Modern Army Combatives

Greetings and happy Thursday to all. Only six days left of training and I’ll be proceeding to the endless beach country. Let me tell you. If ever I thought powerpoint was bad, today topped them all. We sat, stood, nodded off and mentally wandered elsewhere as the day-long briefings plodded along. My goodness. Most of the information we learned today was irrelevant to what we will be doing during our deployment, but oh well.

Anyway, the fun part of the day dropped in about 7 p.m. tonight during day two of Modern Army Combatives. Basically, the goal of Modern Army Combatives is to build real combative ability by teaching realistic training methods and growing self sustaining indigenous Combatives programs within units and organizations. Wow, that was entirely too confusing. So, in plain words, we are learning hand-to-hand combat moves to make us more competent and confident. If our weapon malfunctions in front of an enemy, we will hopefully instinctively act on what we’ve been trained on.

Here is a link to a video explaining a little more about MACP. We are only getting a sprinkling of what this fighting entails, and I have to tell you, I’m eager to learn more. Click here.

Tomorrow is the final day of combative training. I’ve got some video and will hopefully load it up soon for you.

We are still here at the “forward operating base.” It’s not so bad. You get used to the portypotties, “Mr. Bob” and the tents with irregular heating, but it could be worse. Our crewMr. Bob


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