Considerations for Safe Movement

Now that you have a basic individual movement technique down, let’s go ahead and start thinking about how we can safely use our environment so we can get to where we want to be as safely as possible.

As we have mentioned before, clearing an area means that we are searching an area in order to either safely bypass the area or to occupy it.

In order to get to where we want to go safely, we want to move tactically. Again, this is using a broad brush stroke to simply say that your movement should fit our situation so you can arrive at your destination safely and effect the desired change.

There are many ways defensive scenarios may play out. Two of the more common are the ambush contact where your adversary has maximized his surprise in his attack, and he springs his attack close to you in order to maximize the psychological shock.The other is when your adversary does something that gives you some indicator that something is going on. This could be hearing something suspicious in the middle of the night, you seeing a target indicator, a flanking move by your adversary’s accomplice, or something obvious at a more public venue (e.g., screams and gunshots at your home, business, church, or school).

In the former case, you will not have the luxury of stealthy movement of any sort, you are in a fight and you will move as the situation dictates to survive the initial contact.

Yet whenever the situation permits you should be as tactical as possible in order to limit the target indicators you are giving off.

For instance, in some situations, you may be able to move unobserved due to factors such as having enough ambient noise to mask your faster movements and enough cover/concealment to move unobserved.

Identifying cover (something that will both provide ballistic protection like the engine block of your vehicle) and concealment (something that won’t provide ballistic protection like darkness or through smoke), should be something you consider on a regular basis in your day to day life, such as when you are walking down the street.

Moving tactically also means keeping in mind two additional factors: distance and spalling, which we will cover in the next post.

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