|At the end of this month we’re conducting a TAC class, an intermediate level carbine class that focuses on team tactics and other fighting carbine skills. A more thorough description is below, but I want to talk a moment about the importance having a team.
If you’re not part of a team, I would strongly encourage you to work on that deficiency and I wouldn’t put it off. Winston Churchill was asked what he would name WW-II and he replied, ‘The Avoidable War’. All the signs of what he called ‘the gathering storm’ were there and no one took the decisive steps, the hard action necessary to prevent it. But, at some point, history’s most avoidable war became unavoidable.
Now, what many people are calling history’s most avoidable economic collapse appears imminent. Like in 1930’s Europe, all the signs are there and no one is taking the decisive, hard, unpopular actions necessary to prevent it. Have we reached the stage where it’s unavoidable? Many people believe so. I’m one of them. If I’m right, YOU DO NOT WANT TO TACKLE WHAT’S COMING BY YOURSELF.
For a team to be successful, the team members need to have a certain mindset. This does NOT come naturally for Americans who are raised to value the individual over all else. Those of you who have been part of the armed forces, primarily in a combat arms MOS, know what I’m talking about.
Listen, we’re not choosing sides for a street basketball game where failure means injured pride or loss of bragging rights. No, we’re talking about learning the steps of an intricate dance where a miss-step can get our partner hurt or killed… maybe by our own hands!
Really, for most of us, we’re talking about developing the people we’re already tied to (or stuck with) into a unit. Unit means ‘one’. Your team should think and act like one body. A ‘team’, in the correct sense of the word, takes shared experiences and training to develop.
This doesn’t happen overnight.
Team-mates are a necessity. They take time to find and develop. Start now.
Train hard, put God first!
DVC/I H S