Context Is Key (Podcast – Season 6, Ballistic Radio Episode 254, May 13th, 2018)

“If you’re a professional of arms and you shoot somebody you’re not a hero either. You successfully did your job to the best of your ability. I expect the same from my plumber.” — Sean M.


The word “context” has become an internet buzzword, but what does it really mean? Intellectually we may be able to conceptualize that law enforcement, military and civilians have different contexts in their missions, equipment, and conduct, but what does that mean for us in training?

Here to help us understand context in training is someone who has experience in all three. Sean M. is a recently retired career special forces operator, who also  has experience in law enforcement and as a regular dude and dad. Throughout the years he has trained many individuals in a wide variety of missions with an even wider variety of equipment. His familiarity in adapting training to the proper context of the individual receiving it is evident as he shares with us how he interviews potential students and counsels them accordingly. Sean helps break-down what potential students should be looking for when seeking higher level instruction, what types of training can crossover from one context to another, and where context doesn’t matter.

If you’re trying to understand the sudden obsession with context and put it in its proper place, you won’t want to miss this episode.

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