Higher Training Standards

ATAC University Standards

Higher Training Standards

A major advantage to private instruction is that the student will be challenged to a higher trade standards. ATAC Global’s Training Division will be more academically, technically, practical and more rigorous than public schools, and private school students may have to meet more criteria to keep up and maintain their current skills. The more demanding requirements compared with public schools with a greater student – instructor ratio, required more trades kills in a shorter time frame than typical training programs.

More can be expected of private students in terms of quality-individualized training, course workload, and special requirements for each individual’s learning curve. The push to meet this higher standard often results in a greater level of student performance. ATAC Global’s training division and e-learning methodology outperform significantly above the military average. In general, a student given the opportunity to receive private-individual instruction will most likely reach a higher level of trades kills.

Student Teacher Ratio

ATAC Global’s Training Division focuses on controlling our class sizes. On average our ratio is less than quarter the size of higher student ration to instructors. In many training schools, for example, the average size of the class is 1 instructor to 10 or more and in some cases even higher per instructor compared to our maximum of 1:4 most often 1:3. ATAC Training students have more opportunities to form relationships with their instructors, which can lead them to greater trade skill successes. In most all cases, a student is given help for their specific problem areas, which can allow the issue to be resolved quickly and correctly. Once any issues inhibiting a student’s progress have been addressed, the student can go on to achieve their highest-level individual skills. Ex: Combining a team of 12-24 or more of all privately instructed people only makes for a higher trained combined unit, a more capable team.

Also, small classes allow the instructors to have a better sense of the student’s specific strengths and weaknesses are. More opportunities to speak up and participate in class discussions.

Critical Errors and Safety

Beyond the fact that smaller classes are by their very nature easier to control, with an special emphasis on Critical Errors and Safety. The push for correcting critical errors in smaller classes will ultimately be far more responsible for their solid framework in skills and achievements. Also, stricter safety policies mean that any safety issues will be handled and eradicated quickly. Please refer to the below graph on how to have the most efficient – complete learning curve.

ATAC Learning Curve

Framework

The students training foundation is the framework to build on. Prior to any course students must demonstrate their current proficiency level. Not just application, but knowledge base also. ATAC instructors build each student’s framework from the ground up, in many cases start them over. Critical errors are identified and fixed, and only then the students can build on their framework.

Example # 1: Shooting at Steel vs. Paper

Once the shooter has their weapon presentation and sequence of shooting mastered they should no longer train with targets that use a circle or a cranial nasal passage for shot placement identification. Your adversary will not have these markings on them. Nor will you have a audible confirmation that your point of impact was the same as your point of aim. Shooting at steel is NOT realistic in close quarters, in most cases we have seen those practicing on steel tend to have a much larger group than those who train with out a “ding” for confirmation of point of impact. Slow down, only shoot as fast as you can guarantee the hit.

We use a more realistic target designed off a human silhouette. You MUST first gauge the interior distance from the silhouette outline required for center mass point of impact or terminal head impact. No more boxes, circles, or indicators for your shot placement.  Take a more realistic approach to your training. Do not get into the habit of sacrificing speed for accuracy. These targets will keep honest shooters honest in their true ability.  Simply walk up to your targets after you have placed your shots on them from down range.

ATAC University Shooting Targets

The above targets have a barely visible center mass and cranial nasal passage that can be seen only at a close distance, so they can be used ONLY to verify “if” you are in the stopping zones. These work great on turning targets for semi or automatic rifle applications that require compensation up close on personal or extended ranges.

  • No “ding” of steel will be heard to confirm that you have hit your target. No boxes, circles or shapes will be present within the human outline to aid with your shot placement.
  • You must first identify your shot placement and guarantee the point of aim vs . the point of impact.  They should be the same. If you shoot slower, that is fine.  At least it will be the correct placement. The goal is for your speed to get back to where it was without relying on internal shapes for your shot placement identification.

Example # 2

Elevated heart rate evaluations and qualifications.

“Why do I have to be in shape to shoot?”  Well it is simple; if you are overweight can you move as fast or as long as your attacker?  No.  If you gut is in the way of accessing your gear or ability to move rapidly to cover, you have a problem.  Many instructors out there teach firearms while being out of shape.  Let keep this simple, what if you had to run or were being chased by an attacker who can run faster and farther than you?  You will die overweight and tired.  It is you fault, you have a choice to get in shape.  If there is an out of shape instructor on the ATAC Staff, they are relieved of the position until they get in shape and maintain it.  There are so many overweight law enforcement out there it is a shame.  Why do I use this an example?  It is an important one; they are the ones when you call 911 to come to your rescue.  If they are not in the shape and your attacker is and the attacker also is just as good or many times better in their firearm skills you are in trouble.  If I am teaching and see an overweight person in the class they are asked to go home, get in shape then come back and then they can start, but not until.  Unless it is a medical condition that is the only valid reason.

Physical Conditioning: As in any confrontation, your physical conditioning is of the utmost importance.  Some may think that they can be overweight or out of shape as long as they can still shoot with accuracy.  This is not the proper attitude to have because upon confrontation your body produces epinephrine, also known as adrenalin, in order to prepare you for the fight.  Adrenalin causes your heart to pump faster, your muscles to engorge with blood, your eyes to dilate, and your respiration to increase in order to supply oxygen for the increased demand.  Can your heart handle the increased load or is it blocked with plaque?  Do you still have your accuracy or are your arms bobbing up and down with each heartbeat?  Can you acquire and maintain a prolonged position or are your muscles easily fatigued?  Do you have the required pulmonary conditioning?  Without physical conditioning, your mental conditioning has no foundation.

Mental Conditioning: Mental conditioning allows you to remain in control of the situation during your body’s automatic responses in stressful situations.  During deadly confrontations, you need to be able to have the mental clarity that allows you to assess the situation and prioritize so that you can sufficiently tackle the task at hand.

Conclusion

No choice can guarantee that training years will go smoothly. Still, in the interest of giving a student the most advantages and opportunities. ATAC Global’s Training division can reduce worries about safety, increase a the students exposure to safety, reduced class sizes, and offer a realistic training environment based off real world application and not sporting instruction. Providing individual instruction that the student would not have otherwise.