shoot, move, communicate – leave no trace

So, I survived the elements and exercises to tell a tale of brutal training and woe. Yes, woe.

Above 3000 ft. which for me, is a challenge. Not the elevation, but the terrain. I live in the semi-flat lands and moving into an AO that is a bit more hilly, will put the hurt on pretty quick.

Ambushes, fire & maneuver, observation, and long range marksmanship while living out of a backpack for two days. Good times, even better training and PT.

A couple of takeaways:

  • Get good clothing this is on par with the elements you will be operating in.
  • These are pricy, but nice: GoRuck GR-1
  • Cache placement & concealment is crucial.
  • Never underestimate how quickly you can dull a good knife.
  • Your caloric intake will be twice what you expect it to be.
  • Adjustment to the discomfort of the elements takes time, especially for someone who works in a cushy office all day long.

I’m not an expert on combat by any means, but I am learning, slowly. Your bushcraft, trekking, and general outdoor skills will translate well, though I must admit, adding the OPSEC element to being in the woods has been a steep learning curve for me.

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