This past week I got sent to me a email from a 1SG in theater somewhere in the FARAH PROVINCE. His issue was the ability for him and his men to repair and recover enough. This guy doesn’t want to just get by. He is a warrior and a Tactical athlete that wants himself and his men to have the ability to TRAIN to become better and more effective in what they do. His primary issue is REPAIR!!! The ability to recover/repair from exercise is one of the determining factors in the long term success of any training program. What follows is Part of the letter:
“… going out on 3-12 hour patrols, sucking down gallons of water, getting into contact, really takes
everything out of me and my men. I mean our asses are whooped when we come back…
Recently I was in Leadville Colorado on a WET exercise (Winter Environmental Training). For those of you that don’t know, Leadville Colorado is the highest altitude incorporated city in the United States (10,152 feet). The training exercise started out normal enough; Scarpa Boots, check jet boil stove, check cross-country skis, check fully loaded rucksack containing enough snivel gear to bivouac on the dark side of the moon, check. My team and I got up to the mountains conducted skills training most of the day and in the afternoon headed off to find a suitable site to RON (Rest Over Night). The snow cave I constructed was rudimentary but would have to do, and after a frigid night of -20°F when 0400 rolled around it was time to bug out and link up with the rest of the company. This is where we get to the point of the story, if it is -20°F and (more…)
Unfortunately getting out to the field to conduct some good combat training is difficult these days will such a high operational tempo and so many demands placed on the force. These obstacles make it absolutely imperative to get the most out of training. These 15 steps when applied in a well disciplined approach can greatly improve your combat training and that of your team.