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A Glimpse Into The Psychologically & Physiologically Challenging Modern Army Combatives (MAC) Training Program

December 16, 2016

A term for hand-to-hand combat training and techniques, U.S. Army Combatives Training is an attempt to create a regime that aims to teach soldiers how to train rather than attempting to give them the perfect techniques for any given situation. The main idea being that all real ability is developed after the initial training and only if training becomes routine.

The Modern Army Combatives (MAC) Program was created in 2002 to replace previous close combat training which was deemed ineffective and stalled in the face of current threats. Published as Field Manual 3-25.150, the program mandates that new soldiers begin their Combatives training on day three of Initial Military Training at the same time that they are first issued their rifle. Developed and taught at the U.S. Army Combatives School at Fort Benning, the Combatives School teaches four instructor certification courses. This video present a glimpse into the psychological and physiological challenges presented by this Modern Army Combatives (MAC) Program.