Over the three days, we trained 32 Drill Sergeants & received some great feedback…
“Experts in their craft. Great instructors”
“Instructors were very knowledgeable and spoke professionally clear, precise and to the point”
“the knowledge they had was outstanding…able to break it down and explain it”
“experts not only in their craft but in the way of teaching”
On the subject of the lesson plan, pace and drilling:
“Very easy – this is the training that I would love to teach to my Soldiers”
“Drills were gradually built up which made learning easier”
“the demonstrations were constructed at good speed then accelerated to real life speed”
Overall impression of the S.P.E.A.R. and practicality:
“the techniques are based on a natural response and explain why we react that way”
“the techniques were simple enough for a child to learn”
“very simple to learn and very simple to grasp. Everything reverts to the 1st technique we were taught
“Yes, one technique that can be used in different situations”
Scenarios covered included:
Thanks to LTC Axelberg and Lightner and 192nd BDE cadre for organizing this program and inviting us to execute this training. And thank to my instructors, Tony Torres & Cliff Byerly for their outstanding work of a short 3 days.
On day one I did the leadership brief and that generated additional interest.
Our most important message is always ‘integration’….specifically how the S.P.E.A.R. System acts as a bridge to your current fighting tool box. In the case of the Army, they have the MACP.
The S.P.E.A.R. support MAC because it address the counter-ambush conversion that allows the soldier to access the 3 R’s: React/Recover/Respond.
While coaches Torres & Byerly ran the soldiers through their paces, I met with COL Terry Sellers
and CSM Darrin Bohn who train Officer Candidate School, who are responsible for training
all newly minted LTs and Infantry LTs
CSM Ulibarri, Fort Benning CSM and CSM Walker, the Infantry School CSM
were very supportive and came out to participate in some of the training
CSM Morgan, who is the BDE CSM who the Army Combatives Program falls
under, came out for a demo and seemed interested and showed interest in
how we can implement the SPEAR training into the Army’s program.
On Wednesday morning I was honored to have General Miles
attend a private brief on S.P.E.A.R. System research as well as a
presentation of our scenario program that supports, integrates and
enhances outcomes-based training.