A while back, I posted a call to action in regards to a national representative program for local militia units and fire teams. I received ZERO response to this with a few negative exceptions. Primarily, the childish statements usually reserved for imbeciles possessing little or no adult-like qualities. The same things I have heard all along. Things like “Why should we listen to you?” or, “Who’s going to lead this?”
Same old song and dance.
The fact of the matter is, it all comes down to trust issues and issues of self-imposed importance. Everybody thinks they possess the qualities to be a leader. Everybody wants to be the ONE in charge. Well, I got news for those who think like this. You don’t. You don’t even come close to having what it takes to command a fireteam, much less a national militia organization. Why? Because you don’t possess the skills necessary to organize a local program to elect a representative from your region to represent your team on a national level.
The more I delve into the typical mind-set of the militia today. the more I’m convinced it is a lost cause. Too many out there think that they will be faced with a scenario where a known enemy presents himself on a field of battle. Then when that goes down, everybody will take their little preps and ease off into the woods and live like some freakin Robin Hood or some such bullshit notion. The problem with that thought process is Logistics. Or more to the point, the lack thereof.
Say, for instance, you have built a team comprised of six men and women. You each have a basic MBR, side arm, and 10,000 rounds of ammo. Accompanied by 3 month supply of basic food for the team members. Rudimentary first aid supplies. Shelter in the form of tents or whatever.
Now, the reality begins to set in. There will be no clear and present enemy fielded against you. No, the enemy will be situated in offices somewhere. Pushing buttons and issuing orders to police forces. Just like they are doing now. But, for the sake of argument, let’s say that the U.N. is called in to deploy Peace Keepers in the United States. In order to accomplish this task, it will take a virtual army of troops. The key word here is ARMY. They will be organized under a national command structure. Supplied by a well organized logistics command. Supported by armor and well organized close air support.
Keep in mind that these will be A Team troops. First string grunts all the way. The enemy understands the typical American mind-set. They know that we are not push-over pussies. They also know that we are strung out like a bunch of rag-tag morons with limited supplies and logistics. An army runs on logistics. It is comprised of well organized command structures. For every loss, there is an immediate replacement funneled in.
Now, say you engage the enemy. The enemy responds to the contact. The first thing they will do is the first thing you would do. Call it in. Then deploy in ambush breaking tactics. Your little six man team is now exposed to a highly organized and well trained platoon of first class infantry. Shortly thereafter, you will be facing gun ships which will wreak havoc on your little parade. They will advance on your positions in standard two by two cover formation and pin you down with covering fire while the gunships deploy to finish you off. Say you are able to break contact, but two of your people are down. You just lost a third of your combat effectiveness. You now have four people left. The enemy still has everything they started with. You might have killed one or two in the initial volley. But, they already have reinforcements in-bound. Next comes the FLIR component. They dispatch AWAC’s aircraft. That FLIR is a sumbitch. You will be tracked. They will hunt you down. They will kill you. Game over.
Your little flamboyant plan to engage the enemy successfully just went to hell in a hand basket. But, ok…say you manage to evade them and make it back to your FOB. But two are dead and still back there on the ground. Now say two more of you were injured in the contact. Here you are, running scared through the woods bleeding. You make it back to your supplies. You try to patch yourselves up. Done. The next day you wake up with a fever. You check your wounds. Infection has set in. Now what do you do? You are ineffective with no hope of medical care. You are now down to two combat effective troops who are stuck dealing with you. Meaning your little team is finished. You are down the ammo count you spent meaninglessly against a well supplied army. You are now out of medical supplies. All this and absolutely no hope for resupply and replacements. So, what do you do?
Next we have the Bunker Bozo’s. The ones who spent a shitload of resources putting in underground bunkers. Take them for instance. Say they have a dozen men and a half dozen women as support units. They are facing the same challenges. Why? Because they have no trust in others. A couple of contacts and they are finished. The enemy will find their little bunkers and drop a couple of bunker busters on top of them…Game Over. Even if they manage to make it through the engagements, they still have the issue of logistics and resupply to contend with. They have a fixed supply of ammo, food and materiel. When it’s used up, where do they get more?
This is the point where it gets interesting. Soon, supplies will start running out. This leaves a rag tag bunch of idiots running around the country side looking for resupply. They will be fighting each other on top of the enemy. How does this even begin to make sense?
Now, imagine for a moment that there exists a national net-work designed to provide a logistics base for all these teams scattered out all over the country. A standardized comms network. Supply lists. Resupply networks. Reinforcement capabilities. The list goes on. There will be a network designed so that everybody knows everybody else. Utilizing what we have to build what we need. It will not be a perfect system, but it will be better than what we have now, which is nothing.