Ten Paths to Operational Enhancement……continued

Part Two

I’ve been training professionals for over 20 years and throughout that time I have reached the conclusion that what individuals, teams and “Units” want more than anything is a training solution that offers them an enhanced capability. A capability that will allow them to function and therefore operate more efficiently! They don’t ask me to lighten their loads, offer them an “easy” way to achieve their mission or even a way that will allow them additional time with their family and loved ones…although this last one would be pretty neat! What they want is a skill-set, gem of knowledge, way or path to make them even better at what they do! Well here it is, and you’ll be pleased to hear, there is no magic involved…..Do the “Basics” well, all the time, every time whether you’re deploying on a mission or just on to a training exercise!

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Major Dean A Williams MBE Royal Marines Commandos (Ret) Founding Director and Chief Instructor

In no particular order a further 5 ‘path’s’ that when followed and practiced regularly, will lead to improved and enhanced mission performance:

6.         Navigation. Navigate everywhere and don’t rely on your GPS. Global Positioning Systems have become an undeniable asset and certainly should not be forsaken however, learn how to really read a map and understand how to read the contours marked on that map. You need to have the confidence in your map reading ability to “feel” the terrain under your feet! I once had a 5 man team of “Premier” SOF come through our school. We reminded them of the need to navigate, at all times, through the use of map, compass and pacing along with GPS ‘confirmation’. The team leader replied thanks but “no thanks” as “we” have the latest up to date “you can’t bend it” GPS in the world! Four hours after aviation insertion dropped the “Team” into triple canopy rainforest, these exceptional Operators were totally disorientated and “misplaced”. They had relied on technology for too long and forsaken the “Basics”. After a substantial amount of eating large slices of “humble pie” they agreed to re-learn the use of compass, azimuths and crucially pacing (see point number 7) – the “Basics”

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Fig 1 Don’t be reliant on GPS, check and confirm with Map and Compass

7.         Pace, everywhere – Ask yourself this question. How many paces do you walk in ten yards or even 100 yards? How many paces with tactical vest and plate armour, with a full bergan/load on your back, along the flat, uphill, downhill, when running, by day and at night? Have a means of recording your paces – pace counter attached to weapon (remember point 3), or pacing beads attached to your non dominant hand side of your webbing riser. With a little “training” pacing can prove an accurate way to measure your distance traveled and will ensure that you know exactly where you are at all times!

ImageFig 2. No visible landmarks, pacing is a must!

8.         Trash/Discardables. What goes in with you – comes out with you! Don’t bury it, burn it or hide it! Information gained from trash by your adversary can be phenomenal, and can include, time that you buried it and therefore, through a time and distance study an assessment of your current position, nationality of unit, type, ethnicity, numbers, professionalism, information or need for resupply…the list is endless.

9.         Stealth and Deception. Always use deception tactics. The Russians have a word for stealth “Khitrost”, this heading was and still is included into every set of operational orders, it was included for a very good reason. Through the use of stealth you achieve deception. Learn how to Anti-Track and minimise your signature both physical and electronic. Study deception and the techniques to successfully implement it until it becomes second nature – think out of the box!

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Fig 3. Use Stealth and Deception on every operation.

 10.       Train – don’t practice. What’s the difference I hear you say? All the practising in the world isn’t doing you any good if you’re practising the wrong things! You must simulate what you’re required to do on operations in as many varied scenarios as possible. Discover what you’re weakest in and train yourself in that aspect the most. There’s little benefit, if any, in constantly repeating the things that we are already proficient at, just because it’s easy, or we enjoy that feeling of self gratification. Get out there and start “training” in the component that you are “not” good at and reap the rewards!

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Fig 4.”Train Hard in order to Fight Hard”

Dean Williams spent 26 years serving in the British Royal Marine Commandos in a myriad of specialist units, serving at every rank from Marine to Major and with experience in the commercial training sector, he is the visionary behind PENCARI’s development. PENCARI means ‘Searcher or Seeker’ in Bahasa Malay. It was while serving in Borneo in SE Asia, initially as the Training Officer and then the Officer Commanding the UK Military’s Jungle Warfare and Combat Tracking School that Dean recognised the need for an intelligent and focused training delivery organisation that continually ‘seeks’ and strives for the very latest techniques in training design, concept and delivery.

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