The Minuteman Concept

Tactical Wisdom

Minute Man Monument

The Minuteman is someone we all learned about back in school, but how much do you really know about them and what can we apply to today? Here, we will look at the Minuteman concept and discuss how we can apply those lessons today.

The basis for the Minuteman was devised in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1645. The Colony required all men aged 16-60 to serve in the militia. This militia got together 2-3 times a year for training. However, the most fit and well-trained trained 3-4 times a week, to “be ready at a moment’s notice”, hence the nickname, “Minutemen”.

These men would be sent ahead to an impending battle to scout and begin sniping and ambushes to slow down an advancing enemy force. In those times, this was a completely unheard-of form of combat, and is the basis for Roger’s Rangers, later to…

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