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John “Shrek” McPhee Introduces Gunfighter University

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

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John McPhee aka Shrek aka Sheriff of Baghdad is a top-tier firearms trainer. Now, he’s launched an entirely new way of providing feedback to shooters. Gunfighter University utilizes analysis of video of the shooter combined with online feedback. McPhee has been using the Coach’s Eye software for several years now and has even been recognized by Coach’s Eye for his innovative methods.

But, Gunfighter U takes the whole thing to a different level. McPhee offers an affordable option for those who can’t make it to a formal class by offering individualized coaching based on the videos you provide. He’ll take a look at the mechanics of your shot (stance, presentation and grip) and recommend changes. Additionally, he continues to offer class enrollment for those so inclined.

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His methodology is straight forward. It’s a three-strep process that can be accomplished virtually anywhere you can shoot your firearm and record yourself.

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For more information, visit www.gunfighteru.com

My Favorite SOB Is Back!

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

John McPhee, the Sheriff of Baghdad is launching a new website, May 1st.

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Sign up now to enter a chance to win one of a series of prizes he will be giving away from his sponsors each of the first 10 days of May.

www.sobtactical.com

John “Shrek” McPhee is BACK ON TAP at Grey Group Training!

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Today Grey Group Training announced that John “Shrek” McPhee has signed on as Director of Training. Congrats to all!

Grey Group Training is pleased to announce that John “Shrek” McPhee is BACK ON TAP at Grey Group (Q the righteousduke “back on tap” T-shirt). As you may know, GGT is under new ownership and has chosen to invest in building a robust and comprehensive training program. In addition to providing excellent hands on training himself, John will be filing the role as the Training Sergeant Major here a Grey Group working next to Ramia, the Training Coordinator and primary contact for training. He will be leading the way by taking GGT into an organized progression of skills method taught by the best instructors in their respective fields. As a retired Army Sergeant Major, serving at the absolute pinnacle of warriors, with extensive combat experience in multiple theaters, no one knows training better!

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Please be patient, as we will not overlook anyone that wants to reach out to John or take his classes. If you have already signed up for his class with Alias Training, please contact us (via phone at 910-323-4739 or email at info@greygrouptraining.com) and we will walk you through the simple process to move your booking to GGT. We are working hard to make the transition as smooth as possible. We will proactively re-enroll you into the SAME class on GGT and if you have already given a deposit to Alias (once your money is refunded) we will establish your deposit or enrollment fees. We apologize for any inconvenience and want to make this as painless as possible for you. At the end of the day this is about you the student, giving you everything you need, and making you as survivable and lethal as possible.

In addition to our commitment to provide excellent training, we are bringing added value to the student. We are proud to announce the following sponsorship agreements for Shrek: Arc’teryx, Velocity Armor, Mayflower Consulting, Kryptec Camo, Sheriff of Baghdad, and Combat Flip Flops. Students training with Shrek will receive a coupon code good for discounts on products from his sponsors. In addition, we will be offering “Training Packages” where students who attend a class with Shrek may purchase specific items your instructor endorses for a discounted price.

V/R
John Mcphee shrek@greygrouptraining.com
Ramia Whitecotton info@greygrouptraining.com

Gunfighter Moment – John McPhee

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Shrek’s Ten Warrior Commandments

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I. CRUSH YOUR ENEMY TOTALLY

Leave no room for doubt. Kill them, then kill them twice to be sure, then check and make sure they are dead. Crush your enemy. Do not pass go, do not collect $200. This is not a James Bond movie where your enemy spills his guts and then gets away. Do not waste one word. Kill them and make sure they are dead. If they aren’t dead, they will seek revenge. Crush them not only in body and spirit, but take their will to fight. This especially includes warriors with no honor.

II. LEAD BY EXAMPLE

If it’s time to get your kill on, then start killin’ first. If you need to get through gunfire, get through the fire first. If you lead the way, this tells other warriors that if they want to get a kill in today, “You better beat me!” It tells your soldiers that if they want to prove themselves as warriors, they need to be on their “A Game” just to fight by your side.

III. TREAT EVERYONE EQUALLY

As a warrior, remember who got you to the dance. That vehicle didn’t fix itself. That weapon works because of your armorer. Spend time with those around you. Get to know everyone personally. This will ensure that in any situation, everyone that surrounds you will give you personally 110 percent.

IV. PLACE YOUR FULL TRUST IN NO ONE

You can trust a friend, as long as he remains honorable. But a warrior’s friend today might become his enemy tomorrow. Those who worship you today have envy, and will stain your armor and break your sword if given the chance. When the time comes, you will know who has honor, and honorable warriors will always forgive, for they understand your actions as a warrior.

V. TAKE CARE OF THOSE UNDER YOU

Defend your subordinates to the bitter end. Defend them against any and all friends, enemies and warriors. Let it be known to anyone under your control or aligned with you, that you will kill for your warriors if anyone else tries to test your territory or boundaries. This tells others to come to you first; because you rule your warriors. Other honorable warriors will understand this and want that same respect in return. Your subordinates will feel protected and go to the ends of the earth for their master.

VI. TRAIN EVERYONE TO BE THE MASTER

It’s every warrior’s job to want to be the master. From day one with your pupils, you’re training them to be the master. Withhold no information, no skills, nothing back from them. Give them everything they need personally to become a master. If you have 5 masters, versus 1 master and 4 pupils, this will strengthen your force. Honor will keep the balance of power for you, if you are the true master.

VII. LET YOUR WARRIORS SOLVE THEIR OWN PROBLEMS

Always let warriors solve their own problems or conflicts. If it’s between warriors, let them go. Watch every move they make to ensure the problem gets fixed and no one gets killed. There will always be problems. As the master, watching this will show you if the problem was fixed, or if your warriors have a problem with honor.

VIII. ALWAYS LET YOUR PUPILS TAKE THE CREDIT

When fighting another master or formidable enemy, always let your pupils have the final killing blow while you watch. This is the biggest form of dishonor to anther master. Being crushed by warriors of lesser stature will haunt him for eternity.

IX. NEVER WASH YOUR ARMOR

Savages always smell like scum. They will always bring their families to a gun fight. This includes babies and small children. If you don’t wash your clothes, you will smell like a savage, and if handling savage babies they will not cry. Babies use smell to identify who you are, friend or foe, so smell like a savage.

X. DO NOT FIGHT IN ANOTHER MAN’S PANTS

Know where your own kit is and use it! Messing around with another warrior’s gear is against any warrior code. This is viewed as hiding another warrior’s sword, and he won’t know until he is in battle. This is a sure way to get yourself beheaded, and this is not an honorable death between warriors.

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SGM (ret) John McPhee served a distinguished career in U.S. Army Special Operations for over 20 years, retiring in 2011.

John has spent his adult life in Special Operations and Special Mission Units. He is a Master Instructor in all aspects of special activities, missions and operations. He has over 6 years of private special activities consulting and is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in: Special Activities, Operational Preparations, Limited Signature Operations, Reconnaissance, Singleton Operations, High Threat Dignitary Protective Services, Extreme Long Range, Designated Marksman, Advanced Precision Rifle Marksmanship, Combat Marksmanship, Live Fire CQB/CQC, Advanced Pistol Marksmanship, Advanced Carbine Marksmanship, Aeriel Gunnery (Rifles, Shotguns, Ariel Personnel and Vehicle Interdictions, Mechanical, Ballistic and Explosive Breaching, Freefall Instructor Programs, Infiltration/ Exfiltration Techniques, Ground Mobility, Unit Pre-Deployment Training, and Research and Development of; Soldier Systems, Weapons, Ammunition, Thermal and Night Optics.

Qualifications;
Special Forces Target Interdiction Course
US Army Sniper School
NRA Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun, Instructor
NRA Range Safety Officer
Advanced Mountain Sniper Course, Instructor
Advanced Freefall, Instructor (Ratings Current)
Freefall Coach (Ratings Current)
California Personal/ Executive Body Guard Certification (Rating Current)
2005 Budweiser World Cup Super Heavyweight Jiu-Jitsu Champion
2004 Presidential Security Detail (Ariel Heavy) Cartagena, Colombia

He has trained countless U.S. Special Operations forces, thousands of International Tier 1 Operators and Special Forces around the world. He is one of the handful of operators with over a decade of combat having served in multiple theaters from Bosnia and South America to recent war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Gunfighter Moment is a weekly feature brought to you by Alias Training & Security Services. Each week Alias brings us a different Trainer and in turn they offer some words of wisdom.

Coming Soon – Shrek’s 10 Warrior Commandments

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

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Sheriff of Baghdad Talks Grip

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

This is one of the most useful things you’ll see all day so stop and take a few minutes to listen to the legendary Sheriff of Baghdad, SGM John McPhee (USA, Ret) talk about grip.

Follow John McPhee at sheriffofbaghdad.com.

Sheriff of Baghdad Is Live

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

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The Sheriff of Baghdad now has a home on the web thanks to Righteous Duke Media. Be sure to check it out for info on courses, swag and everything Shrek.

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Gunfighter Moment – John McPhee

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Advice for Warriors

20130222-202111.jpgDo not be afraid of failure. Fear of failure will result in never trying. This fear of failure and the will to try will haunt you until the end of your days…

It is inherent in the military for Warriors to test themselves by seeking out selection courses. Selection is a form of recognition that will move them up the ladder of warriorness. For the Army that’s Ranger Indoctrination Program (RIP), Special Forces selection and Unit selection. There are many selections out there but I’m speaking from what I have experienced. I have received all kinds of advice over the years. For me the guy that tells you what to do because he went last month is cool. However, on more than one occasion knowing too much has set me up for failure. Looking back I realized what helped me most was as simple as something I could keep telling my self over and over.

In Ranger school man I’m telling you, I must have quit 1,000 times in my mind. I would say to myself “If my shoulders break off my body and my rucksack hits the ground, at that point, it’s all over but the crying.” I even had this running joke with my Ranger buddy when times were tough and the suck factor was high we would Quit. You read that right. But we would only utter those words to each other and even then, it would be in a whisper. This was so no one would hear. When things suck and we were mad as a raging bull whispering was a good way to calm down enough to say “F-this I quit”. We would even quit on good days for no reason. It was always as a morale booster and good laugh. Once we got our quitting out of the way for the day we drove on hard charging and refreshed. I never really quit and passed Ranger school in 6 phases even though there were only 4 back then. I’ll let you do the math.

I wanted to give you the best advice I ever received. It’s vague and was passed on to me by the biggest hearted, best Ranger I ever met. He was the guy you always counted on to never fall behind, never falter and always be there standing next to you when the smoke cleared. The problem was he was dumb as a bag of hammers. Warrior to Warrior, I want to share what he told me in order to help you for your selection, school or any challenge you might face. In fact, I recently told this to someone very close to me who I always look up to. This was my chance to maybe share something so personal, with someone very important and I wanted to share this with you because I believe it to the depths of my Warrior core. It’s my mantra.

You have to say this over and over in your head. When you wake up, when times are tough throughout the day and when you go to bed. That is, if you even get sleep since it’s a luxury, lol. You say this in your darkest hour and when you’re riding on easy street. For all you smart Warriors don’t read into it too much or you’ll only mentally screw yourself (you know who you are). To the rest of the Warriors read into it and apply this to every situation you find yourself in. Trust this as you trust your compass to always point north. Oh yeah, I’m writing this exactly as you should say this in your head for those, well never mind.

There is nothing that I will do today that I cannot do.” Simple, but we always loose sight of the big picture especially when we think we can’t go on. However, there are also times when you have to survive off smaller pieces but never lose sight of your goals. Always do your best. If that isn’t good enough, then no shame because you did your best.

Set Goals For Yourself.
Know what you want. People, break those goals down into short and long-term. Cool, got it, but as I’m writing this I still don’t know what I want to do when I grow up. So if you know your goals, cool. If your goals are more flexible, then follow your heart. If you pursue something and find it’s not for you then tell some one. No shame. Everyone’s path is different. For example, mine has been more just busting brush through the woods than a path. So you may not be able to absolutely define your goals and they may just fit you. if so, that’s ok. Lastly, for the true professional you will never just do something unless it’s perfect. But this will slow you down or hinder your achievements. Perfectionist, there comes a time that you will have to say “it’s good enough” and send it, move on.

Don’t Let The Past Dictate The Future. Today is Today, Yesterday Is Gone. Do The Task At Hand.“.

These are all you need to succeed. This implies so many things that I would have to hire a psycho head doc to get into the details. But essentially it tells you to let go of the past and do the task at hand. If life sucked for you yesterday or even 2 minutes ago, screw it and move on, doing your best. Learn from your mistakes, keep your head and keep going. Also know whatever class, selection or school in America is set up for you not to die. Having said that “there is nothing that you will have to do on a day-to-day basis that you can not do.” Otherwise, you would not be where you are.

Keep Going, Don’t Stop.
There are never donuts and hot coffee over the hill. It’s a trap and don’t fall for it. Another key and I want to stress this one, if you’re in the middle of who the F knows and you want to quit, fine…Cool. However, you will have to still keep moving and continue to do so. This is because you’re in the middle of no-F’ing-where and Scotty isn’t beaming you up. So you will quit and still have to walk with everyone else. And know in your heart after you went the extra mile and finished that everyone else is getting lobster. You’re getting shit on for a movement you made anyway. So even if you want to quit keep your mouth shut and next time you’ll get lobster and not a kick in the ass for something you did anyway.

Keep your head, be smart and live event-to-event, live day-to-day, second by second.
Keeping life small seems to make the big picture not suck so bad. Stay mentally strong. If the mind is going your body will follow. No matter how tired your body is, if your mind says “giddy up” it’s time to go bitches, it’s time to GO. Keep your mind right. I saw in RIP as a private the 1SG some Arnold terminator dude talk a kid into passing out so he could stick him with an IV. Crazy shit. He was like “You’re looking light headed. Feeling weak, huh? I’m gonna stick you when you pass out”. Then bam on the floor and stuck like a pig. No shit, I was a Private thinking I want learn that ninja jedi shit one day. Only I was thinking about the ladies and how this could seriously up my game, know what I’m saying? Keep your mind right and your ass will follow. It’s simple.

No System That Is Worth Its Weight Will Allow You To Fail
Listen to what they teach you, then apply it the way they told you. Do your best and do not get cocky, even if it’s your strongest point. This will only set you up for some character building (failure). Stay humble, focused and give it your best. Think proactive and be ready for the next move. Don’t give it everything you’ve got up to a certain point then find out you’re only half way. Be smart. If there’s more, take a deep breathe and say in your head “There is nothing today that I cannot do,” and keep moving.

Make Mistakes.
I know the world today is less forgiving for anyone making mistakes but without them, none of us would be here today. Caveman made mistakes and it cost them his life. You making mistakes is how people learn. You can learn something by seeing, reading, or hearing. There are plenty of ways to learn but humans learn best by their mistakes. So try your best and if you make a mistake admit it, know what happened and learn. Guaranteed it won’t happen again.

Don’t Let Your Ego Beat You
This is the down fall of most proud Alpha types. You will never be good at anything and are holding yourself back from achieving greatness by your ego. First off, lose it and lose it now! No one knows everything. Because you’re whatever, Special Forces or a SEAL for example, does not mean you can shoot or that you even make good decisions. It just means you passed their school. The sooner you see this the sooner you’re on your way to getting better at everything you do. It’s ok to have confidence but having ego issues will only hold you back from your potential. Ego sadly enough, has cost many a Warrior his life in combat and this continues to happen, even as we speak. Although hardly a warrior, Hitler’s ego gave way to hubris and it was so bad that no one had the stones to say “Hey boss, you are F-ing this up big time,” because telling the truth would have got you shot in the face on the spot without the decency of a last cigarette.

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SGM (ret) John McPhee served a distinguished career in U.S. Army Special Operations for over 20 years, retiring in 2011.

John has spent his adult life in Special Operations and Special Mission Units. He is a Master Instructor in all aspects of special activities, missions and operations. He has over 6 years of private special activities consulting and is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in: Special Activities, Operational Preparations, Limited Signature Operations, Reconnaissance, Singleton Operations, High Threat Dignitary Protective Services, Extreme Long Range, Designated Marksman, Advanced Precision Rifle Marksmanship, Combat Marksmanship, Live Fire CQB/CQC, Advanced Pistol Marksmanship, Advanced Carbine Marksmanship, Aeriel Gunnery (Rifles, Shotguns, Ariel Personnel and Vehicle Interdictions, Mechanical, Ballistic and Explosive Breaching, Freefall Instructor Programs, Infiltration/ Exfiltration Techniques, Ground Mobility, Unit Pre-Deployment Training, and Research and Development of; Soldier Systems, Weapons, Ammunition, Thermal and Night Optics.

Qualifications;
Special Forces Target Interdiction Course
US Army Sniper School
NRA Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun, Instructor
NRA Range Safety Officer
Advanced Mountain Sniper Course, Instructor
Advanced Freefall, Instructor (Ratings Current)
Freefall Coach (Ratings Current)
California Personal/ Executive Body Guard Certification (Rating Current)
2005 Budweiser World Cup Super Heavyweight Jiu-Jitsu Champion
2004 Presidential Security Detail (Ariel Heavy) Cartagena, Colombia

He has trained countless U.S. Special Operations forces, thousands of International Tier 1 Operators and Special Forces around the world. He is one of the handful of operators with over a decade of combat having served in multiple theaters from Bosnia and South America to recent war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Gunfighter Moment is a weekly feature brought to you by Alias Training & Security Services. Each week Alias brings us a different Trainer and in turn they offer some words of wisdom.

Gunfighter Moment – John McPhee

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

Humility

Humility is a virtue and as a trained Catholic I believe in virtues. I’m pretty sure the Pope believes in them as well, but since he is one of the few people I don’t actually know, I’m only guessing. Warriors, this is very important to the Warrior Code. If you want to become a master of war, you will display and demand this quality at all times.

First, humility will always save your ass. Meaning, this is the ability to say you fucked-up and know it. This will lead to a fix! Imagine that in this day and age – a real fix and not just hot air. On the battlefield one can’t afford politically correct answers or political bullshit! Non-answers will lead to your mates’ deaths, and there is no room for this in the warrior world.

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Humility, when displayed in front of your warriors, shows you care. If you have to admit that you fucked-up to help the mission, then speak up! This will make you a stronger leader. There’s nothing more I want to hear than my boss saying “it’s fucked,” and drive on to a solution or success. You can never get better by patting yourself on the back. Be real, speak up, and drive on. Okay, the not-so-bright warriors will always just say it like it is. Best guys in a gun fight! “What’s up dogs I feel ya.” Now, all you smart brothers just say the truth, speak up, don’t layer or level the truth. Spit it out and save everyone because we don’t have time for you to say some sugar-coated bullshit. Fucking say it so we can move on before someone gets killed.

Be humble. We might have just killed a ton of savages but…they have families and are people. Sort the situation as best as possible and treat everyone as you want to be treated, while you follow procedures to safeguard yourself and your mates. Now, having said that, plan for the worst. I have been fucked over by some savage MFers quicker than you can figure out what just happened. Do not take shit. Follow your safeguard procedures, and if you have to crush a few people in the act of safe-keeping of your team then do it. War is a dirty business and always will be. Nothing is lily-white and if you have to get wet or red to save or fix a situation, then make it happen and move on.

Next, humility and your ego. First and foremost, let it go, Your ego will always negate any humility, which will always hinder your ability to do anything at a professional level. Big ego brothers, you’re the worst. Your over-inflated egos prevent you from being a force to be reckoned with. Just because you passed Big-man-do school doesn’t make you a commando. Okay, all you other over-inflated douche bags you’re in the same boat. Drop the ego and succeed, or continue the path you’re on and see what happens. Sure, you might be better than some, however, you will always be your own worst enemy and you will never see where you fucked-up. You will never reach your own potential, so stop the bullshit today and get in the game.

Finally, humility and training. Do not think you’re the shit in scenarios or training venues because things went right for once. To do things right takes hard work, dedication and repetition. Do NOT let your ego blind you from the difference between luck and skill. This will always blind you and in combat no one can afford this. See things for what they are and fix them now! Don’t let your ego cost someone you know their life!! A little humility goes a long way.

Shrek out, bitches!

SGM (ret) John McPhee served a distinguished career in U.S. Army Special Operations for over 20 years, retiring in 2011.

John has spent his adult life in Special Operations and Special Mission Units. He is a Master Instructor in all aspects of special activities, missions and operations. He has over 6 years of private special activities consulting and is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in: Special Activities, Operational Preparations, Limited Signature Operations, Reconnaissance, Singleton Operations, High Threat Dignitary Protective Services, Extreme Long Range, Designated Marksman, Advanced Precision Rifle Marksmanship, Combat Marksmanship, Live Fire CQB/CQC, Advanced Pistol Marksmanship, Advanced Carbine Marksmanship, Aeriel Gunnery (Rifles, Shotguns, Ariel Personnel and Vehicle Interdictions, Mechanical, Ballistic and Explosive Breaching, Freefall Instructor Programs, Infiltration/ Exfiltration Techniques, Ground Mobility, Unit Pre-Deployment Training, and Research and Development of; Soldier Systems, Weapons, Ammunition, Thermal and Night Optics.

Qualifications;
Special Forces Target Interdiction Course
US Army Sniper School
NRA Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun, Instructor
NRA Range Safety Officer
Advanced Mountain Sniper Course, Instructor
Advanced Freefall, Instructor (Ratings Current)
Freefall Coach (Ratings Current)
California Personal/ Executive Body Guard Certification (Rating Current)
2005 Budweiser World Cup Super Heavyweight Jiu-Jitsu Champion
2004 Presidential Security Detail (Ariel Heavy) Cartagena, Colombia

He has trained countless U.S. Special Operations forces, thousands of International Tier 1 Operators and Special Forces around the world. He is one of the handful of operators with over a decade of combat having served in multiple theaters from Bosnia and South America to recent war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Gunfighter Moment is a weekly feature brought to you by Alias Training & Security Services. Each week Alias brings us a different Trainer and in turn they offer some words of wisdom.

Gunfighter Moment – John McPhee

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

Non-Verbal Communication

Non-verbal communication is the most over looked and misunderstood tool that Warriors have. In today’s world, you say what you want and you get it. It begins at a young age but everyone realizes that when asked what he wants to eat, a child will respond verbally. However, as you grow, you begin to take non-verbal cues. For example, as a Warrior in battle, you’ll see the Warrior to your left shooting. What does that tell you? It says “he is engaged with the enemy.” You look to your right and you see a Warrior on his back with another kneeling over him? Possibly wounded or worse. It gives a mental snap shot of what is going on around you and what you should do, or need to do, next. No words need to be exchanged nor would there be time but even if there was time, you wouldn’t hear it due to distance or the sounds of battle. This non-verbal communication, through good training, can be, hands down, better than verbal communication. However, we generally train and use verbal communication because of lack of knowledge, understanding, and experience. Besides, it’s just easy to do. Yep, finger drill training, talk me through it, and I’ll call you trained. Sad but true, so weak and lazy leaders beware! I’m watching you!

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Train using non-verbal comms because in gun fights you won’t have the time to bullshit. Guns are loud so you won’t be able to hear anyway, and if you’re listening for someone to say something, you’re not focused on the fight. This lack of focus puts your life, my life, and the lives of the Warriors around you at risk. Not cool hammy hands, so listen up. Remember, you need to wear ear protection at all times. Otherwise, it’s, “In a gun fight today as a warrior and def tomorrow because of it.” If you’re deaf, how will you tell your stories over beer to score chicks? So, wear your ear pro. All leaders train with ear pro, that way it takes the “talk me through it” out of your training.

As a young Ranger I was in the Sniper section which as you know, is in the same platoon as the Anti-Tank gunners. Those guys shot the 90mm Recoilless everyday and later switched to the 84mm Carl Gustav. These hand cannons are LOUD, HEAR ME? So these AT gunners couldn’t uses verbal comms for two distinct reasons. 1. Both the Recoilless and ‘Goose’ are too LOUD to hear anything. 2. The gunners were all deaf due to reason number one. That’s right, deaf. It was so bad that before any mandatory hearing tests those boys would wear ear plugs all weekend or longer just to pass. THEY KNEW NON-VERBAL COMMUNICATION. CAN YOU HEAR ME?!

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Train using non-verbal comms. Start today. It’s easy, and it ain’t rocket surgery*. If you see a possible enemy or a threat, point your rifle at it. If all the Warriors on your team, patrol, or whatever see this, they know you see a possible enemy. When you lower your rifle, the threat is gone. Simple, right? Makes total sense. Rifle “up” threat, rifle “down”, no threat. Yeah, I said it again for the not so bright guys in the back row (best guys in a gun fight, the backrowers). So we’re out patrolling, I bring my rifle up and start shooting. This means, “shit’s on sucker.” Then I stop shooting and lower my weapon and wait…………. Wait for it……. “Shits off.” That’s right. So you’re still with me? Good.

So now we’re in a gun fight, and you’re bounding. Yeah, that’s a 3 to 5 second rush, remember that? I’m up, bad guy sees me, I’m down. When you’re down, as your buddy, I’m moving. When I’m down, I’m covering your movement. This can be done in any size element. The old standby, conventional method is to use verbal comms to say shit like “cover me, moving, ready, clear, roger, balls, bullshit” or what ever the F your using. Look, if I move, you see me run, then I’m down. How long will it take for me to cover you? Two seconds after I drop from your view. So wait two seconds and move. And, once again, if there is shooting, you won’t hear all this bullshit anyway. In and around buildings, cars, urban areas, even without shooting, you won’t hear it. So why try use it? Again, we are a buddy team and you don’t hear me say “move”, do you wait 10 minutes? or forever? No, you look around, realize I am covering you and rush. Then it all starts over again. Except, you’ve probably been victim to standing around waiting for the new guy that is lying in wait to be told to move for 10 minutes. This is an indicator that your methods and training sucks! Just try it you’ll see. If you have any combat experience at all you’ll realize you can’t hear that shit anyway. Plus, this also affords you speed (oh yeah bonus). Ok Rangers, I was taught speed is not security but when bringing steel to bear on your enemy, the quicker the better…Amen.

I feel like you’re starting to get my drift, so I will give one more example. Clearing rooms and buildings, close quarters battle (CQB), that sort of stuff. When you enter and clear a room guys say, “clear, red zone, you suck, dick” or whatever, right? Yeah this shit is hitting close to home, huh? Well hear me out. You come into the room rifle up and clear your sector of fire. Rifle down meaning my sector is clear and I’m ready to move. So four guys in a room, rifles down, means room “clear” without saying a word. Best of all, you will lower your rifle to move anyway, true? So this makes it all that much easier. Think about this scenario. You’re taking a room off a street to get out of a worse situation. There’s still shooting going on outside this room because war is loud suckers. That’s why you wear ear protection. But, ear pro and talking don’t mix. Am I right? So YOU WON’T HEAR the four clears you need to move on, so do not waste the time your going to do it anyway no verbs style. So train for that easy (yes easy). Do it, and start today! Start doing this now, it’s easier than you think if you train for it, and most of all, stop making excuses. Don’t be a weak ass leader!

-Shrek

SGM (ret) John McPhee served a distinguished career in U.S. Army Special Operations for over 20 years, retiring in 2011.

John has spent his adult life in Special Operations and Special Mission Units. He is a Master Instructor in all aspects of special activities, missions and operations. He has over 6 years of private special activities consulting and is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in: Special Activities, Operational Preparations, Limited Signature Operations, Reconnaissance, Singleton Operations, High Threat Dignitary Protective Services, Extreme Long Range, Designated Marksman, Advanced Precision Rifle Marksmanship, Combat Marksmanship, Live Fire CQB/CQC, Advanced Pistol Marksmanship, Advanced Carbine Marksmanship, Aeriel Gunnery (Rifles, Shotguns, Ariel Personnel and Vehicle Interdictions, Mechanical, Ballistic and Explosive Breaching, Freefall Instructor Programs, Infiltration/ Exfiltration Techniques, Ground Mobility, Unit Pre-Deployment Training, and Research and Development of; Soldier Systems, Weapons, Ammunition, Thermal and Night Optics.

Qualifications;
Special Forces Target Interdiction Course
US Army Sniper School
NRA Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun, Instructor
NRA Range Safety Officer
Advanced Mountain Sniper Course, Instructor
Advanced Freefall, Instructor (Ratings Current)
Freefall Coach (Ratings Current)
California Personal/ Executive Body Guard Certification (Rating Current)
2005 Budweiser World Cup Super Heavyweight Jiu-Jitsu Champion
2004 Presidential Security Detail (Ariel Heavy) Cartagena, Colombia

He has trained countless U.S. Special Operations forces, thousands of International Tier 1 Operators and Special Forces around the world. He is one of the handful of operators with over a decade of combat having served in multiple theaters from Bosnia and South America to recent war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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*”Rocket surgery” is a Shrekism created by combining the best elements of rocket science and brain surgery into a new field of study which Shrek mastered as a young Ranger. Today, many aspire to learn the secrets of this arcane form of martial science under the tutelage of Shrek.