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Old 16 February 2018, 15:52
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Good call. If you have a 60% fail rate something has to give. Honest introspection is a rare skill. Some dudes just aren't wired for the craft, but honest assessment of your training methods is always a good place to start.
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Old 16 February 2018, 16:04
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Good call. If you have a 60% fail rate something has to give. Honest introspection is a rare skill. Some dudes just aren't wired for the craft, but honest assessment of your training methods is always a good place to start.
Having the WTBn SgtMaj breathing down your throat helped the introspection
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Old 16 February 2018, 16:08
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Assisted introspection.
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Old 16 February 2018, 16:32
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Once upon a time in a land called Quantico at the SSIS our attrition rate was around 60%. HQMC wanted an investigation as there was a lot of travel and perdiem being wasted to get guys to the school to just have them fail.

We immediately pointed out that the Divisions weren't sending us guys that met the prerequisites. They were failing the entry landnav, weren't scoring 1st class on the entry PFT, low GT scores etc.

We also looked at the POI. Around this time we were conducting a total rewrite of the course material to meet ISD standards. Up to this point the school was really a "course" that MTU ran. In order to put it in the formal school catalogue we had to develop tasks, conditions and standards for everything. Up to this point it was basically we taught whatever Gy Hathcock and Capt Cuddy had determined to be important and the standards were whatever the Canadians and the Brit Marines used.

One example was that we switched from KD practice on FBI silhouettes to NRA repair centers which served to tighten up groups and take the slop out of the students brains. Instead of a huge silhouette they were aiming for a roughly MOA "X" ring. (Note this is also about the time that the ammo went to shit with Special Ball. That is another story for another day my children)

But the biggest change was in our mindset as instructors. At this time we were all FMF snipers and recon dudes. All of the Hathcock era team shooters were gone and were replaced by young, hard dick, FMF NCOs. We were pretty much assholes. We took a hard look at being mentors and teachers and reeled in the "I need to make this harder on these guys than I had it" mentality.

Not only did the graduation rate improve but we started putting out some steely eyed killers that I till think were among the best I ever worked with.
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