Category Archives: Military

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Weapon System Visual Signature Reduction aka “spray painting your rifle”

“(Camouflage) is the use of materials and techniques to hide, blend, disguise, decoy, or disrupt the appearance of military targets and/or their backgrounds” - Army ATTP 3-34.39, Camouflage, Concealment, and Decoys “Target indicators: anything a Soldier does or fails to do that could result in detection.” - Army FM 3-22.10, Sniper Training and Operations I’ll preface this article by stating that this is written with a duty/work gun in mind, for the servicemember or LEO that relies on the weapon they carry to bring them back home not only alive, but victorious over their enemy. As such, aesthetics are not only a non factor but something that must be purged from our collective brains. Function is the key here - there are plenty of places to get your rifle cerakoted with flaming skulls and other bullshit if that fits your fancy. Equally important is understanding that a sweet paint job does not mean your weapon is invisible - it is merely a base for a true system of camouflage that involves other techniques that are the topic for another day. Not fooling anybody Target indicators/improper camouflage: the down and dirty. Of the five types of target indicators, our focus here

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METT-TC – what does it actually entail?

By Tore Haugli This article describes how METT-TC is used in a military context when conducting mission planning. I will also provide some context as to how the entire order process works. I will limit the discussion to the platoon and the Troop Leading Procedures (TLP) used at the platoon level. METT-TC is also applied at the company level, during the Military Decision Making Process (MDMP). Before METT-TC is applied, some other steps have been taken. The first is that the Company Commander has issued his Operations Order (OPORD) to his platoon commanders. The OPORD is a standardized format that covers 5 points, each with it's own sub-points (not going to cover those here) : 1. Situation 2. Mission 3. Execution 4. Sustainment 5. Command and Control Upon receipt of the OPORD, the PL will issue a Warning Order (WARNO) to his squad leaders, so that they can start preparations while he conducts his mission analysis and prepares his OPORD. The WARNO covers the following points: 1. Situation 2. Mission 3. Time and place for orders meeting 4. Earliest time for departure 5. Special considerations 6. Reconnaissance *A WARNO can also be issued at the company level As the squad

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Soldier Survivability: The KDH PC

The KDH Plate Carrier (PC) was flawed from inception. This system was fielded to us as part of the Rapid Fielding Initiative (RFI) prior to our 2011-2012 deployment to Afghanistan. Deficiencies noted include the following: 1. Gaps in armor coverage The KDH PC was the only armor system in the 2009 down select that had gaps in armor coverage. This should have immediately removed it from consideration. However, the requirements were written poorly - with square inches of overall soft armor coverage only, not ensuring that there was armor coverage for vital areas. This directly led to injuries to US Army Soldiers being made more severe than what they should have been. Bullet strikes and fragmentation / shrapnel damage in those gaps of armor coverage were reported. Had there been a cummerbund armor system selected, Soldiers would still have been Wounded In Action (WIA) but less so than they were. Here is a photo of our teammate and grenadier. Method Of Injury was shrapnel/fragmentation from a pineapple hand grenade that was thrown into the compound. Note the blood on the left side of the plate carrier rear - shrapnel/fragmentation struck in those gaps of armor coverage. This increased the scale

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B.E. Meyers: GLARE RECOIL

B.E. Meyers Awarded Sole Source Contract by U.S. Marine Corps for Ocular Interruption System February 10, 2016 (Redmond, WA) – Marine Corps Systems Command has selected B.E. Meyers & Co. as their sole source for the Ocular Interruption Program. The GLARE® RECOIL employs a dazzling laser to hail and warn potential threats while implementing escalation of force procedures. Commanders have a single, non-lethal hail and warning capable device to use across the range of Marine Corp military operations. The GLARE® RECOIL represents the culmination of a decade of technological development used to create the safest and most effective ocular interruption laser in the world. The GLARE® RECOIL features pioneering EyeSafe® technology with the latest advancements in automatic power control. The GLARE® RECOIL uses a 250mW maximum output power source, while its safety control design establishes the laser safety classification as a 2M laser system by using a Laser Range Finder (LRF), Near Field Detector (NFD), and 3-axis Gyroscope. This approach to laser safety in an ocular interruption device is unique to the B.E. Meyers design. The green beam is always effectively regulated by SmartRange™ technology and eye safety is sustained through controlling the maximum permissible exposure (MPE) on target. “We

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Teddy Ballard and THOR3

Good Evening, My name is Teddy Ballard and I am a Physical Therapist with the 3rd Group THOR3 (Tactical Human Optimization Rapid Rehab and Re Conditiong) program. I was recently selected out of over 3,000 applicants as a top 20 finalist for a sport sponsorship through the supplement company MuscleGen Research. 1st place prize is $50,000, and a pretty stellar discount off their product line for friends and family. The requirements for voting are to simply click the link below and vote for me. Hit submit, and repeat daily! It requires no personal info and takes 8 seconds. It has been a privilege working with the SF community the past 2 years. For that reason, my plan is to contribute a portion of the winnings to several of the foundations that continually support our brothers and sisters in this community. Additionally, the owner of the company promised to match any donations from the winner. Details along with the link can be found below. Only 3 days left! Thank you for your support! A few reminders: -Vote every calendar day between now and Feb. 14 -You can vote from multiple devices as long as they are not on the same wifi

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