The AAR is a topic often touted and just as often misunderstood. In certain circles it is championed as a critical tool of group improvement and in others it is loathed because in the past it has appeared to be ineffective or unhelpful. Here are three articles defining the AAR, explaining it’s purpose and how to effectively implement it in both the milsim and civilian venues.

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Why Teams are Killing Milsim

Do I have your attention? Good. All I ask is that you hear me out and read this article to the end before you draw your conclusions.

Let me first say that this is not an argument against teams. I am part of a team and have been for several years. On the flip side, this is a warning that milsim within the airsoft community will die if the following attitude is allowed to prevail:

“I’ll only come if my team is going.”

So what’s the big deal? The big deal is that this attitude holds the top echelon of each team from advancing. Every team has a few guys that are serious about improving themselves. They want to go to that training class and they want to go to that next level of milsim game. However, they don’t simply because the rest of their team won’t go.

As a result, the lower echelons of teams and therefore the milsim community drives the teams’ event locations. Because of this, event coordinators create more events that cater to the less serious milsim players and that becomes the main stream milsim. This happens over and over, and eventually the community declines to a point where milsim simply becomes dressing up in a military uniform and playing airsoft.

So how do we prevent the death of milsim?

Lead! If you want to train, then seek out training and attend regardless of who else is going! If you want to play at that next level milsim game then go! Teams used to be leaders within milsim, pushing the limits and continually improving their own skill, forcing others to do the same to keep pace. There’s no reason this can’t be the case again but it begins with individual players making the decision to push themselves rather than follow the masses.

If you don’t, those still pushing the envelope will move on to another avenue of training and the milsim we enjoy will continue to fade into a fancy dress up version of airsoft.

Which Comes First, the Chicken or the Egg?

Here at TMP we believe in continual improvement. Either you’re getting better or you’re falling behind. It’s that simple.

However, science has shown us that while an object in motion does typically stay in motion, objects at rest definitely stay at rest. What does this have to do with milsim you ask? Well, the milsim community is definitely an object at rest at the current time. Very few organizations are successfully moving forwards and pushing the envelope of what’s been done before. There have definitely been advances in equipment but we’re focusing more on human development here; so the question presents itself:

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Fieldcraft Weekend 12-13-14 My Experience

I attended a fieldcraft weekend put on by 1 Shepherd and the Operation Eastwind staff. This was not a fieldcraft class, it was more of a “put what you know to the test and learn from each other” event. This is exactly what ended up happening and it was one of the most valuable training events I’ve been to.

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Ultimate Land Navigation Guide

Recently I attended a land navigation class put on by Central War Gaming and this prompted me to see what the internet provides for those interested in improving their land navigation skills. The directory which follows is by no means an substitute for taking classes or regularly practicing these skills but it can provide a good base of information for someone looking to expand their knowledge.

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Communication Breakdown Part 3

War Nerds wraps up their discussion on comms with a short video depicting a typical use of SOI:

“Due to the popularity of the previous article in this series, we present you with a real life example recorded during One Shepherd’s Fall 2015 field training exercise (FTX).  The video was recorded in an S-250 communications shelter.  It houses the radio/telephone operator (RTO) equipment used by  the tactical operations center (TOC).  In this specific example, it depicts a conversation between a team and higher command.”

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ALICE LBE Tips and Modifications

Below are tips referring to the ALICE Load Bearing Equipment (LBE), or belt and suspenders kit a soldier wears into battle. Please note, I do not take credit for all of the modifications listed below. I’ve collected them from various sources including the “Ranger Digest” series of books by Rick Tscherne. Also thanks to local Milsim player Dave for his first hand insight into this topic.

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