusion

When the war finally starts, those who are trained and have the keys to the armory will need to know each other, be organized, have an established chain of command, if we are to offer effective resistance against the legions of Islam. Like Germanic Hunns, or Boer Commandos, we will be dangerous, tribal brotherhoods. Activism may be the dress rehearsal for the fight to come, and help win the war on a mental and moral level, but joining the reserves will go a long ways in preparing the West’s patriots on the physical/organizational level for the more life and death tests that are to come.

Editor’s Note:

I think Michael perfectly lays out the positive reasons one would consider joining the military reserves as a nationalist in the West. Additionally interesting is the question of how such positives differ depending on the country in question.

For instance, joining the reserves or active armed forces in Hungary or Poland is a no-brainer- you would be fighting for Preservationist governments opposed to Western-suicide and fighting alongside like-minded brothers in arms.

In a country like the US or Denmark or Finland, you could probably think of yourself as attempting to play a ‘deciding vote’ type of role, where the nation in question is about 50% on the edge, and could fall apart like Sweden or France or could regain its footing.

Then, of course, there is the possibility of joining the reserves or armed forces in a place like the UK, or Belgium, or Sweden. This is another matter, as you would essentially be an undercover member of an anti-government resistance.

I think the potential power one could have in such a role is great, and as proof of that, we have only to look at the recent actions of the UK government….

I will finish with that story below (big thanks to Philip for linking to it).

It is from The Sun– and is a classically hyperbolic article dishonestly calling National Action “Neo-Nazi’s”- which is progressive code for “anyone who disagrees with us”.

Two British Soldiers are among three men charged with terrorism offences over their alleged membership of banned neo-Nazi hate mob National Action.

Alexander Deakin, 22, Mikko Vehvilainen, 32, and Mark Barrett, 24, are accused of being part of the prescribed organisation

Deakin, of Great Barr, Birmingham, is further charged with possessing documents useful for committing a terror attack.

He also allegedly incited racial hatred by posting National Action stickers over Aston University campus in Birmingham on July 9 last year.

Vehvilainen, of Sennybridge Camp in Brecon, Wales, is charged with having information useful in preparing a terror attack and possessing pepper spray.

He also allegedly posted comments on a website “intending thereby to stir up racial hatred”.
The three men will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Again, that is the disgusting bugmen at The Sun describe what happened.

And here is how Philip described it (or in other words, the translation from Suicidalist-speak):

Since your article matters have become even worse, yesterday three soldiers were charged with ‘terrorist’ offences. What were they?
1) Being members of proscribed organisation National Action. This organisation has never committed one act of violence and if it existed in the USA would not even come on the radar. It was primarily made up of anti-left students.
2) Posting insulting comments comments on a website which are I quote ‘threatening abusive and insulting intending to stir up racial hatred.’ I may have to stop posting here.
3) One of them had a can of pepper spray. Don’t laugh
4) Posting leaflets in a university. Really! Possessing documents that could be used for terrorism. What?

All this is freakish Orwellian speak. Welcome to modern day Britain.

As Michael wrote up above: “the state cannot declare war on itself without consuming itself and rendering itself irrelevant.” I think that a lot of regular native Brits will be viewing it in exactly that light, which should hopefully be a 4GW victory for our side, as unfortunate as it is for the men involved who will be going to prison- going to prison purely for their desire to keep Britain alive and free.

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JCD

American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE

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Fair Is Fair

 

Over the last week, we have seen people in Texas, the surrounding states and even other states in the U.S. come together and kick ass to help those who needed it the most. Whether they call themselves the “Cajun Navy”, the “Monster Truck Brigade”, or “Militia” (I don’t know if any group involved in these actual rescue operations called themselves “militia”, but the “militias” out there should take notice of what these guys did and apply it to what they train for), it doesn’t matter, because their deeds have spoken for them.

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If you call yourself a “Militia”, but all you do is play war games in your multicams and plate carriers, you are missing the big picture. You guys actually being able to operate as an effective, offensive military force is slim and none (I’m not talkin’ about your ability to protect your group). Operating as an effective rescue and logistics support group however, is well within your abilities, and has been demonstrated a number of times over the last week.

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Does your group have , or have access to buildings/areas to house victims of a natural disaster? Do you have the means to give them basic bedding while they are in that housing area? What about sanitation?

I have had a number of less than complimentary things to say about a large portion of the people out there that are calling themselves “militia” these days, but in this instance, fair is fair. There are groups that have stepped up in a big way to help with everything that is going on in Texas. Whether they call themselves “militia” or not, they are performing a function that should be the primary focus of those groups that use that title, because the bottom line is that they’re supposed to be there for their community, right?

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Yes, you should practice defending your group by getting as much training in group defensive tactics and techniques as possible. Practically speaking, you should train in rescue operations based on natural disaster scenarios that could effect your area, and also train in the real time and follow on logistics required in a support operation for those that were displaced, whether that be with the housing, proper sanitation, or food, water and clothing distribution.

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Does your group have, or have access to vehicles to move large groups of victims during a natural disaster?

Should these guys that were involved in boat rescue ops have been armed? Obviously, they were shot at and had attempts made to steal their boats.  Does that mean they had to or did dress like a commando to effectively conduct the mission? No. (Imagine falling overboard with your 40 lb. plate carrier, having never practiced using the quick releases)

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Considering that a number of the scenarios that are encompassed within the category of “Natural Disaster” involve large amounts of water (whether frozen or not). It would behoove you to prepare your clothing for these operations accordingly. this only applies if you are actually planning to do something, as opposed to just training for the “imminent” government takeover.

By the way, for you groups that have gone to the effort to collect food, water, clothing and other necessities for the victims of this storm, well done! One of the added benefits that this will do for your group is give you some real time experience in logistics. Logistics isn’t the sexy side of preparedness or military operations, but without it, you will fail.

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Note the “obvious” racial tension present on everyone’s face in this pic.

Collecting money to support your “Protest attendance hobby” is obvious BS, but doing it for these types of events is a real world application of the correct reason to raise money. Oh, for God’s sake, if you are collecting actual money, make sure all collections are recorded, and appear correct and above board. That’s all you need is being questioned about “where did the money go?”, especially if you have no accurate records.

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You want to get “authority” from the local LEO’s or NG to actually do something? Show up at a natural disaster prepared to help and have the proper equipment (in this case boats) and obvious competence to use it (in this case a worn “Bass Pro” hat, not a multicam plate carrier), and 9 times out of 10, I bet you’ll get it, and they’ll be glad to have you.

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The “Organized Militia” (Texas National Guard), performing one of it’s primary missions, which is Natural Disaster Rescue and Recovery.

BTW, as a side note, I do know of a group that I’ve had dealings with in the past which has done rescue, support and protection operations in their community during natural disasters. That group is the Ohio Valley Minutemen. Knowing that, it would be unfair of me not to point out when someone gets it right.

JCD

American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE

 

 

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

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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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Go through the manual and review the tasks, conditions, and standards for each task. A few of us will be reviewing some of the skills mentioned here and here over the next few months to give insight into the “Why” and “How” of these skills as they relate to Survivalists and preppers.

JCD

American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE

 

 

 

 

 

Common Infantry Tasks Testing-The Basic Requirements Applied To Survivalists

 

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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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This PDF can be found here

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This page tells how to read the charts

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This page also shows how to read the following pages

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Whether you are a “Commo” guy or not, you have to have a basic understanding  of the group radios and how they work.

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An example of the “Tasks, Conditions, and Standards” for “Operate Telephone Set, TA-1/PT”

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More commo, using the GPS, range finding, and team member movement.

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GPS, night fighting technology, and some individual tasks

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Handgun tasks

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Use and maintenance of rifle optics w/ reticle range finder, Mine/IED/Boobytrap threats

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Rifle use and mounted night fighting devices

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You might not have an Automatic Rifle (SAW) or a machine gun now, but it’s good to understand the basics and standards required to use them (they are the standards for a reason). Here’s two videos for the  M249 and M240B

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Obviously, there isn’t any Survivalist/Prepper related tasks in this block, but you need to understand that all these tasks are the tasks that the Private, PFC, and Specialist are required to show proficiency in, either at OSUT (Basic and Infantry School) or once they get to their unit.

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JCD

American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE

 

Part 2 Of “Are You A ‘Snowflake’ Or A ‘Meteor’?” Becoming A Meteor.

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Last week a group of four Combat Arms Veterans contributed to a post I wrote concerning the premise that, “on a good day, a civilian that has taken 3 or 4 SUT type classes from a Tactical Trainer won’t even be at the experienced Infantry PFC level”. Although the majority of the comments, both here at MDT, over at WRSA,  and in personal emails were positive, even though there were still those who are still unwilling to mesh reality with their delusions of grandeur, concerning their level of training, and it’s comparison to that of the experienced Infantry PFC.

I have mentioned a number of times (these highlighted links are just a few examples) a variation of this theme, “You are not a Commando/Infantry, but you do not need to be.”. I actually had a guy say, “YES! and if you had just said it this way from the beginning then you might not be getting any negative feedback.” to part of my response to another comment he had made. My actual comment to him consisted of this, “Here’s the thing, “You can’t be what we are/were without doing what we do/did (BUT YOU DON’T NEED TO BE).”.

Let’s talk about that phrase for a minute. “You can’t be what we are/were without doing what we do/did (BUT YOU DON’T NEED TO BE).”. The question I’d imagine most SAC’s (Situationally Aware Civilian) have is, 1) How do I put myself on par with a guy who has not only gone through a 4 month One Station Unit Training course (Basic and Infantry School)? 2) Do I need to put myself on par with that guy to have a chance at surviving what is coming?

This post is about some of the “What”, the “Why”, and the “How” of “Combatant/Survivalist Skills” needed for the Neighborhood Protection Team member, or Survivalist. You are not Infantrymen, you have to be much more. As I have said a number of times, “Be a Survivalist who is a ‘Jack of all Trades’, master of some (preferably the life saving and life protecting arts).”. Are there Infantry skills that you should master? Hell Yes! In this post I mentioned the Army’s “Everybody requirement” concerning Common Task Testing. This is not an “Infantry specific” requirement, but an “Everyone” requirement. Have you mastered the tasks in that post? Even the “Water Purification Specialist” in the Army has to show proficiency in those tasks.

Most of you want to pick and choose what you want to learn, and what you want to avoid, and that doesn’t cut it if you are serious about surviving a combat scenario. This is what I said in the post, “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 be proficient and accurate in the 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?”. Remember that? Probably not huh?

Something else of note that was “made clear” in one of the comments on the last post was that we apparently don’t explain terminology well enough. The terms in question were “Offensive” (you are taking the fight to the bad guys) and “Defensive” (you are defending what you already have secured against the bad guys) in the context of operations. My response was thus, “You make out like we treat you like you are stupid, then get pissed when I don’t explain simple terms like “Defensive” and “Offensive”. Make up my mind, are you guys a bunch of illiterate, dull eyed retards, or are you rational, generally above median, adults (like I believe you are)?”.

This type of juvenile criticism is one of the reasons many of you get grief from people that are knowledgeable and experienced in the craft you wish to learn. So here’s the deal,  if it is a term that is specific to the subject I am writing about, and not in common use, I will explain and define it. If it’s something simple like the two terms above, I expect you to look it up via google, a dictionary, or any of the following Field Manuals: FM 7-8, FM 21-75, ST 21-75-2 (presently the SH 21-76), or the ST 21-75-3.

What follows is the thoughts of the same four Combat Arms Vets who contributed to the first post. They all have a unique perspective, but you will notice, once again, a recurring theme. After the last contribution is complete, I will give some thoughts in closing.

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Where You Are, Where You Need to Be, and How You Get There…One Way

 Background of the Vet:  21 plus years active duty in the USAF; retired as a Senior NCO.  Of that time, 12 years in Air Base Ground Defense (Air Force for ‘Infantry’); comprised of 5 years teaching advanced ‘infantry’ training, rated “Master Instructor”, specialized in patrolling, 5 years on a RDT (Rapid Deployment Team) for 81mm Mortar & Hostage Rescue concurrently.  5 years as NCOIC of Air Base Ground Defense at field units building and conducting local unit training.  

 In relation to the previous post regarding training and capabilities from those wishing to increase their personal skills for defense of home and community, my perspective is the following based on my own interaction with people asking for training over the last 17 years:

Where You (or the group you’re in probably) Are:

Awake to the precarious position of our society, economy (over-inflated market reports notwithstanding), and culture (the ever-increasing lack of civility and respect for individual property and natural rights). 

  • Equipped, armed, and supplied to various levels from a minimum of a pistol, a rifle, and 500 rounds for the pistol and 1,000 rounds for the rifle, 6 months to a year of food for you and/or your family to the maximum of being able to arm your family and select friends, have a couple years of supplies, cases of ammunition, and a group of likeminded friends (some of which may or may not be former military with weapons and/or combat training/experience at one level or another).
  •  Steadfastly refusing to standardize weapons, equipment, and other important factors.
  • Able to use your weapons on various ranges to various levels of accuracy without added stress during the exercise.
  • Possess disposable income or the ability to save in order to pay for more advanced skill set training than you have.
  • The proper mindset regarding what you are willing to do to safeguard those you care about to one degree or another.
  • Varying levels of physical fitness; mostly on the lower end (upper body strength, cardio, etc.); much improvement needed.
  • Deficient in knowledge and ability to apply:

o    Realistic analysis of what training provides the largest return on investment for ‘real-world’ scenarios v. ‘cool guy’ training primarily centered on CQB or squad strength offensive operations.

o    An analysis of capabilities necessary for your local neighborhood defense

o    The ability to approach and persuade willing neighbors to join the effort

o    Finding which neighbors possessing specialized skill sets for SHTF scenarios (doctors, nurses, dentists, HAM operators, etc.

o    How to establish a secure defensive ‘pocket’ or area and keep it that way.

o    Leadership skills (not a shot; most people aren’t trained in effective leadership – leadership is a learned behavior – that is founded on the ability to subordinate oneself to the mentor leader, and then the respect from your group must be earned).

o    Intimate knowledge of avenues of approach into your personal AO by various organizations or entities (marauders, etc)

o    Networking with and participation in any local emergency response initiative (yes, that means local government entities, as they will be first responders when S does HTF and can use the help, so long as you or your group isn’t posturing as ‘wannabe operators’).

 Where You Need to Be

 In a nutshell, you need to be able to personally do or complete all those bullet points above as well as others that will be apparent when you get to that point.  Then, you need to get your group to buy in and do the same. The real trick is how you get to that point the most efficient and rapid way possible.

 How You Get There (One Way)

  •  Acknowledge that you need to refocus your efforts from attempting to emulate various high profile paramilitary groups and organizations to that of a “Neighbor Hood Protection” function.  Keeping your efforts localized will help you protect that which is most important: family, friends, neighbors and your property.
  • Understand that learning never stops.  You must constantly read and study a myriad of subjects from history to teaching methodology focusing on the adult learner to military tactics and strategy to classics that underscore the importance of personal courage and honor (some people have never been taught these values, and you may have to be the example and mentor).  Buy, beg, borrow a copy of, “A Failure of Civility,” which is now out of print, and make it your personal blue print.  It lines out exactly how to do what you need to do.
  • Read and apply Dale Carnegie’s, “How to win friends and influence people.”  Doing so will go a long way in networking with your neighbors and persuading them to participate in any local preparations prior to a SHTF event.  This might mean taking off the Oakley’s and boonie hat while having a barbecue, and losing the ‘thousand yard stare’ when being asked questions.  Smile a bit.  Talk about light hearted things during social events.  There’ll be time enough during your Neighborhood Protection Meetings to be serious about setting up the defense.
  • Subordinate yourself to the most experienced/trained person in your group for training activities.  If you are fortunate enough to have someone you know that’s a former combat arms type and was at least a staff NCO in your neighborhood or group, be humble enough to let the subject matter expert lead the training selected for the group.  If you are lucky enough to be invited to a seminar given by a former SF troop (or even be involved in a social get together for coffee), especially the ‘old school SF troops (trained in unconventional warfare and force multiplication with indigenous troops) sit down, open your ears, take copious notes, and try to see how it applies to your situation.  Not everything might be useful right away, but you’ll get an education.
  • Read and apply, “Extreme Ownership,” by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin.  You’ll not be sorry, because this reference will provide you a very good set of leadership principles that work.  There are others, to be sure, but at $17, it’s the best money you’ll spend. 
  • Disregard information on anything from anyone who tells you they have, ‘the only way’ or ‘the best way’ to do something, especially if they are selling their services.  Be intelligent enough to know that there’s nothing new under the sun, and having many tools in the tool box provides more return than following one particular method because, well, ‘cool guy’.
  • Keep information on activities flowing to your group members, or ask for more information from your leadership on schedules, plans, etc.  Don’t make your people be ‘mushrooms.’ 
  • Train with your team regularly in all areas you have learned.  Make sure that some of the training involves being miserable, wet, tired, and cold if possible.  Nothing makes a team come together better than shared misery.
  • Encourage personal defense weapon standardization. Platforms and calibers are not so important as everyone having the same tools, or as close as possible.  It’s essential for increased survival odds during failed civility scenarios.
  • Get some people HAM qualified and licensed. Practice using the communications.  Get a good scanner that’s capable of listening to emergency response organizational transmissions.  You’ll be surprised what you can learn and what kind of warning you may receive on situations you might face.
  • Make sure that the scenarios you train for match your local area. If you’re not rural, you should concentrate on built up area tactics (defense, NOT kicking in doors…).
  • Understand that your training standards are absolute minimum acceptable performance measurements. There’s an old saying, “You don’t rise to the occasion, you sink to the level of your training.  Train right along side your people.  If you’re doing dry fire, then dry fire with them.  If you’re doing land nav, do the same course.
  • In planning your neighborhood protection plan, leave nothing to chance. Make sure that you know everything there is to know about your defense zone.
  • Get the group to volunteer for service projects in and around your neighborhood. Be helpful.  Be cheerful.  Be something people want to belong to, or at least, something people are glad is in the neighborhood.  One way to do this is to either join or form a “Neighborhood Watch Association” or a neighborhood association and hold events that promote preparedness without information dumping on attendees on the imminent end of the world as we know it. Got an old folks home?  Get some people to volunteer for visitations to lonely old people, clean their grounds, cut their lawn, etc.  Be service minded because that is a very good way to gain local credibility and allay any fears you and your group might be wacko.
  • Do not use rank! Use positions, innocuous names are best.  Stay away from paramilitary sounding names and/or acronyms when dealing with the public.  Don’t have multicam or military clothing making up your wardrobe.  Earth tone field clothing works, too.  Have gatherings where the ‘uniform of the day’ is business casual, such as a golf shirt and khakis.  Why?  Because you look ‘normal,’ that’s why.  Remember, you’re not a military unit, and you shouldn’t dress or act like one.  Drill and ceremonies have no place in what you’re trying to accomplish.
  • Rid yourselves of any conception that you are some sort of ‘unit.’  You’re a protection group.  End of transmission.

If you try the above, you will eventually get to where you need to be to protect your local area that you are capable of defending.  No, you won’t be, ‘Infantry’ trained, but you don’t need to be.  There are other ways – this is one way.

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Retired Infantry Captain

Apparently I was hard on PFCs, so here goes.

PFC used to mean you’d arrived at being a qualified Infantryman.  PV1, PV2 meant you were not yet fully functional.  Somewhere along the way, Recruiting Command was allowed to award rank for PT scores, bringing a friend, or making it through a semester of college without ending up with a “judicial enlistment.”  This was a mistake.

What makes PFCs are NCOs.  Full stop.  These are missing in JC’s scenario and, once upon a time, in Iraq.  Keep in mind the events below occurred concurrently, with lots of moving parts that don’t make for a logical narrative.

When I was a senior adviser to a newly formed Iraqi unit (2004-5), we had 68 guys in man dresses and flip flops.  We were issued Iraqi officers.  One company commander (Major) was outstanding and the lieutenants were surprisingly adequate.  That commander had fought Americans in Desert Storm and the first month of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  His comment to me?  “I’m tired of having

my ass kicked by you guys.  Our [Iraqi Army] problem is we have no NCOs.  We must train NCOs.”  “Yes, sir.”

Selection went something like this.  (Mob of Iraqis.) “Who here has combat experience?”  (Hands go up.)  “Great: Stand over there.  Who fought Americans?” (Iraqi vets look at the ground.)  “Ok fellas, we’re on the same side now.” (A few hands.) “Great: You guys stand over there.”  First group

was made team leaders.  Second group was squad leaders and platoon sergeants.  Brevet NCOs, pending combat performance, which was not long in coming.  The learning curve was quite steep, as the training consisted of new tasks, rehearsals, and off to the two way live fire.  Initially, Iraqi squads were sent on confidence patrols with American units commanded by friends who agreed to

help while we sorted out NCO and officer training.  (This doesn’t even begin to address the logistical issues, which were fixed with an unpretty combination of horse trading, deception, lies, outright theft, and confidence targets. That is the subject of another paper.  Suffice it to say the US Army had not given Iraqi Army logistics any thought whatsoever.)

Those who did well kept their new rank.  The less functional were promptly returned to the ranks for further assessment.  The newly blooded NCOs were then turned over to veteran American NCOs who had orders to impart discipline, skills, and organization. Once the original 68 were sorted, recruiting began.  Initially, we did all training in house.  All of it.  All. Of. It.  Iraqi NCOs were drilled in the evening on the next day’s training, then put in front of their flip flop shod recruits, with American oversight.  Emphasis on discipline, marksmanship, and

battle drills.   Keep in mind while this was going on, officers were being trained on their tasks, then integrated into collective training and combat operations.  Later, the US Army got around to setting up basic training in the middle of the desert.  It was satisfactory and wholly based on input from operational units.  The Iraqis did not get around to marching for some time.  PT was brutal, by design.

Keep in mind that medics, commo guys, drivers, supply guys, clerks, cooks, intel, personnel managers, staffs, etc. were being trained concurrently as well.  We were rebuilding an army.  Die, Bremer.  Just. Die.

Some of you will recognize the preceding paragraph as the staff formation discussion that was conducted at JC’s a few years ago.  One hopes you at least compiled the recommended manuals.

Here’s the deal:

​You must have good NCOs to have good PFCs.

Bonus, guaranteed to aggravate everyone who isn’t already ticked off: You must have good NCOs to have good company commanders.  Lieutenants are there to learn to be commanders, coordinate, and be brave.  If you have bad commanders, there are two reasons: NCOs who failed to train lieutenants, and senior officers who failed to get rid of the unwilling, untrainable, and unskilled.

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Survivalist Tactics vs. The Infantry, II

This writer held every position on a Long Range Surveillance Team up to Assistant Team Leader (ATL) and on the Line as a Fire Team Leader, Squad Leader and Weapons Squad Leader, and had three deployments, twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan.

In my last I identified why training and working under the assumption that you are an Infantryman and can conduct yourself as such is not only foolish but is likely a death sentence for you and your people. You do not have the material nor the support, and especially not the discipline nor the people. Perhaps that last one needs touching on again; what happens when your merry band of defenders say, “No.”? How do you compel a volunteer group to actually face death? Why would you want people who are generally blowhards and/or never-has-beens to do this anyway?

You know that type I’m talking about. That’s your average militia dud with a facebook or twitter page and his whole network on display posting circle-jerk memes. Enough of them, let’s get to you. Before we go anywhere or put on our cool guy kits, lets face reality:

  1. You Don’t Have an Army Behind You.
  2. You are your Own Logistics.
  3. You Can Only Defend What You Can Support (and you need to know how to support what you plan on defending).

These three are interdependent realities. You may not have an army behind you but you do have a community; they live there and know the area better than any occupying force will. Rural communities are better at self sufficiency.  Those same communities are far more likely to properly defend what they own as a means of ensuring posterity versus the house of cards that is modern suburbia. They’re leery of outsiders too; keep that in mind. What constitutes ownership, anyway?

The ability to enforce command over that which you claim; my the third point. The community and your standing within it, known as social capital, is what lays the foundation. It is the first tactic. With nothing to defend and no consent of those defended, you will be outcasts and killed off quickly as problems and not solutions.

Infantrymen as a cohesive unit have none of these concerns. Their supply line is theirs and the responsibility of an adjacent supporting unit. Their job is to close with and destroy an enemy; the consent to function is granted by that entity which feeds, trains and arms them. Nothing more. That’s why the Afghans call us ‘tourists’.

The second is planning. You must identify the objective before you can rock a mag into that sweet Kalashnikov you just bought. Community defense is exactly that; defense. You are not offensive troops and you lack the capability or tactical sophistication to be anything other than what you are.

Without overwhelming numbers, the use of converging routes, or the means to replenish significant losses you will remain defensive if you want to live. So if we’re planning a defensive posture, our biggest ally is terrain. All people are creatures of habit. We follow patterns and take the paths of least resistance generally. Some of the more experienced calls this ‘natural lines of drift’, meaning, paths people drift along, like roads, rivers, valleys, passes, etc.

The defender then, like a hunter, uses this reality to his advantage and can create natural choke points to create the maximum number of casualties among those he’s attacking. The faster the fight is over and the less material you’ve wasted, the better off you are. Using that AR-15 like a bullet hose is a bad idea- marksmanship matters, a bunch of noise doesn’t, and marksmanship out to longer distance (3-400m) then becomes another force multiplier.

Hit probabilities to those reacting to contact at 400m and from multiple angles is far less likely than those on the attack from pre-planned hides with the inclusion of other force multipliers. Once you’re in your positions, you should have the range to your killzone already known, drawn on an improvised range card (a piece of cardboard with hand drawn target references on it with distances) and

should train on coordinating fire from those positions.

The idea of an ambush is to quickly and efficiently kill everything in the trap, but in case you don’t, have a team watching the opposition’s march in, closing the trap once they pass by. Of course I have to know they’re coming first, which

​means my contacts in the community let me know one way or another…see the pattern here (more than just you or your ‘little group’)?

So the two most important tools to learn are terrain analysis and team marksmanship, coordinated over an area. These are called intersecting fires. Is there a time for the battle drill 1 stuff? Sure, absolutely, when you’re taken by surprise. You should rehearse this for that reason; what to do on unexpected contact, because the reality is that if you’re walking about with your band o’ bubbas and happen to forget the principles of concealment or quiet movement, it might happen. But you shouldn’t be bunched up to begin with, plan converging routes for your group members to get to their positions, and should be taking the path of MOST resistance to afford the maximum cover. Don’t forget the utility of crawling.

Once more we find our plan at the heart of staying alive. In order to plan, we have to know our terrain. In order to know our terrain, we have to be familiar with the lay of the land. In order to do any of the above, we have to have consent of our community. And you do none of the above, but parade about in a show of self importance, one will learn just how important they actually are.

Effective training on tactics, from any trainer with real credentials including time actually doing it, begins with learning to plan. This is why Operations Orders and Troop Leading Procedures are emphasized from the first day of any military school. This is why you should seek out those with actual experience for training; they know the value of the basics and the consequences of forgetting them in lieu of something you learned playing airsoft. And while this may seem mundane to the uninitiated, running around shooting fast at targets makes you an easy one to the guy who knows what he’s doing.

Do not lose sight of your reason for being.

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From an 18F

Nobody said don’t take classes or train. All we said in the last post is don’t give yourself airs you neither earned nor can claim. A couple or half dozen weekend “SUT” classes (they are no such thing) may give you some confidence in weapons handling or impart some elementary level of “buddy team” cooperation [how much is debatable because the “buddy” you trained with probably lives over 100 miles away], but it will never make you a “squady.”

What whichever classes are available to you will do for you is give you a skill set that is above the skill set of the street shit you are most likely to encounter – and that is all you will need. And here is the thing… with your weekend “SUT” classes you are in a position to train others who live around you. I’ve said this many times, and it bears repeating: Be cadre.

But here is the other thing… When you are cadre, in necessity others will look to you. At first for technical guidance (weapons handling, etc), and afterward for leadership –   because you know how to handle weapons, etc.. And there, guaranteed, is where you will fall flat on your face and put everybody who has turned to you in peril.

Because of your “SUT” training, which has nothing whatsoever to do with small unit tactics and cannot help you in small unit tactical situations. So there is your dilemma. As a “SUT” trained cadre you can train a neighborhood guard to whatever standard you learned. Which will largely be sufficient against common street shit. But, inevitably, someday, somebody is going to show up with an army. What are you going to do, cadre, when all eyes turn in your direction?

And that is what separates the infantryman from the weekend “SUT” class tourist. Keep taking “SUT” classes. Learn what you can. Be cadre and help your neighbors. Fend off street shit. When somebody shows up with an army… take an oath of fealty.

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I read a post by Bill Buppert at Zero Hedge, and although I understand where he is coming from, I don’t think he has a realistic view of the average people he is talking about. He said, “There is a stream of consciousness modality currently coursing through the prepper and III% community that if you aren’t infantry, you can’t take the fight to the enemy no matter how competent you may be as men of the gun or whatever background you hail from.”

So let’s get some terminology straight. “I haven’t said “Can’t”, I’ve said “Shouldn’t”. Why is that my opinion? Reality and practicality. The majority I have encountered cannot even get their defensive preps squared away because they’re too concerned with doing the “Tacticool” “Operator” shit (CQB, Raid, Ambush). You’re first priority should be to your loved ones defense, correct? Post SHTF, Offensive Ops shouldn’t even be considered till your defensive ops are underway, and even then, probably not because most just will not have the appropriate manpower for anything but defense.

Start with the basics. Lay the groundwork for a solid defensive foundation, then MAYBE move on to the consideration of an offensive action if urgently needed. But keep in mind, depending on perspective, that offensive operation you conducted could come back to bite you in the ass legally. If you believe that’s BS, look at some examples from the former Yugoslavia, and tell me that possibility isn’t there.

Another post that WRSA put up today, reinforces the point we made in the last post about, “on a good day, a civilian that has taken 3 or 4 SUT type classes from a Tactical Trainer won’t even be at the experienced Infantry PFC level”. “SPC Slick” can shown proficiency in the CTT. Can you?

If you still wanna run Offensive Infantry Ops I’d say, “Show me your group commander and it’s NCO’s and tell me about their experience. As was said earlier by the Captain, the NCO’s are the core of the group in an operational setting, and any operation being conducted by the group is made to work by it’s NCO’s, and you don’t have any….do you?

Organization is critical. Figure out what scenarios you believe you should prepare for, and prioritize preparations according to the degree of immediate threat, the likelihood of the threat, and your realistic ability to prepare for the threat. Here is some things I posted in this post,

  • 1). Do you have general, realistic preps in place?
  • 2) Do you have a solid, well thought out and realistic plan to deal with the general and specific concerns you’ve identified?
  • 3) Are you physically and/or logistically equipped and able to carry out the planned responses to these threats.

If your answer is “No” to any one of the questions above, you need to address and correct that. As was said by at least one of the contributors, after you get training in something, pass it on to your group as soon as possible. This doesn’t mean you are now a professional trainer. What it means is that hopefully, you have the ability to take what you learned and immediately regurgitate it to your family, friends and group members (it is critical that you teach it as soon as you can, so the lessons are still fresh and clear in your mind, a three day tactical class will give you familiarity, not proficiency or mastery).

An issue I had with a couple guys who received their “Bushbastard” tabs was that they wanted to be able to confer the award to those that they taught, and I said, “Under no circumstances will that be allowed.” The comment I received was, “I thought you wanted us to go home and teach what we learned?” To which I responded, “Yes, teach what you learned, but the only people handing out “Bushbastard” tabs are me or a designee that I feel are not only trained well enough to teach the material I have put together exactly as it is supposed to be taught, but will also enforce the standards in testing that I require for the award.”

Any trainer that has an issue with a former student teaching what they’ve learned to their family and friends is probably more worried about the almighty dollars they are missing out on, than they are about helping people prepare for what’s coming.

To recap,

  • Decide whether “Preparing for doomsday” is a hobby or a conviction. If it’s a hobby, stop reading. If it’s a conviction, continue with this list.
  • Pick the Leader of your group if he hasn’t been selected already. ( or was it going to be a democracy….? Good luck with that).
  • Make a plan that covers the scenarios you’re concerned about.
  • Organize you’re logistics on hand and plan your future purchases based on the realistic needs required for the scenarios you’re preparing for.
  • Determine which logistical preps can be generalized to cover all scenarios, and make their acquisition a priority.
  • Organize the personnel in your group based on A) Abilities they already possess via employment or hobby (Former Infantry, EMT, HAM, etc.), or B) capabilities they plan on getting via training course or new hobby. Encourage furthering the education in those areas.
  • Organize the critical information about your area (maps, area sketches, etc.) into something that is detailed, easily accessible, and understandable.
  • Get as much realistic training in personal protection (both empty hand, and firearm) and area/ retreat defense from a proven source (I wrote about how to find and verify the bona fides of the non-professional ones here).
  • Get as much First Aid, TCCC, and Extended Care training as possible.
  • Do as much PT as you are physically capable of doing. You know if you are cheating yourself and those who will be counting on you.
  • Learn as much as you can about how the pioneers of the 1800’s did EVERYTHING!
  • After your group get’s organized, network with other local groups for support.

Defending your area (to include presence patrols) is a full time job and takes a number of personnel for round the clock security. I wrote about how to put together a schedule for security here. This post contains some good defensive area prep info, and in this post I wrote about the steps I recommend for the individual to get prepared. This post is in no way exhaustive, but the bottom line is that five people took of their precious free time to try and give suggestions to help you get ready for bad times. Whether you agree with them or not, take that for what it’s worth.

YOU ARE NOT AN INFANTRYMAN, BUT YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE. YOU HAVE TO BE MUCH, MUCH MORE!

JCD

American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE