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6 years 32 weeks ago, 10:29 AM

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In an earlier thread, I discussed beginning a community-based defense or Co-op. After reading a question from a member of another forum about whether to allow his ex-wife to stay with him and the kids, I had another idea that I think should be discussed and planned for. He expressed doubts (to put it mildly) about his ex-wife's usefulness as a team member.

This concern is a valid one for many who live in an area where they may have no choice but to have contact with other people, whether it be part of a community organization or simply stragglers willing to share in the workload.

Leadership in austere environments is something that must be looked at. I can tell you from personal experience that when things go downhill, people don't care about rank or appointed authority, people look for a leader.

When I talk about being a leader, I'm not talking about becoming some sort of chieftain or warlord. Perhaps organizer would be a better term, but leader is the term I've known since joining the army.

To be a leader in this type of environment, you have to be able to understand the dynamics of human interaction under stress. You have to be able to mediate disputes and even negotiate with people to get them to do what they need to do. Man's return to the cave may not be far away at all despite how far removed we think we are from the tooth and fang mentality of wild animals.

One of the biggest responsibilities of a leader is to train his people. If you look at a special forces "A-Team", you see a group of people who are each trained in a special area, but over time, they crosstrain and the lines of specialties becomes blurred. You end up with a group of people, each of whom is well-versed in all aspects of small-unit combat. This is the ultimate goal of a small-group society, with the added requirements of hunting, gardening, and other non-combat skills that will be needed on a daily basis.

If you wish to be part of a successful group, you must determine what skill each members initially brings. You may have general contractors, doctors, police officers, hell, even a lawyer has two eyes that can be used to pull security and two hands that can use a hoe or shovel. A leader determines what special ability each of his people brings to the group and exploits it for the good of the whole. Having each person prepare training in his or her area of expertise can ensure the group does not lose that skillset should the original expert die or become otherwise incapacitated.

There are lots of books available teaching various skills, but how many of you can truly teach these skills to someone with no experience at all and teach it in a way that ensures their comprehension and retention?

Excluding someone from your group because they don't have a vital skill immediately has its benefits and drawbacks, but if you have the resources to cover them until they a) learn or b) prove they're worthless, it might not be a bad idea to have an extra set of hands to share the workload and pull security.

"I have always been a soldier. I have known no other life. The calling of arms, I have followed from boyhood. I have never sought another." From The Virtues of War, by Steven Pressfield.
6 years 32 weeks ago, 9:21 PM

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in some cases may be a bad idea.
Not that I would want mine along but
she is the mother of my children so there
is a unbreakable tie no matter what the
judge said. If small children are involved
they will want to know why we left mommy.

A little rebellion is good medicine for the government Thomas Jefferson
6 years 32 weeks ago, 9:10 PM

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I have to agree with CW here. Though I think that Runaway was also pointing out that exclusion might not be such a good Idea. I have three ex-wives. Two of whom I have a child with. One of those children is still a minor. Though the judge said we aren't married anymore, I truly have no ill wishes for any of my ex's. I would bring them in and if they didn't have a skill set, I would do whatever I could to teach them a useful skill for the group and try to learn something from them. We all have SOMETHING to offer the group. The group as a whole, or even as a majority may not always agree with what we have to offer, but we do have something useful to offer even if it is only the eyes for the security of the group. I don't relish the idea of a scenario like the movie "Red Dawn" with a young Patrick Swayze, but I think that if all hell broke loose and we had to revert to that scenario, I would willingly bring any of my ex's and even their current S/O's who wanted to come along.

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6 years 32 weeks ago, 10:05 PM

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My current wife might have a friendly fire accident

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6 years 31 weeks ago, 11:09 PM

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can cook, wash, watch and listen....

if they refuse to add to the group because something is below them, then let them consider not having to do anything for the group by offering to leave the alone....

No sir, he fell into that bullet... Never argue with a stupid person. They'll just drag you down to their level and beat you with experience!!
6 years 31 weeks ago, 4:59 PM

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what exs?really

no fuckin way,unless i wanted a suicide bomber candidate,i'd rather shave a bulls ballsack blind folded,i'd sooner have badgirl read me all her old posts.

i tried being reasonable,i didn't like it, NRA LIFE MEMBER,USMC VETERAN
6 years 31 weeks ago, 5:39 PM

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What I agree with you. no and no But no.

6 years 31 weeks ago, 6:44 PM

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thanks badgirl

i agree with you too.

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