Sunday, April 29, 2018
Having been through three different organizational versions of military training, and a number of later schools for same, if I needed to get the barest basics across to someone in a hurry, I 'd do it thusly:
Two full, seven-day weeks of basic training.
I would assume a 12-hour training day, notionally from about 6A-6P.
I'd expect 2 hours for morning PT, every day.
I'd spend the other 10 or so hours for all other training.
Two days of solid first aid. Call it twenty hours.
Five days of marksmanship.
Mornings for the rifle for five days, afternoons for pistol for four, and an afternoon to cover shotgun basics.
That's Week One.
Then four full days of fieldcraft, taught in the field, followed by three full days of survival training.
That's Week Two.
Would you know everything after just two weeks?
But you'd have the basic building blocks to function effectively.
I could get those fundamentals across in that time frame, and more than a few people
like some over there ----->
have been making a living doing that, and more, for some good time.
And you'd need those basics, because you'd have to continue on from there, on your own, or in a local neighborhood/tribe protection group. Which works for disaster relief, or anything sportier, god forbid you should ever need either one. (But sooner or later, you likely will.)
Then I assumed a follow-up schedule of one (and a half) weekends per month, for a year, plus two weeks' summer field training, almost exactly like the Notional Guard (I kid, guys) does it since time out of mind. Where and when people who'd actually Been There, and Done That, would help you along to gaining basic competency in a lot of useful things.
Because skills training is a system, and an ongoing process, not a one-time pill for life.
That gets you just about eight solid weeks of training within a year's time, minus a lot of the chickenshit and PC-b.s., (and none of the hurry-up-and-wait it's famous for) the actual military has to endure, which is just about the same way they do basic training in most of the services.
You'd be getting a lot of hands-on after the initial two weeks, with most of the second day of each monthly training, and all the summer period, spent in the field for the entire day, doing the basics.
I'm giving you the outline, because you're going to have to teach yourself, at least the generalities, unless and until you go visit someone (again, list of same on the right column at the top of the blog) for some serious hands-on time, including critique.
And because you may be the trainer for someone else, at some point.
If you don't know or learn this stuff, it's only going to come back and bite you, not me.
And anyone with the time and inclination can bootstrap their way through a lot of the stuff faster, or even non-stop, because tomorrow, I'll post links to pdfs that detail the entire subject matter, and the basic skills, broken down in detail, all paid for with your tax dollars, and written at a sixth-grade level of understanding, so anyone who wants to can grasp it.