Episode-1118- Lou Hayes on 6 Core Tactical Skills

Lou Hayes of theillinoismodel.com

Lou Hayes of theillinoismodel.com

Lou Hayes is a full-time municipal police officer (15yrs), SWAT officer (13yrs) and trainer (12yrs). He sits on a large Statewide tactical officers organization.

Lou provides instructions on weapons, tactics, law, command, rescue, active shooter response and area searches (K9).

He and his partner have developed a fully-integrated system to train these items together, rather than in isolated fragments.

Lou and his partner teach these as part of a program around the State to various police trainers and officers.

Today we discuss six core tactical team skills. They are:

  • Priority of Fire
  • CrossFire
  • Flanking
  • Cover-Maneuver
  • Back-to-Back
  • Cross-Clearing.

These six skills are the root of ALL team movements, formations, or positions. They are combined into applications such as: patrolling, bounding overwatch, room entry, building clearing, searching, perimeter functions, site security.

These team skills are being applied to preppers trying to train small communities of shooters who plan to work together on security or post-SHTF living.  Today we compare these six skills to “simple machines” (wedge, screw, wheel and lever) that combine into all other machines.

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5 Responses to Episode-1118- Lou Hayes on 6 Core Tactical Skills

  1. Thanks for a great interview Jack!

    • Lou,

      thanks for all the great info. It was great to hear the simple building block skills from an actual operator.

      Really identified with your comments about being a “big picture leader” first, before worrying about being an expert in one technical skill (i.e. shooting, etc). Feel like the world is lacking in this kind of focus.


      • Dan, thank you. Too many operators are fooled into thinking the tactical skills must be taught as complex team formations that can only be perfected when repeatedly choreographed and practiced. However, when we learn these simple and limited building blocks, we become more adaptable and fluid in changing environment.

        Regarding the “big picture leader”: It’s a very challenging prioritization. Because physical skills like fitness, explosive breaching, or weapons marksmanship can oftentimes be “measured,” we mistakenly measure our abilities based on these technical skills. While we demand a certain level of proficiency from our command/leaders, what sets them apart are the “big picture” decisions that determine our goals and strategy. It’s a thinking man’s game!


  2. Just wanted to comment on the episode with Lou Hayes. Being a part of the elite military forces, a lot of these skills are what make us who we are. But what Lou brings to the table is a whole other beast. Even in the Force Reconnaissance community, though we know and practice all of these skills, the way Lou explaines them like I have never heard. So just wanted to say thanks for the awesome podcast and thanks Lou for educating us all!

    • Max, thank you for your service! I hope while listening, you compared our six core concepts against your more complex team movements – and see how they fit in. Whether dynamic room entry, fire teams, dedicated point building clearing, patrolling, ranger file, wedge search formations, bounding overwatch, center peel — they all include various demonstrations of these six core concepts.