DTG: On Cover


Ask an old soldier or Marine what kind of first-contact casualty rates are inflicted on inexperienced indigenous forces.

There is no FREEFOR mechanism for troop replacement.

Get it?

11 responses to “DTG: On Cover

  1. from my own area, the classic example of the success rate for indigenous forces is the 1771 battle at alamance creek. even with twice the number of men, the local “Regulators” took a bad beating from well trained and supplied british troops. the regulators were good hunters and good shots, but without real leadership and training, and zero supplies, they didn’t last a day. supplies are plentiful and cheap right now. good training can be had at a dozen places, including up at max’s and j.c.’s. no need to have history repeat itself here.


  2. Having trained with Max, it was readily apparent the effectiveness of a well-trained fire team. TEAM – whose yours??

  3. 1) We use Force on Force Team Tactics to bring home the lessons that can be skipped over in live fire. UTM and live fire are complimentary training experiences.

    2) Force on Force with UTM can give the impression that concealment is cover. No training system is perfect. It is the best I have found. The UTM rounds going past sounds like live zipping by. It does teach taking cover very well.

    3) It is not only taking cover that counts, but speed getting your guns in the fight, effectively. The combination of the two is often what gives one team the edge. Not hesitating. This must be balanced against the challenge of PID, because fratricide is an ever present specter.

    4) There is not always decent cover. In such places a low profile combined effective suppression is what will keep you alive. Your fire is your cover.

    5) nothing will concentrate the mind like live rounds tearing shit up in your vicinity. There is only so much battle inoculation we can do in training. But with modern methods we can get people a long way towards beating that green troops freeze in initial contact. A lot of what we do is operant conditioning to beat the first and second freezes.

    • I was wondering about the type of rounds you all used
      there Max. Did some search and finally found out.
      Thank you. Keep up the good work 🙂

  4. Re that crawling thing that was linked within DTG’s post: Anybody else take the trip to “the Beach” as promoted by the drills at Ft Dix? They told us we’d be going to a beach and sand. Thoughts of close by Atlantic City reared in our stupid trainee heads.

    Turns out that the beach, after the usual cattlecar ride, was a forty acre cleared piece in the Jersey piney woods. We learned to low crawl and high crawl on that biotch piece of ground. I got my first taste of chiggers at that place. Afterward, I got my first taste of socialized medicine in search of relief from them.

    • Deadeye Dic

      I too did that one. Remember kissing the ground while 50 cal rounds zipped overhead and mortar simulators exploding nearby. Thank god it was winter so no bug problems. The DIs told us to keep our aZzes n heads down and low crawl to your objective. Got through it and moved on to the next obstacle.

  5. I just teach the same thing I’ve taught civilians (as a formal business) for 7 years as a tactical training business. I started Mason Dixon Tactical on July 4th, 2010. The (RBTEC) Rural Buddy Team Essentials Course (one weekend geared towards two people operations), and the “Bushbastard” course (three weekends starting with individual and buddy teams, advancing to fire teams and squads, culminating with multiple squad operations and the “Bushbastard ” test of the learned skills proficiency AND RETENTION. We use blank fire (you use your weapon) in multiple scenarios with trained OpFor (with class 3 belt feds for that special “contact” pucker factor lol), and you run live fire lanes as a Buddy Team, Fire Team, and Squad. The Bushbastard course is a revamp of the Rural Team Tactics Course (RTTC) that we started 7 years ago, was a four weekend course. We use Echo Valley Training Center in Hampshire Co WV, and have 350 acres of wooded terrain, 2 square ranges out to 300 meters, a 360 degree drive in range for vehicle/ATV Ops ahooting. A Jungle Lane range, and an obstacle course to use. My Wilderness survival courses arw getting a good bit of attention right now for some reason, but if you’re interested in tactical training from MDT, go to the tactical, not the wilderness survival page on the website.

    • The first part of that above comment was supposed to read “Learning to quickly assess and use protective terrain is an art form. One of the reasons I use blanks instead of paintball, airspoft, simunitions, etc. Is because of the training scars it can leave regarding the difference between cover and concealment. “

  6. Alfred E. Neuman

    Reblogged this on FOR GOD AND COUNTRY.

  7. NightBreaker

    Welcome to my A.O!
    Chiggers , Ticks and Leftist’s oh my.
    when people think of N.J. they don’t think about the barrens and southern NJ. another good example of the uses of METT tailored to your A.O.