CQD is an operationally-focused training system that seamlessly integrates all aspects of tactical skills,
from unarmed to armed – for the individual and team.
CQD provides the specialized skills necessary to respond appropriately to all situations and ensures the operator’s confidence and capability is at its highest level. CQD focuses on those theories, techniques and tactics that are functional –
both in personal defense and duty-related tasks.
Operational Readiness Training
“Operational” means that all skills taught within initial and advanced CQD courses are applicable to high-risk situations and can be functionally utilized for both personal defense or operations at home and abroad. Upon completion of the course the individual has attained “operational readiness” and is capable of using the skills appropriately within the scope of the level achieved.
For all courses, CQD provides a high level of accountability and quality control through its Validation/Accountability Service. This service utilizes various methods to undeniably evaluate the capabilities of each operator under the realistic pressure and chaos of the high-risk fight. These methods ensure all personnel undergo the same training and evaluation allowing for true assessment and subsequent remediation and produce a greater depth of understanding and confidence. Both Naval Special Warfare and federal agencies have utilized this Validation/Accountability Service for pre- and post- engagement assessment as well as to evaluate the student's suitability for operations.
Sustainment Training is available for course graduates who wish to maintain and strengthen their skills. These courses will provide a greater depth of knowledge and includes the addition of new skills and drills to ensure the advancement of the operator is continually evolving. Time is allotted throughout the course for questions on all topics, as well as clarification on points that may arise from a change in operational objectives.
Sustainment Representative Program
For military groups that have an established program, CQD offers training certifications that enable vetted course graduates to become Sustainment Representatives (SR) for their organization in order to maintain CQD readiness at their own facilities. Students will participate in an intense training program designed to provide a deeper comprehension of CQD theories and techniques thereby providing integration and interoperability among all personnel within their unit. SR’s provide a resident expert to reinforce, sustain, and advance components of the CQD system, thus ensuring a high level of quality and accountability.
Instructor Training and Licensing Program
For those military/law enforcement agencies that choose to make a commitment with personnel and facilities, CQD has established the Instructor Training and Licensing Program. This program certifies selected and fully vetted individuals to teach components of the system and is designed to provide a progressive, operationally focused, and standardized program of instruction for an entire organization.
Though the skills of CQD may be utilized as a student learns it, the system is complex to teach with the depth of knowledge necessary to maintain a high standard of excellence. Therefore, CQD employs an in-depth process to produce the highest quality instructors. This process develops the candidate professionally, and instills an ethos in each instructor. In the standard CQD Instructor Training Program, prospective students undergo Forging, Instructor Training, and Validation/Accountability Training, followed by periodic Sustainment Training.
The success of the CQD Instructor Training and Licensing program has been demonstrated through the adoption by Naval Special Warfare. Since 1996, over forty-five NSWC CQD instructors have gone through the rigorous components of Forging and Instructor Training. The instructors have in turn trained thousands of SEALs and support personnel in one of the most sought after and successful courses at NSW. The success of the CQD Instructor Training process has been proven through student and leadership approval, and through official operational documentation proclaiming its relevance and necessity.
Complete System Adoption
CQD Past performance
Navy SEALS are regarded as the world’s premier fighting force with well-documented operational successes under the most challenging conditions. For over two decades a critical component of their success and their most well-kept secret was the Close Quarters Defense® system, taught by Duane Dieter.
Coveted within the SEAL and Federal Agency community for many years, Mr. Dieter is the most revolutionary and influential tactical trainer in the world. Over a period of nine years, he personally developed the CQD system - the most validated and operational system anywhere.
Read more about CQD’s History with Naval Special Warfare