tactical preschool 24


rank

This is another “well duh” point that few people seem to remember when the SHTF.

Someone has to be in charge.

This is a “no-brainer” for the military or LE people out there because there typically is a rank structure already implimented in their organizations. But for the group of  “average joes” who may find themselves dealing with trouble, deciding who is going to call the shots can be one of the largest hurdles to jump.

It’s my opinion that half of being the leader is skill and knowledge based and the other half is simply just giving others someone to follow. In all of the group based lessons I have presented, everybody needs to be moving with a common purpose and reacting in an organized fashion. The only way that is going to happen is through training and leadership. If each individual thinks that THEY are the head honcho things are going to fall apart very fast. Even if EVERYBODY in a group has no experience, placing someone in charge will increase the odds of survival compared to each individual doing their own thing.

I’m fairly certain that in a flock of wild geese ALL the geese know where they are going but if they all want to get there together in an orderly fashion it’s more efficient to just follow the lead goose. Deciding who the lead goose is can either be a matter of someone taking the position themselves by “stepping up”, or it can be a matter of “role”, where someone in the group is the assumed “boss”; like a teacher, father figure, tour guide, pilot, or the cop/soldier in the group. In a pinch, everybody could simply agree to assign someone to the position. However it is done, once a situation involves more than “YOU” it should become a conscious decision that is quickly made.

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8 thoughts on “tactical preschool 24”

  1. Thank you very much for taking the time to compile and share the information in this series with us! It’s true that the fundamentals are what matter most.

  2. A well-respected Sergeant once said that “To be a good soldier requires two things above all. Endurance and the ability to do the simple things well.” This blog helps take care of half of that requirement.

  3. Nice blog. Reading your tactical preschool posts. I think that moving to “stack” your suspects is a good tactic in this situation. If you can flank/ stack them so they can only engage one at a time, that would be helpful.

  4. Looking for the e-mail of MM Obalde or Mr. Ostero authors of numerous Marine Corps Training Manuals.

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