Navy combatives : adjusting course for the future
Lorah, Junior Charles
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The purpose of this research is to identify if there is a need for combatives training in the United States Navy. Historically, there would not be a need for a Navy Self-Defense Program. However, the operating environment has changed. The mission of the Navy is changing. The battlefield, which has typically been largely a one-dimensional front led by the United States Army, requires a more dynamic, all-encompassing approach. Emerging oppositions, and increased military commitments on a global scale, expanded the roles of all service members. The most dramatic change is to the Navy Sailor. Servicemen, in particular Sailors, are being assigned to nontraditional tasks. Ten years ago this was not the case. However, with 9/11, the Navy's role has changed. The Navy has historically lacked in this type of training. Currently, limited training in self-defense is provided. The Navy has no proactive plan for the future. Hand-to-hand combat training for the Navy is completely overlooked. The Army Modern Combatives Program (MAC) and Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) were developed out of the need for a standardized system to train and develop warriors. The Air Force Combative Program (AFCP) was born from the MAC mold, recognizing a need to enhance fighting capabilities. On an international level, Israel and Russia developed programs for similar reasons. MCMAP is the recommended program to introduce combatives to the U.S. Navy. From there, the U.S. Navy can develop a program that is tailored to the different job specialties available. Core facilities are available in key Navy ports throughout the world that can provide a training ground for Navy combatives. From a cost-benefit look at combatives, this thesis argues that the benefits outweigh the costs. Injuries will occur in combatives, but the benefits to teaching combatives outweigh these costs. Providing a self-defense program helps develop and enhance the overall skills of a Sailor. Additionally, self-defense training might help a Sailor recognize weaknesses and vulnerabilities. Most importantly, combatives enhances the qualities of the Navy Core Values in every Sailor.
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