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Posted by: tire iron Oct 27 2006, 11:13 PM

Rowdy illuded to the fact the the "Situation" statement also included a "Mission" statement - and he is correct. The Situation is always followed by the Mission statement.

The EASIEST part of SMEAC is the Mission statement. We are given the Mission Statement and we do not add anything to nor subtract anything from it - we leave it alone.

The Mission Statement is short, concise - and too the point. It must contain the essential elements of information that answer "who, what, when, where and why".

The Mission Statement would be something like this.

Alpha unit (who)will insert on XXX day at TBD hour (when)to conduct a full reconnaissance (what)of the base of operations of the Animals located at Ann Morrison Park (where)and to build - record and report a full intell package on the Animals in order to form a threat analysis.(why) Extract will occur on XXX day at TBD hour. Mission has priority.

That last bit - "Mission has priority" - is a "qualifier". Sometimes "time has priority". If the extract HAD to occur on a certain day at a very specific time - then TIME has priority over the mission at a certain point - you HAVE to pack up and leave with whatever info you were able to gather. However - with this mission - the MISSION has priority - and the team will stay deployed until the information has been gathered.

Any questions?????

cheers

tire iron

Posted by: Whiplash Oct 28 2006, 12:42 AM

QUOTE
the team will stay deployed until the information has been gathered.

At what cost shall this be done?
If caught do we break contact and E&E, or Neutralize the threat, and continue on?

Does this fall under the Execution part of the SMEAC?

Posted by: tire iron Oct 28 2006, 12:44 AM

QUOTE
Does this fall under the Execution part of the SMEAC?

Yes.

cheers

tire iron

Posted by: rowdy Oct 28 2006, 08:32 AM

Tire Iron, I do like your teaching style. In the basic and advanced officers courses, these concepts were thrown at us and we learned almost totally from the TM & FM's. Take the test, pass, and go on to the next course. I think I am going to enjoy this more than the recruits.

Posted by: tire iron Oct 28 2006, 12:51 PM

rowdy,

Thanks brother - I am glad you are aboard!

TO ALL:

Given that you all agree the mission does not go against the SG's - and given what you know of the mission (which is dang little) - will you say "yes" or "no" to carrying out the mission?? That is all we need right now - is a "YES – I WILL CARRY OUT THE MISSION" or "NO – I WILL NOT CARRY OUT THE MISSION".

You don’t need to know – nor will you know - the details of the mission when you are given the mission – all you need to do is give a thumbs up/down as to whether you will do it. You will be responsible for planning the mission AFTER you have agreed to do it.

So – one of the first things you need to ask yourself is this: What reasons would you have for not carrying the mission out??

Think of these things:

1. You pretty much know where the bad guys are.
2. You know where we are at.
3. There is to be no contact.
4. Observe and report.
5. You know this reconnaissance HAS to be done by someone.

So – again - What reasons would you have for not carrying the mission out??

I appreciate the fact that you don’t know anything about mission planning – that will come as we go through this – but that is not a valid reason to say “no”.

I could understand if the mission were to conduct a rescue from the bad guys' lair - with NO reconnaissance of the bad guy's AO and it is just you - alone - with no team mates and no support - I would congratulate you for saying "no". That would be a "Hollywood Mission" that would only result in your (and the hostages) deaths.

But in the real world you will not have the luxury of planning the mission out before you say "yes".

So - what reasons could you give - RIGHT NOW - for not carrying out this mission??

Once you say "yea" - will you run into snags?? YES.
Will your planning uncover things you didn't initially consider?? YES
Will you hit some "walls" in the planning phase?? YES
Will your plans change in the field?? PROBABLY
Will you at all times, improvise, adapt and overcome?? YES
Will you feel 100% that everything will go smoothly?? NO
Will you feel that plan is "fool proof"?? HOPEFULLY YOU WILL NEVER FEEL THE PLAN IS FOOLPROOF - OR THAT IS A GUARANTEED DISASTER WAITING TO HAPPEN.
Will you have to commit to missions that you are not 100% sure of success?? EVERYTIME.
Will your guts churn when you are planning a mission?? MINE DO.

This is serious stuff - and I know you feel that - that is why some or all of you are probably reticent to say "yes". That is normal and expected. We are beyond the realm of “internet Hollywood” missions in here. What we learn - or fail to learn in here will most probably cost good men's lives. I am glad you are taking this seriously - I am proud of each of you for that.

But you gotta say "yes" and drive on. You gotta accomplish the mission for the greater good. Take comfort in the fact that if your gut churns - that will make you a good mission planner. If someone's guts are not churning when planning a mission - get them OFF the mission planning team. (I am NOT saying you have to say "yes" to every mission - BUT - what I AM saying - is that if the mission does not go against the SG's - and there is a POSSIBILITY that the mission could be a success – and you see that the mission must be done – and if you don’t do then “who” - then there is not much reason to say NO unless the person who gave you the mission is a 100% moron - then he needs to be removed from the loop.)

I liked jumping out of airplanes or rappelling with guys like me that are afraid of heights. We make sure the harnesses, the rigging and everything else is "good to go". And we never had an accident. There was a team of guys that were NOT afraid of heights, and we had to go search for a body in the woods of North Carolina - because the team was too careless when it came to safety and one guy "burned in" from a few thousand feet (main ‘chute nor his reserve opened). So - "mild" fear (guts churning) is a GOOD thing.

So – sound off – either "YES – I WILL CARRY OUT THE MISSION" or "NO – I WILL NOT CARRY OUT THE MISSION".

cheers

tire iron

Posted by: ScottFN308 Oct 28 2006, 01:09 PM

At this early of a stage, I can see no reason, to say otherwise,
so, YES, I WILL CARRY OUT THE MISSION.

Great job with this, TI.

Scott

Posted by: rowdy Oct 28 2006, 03:41 PM

Standard recon mission on paper. Yes, I'll go. If I make a good military sketch with proper designations do I get a kewpie doll?

Posted by: NC Minuteman Oct 28 2006, 05:16 PM

I see a definite need for the mission, it's inline with the SG's so YES – I WILL CARRY OUT THE MISSION.

I am learning a lot TI. Some of this is in the NMS but this is a whole lot better then reading it from there.

Posted by: PipeRain Oct 28 2006, 09:28 PM

YES, I WILL CARRY OUT THIS MISSION.

Posted by: Whiplash Oct 28 2006, 09:32 PM

YES, I WILL CARRY OUT THIS MISSION.

Posted by: SuperD4K Oct 28 2006, 10:08 PM

Yes I will carry out the mission.

Posted by: praharin Oct 28 2006, 10:26 PM

hmmm, sure, why not

Posted by: NC Minuteman Oct 30 2006, 05:19 PM

QUOTE (tire iron @ Oct 27 2006, 10:13 PM) *
Rowdy illuded to the fact the the "Situation" statement also included a "Mission" statement - and he is correct. The Situation is always followed by the Mission statement.

The EASIEST part of SMEAC is the Mission statement. We are given the Mission Statement and we do not add anything to nor subtract anything from it - we leave it alone.

The Mission Statement is short, concise - and too the point. It must contain the essential elements of information that answer "who, what, when, where and why".

The Mission Statement would be something like this.

Alpha unit (who)will insert on XXX day at TBD hour (when)to conduct a full reconnaissance (what)of the base of operations of the Animals located at Ann Morrison Park (where)and to build - record and report a full intell package on the Animals in order to form a threat analysis.(why) Extract will occur on XXX day at TBD hour. Mission has priority.

That last bit - "Mission has priority" - is a "qualifier". Sometimes "time has priority". If the extract HAD to occur on a certain day at a very specific time - then TIME has priority over the mission at a certain point - you HAVE to pack up and leave with whatever info you were able to gather. However - with this mission - the MISSION has priority - and the team will stay deployed until the information has been gathered.

Any questions?????

cheers

tire iron

I have a question here now that I am working on the SMEAC my self.

I am not entirely sure what should be put for the "HAS"
"1) Higher Unit Mission. If you are in a small reconnaissance team, this is your platoon's mission - not the battalion's or any other "higher" unit." part of the Situation report.

I guess its the same as the "mission" that's in the "M" part of the "SMEAC"? At least in this case the case of the animals recon mission? And as you said we don't touch any of that its already given to us in the warning order correct? Sorry if I am not getting this, I am a little confused.

Posted by: rudy Oct 30 2006, 05:34 PM

I WILL CARRY OUT THE MISSION

Posted by: Pilgrim Oct 30 2006, 09:32 PM

Somebody has to do it.

Posted by: Pilgrim Dec 2 2006, 12:55 PM

I was right...this IS a lot of work...when you don't know exactly what your doing.

Posted by: feralgun Dec 6 2006, 08:31 PM

YES, COUNT ME IN

Posted by: Freestyle Dec 17 2006, 08:10 PM

I'm in.

Posted by: NKelly Jan 20 2007, 01:12 PM

Yes I'll do it. However, at this stage I am not so sure how good I'm going to be at it. I'm a little concerned about this.

Posted by: tire iron Jan 20 2007, 01:23 PM

NKelly,

(Pretend you are ten years younger! thumbsup1.gif )

This way you will get the full benefit of learning the planning process.

cheers

tire iron

Posted by: NKelly Jan 20 2007, 01:36 PM

TI - That is part of my concern, my brain is about 20 years behind my body. Other than that, I am always worried about getting somebody killed.....I do not want to do that. If I get myself killed.......well I did my best. I've been sticking my foot in for years.

Getting others killed? That is different. This will be on my mind, at all times. Mind you I don't want to get killed either. But I don't want people to die because I wasn't good enough.

Posted by: NC Minuteman Jan 20 2007, 04:36 PM

QUOTE (NKelly @ Jan 20 2007, 12:36 PM) *
Yes I'll do it. However, at this stage I am not so sure how good I'm going to be at it. I'm a little concerned about this.
...

TI - That is part of my concern, my brain is about 20 years behind my body. Other than that, I am always worried about getting somebody killed.....I do not want to do that. If I get myself killed.......well I did my best. I've been sticking my foot in for years.

Getting others killed? That is different. This will be on my mind, at all times. Mind you I don't want to get killed either. But I don't want people to die because I wasn't good enough.

NKelly,
I feel the same way. This is about learning and getting better as we progress together. This is the time to fail & get things wrong. So we can learn from it and be much better when these skills will need to be used. So have no fear, join in with us and learn along side everyone. We are glad to decided to join us. You are one of few that have stepped up. You want to learn.

Posted by: NKelly Jan 20 2007, 06:16 PM

Thanks NC. I'll be honest, some of this is a bit over my head. So I'll be going back and forth asking questions. So I'll be slower than most. I don't have any, formal, military training. This makes it a little intimidating, being amongst all these learned folks ......but nothing I can't learn. So, let me apologize, now, for my ignorance. Before I move on.

Posted by: grasssnake Jan 26 2007, 07:02 PM

affirmative

Posted by: DanD Jul 22 2007, 09:56 PM

yep

Posted by: Zeroedin Aug 27 2007, 10:21 PM

Yo, boss man! I'm a go!

GOOD teaching method T.I., THANKS for your time & effort...you're RIGHT, this WILL save lives! And time!

PILGRIM...just remember bro! "Blood, sweat'n tears on the PRACTICE FIELD...avoids'em on the battle field!"...ain't dat right, boss man?

Posted by: alfa6foxtrot Sep 8 2007, 04:50 PM

"YES – I WILL CARRY OUT THE MISSION"

Posted by: Romanknight Dec 10 2007, 04:00 PM

My bad for missing this thread for so long!
I will NOT carry out the mission described above.
Or, to be more specific, I consider this mission the second step in a chain. First would be a "civilian" recon, from the inside; see NKelly, zeroedin and my posts from #5. If that is not successful, or if we need more specific info, preparing for a strike on the animals, then, and only then I would carry out this mission.

Posted by: tire iron Dec 10 2007, 05:04 PM

RK,

OK.................................


Hmmmm.....so are dropping from the class? Or............

cheers

tire iron

Posted by: Romanknight Dec 11 2007, 02:05 PM

ti, I did NOT say that! movingtongue.gif
I said that I will try other means of obtaining info, before sending men in cammo with guns. Call'em spies, fine, I believe that I can obtain better info from the inside.
Sending men in cammo with guns is plan B, and I intend to learn how to do that!

Posted by: tire iron Dec 11 2007, 03:15 PM

Roger that.

And - your suggestion is correct - we would gather intel in as many and as safe ways as we could before mounting a military style recon operation - I'm just using this lame story to as a tool to teach the class.

cheers

tire iron

Posted by: Cornsweat Dec 20 2007, 01:37 PM

Mission Accepted, Sir smile.gif

-Corn

Posted by: tire iron Dec 20 2007, 01:57 PM

thumbsup1.gif

cheers

tire iron

Posted by: Woodland Guerilla Feb 21 2008, 12:48 PM

Yes, carry out the mission

Posted by: Ghost26 Feb 23 2008, 07:39 PM

Are we there yet?? Yes, I will carry out the mission..

Posted by: Wyrm Feb 24 2008, 09:56 PM

TI, I accept.

QUOTE (NKelly @ Jan 20 2007, 01:36 PM) *
TI - That is part of my concern, my brain is about 20 years behind my body. Other than that, I am always worried about getting somebody killed.....I do not want to do that. If I get myself killed.......well I did my best. I've been sticking my foot in for years.

Getting others killed? That is different. This will be on my mind, at all times. Mind you I don't want to get killed either. But I don't want people to die because I wasn't good enough.

NK, there is one thing you have to come to grips with before you can be any kind of leader, planner, ANYTHING except your run-of-the-mill trigger puller.

And that is:

No matter what you do, even if you do everything right, other people, YOUR people, are GOING to die.

Not every time. Maybe not even 1% of the time. But sometime, somewhere, someone is going to die. You can't control it, you can't stop it. You could do everything as close to perfect as is humanly possible, and still someone will catch a bullet, fall off a hill/building/whatever, step on a mine, or find one of hundreds of other ways to die.

You have to steel yourself to this eventuality, and be prepared to drive on past it. Some people can't. That doesn't make them bad people, but it DOES make them ineffective leaders.

I'm sure you know this already, and just needed a reminder, right? thumbsup1.gif

Posted by: JJackyLL Feb 25 2008, 11:40 PM

YES – I WILL CARRY OUT THE MISSION

Posted by: CelticWarrior Feb 27 2008, 05:35 AM

Aye, count me in. This is a mission worth doing. And anything worth doing, is worth doing right the first time.

Posted by: tire iron Feb 27 2008, 03:10 PM

Proceed gents!

cheers

tire iron

Posted by: Gentle Annie Mar 13 2008, 10:29 PM

QUOTE (tire iron @ Feb 27 2008, 02:10 PM) *
So – sound off – either "YES – I WILL CARRY OUT THE MISSION" or "NO – I WILL NOT CARRY OUT THE MISSION".

YES – I WILL CARRY OUT THE MISSION

Posted by: tire iron Mar 13 2008, 10:46 PM

Proceed.

cheers

tire iron

Posted by: Bravo40 Jan 14 2009, 10:11 PM

lets do it.

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