Nutshell - Militia Man & Security
11/15/14 Jim's Rant For The Day. Militia Man (partial)
Repost from 10/7/2012
I survived my first militia training exercise. What else can I tell you, other than I am a most humbled person. Being that I was never in the military or closely related to anyone who was, I never understood those people. What an eye opener! "It's not just a job," it's an art form. I can see now that three ex-military, twenty-year olds, can walk into a building containing twenty non-military trained armed persons and easily walk away with their candy.
Here's what I experienced the past two days. Because I had no military training at all but was good at computers, the day prior to the exercise they told me I was rated to be the "Drone Observer." I was quite honored with this prospect until I received an email not intended for me. It discussed the fact that my butt was the biggest in the group and just right to fit the cannon muzzle! They were going to fire me off as an aerial observer, as we have no observation drones.
I immediately went into panic mode and gorged myself all day thinking that I would be too tight in the cannon barrel. But that night I realized that was just what they wanted. So, I overdosed on laxatives to make me too thin. The laxatives hadn't kicked in Saturday morning when it was time. I hated the idea of this job and was relieved momentarily when I overheard two of them saying they "needed to fire Jim." They made me wear a white sheet so I would appear from the ground as a cloud, gave me a walkie-talkie, and shot my ass. They hailed it a success and said I looked like "Super Klu Klux Klan Man" arching across the sky, leaving a brown chem-trail (it kicked in). I'll post the pictures when I get them. After that I assisted in a Medic bandaging demonstration.
Later, they taught basic patrol hand signals and movements. They all carried loaded weapons except me. I explained that I was not a "gun person." One nice gentleman gave me his AR-15 which contained a huge magazine with heavy bullets in it. I thought "Thank God" when he lightened the weapon by removing the magazine. He then placed it in an ammo belt and told me to wear the fifty-pound belt. That was the first time I ever needed suspenders just to hold up my belt.
The signals and movements came somewhat easy to me, after a lot of special coaching. What got me was the "Hit the dirt," "Get up," "Hit the dirt," "Get up and charge forward" that killed me. I would have been less winded if the AR manufacturer put a handle on the gun barrel to make it easier climbing up the weapon to get back up.
To Be Continued.
10/9/12 Jim's Rant For The Day. Militia Man - Part II
Read this only if you are into prepping either as a family or as a larger group. These are simply my notes taken during my militia experience.
1. A friend called me this morning after reading my first Militia Man article. He summed up the entire militia experience simply as "That's a young boy's game."
If you don't fit that profile, you'd best be in a comfortable defensive position. Forget about the running, hiding, climbing assault manoeuvres. This isn't paintball. Put a comfy lawn chair behind a concrete wall. If you are in shape like me, that's the best you're gonna do. The numbers sixteen and sixty-one have some things in common, but running isn't one of them.
2. I don't mean to scare anyone, but I have to be honest here. My biggest weekend shock was learning this. If two or three young ex-military persons equipped wanted your stores, all they have to do is walk in with a shopping cart. You can't stop them if you are not on their level.
3. If you have a large group, you had better establish your own militia and allocate a lot of training time and materials to that effort.
A . Storm whistles costing about $7 are your best bet. They make an amazing loud noise capable of being heard a long distance away. Sentries and neighbours need them as a community muster alarm.
B . GMRS Walkie Talkies are cheap and valuable, don't require a license, and they all communicate with each other. In reality, they have a range of up to a quarter of a mile. Your sentries should have an earphone ($16). Train all in their use as they are more complex than the toys we grew up with. Locate the dead spots in your neighbourhood, as there will surely be some in which they cannot communicate from.
C . GMRS Antennas, a di-pole piece of wire to be placed on a roof or between trees, can be purchased for about $70. This may increase your overall range from the base radio by 50% more in distance. The cheap radios have a permanent antenna. If you desire the increased range, you will have to purchase a more expensive ($150) base model (one only needed) with a removable antenna so you can attach the wire antenna connection in its place. This base radio will communicate with all the cheaper radios with permanent antennas. The total cost of this upgrade is around $210.
D . Cricket Clickers ($3 per dozen) will be needed by night patrols in place of hand signals.
E . CB Radios are the next move up. This will help communicate with neighbours up to ten miles away, depending on weather and a lot of other factors. Don't count on repeater stations to extend your range as is common now, as those stations may go down.
F . Radios is a deep subject. Do your research.
5. Clothing. At best, if you are in the woods, purchase cheap olive-coloured tee shirts. Be aware that camouflaged BDU tops or pants can be purchased from thrift stores for about $5 each. This is because the military went to a computer generated graphic pattern making the old patterns obsolete. They are versatile, and as for comfort, the next-best thing to going naked. Ladies, they tie everywhere so bugs can't get in and with the loose fit and pattern, no one will know your butt size if you remove the tag. Be certain to purchase long Johns to go with them in the winter.
6. Your butt should be off the couch and walking for exercise NOW. After this weekend, mine is. I learned real quick that otherwise my body is useless to the community and may cause injury to someone else. There is no excuse for this.
7. Cache for Groceries. Whether you are alone or in a group, you must break up your supplies into smaller bundles and cache them in secret locations in and around your position. Seal it up in rubber containers duct taped closed and bury it if you have to. As I said earlier, experienced people can walk in anytime to raid you. Cut your losses in half or even less. Give yourself an option besides fighting to the death as you currently plan to do.
8. Bug Out. Have a good bug out plan(s) if you have to retreat. Know the rally point(s). Practice it over and over.
9. Know who you are against. I asked the group who they thought they might be firing upon. All of them said "zombies," referring to scared looters and pillagers. Several of the militia members were Dept. of Defence contractors who worked closely with military personnel. They agreed that the military will not support its might being turned on the American citizens. Nor do they believe we will be invaded by NATO of other foreign troops, as the military will never allow that to happen. So that only leaves scavengers to be feared.
10. Note for the ladies. Invest in urinal bottles ($3). Put one in each car. They have a two inch opening - you can't miss standing up.
11. Size does and doesn't count. The conversation was always the same around camp. Which is better, AK or AR? I didn't understand the passion and so kept quiet. But for me, it's either FL or CA.
I read an article by a Serbian war survivor in which he discussed this issue. He said he came across six young men at an intersection all holding boards as weapons. A seventh had a twenty-two rifle and a big smile on his face. The Serbian's point was to be happy with what you have.