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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.

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.

Impossible Missions: The Devil’s Brigade – WWII’s First Special Service Force Part 1 – Int

By Dominic Oto

Risk, grit, daring and doing impossible missions are the trademark of American’s Special Operations Forces (SOF). Many American SOF units trace their lineage to the “Devil’s Brigade.”

During World War II the Allies were struggling to strike out at their enemies. A secret unit of soldiers was created to carry out deadly actions in the face of impossible danger. The unit was called the First Special Service Force.

The Devil’s Brigade was a special fighting unit from World War II. This secret fighting outfit combined crack Canadian soldiers and a collection of U.S. Army misfits, many of serving time in military jails before they were recruited. At first there was conflict between the men of two different armies. Over time hostility turned to friendship and respect. The commando unit is sent Italy to attempt a dangerous mission which was previously considered impossible to successfully complete.

The Canadians were the handpicked best of the best trained army in the world, veterans of the fighting at Dunkirk. The Canadians volunteers are the very best of the Canadian army: spit and polish, experienced and multiskilled soldiers. The Americans were a rough bunch. The Americans are the bottom of the barrel of the U.S. Army: oddballs and troublemakers lacking discipline. Over time, Colonel Robert T. Frederick forges the brass knuckled Americans and the brass button Canadians into a unified, crack commando fighting force.

The unit’s name disguised the lethal fighting skills of its men. On the battlefield their Nazi opponents called them “die schwarzen Teufeln” (the Black Devils). Too much of the public, they became known as the Devil’s Brigade. To their admirers they were no less than super commandos.

They were a fighting force like no other. Men of the outdoors attuned to the rigors of rough terrain. They struck with stealth by night. The enemy feared them. They were a force trained to confront danger. They became known as the “Devil’s Brigade.”

They were a hellish band of men that hated each other more than the enemy until they met the enemy.  The unit is sent to Italy where they distinguished themselves in numerous combat actions. A band of men the enemy soon called the “Devil’s Brigade.”  The First Special Service Force is the most unusual group of men ever brought together to win a war.

About the author:

Oto holds a BS in History from Oregon State University and a MMA in Military History from American Public University. He served three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a Company Commander and Staff Trainer to the Afghan National Army. He was wounded once and decorated three times. Oto is an Infantry Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserve.