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How to use the Human Resources Target

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The Human Resources Target was created at the request of U.S. Special Operations units for improving their already advanced shooting capabilities. Units from the SOF community needed a target that would provide diversity and complication,  as well as test the skills of their operators in various situations.

There are five different variations of the targets to provide the shooter with an unlimited number of drills and scenarios. Each target contains five shapes placed inside and around a standard torso silhouette, differentiating in numbers, letters, colors, and shapes. This is a similar system to that of our IQ Targets, which are also used among other SOF units, law enforcement, professional shooters, and everyday civilians looking to improve their shooting abilities. The primary shooting zones on the H.R.T. targets are the T-box zone for the head, a large circle for the chest area that approximates the location of vital organs, and an upside down triangle to simulate the pelvic cavity of the human body. Additionally, we have added two more secondary shapes, (one on each side of the head) to simulate either hostage scenarios or shoot/no shoot scenarios. All of the secondary shapes, vary from target to target, to make the shooter look and think before he/she shoots.

The torso silhouette features three primary target areas – the T-box (head), a large center circle (chest) that approximates the location of vital organs, and an inverted triangle (pelvic cavity). Two additional shapes, one on each side of the head, have been included to simulate either hostage or shoot/no shoot scenarios. All of the secondary shapes vary from target to target, forcing the shooter look and think before firing.

The Human Resources Target is the perfect target for CQB/shoot house style training, due to the vast number of scenarios that can be built from different target variations. Drills can be as simple or as complex as the shooter desires, and can continuously change between iterations. Both instructors and shooters can quickly alter the focus of a drill by marking specific target variations as shoot/no shoot. This challenges the shooter to quickly identify targets as threats or friendlies when entering a room or while on the move. The same drills and principles can also be applied to basic flat range training,  making the targets more useful for instructors and students. The Human Resources Target and all of our other training aids are available at tacticalequipment.com.

 

Meet the all-new Carl Gustaf M4

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During the 2017 AUSA Annual Meeting held in Washington D.C., SAAB showcased the all-new and more lethal Carl Gustaf M4. Built with a number special upgrades, the new weapon system is lighter, smarter, and deadlier than any of its previous generations.

Since its debut in 1948, the versatile weapon has been a favorite among infantry and Special Operations units alike, supporting missions in theaters all around the world. SAAB states that “The new Carl-Gustaf M4 is a man-portable multi-role weapon system that provides high tactical flexibility through its wide range of ammunition types.”

The new 84mm recoilless anti-tank rocket weights nearly 6.5lbs lighter than the M3 model and includes specialty ballistic sighting systems with programmable ammunition, providing the user with a number of lethal options for combatting their current situation. The advanced computer system will not only allow troops to lase their target but will also provide follow-on aiming points and the ability to set ammunition to impact, delay, proximity, or airburst.

The intelligent M4 adds new meaning to the term 3-dimensional warfare, as SAAB claims that soldiers can not only penetrate the target but also shoot around it, as well as beyond. “The M4 enables soldiers to deal with any tactical situation – from neutralizing armored tanks or enemy troops in defilade, to clearing obstacles and engaging enemies in buildings,” says SAAB.

The new generation is currently under evaluation with the U.S. Army and is estimated to be completed in approximately six months.

Tips for being a Private Military Contractor (PMC)

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Tips for new Private Military Contractors

Hey Hero, congrats on making it out of the military and into the PMC world. You are about to embark on the greatest monetary adventure of your life, but before you do we wanted to offer a few pieces of advice.

1. Kit- Before deploying buy as much gear as possible. This is essential and your coolness with be calculated by your ability to buy the most up to date gear. Don’t have a use for that piece of gear? No problem. As long as the gear has MOLLE on it you are set.

2. Tattoos- Get some, actually get a lot of them. A couple of true crowd pleasers are flames, skulls, spiderwebs, 8 balls, inspiring quotes about how you will never give up and anything tribal. The more menacing the better and make sure they put somewhere on your body where everyone can see them.

3. Look like you are going on a safari- This is quite possibly the most important of all. Go to your local tactical dealer and buy one of everything…. Actually scratch that buy 10 of everything in every color. Don’t worry you can afford it, you are a baller contractor now. Also be sure to put on all of your gear BEFORE leaving the US, it’s paramount that you let everyone know in the DC, Atlanta or Dubai airport that you are bad ass and mean business. Added points for having your ID holders with all of your information out for all to see. If you are curious what to wear as an undershirt “who’s your bagdaddy,” “dirka dirkastan”, and something about you being an infidel are all perfect options.

4. House- Buy one, a big one with lots of extras like a pool, 5 car garage and an insanely large TV. You will need somewhere for your wife and her boyfriend to live while you are away so make sure it’s nice. Not sure what you can afford? A good rule of thumb when buying a house is to take your yearly average income and multiply it by 3 and that is what you can safely afford. Since you are a rich contractor and will never be fired or let go due to a change of work go ahead and take what you make in a year and multiply it by 20. This way you are guaranteed to match your newly acquired baller rich lifestyle.

5. Car- What am I thinking? Truck. The bigger the better and make sure to get a good lift kit, loud exhaust, bumper stickers that contain your entire DD-214 and flamed decals. Remember anything under a super charged V-8 is for pussies and you don’t want to be a pussy now that you are a snake eating contractor do you?

6. Harley- Notice I didn’t write Honda, BMW, Kawasaki or anything else lame like that. Get something big with a loud exhaust. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to ride one either, chances are your wife’s boyfriend does and he will be able to keep it running for you while you’re gone.

7. Watch- Go to your nearest Rolex retailer and buy a submariner, make sure it’s brand new and really expensive. Everyone needs to know you make a lot of money and that is the best way to prove it. If it’s not a Rolex then make sure it’s big, bright and easily identifiable as something that a rich person would wear by anyone not accustomed to your gangster ass lifestyle.

8. Savings- Don’t do it, you will just be wasting your time since you are getting more money next month and lots of it. If you are confused on ways to spend it I recommend going to Vegas, Thailand or the Philippines and throwing it at strippers and other minions who don’t make as much you.

9. Tap Out Shirts- Can’t fight? No problem!! You don’t need to train for years… remember that Jiu Jitsu class that you took 3 years ago but were too tired to finish? That is all you need to start wearing a bunch of fight clothes… maybe everyone will think you’re actually sponsored!!

10. Buy lots of supplements- Anything that sounds like ‘Jacked-Up Fuck Monster’, ‘Energy Fist’, ‘Stronger, Deeper, and Definitely not-Gay’, and ‘Mega Mass Monster Bench Press’ will do. It is irrelevant if it actually works, just buy it, and have it sitting out on your night stand… much respect (besides, you’ll be doing steroids anyway). And remember, if its herbal, cleansing, vitamins, or overall health and wellness related you will look like a giant pussy.

11. Get on social media and tell everyone else how bad-ass you are- Now that you are a PMC you are pretty much the Delta Force DEVGRU ninja operator of the security world. Nobody knows more about tactics and operations than you now that you went through a 2 week WPPS course. It’s your duty to get on Facebook and Instagram and educate the rest of those low life scum that only make a month what you make in a week. Be sure to degrade others on the chat forums and talk about the time you were in the military and killed more people than ass cancer on your last deployment. On your profile be sure to list as many photos as possible of you jacking steel, shooting guns and all your testosterone infused trucks and motorbikes.

 

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New Rules of Engagement from Mattis

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Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has changed the rules of engagement for those deployed in Afghanistan, no longer requiring that troops must be in contact with the enemy before opening fire. This is a welcome change within the Afghan theater, as troops will now have more opportunities to aggressively take the fight to the enemy. Part of this change will also include the dispersing of more U.S. and allied advisers to lower-level Afghan units.

The new changes were addressed during this week’s congressional hearing, where Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joe Dunford stated the White House had given authorized the chance to revise the current rules of engagement, updating them to the necessary tempo needed for fighting the Taliban. While the rules of engagement are officially classified, those in country can now be expected to take faster action when combatting terrorist forces.

“We are no longer bound by the need for proximity to our forces,” Mattis state. “It used to be we have to basically be in contact with that enemy.”

Addressing the House Armed Services Committee, Mattis also clarified “If they are in an assembly area, a training camp, we know they are an enemy and they are going to threaten the Afghan government or our people, [Gen. John Nicholson, commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan] has the wherewithal to make that decision.” He said that more units will now have advisors for obtaining air support, describing this change as “now being able to bring this fire support to bear where we could not [before], whether it be for proximity or [because] we were not with those units.”

Changes were expected, mainly because in recent years, senior Washington officials have pushed for less restrictive ROEs in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. President Donald Trump said he planned to ”lift restrictions and expand authorities” during last months Afghanistan strategy speech.

While the improvement opens new doors for combatting the enemy in Afghanistan, Mattis made clear that U.S. forces would continue to do everything “humanly possible” to avoid civilian casualties and collateral damage.

Before they were Airborne…The 82nd Division in World War I

Before they were Airborne…The 82nd Division in World War I

With the exception of the Korean Conflict, the 82nd Airborne Division has fought in every major U.S. military campaign since World War I. It was during World War II, on the battlefields of Europe, that the Division secured its place in American military history. More recently, the 82nd has deployed multiple times to Afghanistan and Iraq in the fight against Islamic extremism in the Global War on Terror.

Today’s 82nd paratroopers’ lineage dates back a century to 1917. During World War I, the 82nd was an infantry division. Organized at Camp Gordon, Georgia, outside of Atlanta on 25 August 1917. In April 1918, the Division was sent to France to fight alongside the Allied Powers on the Western Front. The 82nd took part in some of the fiercest fighting of the war. The 82nd Division fought in the Battle of Lorraine, in the Saint Mihiel Offensive and Meuse-Argonne Campaign. Two 82nd soldiers, Lieutenant Colonel Emory J. Pike and Corporal Alvin C. York, received the Congressional Medal of Honor for their valor.

Just over a year after the 82nd Division arrived in France, on 11 November 1918, the Armistice was signed ending hostilities. During nineteen months of war, 323,018 of America’s best and brightest had been killed, wounded, or were missing. The 82nd suffered 7,555 casualties, with 6,488 occurring during the brutal Meuse-Argonne offensive.

Works Cited:

Burton, G. Edward. Official History of the 82nd Division American Expediationary Forces “All American” Division. Indianapolis, IN: Bobbs-Merrill, 1919.

Senator wants Army communist kicked out

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Sen. Marco Rubio demanded that West Point revoke the commission of 2nd. Lt. Spenser Rapone in response to photos that have surfaced showing Rapone wearing pro-communist attire and messages underneath his graduation uniform. Rapone initially posted the photos to his Twitter account @punkproletarian “Commie Bebop” using the hashtag #VeteransForKaepernick, following the recent NFL protests.

On October 3rd, the Florida Senator wrote a letter to Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy that requested “the United States Army immediately nullify Rapone’s commission and pursue all available disciplinary options under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Rapone should be required to pay back in full the cost of his education, and the United States Military Academy should consider revoking his degree.”

Rapone is a former enlisted infantryman, having earned his 75th Ranger Regiment scroll in spring 2011 and deploying to Afghanistan with 1st Battalion that same year. Shortly after Rapone was “removed for standards” from the regiment, he was admitted to West Point where he graduated in 2016. He is currently serving as an infantry officer with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division out of Ft. Drum and is under investigation by his command following the incident.

In his letter, Sen. Rubio has demanded that the Army within 30 days release “all relevant information regarding West Point’s efforts to ensure cadets who actively support the destruction of our government do not waste more taxpayer funds or prevent a more worthy candidate from attending.”

“It is extremely concerning that someone who so often expressed such hostile views towards the United States’ system of government was able to obtain a commission,” expressed by Sen. Rubio. “(His) revolutionary ideas were harbored long before he was commissioned as an Army second lieutenant. Were West Point administrators or faculty aware of his views and behavior?”

West Point officials have stated Rapone’s actions “in no way reflect the values of the U.S. Military Academy or the U.S. Army.” Additionally, former Rep. Jason Altmire (D-PA) who nominated Rapone for the academy stated “While I strongly support the rights of American citizens to express their opinions, the actions of 2nd Lieutenant Rapone are abhorrent and appear to be in clear violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, in addition to being inconsistent with the values of the United States Military Academy. I have no doubt that the U.S. Army will take appropriate action.”

Military regulations prohibit soldiers from making political statements while in uniform. Sen. Rubio wrote that “Posts on social media by Rapone broadcast his devotion to the communist cause and his plans to infiltrate and sabotage the military.” Additionally, “His conduct, writings, and sympathies for American adversaries predate his commission in the Army.”

Rapone has since made his social media accounts private. His military awards include a Good Conduct Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, an Army Achievement Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one campaign star and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

What should you do when there is an active shooter?

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The common misconception that we live within well-disposed, nonviolent communities is a self-destructive dogma that repeatedly endangers not only our own lives but the lives of those around us. Society’s collective decision to deliberately ignore pragmatic threats has built our communities on the fundamental and false premise that we are always safe and that threats do not exist. However, history shows us quite the opposite, proving the existence of consistent threats to our safety.

Mass shootings, such as Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech, Orlando, and most recently Las Vegas, show us that our personal safety can be threatened anywhere, regardless of how arguably “safe” you believe your location to be. That being said, the threat of active shooters is REAL and more common than we choose to acknowledge. Naturally, this poses the question – What should I do in the event of an active shooter? Here’s a quick guideline:

Establish Your Plan – Without endangering yourself, the first thing you’ll need to do is to figure out what exactly is going on. This means assessing not only the threat but also your current situation and the situation of those around you. Do you have the ability to get yourself to safety? Should you remain in place and harden your defenses? Will my actions endanger those around me?

Execute Your Plan – Your primary goal should be SAFETY, whether that means you have to run to it or stay where you are. Do your best to remove yourself and others (if possible) from the situation so that you are safely out of harm’s way.

Communicate – If other’s are around you, let them know your plan. If you must flee your location, share your escape route with others. If you choose to say and hide, cooperate with others to harden your defenses to ensure you’ve made effective barricades and cover. Communication also includes working with law enforcement or first responders to notify them of your situation, whether that be any injuries or immediate threats.

Don’t Be A Hero – Just because you sank $2k into your tricked out 1911 and look like a badass doing your static weaver stance at your bi-monthly range visit, doesn’t mean you should be taking on an active shooter. The shooter has planned his attack and hopes get the drop on you, most likely have studied the lay of the land and having firepower superiority. You also don’t want to be mistaken by law enforcement as an active shooter. Fighting should always be a last resort, used only when your immediate safety is threatened. Let the cops do their job and focus on getting out alive.

Ultimately, you can never be 100% prepared for an active shooter, as your situation will always dictate your response. However, understanding the present situation and prioritizing your safety will increase your chances of survival.

Remember – complacency kills and vigilance is constant.

 

Rifle Drill – The Hammer Drill

This Rifle Drill is designed to focus on shot placement to the three human kill zone areas

The Hammer Drill can be conducted either as a pistol drill or a rifle drill and is designed to be completed on our Human Resources Target.  The drill focuses on shot placement in the three main kill zones to include the “T” box, the chest cavity and thoracic cavity.

Setup:

The shooter stands at the 7 yard line at the low ready or the holstered position.

Drill:

At the sound of the buzzer the shooter will fire one round to the “T” Box, two rounds to the center circle and three rounds to the thoracic cavity inverted triangle at the bottom.

Variations:

There are several variations to this rifle/pistol drill-

Variation 1: Conduct the drill at the 10 or 15 yard line.  The 15 yard line is a very difficult yard line for this drill and will most likely be limited to rifle shooters.  The drill can also be conducted from the prone or kneeling at the 25 yard line.

Variation 2: At the buzzer the shooter fires one round to the “T” box, reloads, fires two rounds to the center circle, reloads and fires three rounds to the thoracic cavity.

Variation 3: The shooter begins at the 15 yard line and fires three rounds to the thoracic cavity, the shooter then moves to the 10 yard line and fires two rounds to the center circle, that shooter then moves to the 5 yard line and fires one round to the “T” box.

The Secret Soldiers of Afghanistan and Iraq

The Secret Soldiers of Afghanistan and Iraq by Dominic Oto

Did you know that private military contractors in Afghanistan and Iraq outnumber U.S. troops three to one?

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The biggest growth has been the market of protective services in hostile environments, mostly in Iraq and Afghanistan. These services include Executive Protection or Close Protection or CP (a bodyguard in layman’s terms) for government clients.

By 2017 the United States is involved in over 200 countries and territories worldwide. Some of these places are so dangerous that the State Department has assigned a threat level of “critical.”  In October 2001, an American led Coalition attacked Afghanistan. The Taliban was overthrown in six weeks.

In March 2003, the U.S. led Coalition invaded Iraq. The Iraqi people deposed dictator Saddam Hussein after 43 years of tyrannical rule.  Warring factions and militias took over in both countries opposing the American involvement. Over the next decade, violent wars broke out killing 6,000 American soldiers.

Afghanistan and Iraq are the worst and most dangerous places on earth. American personnel working there were in grave danger.  To protect essential State Department personnel American diplomatic outposts and bases in Afghanistan and Iraq needed to be protected.

PMCs hired former elite military soldiers called “operators” for the dangerous and difficult mission of protecting American assets overseas.  The operators are mostly former Navy SEALs, U.S. Army Special Forces and Rangers, and Marines. These former special operators and Marines that bring calm to moments of absolute terror and chaos. Many of them were the top warriors in their respective services.

These men are not about politics. The mission of PMCs is to protect U.S. assets and personnel in dangerous places from a relentless and constant terrorist threat.  They are mainly used in high-risk areas. PMCs act as the security element of the U.S. government assets in war zones and beyond.

PMCs protect American assets and personnel in the most austere environments.  PMCs see themselves as Americans helping Americans overseas especially in areas where there is no military support.  PMCs do amazing work. Their service and sacrifice is larger unknown because they are no longer soldiers.  PMCs put others before themselves.

They train in everything from shooting and reloading rifles and pistols, to close quarters combat to offensive driving.  Business firms working The Circuit are called Commercial Security Companies or CSCs.

The primary goal of CSCs is to make money. They are above the political reasons that countries are in wars. PMCs are different than mercenaries. Mercenaries are hired guns who sell their services to the highest bidder despite the mission or circumstances.

Mercenaries have no national loyalty, no sense of duty or honor to a country and no moral foundation.  Most PMCs are former soldiers. They regard their employment on The Circuit as a continuation of their public service, not an end to it.

Most PMCs do not accept jobs that run counter to U.S. national interests. A majority of PMCs are retired veterans with a decade or more of military service. They see their work in the private security sector as an extension of their service as soldiers. PMCs are patriots and military contractors, not mercenaries.

Works Cited:

Pelton, Robert Young. Licensed to Kill: Hired Guns on the War on Terror . New York City: Random House, 2006.

Schumacher, Gerry. A Bloody Business: America’s War Zone Contractors and the Occupation of Iraq. St. Paul, MN : Zenith Press, 2006.