Always Training

always training

When I was on a Special Forces team we were always training. We wanted our skills to be the best possible for whatever mission came up.

Now we had the standard shooting drills that we practiced on. Back in those days we used a lot of the IPSEC standard drills. We were graded on the ability to make the times. If you didn’t make the standard you weren’t mission ready.

A lot of times we trained away from our home base with other US units and units from other countries. I have trained with Germans, Spaniards, Austrians, Norwegians, Brits, Dutch, and others.

There were several reasons we did this – to build ties with other countries, to gain familiarization with the other countries, and perhaps the most important to gain additional techniques and skills.

There is a Special Ops saying, “You don’t know what you don’t know.” We kept our minds open and incorporated the best of what we learned into our own training programs.

I encourage you to do the same with your training. Find a base course and learn it backwards and forwards. Train so much with it that it becomes muscle memory.

At the same time, continually take other course and see what they have to offer for you. You never know what you will be able to pick up that might be the critical technique that you need when it comes down to it.

If you are looking for something to check out, I suggest Chris Graham’s Pistol Course based on his time with the USMC Anti-Terrorism Battalion (ATBN). I think you will discover somethings you haven’t seen before.

What are some of the courses you like? Let us know in the comments.

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