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After Action Assessment

We all hope that we never need to get into a gun fight but if we do, and let’s face it that’s going to happen at some point in the professional Contractor’s line of work, then we need to be properly prepared for the forthcoming event. This time Andy takes us into the often-overlooked art of the After Action Assessment.

We train in all manner of ways for our duty, mostly on the range, but there are other ways in which you can prepare for contact. We train in the basics of “gun-fu” from the beginning, NSP’s, SOP’s, fundamentals and principles of marksmanship to name but a few. With this standard set of knowledge and training under our belt we move on to the more complex training drills. 

It is impossible to train for every eventuality that may come our way. There are too many “what ifs”. We can only train to a certain degree as to what our main role will be, such as Urban, CP, Maritime, etc. Being part of a respected team working for a reputable company will be a lot easier than strolling in on a contract you know little about or unprepared for. It happens.

As I walk onto any tactical training range it warms my heart to see my fellow brothers and sisters working hard on their drills. Blood, sweat and tears mixed with the cordite and dust, some drilling the basic drills, others working on personal goals. Teams practicing squad or section details, with others learning new skills which they will face on deployment with their new contract. Either way preparing for duty is more than just mindset and drills. It’s about mastering the right skills for the high risk environment you are going to find yourself in.

There is one skill that I feel is overlooked and maybe misunderstood, that I see a lot of on the tactical, and sometimes even in competition, and that’s the After Action Assessment.

When the shooting is done and the adversary is down and out, what happens next? Was the encounter a shoot and scoot


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