This is coolbert:
Someone has been reading my blog? Got this idea of "good training" for combat troops by reading some entries of mine?
"Game Hunters Now Training Marines for Iraq"
"Marines headed to Iraq will go through training built on advice from big-game hunters," the San Diego Union-Tribune reports."
"Combat Hunter [the training program] . . . is designed to help Marines stalk and kill insurgents by using their senses and instincts. It emphasizes keen observation of Marines' surroundings and meticulous knowledge of their foes' habits."
Big game hunters, those who hunt large and DANGEROUS game animals in such places as Alaska, Africa, India, will be giving instruction to the U.S. Marines prior to the departure of the Marines for Iraq.
Hunt for the enemy [game] using your five senses, intuition [sixth sense], and using in addition a thorough knowledge of the habits, behaviors and thought processes [even animals have thought processes, human of the jihadi form even much more!] of the "prey".
“These are primal skills that we all have but that we evolved out of”! Well, NOT exactly. NOT evolved out of, but have forgotten and NEVER use! Latent abilities, that, with proper training, will all come back.
This idea has a lot of merit?
There is precedent for this sort of thing.
Previous blog entries have touched on this very subject.
The Dirlewanger, that infamous German SS anti-partisan battalion, was originally intended as a "rehabilitation" unit for poachers. Persons convicted of poaching but felt worthy of being able to contribute to the war effort [WW2] by using their skills of woodcraft, stalking, and tracking of "quarry".
Consider, too, that some of the greatest of THE GREAT WHITE HUNTERS contributed, during previous conflicts [WW1/WW2] their skills and experiences that were of a profound nature.
"Today , the job still exists in the dozen African countries which still permit big-game hunting. But the label has changed; the 'white hunter' is now known as the 'professional hunter.'"
Men such as:
* Frederick Selous.
* Jim Corbett.
And also add to the list [?] the name of Allan Savory. Noted Rhodesian conservationist instrumental in forming anti-poaching and counter-insurgency ranger-type units [pre-Zimbabwe] which relied heavily upon tracking and stalking skills. Quasi-military and military units pursuing "quarry" in the manner of a professional big-game hunter.
[military units operating in Africa have to contend not only with a human adversary, but also with the possibility of ferocious attack by wild animals!! Africa in unique in this respect?]
I would not only encourage this type of training [training to hunt "the most dangerous game" - - man!], but then send the troops on actual live hunting expeditions. Four man teams using archaic or antique weaponry to stalk and kill some of those wild hogs now so devastating the landscape in Texas.
NOT ONLY HUNTING A PREY WITH ALL YOUR SENSES, BUT HUNTING A DANGEROUS ANIMAL THAT CAN FIGHT BACK AND KILL YOU IF YOU ARE NOT CAREFUL AND SKILLFUL ENOUGH!!
[look at the size of that monster in the photo accompanying this blog entry. That critter' exceeds the size of many African big game animals. Smart, tough, wily, dangerous. Very nice shot to the head too. Single shot - - clean kill! Nice going.]