Friday, September 25, 2009

TACTICAL COMBAT CASUALTY CARE-TC3 How to save a life on the battlefield.

'The best way to prevent more casualties is to train better shooters!' - Jason Falla 2009

In today's military there is no excuse for commanders not to give their war fighters the very best training that this country has to offer. The Obama budget cuts just don't cut it anymore. As a trainer of our courageous men and women that dedicate there time to the defense of our country, I am appalled by the lack of military personnel attending good shooting schools. Lets face it, the military no longer has the skills, ability or time to adequately train our soldiers to seek out and destroy the enemy. If they did, I wouldn't have been employed for the past four years!
Then when a military group does come to train however, I spend the first day at least trying to break bad habits that have been previously taught by military institutions or in house training.

Although we have seen a decline in military students attending shooting courses, Uncle Sam still sees fit to continue to deploy them into harms way. The biggest problem with this is that the soldier thinks that he has the best training there is, why, because the military says so and he goes off to war feeling six feet tall and bullet proof.

Then, as his vehicle, the lead as part of a large military convoy is hit by an enemy IED grinds to a halt and is peppered by 7.62x39 and 54 from enemy AK 47s and PKM machine guns, he thinks to himself - What do I do now?
So he grabs his rifle and exits the vehicle trying to find some cover. When he gets there he brings his rifle to bare on an obvious enemy combatant and opens fire. He watches as his round misses its intended target and prepares for another. At that moment he feels a sharp impact to his lower extremity and another to his chest and falls to the ground, his cry's of 'medic' are drowned out by the crack thump of rounds impacting his position.
At that moment he feels the earth moving beneath him as he is dragged behind a small rocky outcrop. He opens his eyes to see his team mate looking anxiously at his wounds.

What would you do?

2 comments:

  1. On the part about the soldier missing the threat, some recent news articles(always questionable but Ill continue)have quoted soldiers from the recent ambushes of wanat, and questioned the one in kamdesh AFG, that m4s and 249s failed. One soldier said after firing 12 mags he couldnt chamber or cycle the bolt, that barrels had become white hot. Key evidence here is that "m4s failed a lot when put on full auto". while this is a feature, the m4 is not a machinegun. "train better shooters"? Yes, but also, educate on the proper use of that weapon and its drawbacks. I know of instructors that didnt clean their m4s for months on end with thousands of rounds through it and had no problems, "keep it lubed". theres all kinds of tips and tricks you can learn that people are never taught in the bigger pipelines of training, never mind even getting enough gun time to feel out the kinks. most things you have to learn by doing and get as much experience as possible, which is how/why a gentlemen like Falla can do the things he does.

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  2. Let's face it, I believe the scenario you presented comes down to proper training and gear. As the previous poster mentioned, a soldier's weapon must be kept in proper firing order and have a degree of battlefield reliability to be effective against an adversary.

    In an engagement scenario, training is what the soldier relies on to function. Experience helps vastly in this area. If either are lacking, the outcome may just be the wrong end of a 7.62.

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