Two Special Forces teams practiced a number of drills on our 50m x 50m small arms range. Upon arrival, the teams confirmed zero ? on their weapons systems and practiced transition drills that were all timed and included shooting while moving, multiple target indexing, and shooting and moving ?from behind barriers; these drills consisted of the individual alternating between shooting paper targets with a rifle and steel targets with a pistol. These type of drills, due to the fact that they were timed, provided the individual with added stress, making the task a bit more difficult, but the knowledge outcome much more valuable and differentiated. Stress drills offer great practice for any person working in high risk conditions; understandably, this is a fundamental type of training utilized by a majority of Special Operations units.
The Range Complex’s 40' rappel tower also saw some action as the Special Forces teams made use of its fast rope system. The individuals practiced descending the rope with and without gear and while being timed. This kind of training is important for teams such as this one because it allows them to practice methods of quick access into places that can either be difficult to get to by foot or dangerous to jump into. Rappelling from a building is a transferable skill which can aide in other kinds of operations such as air assault (rappelling from a helicopter).
The next day, the Special Forces teams took part in mule packing. In the military world, FM 31-27 (Field Manual) covers the use of pack animals in support of Special Operations; the knowledge of the use of pack animals is quite important for an individual in Special Operations to possess as these types of animals have been, and are, quite useful while moving in rugged mountainous terrain.
During their training, the teams learned how to position their gear and crew served weapons on the mules in the most optimal and ready-for-use manner and eventually took a long walk with the mules learning how to guide them through various types of land features all while keeping their gear safely secured on the mules themselves. It was a packed couple of days for these two Special Forces teams, and a lot of great training was accomplished.
To top off the week, a group of studentsin the Special Forces Qualification course utilized the Oak Grove Village Complex. This group of students partook in real-world, dilemma based, situations that they might encounter in various foreign countries. The students learned how to handle cultural differences while applying previous training knowledge to each condition faced.