About 2002 Clint Smith and I were talking about the future of teaching and gun schools. He predicted that there would be a large number of people who would begin to teach, basing their instruction on experiences from tours with the military and/or private contractors during the war. He said the quality of instruction would start to fall, and he was right.
Instructors began teaching military techniques for armed civilians training to defend themselves or family from a violent attack. Some instructors simply repeat and copy skills without understanding how – if at all – they apply to their student’s needs.
The same way the Military shouldn’t train by using the rules of engagement civilians have to adhere to, we cannot train only on how to do it the military way. We may be able to pick one or two new things and apply them, but the mindset and rules of engagement are different.
If mission determines the gear, it makes all the sense in the world that the training should follow the same path.