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Mike Glover: We often think because we “operated,” we are the SMEs at it all. I beg to differ. I’ve hired cops that teach self-defense better than us because they know the law.

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Mike spent 18-years in the US Army and as a government contractor for OGA. He served as a SGM in 
Special Forces in various positions and deployed multiple times to combat theaters. He is an expert in 
Counter-Terrorism, Security, and Crisis Management Operations and is the host of the Fieldcraft Survival Podcast on iTunes, and Soundcloud. He is an avid outdoorsman, overland enthusiast, traveler, and hunter. He has a bachelor’s degree in Homeland Security and resides in Heber City, UT where he is the CEO of Fieldcraft Survival.

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Teaching civilians over the last decade, let me offer a few tokens of advice

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Recently I heard some shit-talking from dudes I used to respect in SOF.

So, as someone who evolved in the industry teaching civilians over the last decade, let me offer a few tokens of advice.

Take it or leave it.

If you’re a toxic asshole, you’ll refuse to listen, and you’ll likely fail; it’s pretty simple.

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Stop talking to people and your students like Ranger privates

1. Stop being entitled.

No one owes you shit.

You will fail if you podcast, live feed, post, and spend energy acting like people owe you shit because of your “tactical” experience.

2. Civilians aren’t military.

Stop talking to people and your students like Ranger privates.

The world doesn’t operate as spec-4 mafia members.

Act like a professional and prepare to adapt.

3. Drop the EGO.

Again, your rank, your position is irrelevant.

I was a SGM, that doesn’t mean I have to have an ego about it.

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Because we “operated,” we are the SMEs at it all? I beg to differ.

4. Your experience is narrow AF.

We often think because we “operated,” we are the SMEs at it all. I beg to differ.

I’ve hired cops that teach self-defense better than us because they know the law.

Nurses I’ve hired teach First Aid better because they understand the extension of domestic care – this isn’t Yemen.

Finally 5. Don’t be a dick.

You’ll soon realize your persona that revolved around your career in a unit doesn’t work well in the civilian world.

Be a dick means to burn the bridges that will further isolate your potential.

Some of the best military operators and leaders destroy their reputations

Some will listen, most won’t.

I’ve seen some of the best military operators and leaders destroy their reputations by operating in an echo chamber and failing to adapt to a new operational environment.

I want to see you succeed.

– Mike.

This article was published first in:

The Operator

Special Edition February 2022: Tactical Training

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