posted on Feb, 24 2004 @ 02:49 AM
Some have mentioned the heightened state of alertness you can experience through sleep depravation...and thats exactly what I experienced after the
first day of a 3-day awake 'training'. And found, despite the obvious bodily exhaustion heading into the 3rd day, your mind became sharper still.
We would be given tasks to do...mainly visual/hands-on tasks like puzzles...and timed on them, after a while of repeatedly doing them your mind
sharpened up substantially and solving the puzzles became almost instinctual...and you did so at an accelerated rate...like your mind was moving a few
steps ahead of your hands, seeing the next few pieces in place before you even laid a hand on them.
Then we would break and do weapons training, field-strips, range-practice, snap-shots (holstered weapon, or rifle on bench) on flip-targets etc from
varying distances...the speed of the targets would increase, as would the variance of the distances from close 10m to more distant 30m with the
holsters, and 50-100m with the rifles. Then it would be back to the puzzles again...rapid solving. Back to range-training and instruction. Basically
the idea was to get you to the point that the shot was not something you consciously thought about...it was instinctive, and accurate...the target
appeared and without thought you had snapped up (or out) your weapon and put a round through it.
On the way back was the highlight...as mentioned, a target appearing at a distance of 100mtres away...from behind us. I heard the sound of the
spring-release on the target and just instinctly snatched my rifle, spun around and capped it cleanly in an instant. To which one of the Instructors
smiled and let me ride in the truck on the way back, while everyone else who didn't react as quickly had to walk/run...lol.
And no...before anyone asks this was not Military Training as such, though our instructors were/are ex-Mil...just a group of people of like-minds who
are preparing for a time when familiarity with weaponary and instinctual reaction will likely be all that will separate you from life and death at the
hands of an Armed Agressor.
[Edited on 24-2-2004 by alien]