BADGE (AOR Specific)
Bushcraft and Dangerous Game Encounters (BADGE):
Our Bushcraft and Dangerous Game Encounters training is the only one of its kind. This course is one-week in length and is either week one of three during Combat Tracker/Unconventional Warfare Combat Tracker, or independent. One of the aspects of tracking, or “scouting” in general, is mapping the Operational Environment (OE) and measuring the Mission Variables (MV) therein. METT-TC (Mission, Enemy, Terrain and Weather, Troops, Support Available, Time Available and Civil Considerations) is insufficient in its scope to address the biggest “E” in some AOR’s (Areas of Operation), the environment itself. Therefore, mapping the OE effectively to measure the MV’s is crucial. BADGE training is conducted within the Area of Responsibility (AOR) by our experts within it.
“Military professionals must temper their study and evolve their skill through a variety of relevant, practical experiences. The more experience a military professional gains from practice under a variety of circumstances, the greater is that individual’s mastery of the art of tactics.” (Source: U.S. Army).
To expound on the above,
picture yourself as the member of a small unit tasked with a mission of extreme strategic importance, or a no-fail mission. While on INFIL, you encounter hippos in the water while you’re navigating a waterway in a small boat. The hippo is in deep water on your left and its chute is to your right. How do you navigate this? One direction will likely result in casualties, the other safe passage. One to mission accomplishment, one to a premature EXFIL or CASEVAC.
Another example would be you find yourself moving to your ORP and hear noise ahead. Not sure what it is, you move closer to take a look and find forest elephants and they just found you. What do you do? What should you have done? The wrong answer leads to casualties and the right answer was available prior to contact.
A final example is you encounter a lion and you observe it as it observes you. It stands and faces you from 40 meters and then starts to quickly close, kicking up dirt with its front paws, swinging and thrashing its tail side to side. What it this lion saying? What do you do? Undisciplined noise will bring enemy combatants directly to you.
Each of these are mission variables and must be recognized as such. In addition to the three situations listed above, we could list dozens more, each with a right and wrong answer. The right answer leads you to mission accomplishment, the other straight to team EXFIL.
Part of mission planning hinges on the “risks the commander is willing to take”. If the identified MV’s can be mitigated and the OE navigated safely toward the accomplishment of the task, why would you not take the advantage?
Now then, put yourself with only two other team members on E&E in that environment; AND without BADGE training. One of your team members decides to consume water from a place where elephants have been excavating a dry creek bed for the water below and drinks it. Seeing this person causes others to do the same. All known precautions are taken to make the water safe. Within an hour, you are all down and shortly thereafter captured. What are the elephants that are drawing the water also putting into the ground that you can’t filter out or effectively treat? How and why will it kill you, or at a minimum lead to your capture? Big things have small beginnings.
In many environments, knowing Combat Tracking (even our Apex Courses) is not enough.
It takes a logically link pipeline of training for the big picture to be understood and the OE and the MV’s therein to be mastered. “Collectively they provide a set of tools that commanders employ in accordance with the exact tactical situation that they face at any one given time. The tactical situation is defined as the mission variables of mission, enemy, terrain and weather, troops and support available, time available, and civil considerations (METT-TC).” (Source: U.S. Army).
Without all aspects of the OE being understood and addressed in context to your mission, collectively your tools are insufficient for ANY operations independent of indigenous assistance, which is also inconsistent with U.S. Army lessons learned in irregular warfare, wherein tracking and scouting is being used frequently or extensively.
The way to address and understand all aspects of your OE, in context to your mission, is to get your BADGE.
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