SULE Preparation May 2, 2012 7:34:00 GMT -8
Post by Stan on May 2, 2012 7:34:00 GMT -8
Purpose: This event is designed to develop leadership, build team cohesion and identify strengths and weaknesses through adversity while also educating the participants in work skills, time management, delegation and problem-solving. This event is based around a fictional storyline where the employment of teams and firearms is relevant and logical. The event has been scheduled with Angeles Shooting Range (ASR) for 17 May 2013.
The concept of operations is that as an entire group we will operate out of the Angeles Shooting Range class room as an “assembly area”. The group will be divided into 4-6 person teams and a team leader will be assigned and given a mission which he/she will be aided by the team mentor to plan, write their operations order, rehearse and finally give the operation order to the rest of the team. The mission will climax in a live fire exercise. The team returns to the assembly area for debrief then a new team leader is assigned. This tempo will continue into the night until we stop at approximately 9:30pm.
Mental Preparation: This is going to be a challenging event. I hope that it will be a life-changing one that you soon not forget. The idea is that this event will permanently change the way you think about firearms, tactics, and emergency management. Borrowing heavily from the Marine Corps SULE used in Officer Candidate School, this event will both aid and evaluate how you perform as a leader in an emergency crisis rather than just a shooter.
This will be more about how you manage, supervise, lead, and employ your team and use small unit tactics and weapons. This is about being a solid tactical leader AND the sound employment of weapons not just a “shoot-em-up” course. Shooting skills are perishable but leadership skills will stay with you for the rest of your life, thus this exercise is invaluable.
You will get the most out of SULE the more serious you take it as a tool to see your strengths and weaknesses and those of your team mates. Learn from everyone’s mistakes and learn to place people where their strengths are most advantageous.
Physical Preparation: You will need to be able to hike and run for moderate distances without being “winded.” If you do not run now, you should start with conservative goals of perhaps two miles a week and then work your way up. You will be required to exert yourself by hiking, conduct a frontal assault or an envelopment and still be able to think clearly. Greater cardiovascular/aerobic capacity is the key to this.
Strength training is important but less so than cardiovascular for the type of exertion required in SULE. You will be required to carry your rifle, pistol (optional), fighting load, and small pack with you with moderate weight. The load will be described in the following page but you should prepare such a pack and train to carry such weight on at least a bi-monthly basis .
*Rifle: proven, reliable, pre-zeroed, with tactical light. An optic would be a plus. You should not be experimenting for this event but trust an ‘ole faithful’ rifle to do the job. Four (4) ten-round magazines minimum.
*Rifle Ammunition: 100 - 200 rounds of factory ammunition or factory reloads like Blackhills, Ammoman etc.
Firearms training gear: Clear eye protection for night and day, ear protection, etc.
*Weapons cleaning gear: GI “toothbrush”, oil, and a rag will get you by.
*3 day pack: 2000-2,500 cubic inch class, a hiking pack from REI etc. will do. Not a mountain ruck.
*Hiking boots: broken in months before the event with good tread and soles intact
*Watch: highly recommend digital rather than analog.
*Cargo Pants: these will be well worn and will take abuse. *Camouflage clothing (shirt and/or pants) is asked not to be worn during the day to remain inconspicuous.
*Red light flashlight: Keychain LED like a Photon or Inova will do.
*White light flashlight: Keychain LED like a Photon or Inova will do.
*Cutting Tool: A multi-purpose tool like a Leatherman© or Gerber tool or simply a pocket knife, etc.
*Refillable water container/s: A Camelbak© type hydration bladder is best but bottles are fine.
*Load Bearing Equipment/Fighting Load Carrier: Plate carrier, chest rig, belt system, vest, etc to hold your magazines, water, tools, utility equipment etc. to keep you in the fight.
Note taking material: Notepad, (2) pens or pencils, etc.
*Warming layers: Jacket/fleece and beanie/watch cap for night.
Nice to haves:
*Spare Rifle: Should your primary permanently fail so you can complete the evaluation. See pistol below.
*Pistol: optional but recommended for transitions should your rifle fail. If your rifle permanently fails during a mission you will be expected to complete the mission with your pistol. A loaner rifle may be available for your next mission.
*Moisture Wicking T-shirt and socks: made of DuPont Cool-Max©, polyester or the equivalent to wick sweat away from your skin to keep you drier and more comfortable. For socks this will help reduce blisters.
*FRS two-way radio: radios will be provided to keep communications between the teams but if you prefer your own radio and accessories like an ear bud, boom microphone etc this will be on you.
*Small binoculars or monocular: may come in handy for reconnaissance.
*Global positioning system: For navigation, friendly location, and location of enemy.
Recommend/Prescribed Load Out:
On your person:
*Load Bearing Equipment/Fighting Load Carrier with >five (5) rifle magazines, pistol magazines optional, >two (2) quart water source, cutting tool, flashlights, first aid kit, etc.
*Gun belt (optional) with pistol holster, knife etc.
*Tough cargo pants, sacraficial jeans etc.
*Long sleeve shirt recommended
*Sweat wicking T-shirt and socks
*Broken-in hiking boots
In your pack:
*Second load of ammunition. Ideally, another >five (5) rifle magazines filled. Second best is on stripper clips and lastly in cartons.
*Food, ration, snacks, trail mix, power bar/gels, etc.
*Second water source
*Weapons maintenance gear.
*Ear & eye protection easily accessible (top pocket)
*Small roll of duct tape
*Chemical/cylume light sticks
*Small towel or Shamagh for general purpose
*Spare pair of socks
*Miscellaneous personal items of your choice
The Academy of Saint Crispian will ensure the following precautions and measures:
Trained emergency medical personnel standing by on-site.
Designated vehicle for “ambulance” standing by on-site for any medical evacuations to Olive View-UCLA hospital.
Camouflage clothing will be asked not to be worn during the day.
Safety personnel will accompany all teams throughout the day and night.
Firearms will be safely slung and/or carried but properly handled at all times.
Medical approval documentation from participant’s doctor.
After 9 -11 hours of rigorous training culminating in a celebratory feast with alcoholic beverages, we are going to ask for signed agreements for a designated driver/pick up to safely drive you home; you will go unconscious on the ride home guaranteed.
(ASR) SULE: Friday, 17 May 2013
Full 14-hour course: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm $375.00
Half course (day operations only): 8:00 am – 5:00 pm $200.00
Executive/Academic Option (No live fire or team participation): $75.00
Suggested Wikipedia Readings:
Combined Arms: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Combined_arms
Five Paragraph Order: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_paragraph_order
Invasion of Poland 1939: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invasion_of_Poland_(1939)
Maneuver Warfare: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maneuver_warfare
Military Tactics: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_military_tactics#Small_unit_tactics