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Tackling 102 – Methodology for Practical with Live Fire
This methodology is created to provide a solid and live experience for students of the Tackling 101 class. Furthermore, it will allow students to better understand their role, its difficulties, dangers and procedures to avoid loses during operations.
ATTENTION: The content of this class includes demonstrations with live ammo! Students will be targeted by the instructor; therefore extreme caution by the instructor is required to avoid any unnecessary training accidents.
ASSUMPTIONS: It is to be assumed that required practical points - lock speed under MWD, micro-cap stability management, approach tactics and various other things will be covered during standard practical without using live ammo!
Instructors Ship Setup
- The instructor will use a BC or a BS with guns, missiles and various other high slot modules that a typical enemy could use.
- Guns should not be grouped. They should be fitted with mods and ammo based upon the students EHP and damage capacity.
- Tech 1 guns and ammo is preferred.
- Different types of ammo may be used on separate guns to enhance the learning experience.
- A Tracking Computer is required.
- If the instructor’s skills are suitable, both long and short range weapons could be used.
- Missile launchers should not be grouped. They should be fitted with mods and missiles based upon the students EHP and damage capacity.
- Tech 1 Launchers and missiles are preferred.
- Different type of missiles may be used in separate launchers to enhance the learning experience.
- If the Instructors skills are suitable, both long and short range missiles could be used.
- Medium size Smartbombs may be used to enhance the training exercise and to demonstrate their effects. NOTE: Only Tech 1 Smartbombs should be used!
- Energy Neutralizers may be utilized to demonstrate their effects. Use of Energy Neutralizers will also provide an opportunity to teach micro-management of cap stability.
- As a precaution, a Remote Armor Repair System is advised.
- T1 Drones should also be demonstrated. At a minimum, Light and Medium drones should used.
- Fitting all of these may be a challenge for the instructor; however, you could switch between a gun boat and a missile boat during the class.
1-Students should be warned that this exercise will use live ammunition. The instruction should ask for and receive the student’s consent before beginning the exercise.
2-The instructor should ensure that all non-participating students have moved out of the training zone to an observation area.
3-The instructor should ensure that each participating student has:
- a. Insured the ship they will fly for the exercise.
- b. Updated their medical clone.
- c. Jumped to a combat clone without implants (if smart bombs will be used).
4-The instructor will call the squad(s) to attention before starting the exercise.
Execution of the Exercise
1-Students should separate to squads and move out of instructors’ optimal range.
2-Each squad should be ordered to approach:
- a. On a straight alignment without transversal, (losing their transversal) then,
- b. Through a non-aligned transverse approach, (having a transversal speed).
3-During the approach, the instructor should lock the students and assign a single gun to them. Apply sufficient damage to the students so that they may observe the difference between the two approaches. Missiles would be used to show irrelevancy of approach alignment to missile boats. Should live missiles not be available, the instructor must explain this.
4-The students will be ordered to start tackling from their optimal disruption range. Next, order the students to reduce orbital, while using extreme caution as they observe the damage they are taking.
- a. During this stage, students should be encouraged to increase/decrease their transversal speeds to observe the changes.
- b. Activate and de-activate MWD to observe the effect.
- c. If the students begin to take heavy damage, the instructor should demonstrate how to move to a high orbit and/or warp off and bounce efficiently.
5-As the students get comfortable taking damage, the instructor could ask if any students would like to volunteer for full guns. If there are volunteers, the instructor will:
- a. Remove all non-participating students to the safe zone.
- b. Warn the student before targeting, to allow them to bring their shields to maximum.
- c. Assign all your guns, not as group, to the student. After the first salvo, you may reduce the number of assigned guns. NOTE: Never group guns or missiles during this exercise!
- d. Continue to fire until the student is at least half armor. This will provide a realistic experience.
- e. Try to avoid going into the student’s ship structural.
- f. Use the Remote Armor Repair System as necessary.
6-Don’t forget to provide important points on missiles and clearly explain the mechanics differences, which are:
- a. Tracking is void.
- b. Range penalty for damage is void.
- c. Signature radius bonus of MWD and its danger in relation to locking time and damage received.
7-Drones are an important subject and should be used with caution. When student gets comfortable with monitoring damage, assigned a single drone to demonstrate drone damage. The instructor should explain or demonstrate the methods to avoid them:
- a. Bouncing to lose lock.
- b. How to identify a damage dealing drone and eliminate its treat with their guns - yes let them shoot your drones.
8-Demonstration of Smartbomb damage should be conducted with extreme caution. Should caution not be observed on the part of the instructor, the student could be podded.
- a. Order the squad(s) to move to a safe distance. Select and lock a group of students and order them to approach.
- b. Allow them to approach and orbit outside of your Smartbomb range.
- c. Give a live fire warning then activate the Smartbomb.
- d. Order the group to slowly reduce orbit while you monitor the damage received.
- e. You may use the watch list as an additional observational tool.
- f. If a student did not bounce away and their armor has been completely reduced, immediately turn off the module and start RR.
9-Ensure the students know the correct commands and how to properly report. Stress the importance of correct terminology and reporting procedures over the TS. Allow the students to practice giving the following:
- a. Explain and give examples of properly reporting “points on and off”.
- b. Explain and give examples of E-WAR notices.
- c. Explain and give examples of Scatter, Bounce and pertinent war time commands.
REMINDER: This exercise is not to shoot students just to make them afraid; but is designed to allow them to get the feeling of receiving damage, being locked and fired upon and to understand escalating agro and other mechanics during engagement.
•Explain that the damage received in this controlled fire demonstration and real agro acquired during an actual engagement could escalate depending upon the hostiles.
•Explain that they must identify possible danger and to access that danger accordingly.
•Explain and teach them to use the Uni Overview setup and TS efficiently.
•Allow the class to be a bit bold. Spank them for their mistakes by damage; but, never allow them to be afraid of anything. Explain their mistakes or errors in judgment with a positive manner.