What do you do when you have some of the toughest and most sophisticated training in the world, have experience using it in combat in Iraq and other hotspots in the world, but think the next hotspot might be within our own borders?
You prepare. “The problem with that,” says Randy Kelley, “is that any team is more powerful and capable than any one individual in a crisis situation”. He should know, Randy was a SEAL in the Navy for 11 years before starting a company that helped his former community with their training and special equipment needs.
As a SEAL, one of his specialties was intelligence on and off the battlefield, which allowed him to see some clouds on the horizon a few years ago. Some are economic, some are cultural, some political, some are conflict-driven, and some are natural. They all add up, however, to a very bad storm headed our way.
“I feel a little crazy sometimes, since we’ve lived in a country of peace and prosperity my whole life. Yet, I know the mechanics of conflict and I’ve seen it the theater of war. It’s indisputable that our country is headed for a very ugly few years, if not a decade.” Randy says.
On a battlefield, technology, strategy, strength in numbers and skill are the determinants of a winner in warfare. “The same thing is necessary for normal everyday folks to weather any possible crisis in the future” he states. That is exactly what he is doing with that knowledge and skill-namely helping families prepare for an unknown, but not-so-rosy, future.
With his background in business, mixed with his specialized “conflict mediation” skills, he started a training program in San Diego last summer to fulfill his strategy of bring real skills to those who saw the same future as him, or at least intuited it.
“The funny thing is that people focus on my warfare skills and yet we’ve identified 11 other domains that people need to take care of to be prepared for crisis. All of them must be taken care of or failure will occur, and in the SEAL teams, failure was never an option.”, he says.
“If the strategy is to take care of those domains, then the philosophy that directs the strategy is to be ready and be responsible for my family and friends, even if they may not see what we do. We have to know why we are doing something,” he states.
Not everyone agrees with him either. Many think that we are in a normal recession and things will get better somehow. They may also think that the government will be there to take care of them if disaster strikes.
“Good luck with that train of thought”, Randy says, “The only sure future is the one you make and even that isn’t guaranteed. I for one won’t rely on anyone or any entity that isn’t fully incentivized to help me or my family survive. My experiences overseas support that view“
His team’s new program, called “Ready 5”, teaches skills, in person, to folks who need teachers and uses the best instructors he could find in food storage and preparation, engineering, martial arts, mobility and of course firearms ownership and skill. Randy is the lead instructor on that piece, since as a SEAL Sniper; he knows a thing or two on getting a bullet where it needs to go.
“As humans, every action we do is oriented towards survival, either as a being or as a species, so teaching these skills is coherent in context of a future we can foresee. What isn’t coherent,” He says, “is living like everything is going to be just fine when any one of us can read the headlines and know deep down that life is about to change.”
For more information about the Ready 5 program, visit their website at www.ready-five.com.