Reply to "AAR EAG CQB Operations, Alliance, OH 16-18 October 2013"

“Get off the square range and out of your comfort zone. Punching holes in paper at 7 yards is easy.”

 

Great AAR and great job.

 

It may seem paradoxical to some that the live-fire shoothouse course is a prerequisite to CQB Operations with UTM, but there is an important progression of skills that requires this sequence of training.

 

The Shoothouse is the next evolution after demonstrating competence on the square range. Learning the basics of shooting safely with a partner, basic tactics, movement, and problem solving serve as the basis for further development. It emphasizes TTPs that keep the maximum number of guns in the fight at all times and demands precise shooting to end a threat. If you live or work in a structure you need this training (does that mean everyone? Yes!) It then prepares you for the next step in your training.

 

CQB Operations further expands upon these skills and principles by teaching how to operate in larger elements. “Realism” is improved by having to deal with role players as OPFOR, rather than talking to a piece of plastic or a box through the instructor. The response you get from the OPFOR and what your response to the OPFOR’s actions will be largely depends on the correct execution of your tactics. It is likely the first time you will ever point a gun at another human being and press the trigger. How you respond here is how you will respond in real life. No one starts perfect, and lessons will be learned that will assure your progression. But you first must understand two man tactics and principles of safety working with a partner as it is the basis for your further development in CQB Ops.

 

The shoothouse and CQB Ops courses have things in common of course. It is not a game. It’s about problem solving and all operations are scenario based. There’s no, “run in the house and shoot everything as quickly as you can.” We see courses offered that demonstrate this kind of training offered as “CQB”. I have no ability to tell you what valuable skill that form of ballistic masturbation teaches a military or LEO operator.

 

If you’re looking for a paintball experience, please keep looking. If your goal is to learn how to reduce a threat as a tactical team, start getting your prerequisites done now.

 

Good job to all.

John.

 

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