Sento: "That said, there are very different "rules of engagement" between a combat mission and civilian self defense. IME most special forces personnel are not all that knowledgeable about civilian self defense, nor are they as bad ass unarmed as most people think."
Truth: The average SF guy has around 10 to 13 years of MILITARY experience, with hardly any action in the civilian world. If they had to operate under your state laws, there would be no successful missions.Completely different worlds, and yes, some are excellent, some average, and some shit, just like the rest of the us.
Irish:"The thing that special forces guys have - which most of us don't - is their willingness to engage the threat and kill it. That gives them a decided advantage in confrontations, because many (most) of us can't flip the switch like that"
Truth: That is , in my opinion, the biggest difference between trained SF and civilians, yes, and if you ever spent any time doing this work and live, you will develop this necessary skill, however, it really is a double edged sword. Come back to the real world, and, you find yourself willing to kill someone over the most simple things . Back in civilization, better put in a mental program to keep youself out of prison.
Everytime I am home, the first thing i do after a jet lag day ,is go to the boxing gym and have the Golden Glove guys beat some sense into me, then go to the nearest dojo and ask to work out, doesn matter what style, just need the discipline to work off the edge, and save me from shooting someone for suddenly pulling up beside me on the freeway:))
IMHO: fight goes to the ground, you better have a pistol or knife, because its a death sentence. No one has time to fight on the ground during an op, kill the guy and get on with it.