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Company Spotlight: Fuze Tactical Survival Training

Tuesday, 09 July 2013 01:00 Written by 

Survival is a term, thrown around by many, to signify various meanings.  For some it is the continuation of a doomsday scenario involving financial collapse, disease outbreak, or zombies. For others it may be winning a military simulation competition. And, for others, it’s a general sense of responsibility to their family and friends; to know something about survival in austere environments just in case.

Fuze Tactical Survival Training (Fuze TST)

Location: Virginia

Contact Information: Emil,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

These days it is trendy to be part of the “Prepper Movement,” due in part to TV shows, books, Aztec prophesies, or some other cool guy factor that would fit in an “other” category should it show up one day on a survey.   So, everyone “kits up” with everything under the sun, everything on TV, and everything they see in and around units that fall in under the Special Operations Command (SOCOM). While the fantasy of looking like a soldier from the Modern Warfare video game may appeal to some, most do not understand that by weighing themselves down they are defeating the common sense rule. Think about it: How many Ghillie suits do you need, or sleeping bags, or 5-gallon water jugs?
 
I was once told by a mentor and friend (whose name I will keep out of here for posterity’s sake, but whose background includes credentials like Ranger, Special Forces, and Combat Applications Group (CAG), before it was CAG, and spent time in the world of Mercs) to follow the Keep It Simple Stupid (KISS) rule; pack only what you need, and speed is your friend (caveated with the adage: Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast). This followed me during multiple tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Philippines. These life lessons make up our mantra at Fuze Tactical Survival Training (TST), and you will see them when you conduct our tactical/survival courses.

When packing people normally forget the main item necessary to survive any situation, COMMON SENSE! We preach it every day, and in each training packet we distribute, we include the first 10 Standing Orders for Roger’s Rangers:

  1. Don’t forget nothing.
  2. Have your musket clean as a whistle, hatchet scoured, sixty rounds powder and ball, and be ready to march at a minute’s warning.
  3. When you’re on the march, act the way you would if you was sneaking up on a deer. See the enemy first.
  4. Tell the truth about what you see and what you do. There is an army depending on us for correct information. You can lie all you please when you tell other folks about the Rangers, but don’t never lie to a Ranger or officer.
  5. Don’t never take a chance you don’t have to.
  6. When we’re on the march we march single file, far enough apart so one shot can’t go through two men.
  7. If we strike swamps, or soft ground, we spread out abreast, so it’s hard to track us.
  8. When we march, we keep moving till dark, so as to give the enemy the least possible chance at us.
  9. When we camp, half the party stays awake while the other half sleeps.
  10. If we take prisoners, we keep’em separate till we have had time to examine them, so they can’t cook up a story between ‘em.

 

These rules provide the foundation for a common sense view of operating in a hostile and austere environment; in small cohesive units, against a known or unknown force. As simple as these rules are, and as easy as it is to Google anything these days, people need to get out there and conduct hands on training. It doesn’t matter how much TV or YouTube you watch, or how many manuals you read; until you have done it repeatedly over time - you will not build the necessary muscle memory required to be successful.

Let’s look at one of the TV shows out there, and really see what is fueling the insanity. There is a show about some ex-Marines teaching people how to survive post-apocalypse. But are lessons about attaching a knife to a broom handle really what people are looking for?  

Bottom line is it’s a mindset. It doesn’t matter if you are training for a Military Simulation (MilSim) event, believe that the world is going to end, or just want to increase your minimalist skills; Survival is a lifestyle. The only thing that changes is your own personal definition. The question now is “How do you get to that higher level of training and knowledge?”

While realistic training is in demand, we have not found many choices offering a holistic training service to effectively and efficiently train these people. So thinking outside the box, as we do, we started our own training service: Fuze TST.

We have been contacted by groups of people nationwide, looking for a resource to teach them actual tactical survival skills; ranging from tracking and trapping to advanced reconnaissance operations and small unit leadership. We have been in contact with groups looking to increase unit readiness for MilSim and paintball. We have catered to the “inner man” of every suburban household, by sponsoring survival competitions where minimal equipment is provided and teams of two individuals live (albeit monitored and supervised) in the wilderness and compete for bragging rights over their buddies. And more recently, we have branched into the preparedness community, by assisting Preppers with developing their personal survival plan and hosting training.

We have taken lessons learned from our experiences globally, and condense them into 2-6 day courses taught by members of the Special Operations community; including Special Forces, Rangers, and Force Recon Marines, with experience both in the military and contracting around the world.

We run “real-world” scenarios based on the specific needs, ideas, and ideals of each group, and identify strong and weak points for future reference and follow on training. This requires pre-planning and coordination with groups to ensure the most complete and safest training possible.

Our first phase of training, dubbed the Group AssesSment Program- Basic (GASP-B), is our gateway course. GASP-B provides us with a baseline of operational experience, leadership abilities, and common sense within a group. We then proceed to cover weaknesses we see particular to each group, and to each individual. We teach topics ranging from basic packing to Small Unit Tactics, remote medicine, advanced intelligence gathering, and reconnaissance operations. Training is conducted at our facility in Virginia, as are week-long survival/tactical events and team-building.

So in considering Survival, first understand what it means to you, to your group, and then proceed to laying out a plan. And by all means keep the common sense included in all aspects of you planning and execution cycle. You can learn the rest.

Prepper Link's Recommendation

I have personally met with the guys at Fuze TST, and can vouch for their professionalism and their training objectives. Being a combat veteran myself, I know that all military experience are not created equal. I have a great respect for our Special Operations Forces, as I have worked with them repeatedly over the years. Emil and his team continue this professionalism throughout their training. I highly recommend attending one of the Fuze TST courses. - Gary Griffin

Contact Information: Emil,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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