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  • February 5, 2014
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Concerning Intent

The concept of conducting war games has been around for a long time. My dad told me a story about Marines conducting these types of training operations back in his day. 

Seems he and his squad were assaulting an objective as ordered. They took a hill and the idea was to drive the opposing forces (OpFor) off the objective. The Marines playing the role of OpFor had other things in mind.

One of the OpFor types flicked open a switch blade and announced: “These p&@#$ aren’t taking this &%@# hill.”

My old man drew a long trench knife he had on his thigh and replied: “Do you want to knife fight mutha-$#%*@?”

In my own training we often discuss the concept of intent. If you’ve drawn your weapon, do you intend to run it through your enemy? Do you intend to impotently wave it around like a talisman hoping it’ll ward off evil doers? Do you intend to bully people with empty threats? Or, do you intend to locate, close with, and destroy your enemy?

My understanding is those who are actually good with a blade won’t let you know they have one until it’s in you. People who break out weapons without any real intent to use them usually end up hurt. Dad once summed it up this way: “The problem with carrying a knife is sooner or later you’re going to have to get blood on it.”

When it came to violence dad always meant blood. He had an uncanny ability to convince others he meant what he said too.

They took the hill.

Semper Fidelis!
America’s SgtMaj

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