Story and photo by Sgt. James R. Moore
43rd Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs
With the growth in popularity of the Ultimate Fighting Championship during recent years, it’s easy to understand the interest Soldiers take in the Army Modern Combatives Program; though they should be warned, the program ran here on Fort Carson is anything but the high-profile show that we see on Pay-per-view.
Sgt. 1st Class Vincent Miller, Mission Support Element G3 Training, heads up the combatives program on Fort Carson. His focus isn’t to teach Soldiers how to just pummel each other, but rather to use the techniques they learn in class and apply them in real world situations faced down range.
“My goal is to develop a more adapt warrior, give them the confidence to transition from their assigned weapon to their hands in order to solve a conflict,” Miller said. He understands that every Soldier who deploys to either Iraq or Afghanistan will most likely be in a situation where he or she will be working with local nationals or guarding them. With this in mind, he designed the program to give today’s warriors the tools and confidence to handle any situation they may face. It is this concept which separates the Army Combatives Program from the endorsement-powered UFC fights.
Once Soldiers have completed level 2 training, they have an understanding of basic concepts of submissions.
Staff Sgt. Bryan Howe of Company G, 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, said he enjoys the conditioning and learning how to referee a fight.
“Sgt. 1st Class Miller refers to relations on the battlefield and steers away from competition.” Howe said.
Spc. Jack Konrat, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st BCT, 4th Inf. Div., explained why he enjoys being assistant instructor for the level 2 course.
“I like to teach Soldiers, and the skills in this program instill discipline. Along with that, there’s also more advanced jujitsu. Soldiers are taught to use minimal force possible to control a situation.”