Force-on-force training is the next-best training to the best–but worst–training: real-world encounters. Make a mistake in force-on-force training, and all that suffers is your ego and perhaps various stinging body parts. In real life, you don’t get a “do over.” – Walt Rauch
The training started with the cadets reviewing the different types of movements during tactical situations. After that, they practiced the IADs (Immediate Action Drills) in preparation for the main menu of the training day, force-on-force training using AEGs ( electric air soft guns).
The morning was filled with rattles of air soft guns and cadets maneuvering on the training area pitted against the opposing force composed of alumni UP ROTC cadets. Buddy system, maximization of firepower, and applications of different maneuvers were practiced to attain the objective, eliminate the opposing force with efficiency.
This exercise is the equivalent of light contact sparring in the martial arts world: the point in the training path where skills practiced against inanimate targets are finally applied to actual opponents. Once the cadets learned how to move, shoot and use cover, the best way to learn whether they really did those skills good enough to survive is to be shot at and have someone to shoot back. In this training day, the goal of the force-on-force training is to provide cadets a complete picture of what a real situation will be like: not every scenario is a clear ‘shoot’ situation, other force options are available, communication, awareness and movement are often more important than shooting skill, and cadets are expected to continue ‘solving the problem’ after any force is used by dealing with the opposing force. In this training, the goal is simple: to improve the cadets performance in a gunfight by giving them as much hands-on, learn-by-doing experience as UP ROTC can provide, in a series of increasingly complex drills.
The cadets were very happy and high morale, despite the heat and stinging body parts, and looking forward to another training day filled with adventure, knowing that they have applied what they’ve learned inside the lecture halls.