I would love an AAR of the event. Did you hook up with the ITS crew?
Well, I'm not a military guy so I'm thinking AAR means review so here goes.
My event was in Tulsa. I think the ITS gang hit Dallas a week before me. We were organized into "cells" of approximately eight people each. One cell bailed during the night complaining of boredom.
We were supplied a packing list that was "updated" the day prior to the event. It actually trimmed down our list of needs, but lacked some of the required items like duct tape. We were never inspected to make sure those things were there and contrary to another review concealed firearms would be been fine. No one asked.
Each cell submitted the cellphone numbers of two "comms" guys who received periodic instructions from someone else the cadre referred to occasionally as "she" and "her." Photo evidence of our deeds were also submitted to this person.
We got aquainted with our cell mates and received some initial instructions. In my official Goruck review, I mentioned it was a bit vague what the course goals were which the Goruck CSR corroborated noting they're still working on that. The instructor or cadre Mickey said a few times the point was to develop a "mindset" perhaps for urban preparedness. Some of the folks there weren't preparedness-oriented people. Most were either directly or indirectly.
The first task was to go navigate to an "attack point" or what made sense to me as a waypoint since there wasn't anything to do with an attack. Perhaps that's another military reference. We reported back to the text lady.
Next, we had to go find some suitable safehouse sites and text back why they were suitable. We didn't get any feedback that I'm aware of. One had to be sketched. One guy drew, another wrote labels, a third provided correct spelling.
Afterwards we went over hide sites, "get ugly early," and navigated to a park that was closed by the time we all got there, lol.
This followed concealment and cover lessons as well as a demonstration on defeating duct tape bindings. We then had to go out maybe four times and avoid discovery by the cadre within a circumscribed area. A lot of the hide sites had a drunk, high, or sleeping homeless guy occupying it. There were a lot of freight trains too so we avoided the tracks. Supposedly, if you were caught the cadre tapped you up and you had to free yourself. We got caught and didn't.
There was some degree of escalation involved, and I presently can't recall what else was required besides finding "firewood" and kindling.
Later we had to make a hobo stove out of a can and start a fire with packing list items. I didn't realize this until the event was over that we were somehow scored and one cell won. I don't know who won, but the first to get water boiling I think won. Several small cuts and burns were incurred. Wear your gloves. I think I'm the only one that did.
We had a brief demonstration of tactical tourniquets with what replicate stress placement - sprint then apply. A two liter soda replicated an arterial hemorrhage and we had to use list items to stop the bleed. Don't be the dumbass that takes dark, sugary soda. Diet Sprite.
We then had to configure the bottle into a gas mask. It isn't the preferred configuration I've learned about online, but it did require less or more readily available items.
We then taped ourselves up, broke free and ran behind a building a few times getting OC'd to "learn to rely on the mask."
Afterwards most people were interested in decontamination while some lessons were going on. More than half weren't paying attention at this point. One lesson dealt with escaping zip ties. Then we picked up trash, got our patch and a handshake and were on our way home.
I wanted to escape and evade. That's why I went. I can't play fugitive on my own so for this the course was great. It was survival-lite, but that was expected. If it were longer it might could model the E&E course at OnPoint Tactical. I haven't done this given geography, but I'll be doing a similar E&E/urban survival this August.
I liked Constellation but wasn't as blown away by it as I hoped to be. A total novice would've been more enamored. No one else in my cell knew about the duct tape and zip tie stuff. One knew about ITS. A few had been boy or eagle scouts earlier in life. Most were merely Goruck fans who did sundry events like Tough, Light, etc.
Edited by ArkansasFan, 03 June 2017 - 08:56 PM.