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Situational Awareness

Updated 03/14/2017

   The ability to identify, process, and comprehend
   the critical elements of information about what is
   happening to the team with regards to the
   mission. More simply, it's knowing what is going
   on around you whether on a dark street, at work,
   or during a military combat mission.
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   Situational Awareness  |   

  5 Principals of Situational Awareness [Potential Hostile Locations]
     Training      –  You may now be taking your first step in better preparing yourself for
                           your travels. It is recommended that if you’re going to a country that
                           has been identified as potentially dangerous or unstable, then your
                           organization should consider additional practical training to advance
                           your skills. You should check with your own Government for a list of
                           countries that are potentially hazardous. If they don’t have a list, the
                           US State Department’s list is a good one to use as a reference.

     Observation – You must be aware of your surroundings at all times. Only by realistic
                           training will you be able to read the situation correctly. You may only
                           have seconds to plan your course of action, and if you read the
                           situation wrong, you may make the situation worse.

     Reaction      – Within seconds you will have decided what course of action to take:
                           hard, soft or passive. Responding in a passive way is when you talk or
                           walk your way out of the situation. Responding in a soft way is when
                           your reaction dilutes the situation from a potentially dangerous
                           situation to a far less one. And finally hard – this is when you use
                           maximum force to save yourself from a life-threatening situation.
                           Which ever one you choose you must see it through to the end. It is
                           better to progress your response, i.e. try and start off passive and
                           only go to soft and hard if required. You can always step up your
                           response but it is very hard to reduce it.

     Control        – You must be confident in your actions and see them through to the
                           end. If you are indecisive then your reaction may fail and this could be
                           costly to you and potentially others. Being in control may put an
                           element doubt or fear into the perpetrators which may prevent the
                           situation from becoming worse or stop it all together.

     Safety          – One situation may lead to another. Only once you and your comrades
                           are safe is the situation over.

                              Article published by Ron Burton of PreparedEx