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Re: "us" and "them"

Subject: Re: "us" and "them"
by NYorker on 2011/11/15 6:38:24

I like the idea of competition as a gauge for what you have learned, trained on, practiced etc. I believe competition just like any training, should be progressive in difficulty and realism. Every modern military takes this approach to training, you get your individual tasks, train until you become proficient, then put them together in a culminating event, if you are not proficient at the individual task (if you don't qualify to a set standard) you cannot move onto the culminating exercise.

For example;
Shoot your rifle until you can hit 40 out of 40 targets at varying distances with zero misses, then you can go on to compete against other marksmen to see who can do it the fastest and hit the center-most part of the targets. This is marksmanship competition. You cannot move onto the competition until you met the qualifying standard, hitting 40 out of 40 targets with 40 rounds.

Another;
Army Combatives Level 1 (grappling) demonstrate that you can do the techniques prescribed for this level with a moderately resisting opponent. If you cannot submit them, you do not move on to level 2 and the testing phase which involves the opponent striking at you.

Another;
Army Physical Fitness; train your body until you can run 2 miles in 13 minutes or faster, do 80 pushups in 2 minutes or less, 82 situps in 2 minutes or less. This will give you a base maximum score in each category, then you can move onto the physical fitness challenge against other units, where all the fittest Soldiers compete in longer distance running, obstacle courses etc. You should not go to the competition unless you max out the base fitness score. Of course, units sometimes don't have guys that can max the base score but they send the fittest guys they have to the competition anyway to show their unit pride, the result is that these guys get slaughtered by a unit who sent guys who maxed the base score and then some. Don't compete until you are ready, especially when there is a set standard you know others are training towards.

Boxing;
Train for awhile and then jump into the ring with Mike Tyson, game over. Rather, train for awhile and then spar against someone who has been training as long as you have, and relatively similar body composition.

I agree in that competition is good for growth, it is part of human nature because everything is not equal in this world, no matter how much some political groups want it to be. But like anything, it needs to be progressive and worked on in order to develop properly, because in the end ask yourself what are you training toward? Me, I am training to the highest standard possible; somebody trying to kill me and I need to be better (weapons, hand-to-hand, or tactics/strategy) than them or I die.

No glory, no victory, no trophy, no credibility, just survival.
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