US Army Combatives

2-01 – Importance of Skilled Trainers


Diligent effort is needed to perfect the various hand-to-hand combat techniques, to apply them instinctively, and to teach others to safely master them. The following instructor responsibilities are the core of planning and executing combative training.

  • a. Seek maximum efficiency with minimum effort. Continually strive to reduce all unnecessary explanations, movement, and activity. Streamline the training without compromising content, efficiency, or safety.
  • b. Stress cooperation and technical mastery. Minimize hostile behavior but promote aggressiveness and power.
  • c. Reinforce the details of each technique, and provide positive feedback when warranted. Use occasional humor to motivate soldiers, but avoid degrading or insulting them.
  • d. Ensure serviceable training aids are present to use in sufficient quantities for all soldiers being trained. Ensure training areas are well maintained and free from dangerous obstructions.
  • e. Ensure instructors and assistant instructors are well rehearsed and prepared before all training sessions. Conduct instructor training at least five hours weekly to maintain a high skill level.
  • f. Develop as many skilled combative instructors for each unit as possible. Instructor-to-soldier ratios should not be less than 1 instructor for 20 soldiers. Encourage after-duty training and education for instructors.
  • g. Require strict discipline of all soldiers.

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