29 December 2012

Survival is Not Politically Correct -- It May Even Be Illegal

Adapted from an article previously published on Al Fin, the Next Level

“The BBC offers this advice for anyone in Britain who is attacked on the street: You are permitted to protect yourself with a briefcase, a handbag, or keys. You should shout ‘Call the Police’ rather than ‘Help.’ Bystanders are not to help. They have been taught to leave such matters to the professionals. If you manage to knock your attacker down, you must not hit him again or you risk being charged with assault.” _Gun Tutor

Humans of the advanced world have entered a brave and dangerous new phase of existence. We are moving through a stage where it is politically incorrect -- and sometimes illegal -- to protect oneself and one's family in order to survive a growing range of threats which one is not supposed to be aware of, much less mention in polite company.

Nevertheless, if you want to play through to the next level, you must survive this phase of existence with enough resources and in good enough condition to proceed to the next phase.

For those who are raising children, this point cannot be made strongly enough. Your children need to be raised to be dangerous. Competent, yes. Highly skilled, yes. Technologically savvy, yes. And very, very, dangerous.

But where do children go to learn skills of survival, teamwork, discipline in dangerous settings, calmness under fire, etc. in the modern hyper-feminised politically correct world? That is a very good question (but be careful where you ask it).

There is a national program in the US that is called the Young Marines, which should give program designers some useful ideas. The Young Marines is open to boys and girls from the age of 8 all the way through the high school years. The organisation provides summer camp and a wide range of training programs, including community service.

Several ranks and awards are available throughout the course of training -- similar to the Boy Scouts' ranks and badges. Here is a list of skills and goals for the most basic level of Young Marines:
  • Drill movements, including march, halt, fall-in and fall-out of ranks, positions of attention, parade rest, at ease and rest
  • Execution of column movements, saluting, and facing movements
  • Uniform regulations
  • Grooming and personal appearance standards
  • Rank structure of the Young Marines
  • Military customs and courtesies
  • Practicing Formation
  • Young Marine history
  • Military terms and jargon
  • Outdoor tools safety
  • Assembling survival kits
  • Stove & lantern safety
  • Constructing a shelter
  • Knot tying
  • Lighting fires
  • Reading of maps
  • Signs on topographical maps
  • Orient a map without the use of a compass
  • Introduction to the compass.
  • Drug Resistance
  • Basic elements of speech preparation
  • Duties of both a team member and team leader
  • Duties of a Young Marine Flag Bearer
  • Duties of fire watch
  • Responsibilities of US citizens
  • History of the US flag
  • Components of physical fitness
  • Developing personal physical fitness plans
  • Tips on healthy eating
  • Basic first aid techniques
  • In order to proceed to Junior ranks, each Young Marine must perform 50 hours of community service
_Basic Rank Skills & Goals

Information on Ranks and Rank Advancement

The Young Marines programs should be seen as idea generators for most parents, since such programs will not be available everywhere -- and will not necessarily be exactly what many parents are looking for regardless.

But many children will learn important skills of survival, group cohesion and support, and self-discipline, when training with other children of various skills levels but with a generally unified intention to succeed and excel.

The various curricula which we have discussed in connection with dangerous child training have had little to do with military tactical or strategic thought or training. And yet, a well-rounded dangerous child should know something about military tactics -- if only to understand how to avoid being caught up in a combat situation.

For some communities that wish to establish a certain degree of independence from potentially dangerous and aggressive outside groups, a more intimate knowledge of small unit tactics, and infantry weapons may become important to acquire.

Under the US constitution, the right of individuals and communities to organise militias and to bear arms is guaranteed in the second amendment. Up to this point, very few US communities and regions have taken advantage of their constitutional rights to organise such small fighting units.

But as the US moves more deeply into its paradoxical and surreal world of politically correct denial in the face of growing and deadly threats inside the homeland itself, even a "conspiracy of silence" on the part of government, academia, and popular news media outlets will not stop a growing trend toward organised self-defense.

It is never too late to have a dangerous childhood.

Basic small unit tactics (PDF)

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Blogger SwampWoman said...

We have the grandkids shooting every weekend. Good thing we're not concerned about being politically correct.

Sunday, 30 December, 2012  
Blogger al fin said...

Not a bad starting point, if you include training in unarmed combat and with primitive weapons. Plus a lot of other practical skills.

Should the Obama curse get the better of US society, small nuclei of competence will be necessary so that the significant numbers of the semi-competent can have something around which to coalesce.

Monday, 31 December, 2012  
Blogger KGould said...

My oldest son just learned how to fire his first 9mm a week ago at 15 and the 10 year old daughter will be training this summer. She is also in TKD under the world tkd federation with a former olympic coach (coached his student to gold) and he didnt get the memo about being politically correct lol. She has advanced 4 levels in a year. I will be putting the youngest in next year. The kids are taught various skills and even throwing in insane yelling if they need to lol. Ive seen her use blocking moves without even thinking about it while defending little brother in a playground scuffle, without hurting the other child at all but marking her authority in the situation with one swoop of the arm. Canada has interesting self defense laws too, with many people being charged after hitting home invaders, etc. I do not intend for my children being sitting ducks in the future. My oldest did two years of football and while not aggressive at heart, he learned where his center of balance is and how to use his large size for blocking qnd over powering, without having to bash someone's head in. Just because we have funky laws here does not mean we have to hide in the corner.

Thursday, 03 January, 2013  
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Friday, 04 January, 2013  
Blogger al fin said...

Interesting story, KC. Thanks for the link.

As for not letting your kids be sitting ducks for a lame & tyrannical society, good on you (and Swamp Woman as well).

It is heartening to hear about the exceptions to the rule. So many parents raise their "trophy children" as perpetually helpless and incompetent psychological neotenates, "lambs to the slaughter" in a dysfunctional society.

Children need to be taught competence in many skills, and mastery in at least a few. Rather than being set up as small cogs in a giant machine, set them up to be their own machine makers.

Saturday, 05 January, 2013  

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