Every week my husband's unit does combatives. I think it is a great way to keep on top of that particular challenge and so does he, but only when there are certain precautions taken since this just practice after all. Yes, I realize that in the real world that those precautions wouldn't be there but there is not reason why they shouldn't be there if it is practice!
Before the combatives there should be a level 2 instructor present and a medic. If either of those were there they weren't doing their jobs the other day. My spouse got hurt not once but twice and did tap out but was ignored during the tap out in the strangle hold. No one checked his injuries.
The 1stSgt actually told him to not go to sick call for the injury. I told my spouse he should go get it looked at since he was spitting up blood and swallowing hurt. I've been strangled. He had to go to dental anyway since he was due. They took xrays. He has soft tissue injuries, chipped tooth, and an abrasions inside his mouth. Oh and yes no one was instructed to bring mouth guards or wear them before the combatives...probably that is against the rules too I'm guessing.
The dentist gave him biofreeze, motrin, told him to hot pack it when he can and drink warm liquids. He is having a hard time even talking today since his vocal cords seem to be swollen as well.
I think this is a case of the combatives going a bit far in my opinion. This wasn't just one guy he went up against but two in the combatives and guys the 1stSgt chose for him that were much bigger and stronger too.
Yes I realize that in the real world you can't pick the guy you are going to have to beat the crap out of but yeah um I think his 1stSgt has something against him. If you've been reading my blog you'll have read that in the past there is something wrong with his chain of command. DH had to fill in for the 1stSgt the other morning at PT for accountability formation and did good enough that I guess the 1stSgt had to find something else to tear DH up on.
Can't wait to get out of here for DH's sake.