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Evolutionary Tactics – Field Manual for the First Earth Battalion

I’ve always been fascinated by the work conducted by LTC Jim Channon during his post-Viet Nam service. He spent some time surveying the early 70s Human Potential Movement. His answer to a new way of doing things was the First Earth Battalion Manual.

First Earth Battalion Manual

You can pass it all off as some new-age, hare-brained plan but the guy had vision. Sure, you’ve got the cut through the hippy language, but there are some gems in there.

Here, Jim Channon tells you in his own words about his work.

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7 Responses to “Evolutionary Tactics – Field Manual for the First Earth Battalion”

  1. John says:

    Part 2: 9:50–cBilM5bU

    Fascinating that this is the guy that opened the eyes of senior officers to some form of innovation in terms of off-the-shelf technologies.

  2. DSM says:

    Use the Sparkly Eyes technique.

  3. Common Sense says:

    The movie was TERRIBLE.

    • SSD says:

      Loosely based on reality

    • BillC says:

      I met him a few years ago on Veterans Day, he’s an interesting guy. I asked him about the movie. I think he said it was somewhat to mostly accurate, but of course things were changed to make an entertaining movie. We also discussed the fact I was recently wounded and my attitude at the moment, he and a friend said they would “send good vibes to me.” I guess it worked. Always nice to have some extra vibes I guess.

  4. Felix says:

    Anyone else recognized in the movie George Clooney looks exactly like Mr.Paul Howe with mustache?!

  5. bloke_from_ohio says:

    I read parts of the manual. I now see why we have pee tests.