32 thoughts on “CSM List Of Musts: Comments Open”

  1. People are more addicted to their cell phones than they are to good advice, you can teach til you’re blue in the face, and then they’ll turn around and give themselves away with a stupid cell phone.

    You’re the patrol leader, how do you deal with team members and their cell phones?
    How do you deal with a team member who just compromised the team?

    1. Finally! Someone else that recognizes the Stupidity of Paying for the Enemy to have a Surveillance Device in their Pocket!

      ANY I-crap phone can be ‘Hacked’ to Turn On the Microphone and Camera without the user’s knowledge, and Transmit Voice and Video to the Enemy.

      Now, Why the F**k do you own one in the First Place???

    2. Not having a cell phone will make you stick out more. If it wasn’t for Internet/iPhone we would be long ago under neo-Bolshevism. A day may come to ditch them but even then a 5 watt Walkie Talkie will bring hot steel down on your head not to mention lasers etc.
      IMHO having and using technology is a positive at the present time. Later who knows.

    3. Inspect personnel. Confiscate contraband in all forms. P.t. and shit details for offenders, any further lip over hardassness, slap em in the face like Patton. Simple codes to follow.

    4. “… You’re the patrol leader… how do you deal with a team member who just compromised the team?”

      That depends on how much the team values its life compared to someone’s “F You” time. Team leaders have to make the hard choices and the press is going to have enough problems of its own to be concerned with yours. Law enforcement? Surely, you Jest?

      As I see it, everyone knew the rules going in, and everyone abides by them, and punishment should fit the crime. What’s the punishment if the team got shot up? Mete out same. We ain’t playing fucking games here. ‘Nuff said.

    5. Never had that problem, seriously. CSM said be ruthless with discipline.
      Brass and ammo check? Cell phone is off check or left behind at TAA/BSA.

    6. All patrol members are, first, (if they weren’t told to leave them off and at home, not in the truck, not in the car, and not in the ruck) instructed to put their cell phones in a central repository, like a shielded bucket with a lid or something, turned off, and if possible, with batteries removed. before pre-patrol noise inspection, pull a surprise pockets inside out inspection, and anyone who has another cell phone is placed under guard and does not go on the patrol (this presumes you either have a ‘command element’ or you can leave someone behind to guard the idiot).

      As to the one who compromised the team’s location by turning on/calling someone (again, presuming instructions have been given on cell phones being left off and at home, placement in a central repository, or was able to bypass the ‘pockets’ inspection, you could leave him bound to an object with his cell phone in his lap…..or you could give him the option of taking off on a random azimuth or face real trouble from the patrol….or you could do a lot of different things. Point being, if you allow it without consequence, it will have become the standard. Standards are what you tolerate, not what you talk about.


  2. “Hip pocket” training is a drill, class, reiteration of knowledge your platoon/company needs for when there is down time. Down time is considered bad, almost sin. Down time is to be converted into weapons maintenance, first aid kit check, OPFOR orientation (or whatever that is called in this “post Communist, post 9/11” world) – such as what weapons we’ll be facing, vehicle ID, recent intel appropriate for front line troops.

    All NCOs/junior officers are supposed to be ready for hip pocket training on zero seconds notice. I was a junior officer, and I taught vehicle/aircraft ID, what units we were likely to face, local geography/topography among other subjects. The possibilities are endless – as is the need to keep yourselves and your troops up to speed knowledge and skill-wise all the time.


    1. Thank you – good info and advice. This is a good list. Most I remember, but great to have in one place.

    2. Yup. Couldn’t have put it better.

      The most difficult thing to obtain for any unit is training time. Too much to learn and maintain, and not enough time. Especially when the Powers That Be have other training matters for you. EEO/Civil rights training, records management, and so on. All cover your ass issues so the command can fry you if you don’t comply.

      In an Infantry unit, the training should be combat related. Small unit drills, fire and maneuver/movement when in the field and others in garrison.

      Training people to remove one item from the ruck, and to be ready to grab it and go with whatever you can carry is a big one. Being ready to move, fight or defend is a mentality that must be enforced always in the field.

  3. Agree with most. Exception: No prisoners. Small groups do not have the time or logistics to deal with them. Exploit what information you need, then eliminate and move on. What they are carrying on their person, be it written or on electronic devices is more important. Know how to extract their passwords, then move on. Things will be very fast and fluid. Plan accordingly. Bleib ubrig.

    1. Killing prisoners is often a bad idea, especially for guerrilla forces. Especially if the other side is relying on low morale conscripts. What better way to ensure your enemy will fight to the death than to develop the reputation of “take no prisoners.” Not to mention the general need of freedom fighters to cultivate legitimacy and to win over the populace. Better in many cases to release prisoners, especially the lower enlisted. As part of that, a heavy dose of propaganda prior to release is a worthwhile exercise.

    2. “No Prisoners”

      IOW just like WWII. Ever wondered why the Germans fought so hard? It wasn’t because they were fanatics. It’s because their chances of living if they surrendered / tried to surrender were less than if they kept fighting.

      FWIW the Canadians were by far the worst for mistreating POW’s. Written orders not to take prisoners in WWII, openly bragging about killing POW’s in WWI

    3. I have and always will believe that the only good communist is a dead communist and small units with limited infrastructure can’t take prisoners even if they were so inclined. But, I am reminded that the German offensive in the Ardennes was greatly slowed because some SS murdered some American POWs. Resistance will definitely stiffen when there is no respite of surrender. I don’t see a way around the fact but it is food for thought.

  4. Carry an empty sandbag and a couple of road flares in your pack.

    It makes packing up captured equipment easier. The flares make it easy to functionally destroy equipment that can’t be carried away.

  5. Good intel directly from a contact who spoke with a Los Angeles area police officer yesterday (El Segundo). We have info that ANTIFA were gathering/bunking-down in hotels in the South Bay city of Culver City and surrounding areas. My contact spoke with an El Segundo police officer yesterday and, yes this is confirmed–via a briefing they received.

    Culver City lies directly on freeway choke points 10 and 405 Freeways which if blocked can cause major consternation for all traffic moving south and north bound. Culver City lies adjacent directly to Santa Monica which was looted and burned months ago. Santa Monica police quietly informed all business owners to ‘board up’ three days ago as they are expecting violence/chaos again.

    Culver City lies directly adjacent to the porch-dwelling hood (Crenshaw District) where the opportunistic looters flood out of once BLM and ANTIFA start their operations. Also Culver City lies directly next to Beverly Hills and the Fairfax District which also saw looting and chaos. Beverly Hills police advised all busines owners to again board-up… and this is being done.

    I also saw this twitter post from Andy Ngo this morning…


    It seems that the RevComs are staging for an American Tet offensive.

    1. born and raised in the old Vulgar City. was great back in the day. everyone just about worked at Huge Aircraft Co. sure miss the Shackburger. the home of my youth turned into a commie shithole long ago. all of the Westside is a commie shithole. hope it all burns the fuck down. inlaws live in Baldwin Hills to this day. wouldn’t think of leaving. hope it turns out ok for them. no rescue mission to LA . they have been told. the old KLOS property is some high rise housing now. houses right there in niggerville are about 700k. ain’t safe day or night. in the last riots of ’92, CCPD held the niggers off at the old FEDCO at La cienga and Rodeo rd. seems like yesterday i watched the Black Hills Mall being built there.
      well, like they say. you can’t go home again. burn it all and salt the earth. torch the west side and south bay just for good measure. losing a few commiefornians is a good start.

  6. #26 may be a Typo. “Wheel Barrels are great in a MOUT environment.”

    I’m guessing He meant Wheelbarrows, and that’s a Great Idea;

    Also, the Infantry Bicycle (goes back to WWI) can be Invaluable in both Urban and Rural Terrain. A good 12- or 15-Gear Mountain Bike can carry a Fighter and Loadout many Times faster than a Man on Foot under most conditions, and if it has to be Pushed, can carry the Fighting Load and a lot More, like Ammo, Crew-Served Weapons, Food and other Supplies.

    This Item is Never Mentioned by the 11-bees and wannabees who are always screaming about “Humping a Ruck”.

  7. Have to agree with all of it, pretty complete list. Especially the water and ammo load. But like 0321, I know the most difficult thing to instill or train into a grunt is discipline. It is incredibly hard to get people to pay real attention when they constantly want to look at those fucking phones 24/7. It’s an addiction of our times. The web going down would be a blessing. The youngsters just won’t pay attention to experience, and their limited and often false experience on the web makes them fatally cocky. The problem is getting them out of their world, and getting them into yours. Phones are as addictive as crack. So that’s it then. If they accept your leadership and training, the damned phones get turned off and left behind during spicy operations. Period. I’ll add one thing. Try very hard to have pre-positioned stocks placed where you can get them while on patrol. Water, food, ammo, pogie bait. A little glucose for the troops can lift ’em when the chips is down. And grunts drink water like camels on the oasis.

  8. Nobody but the RTO and CO/XO should carry any kind of electronic communications NONE! —-Hand guns are your last resort unless you are a driver medic or cook. The less Bullshit you carry the further you can run. Old people , should stay home. They slow everything down, and they break if you drop them hard or leave them out overnight in the freezing rain. There is a damn good reason why 60 year olds are not front line infantry in anyone’s army. That doesn’t mean give up. It just means that if you want to fight, make it a good one. You will only get one. Pick your target and go down swinging. I have Cancer, So If everything go’s TU in a few days I’ll get in my foxhole and take as many as I can with me. But I won’t even pretend to be some kind of militia commando. I can’t run with the big dogs and won’t pretend that I can. I still know how to set a kill sack and build a solid fighting position. Good luck to all. AND! look at the bright side. all of this might be four more years of mouth breathers rioting.

    1. Instead of building a foxhole and setting up an FPL…teach the new guys to do the same. Just because you have cancer and can‘t run around like Skorzeny doesn‘t mean that you need to go Custer. Having non-leadership cadre around to teach these things is a godsend both to leaders and to the troops. Leaders can work on other tasks that need to get done, troops get a break. People like you are actually very, very valuable.

  9. you can tell a LARPER when they are smiling for the camera…

    and tfA-t is surprised the lifer forgot these little nuggets

    SECURITY- keep it at 50% at ALL TIMES when outside the wire

    listening and observation posts- use them

    place early warning devices/tripwires outside camp perimeter- they work

    and most important: you must always viciously hate your enemy 🙂

  10. It’s good, but would be more understandable if it were written in English.
    “Wheel barrel”? WTF?

  11. Good advice but Purdy fought a conventional fight despite the “hybrid” nature of the foe. The guerrilla conflict was the junior partner in south Vietnam until Tet in 1968.

    Training and discipline will be vital but are nowhere near the ability of fielding anything more than platoon sized formations for FreeFor. This will be a Fourth Gen conflict and guerrilla action and every opportunity to have a videographer with you is vital to support the three legs of irregular conflict:

    1. Legitimacy
    2. Grievances (real and perceived)
    3. Narrative

    If RevComm dominates any of these, they must be shoved off the precipice soonest.

    Looking back, the commission of war crimes, torture and maiming can spell disaster. Pete is aware of the mutilation incidents during the Three Strikes of the match in 1775 that stiffened the spine of both opponents in the fight.

    And remember, in 20th century conflict, it was very difficult to field any right of center guerrilla formations. The very nature of the FreeFor does not lend itself to the whip-hand of party fraternity, cohesion and affiliation the commies have.

    The very nature of the “Leave Me Alone” coalition does not an army make.

    Lastly, all politicians will be eminently targetable on both sides with no M&Q rules of conduct applied. This is the one violation of the Laws of Land Warfare that will become a priority in Civil War III.

  12. One of his from when he was CSM of Ranger School.
    He told us this as we started first phase in Benning.
    “See this tab? It says Ranger, not Recycle. You stick with it and graduate, no one will ever know or care if you didn’t make it through the first time. “

  13. Purdy was a Soldier’s Soldier.

    I was in 1st Bn. in the mid 80’s. He was already a legend there and had only left the Bn. a couple of years before. He was CSM of NATO LRS School by then. I crossed paths with him at Ft. Benning, before he retired. He was CSM of the Ranger Tng. Bde. then and the A-Detachment I was assigned to was going through LRSU training.

    Good stuff.

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