Senior Leaders

For superior achievement while providing twelve years of dedicated and patriotic service to the Naval Special Warfare community. A highly acclaimed expert, Mr. Dieter was a key advisor to Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command and made significant contributions to the long-term success of the Naval Special Warfare community. Developing a program tailored to enhance warrior capabilities, he expertly trained deploying SEALs in mission critical skills. Many times his training has directly related to success in missions of National importance. By establishing levels of training to meet Force requirements, Mr. Dieter has helped to ensure SEALs will be ready when duty calls. His quality of service, impassioned commitment and unswerving loyalty resulted in increased readiness and mission capability of Naval Special Operating forces globally. His outstanding professional performance and total dedication to duty reflected great credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. – Naval Superior Civilian Service Award Citation presented to Duane Dieter by Commanding Officer Naval Special Warfare Command, 2003 **** **** *** has been exposed to many martial art/hand to hand instructors/systems, only Dieters CQD has proven itself relevant to **** **** *** mission and has demonstrated sustained integrity. – NSW Tier 1 Official Training Justification Statement

I firmly believe that the stuff they learned this week will help them achieve victory on the battlefield. It’s the mission, the mission comes first, the mission is everything…This course, more so than any other course that we have in Naval Special Warfare, has the most military application and I think enhances you as an operator and will enable you to achieve victory on the battlefield, maintain mission success and not embarrass our nation. – NSW Senior Leader

The training standard for close quarters armed and unarmed battle is the Dieters Close Quarters Defense System. – NSW Tier 1 Official Policy Statement

Naval Special Warfare Center (NSWC) provides instruction on armed and unarmed combat to Naval Special Warfare (NSW) personnel. Over the last four years, NSW Combat Fighting Course instructors have trained with many national and international martial arts experts to insure that we are providing the best training possible. While these ‘experts’ are top of their field of competitive or ‘sport fighting,’ only one offers a system that has relevance to actual NSW mission requirements. That instructor is Mr. Duane Dieter…His CQD system is already being used exclusively by Naval Special Warfare *********** *****. – NSW Senior Leader

NSW has been exposed to Dieter’s Close Quarters Defense (CQD) for nine years, it is the only system used by NSW that successfully integrates the use of firearms with other close fighting and prisoner control techniques that works during close fierce encounters in support of NSW missions. CQD has received broad community acceptance as improving NSW close combat ability and has become the standard for close combat techniques. Success of the system has been validated in both NSW exercises and operations…NAVSPECWARCEN CFC cadre tried to compile a program by sending personnel to train in various martial arts, sport fighting or choreographed systems. This approach produced numerous shortfalls and led to an ineffective program. The eclectic approach training came form a sport focus or unrealistic martial art choreographed system not a combat base. The skills and methods of training were designed to win a contest not prepare SEALs for NSW missions. This built conflicting responses in the operator and platoon that made the unit less cohesive in action. Of particular danger, these reflexes were not compatible with the use of firearms. The results are catastrophic under real pressure. – NSW Official Training Justification

My intent is that we as community leaders, identify CQD as NSW’s defense/fighting system of choice based on its real operational applicability and lack of ‘hobbyist’ connotation (it’s also the NSW course that is highest rated by the students who take it), and then we work to move our people up the CQD training ladder at an appropriate pace. The NSWG Training Dets subscribe to CQD for pre-deployment training. In my view, CQD is the kind of training that saves lives and keeps people in the Teams… – NSW Senior Leader


I just want everyone to know the Naval Special Warfare Center’s “Close Quarters Defense” (or CQD) course is directly responsible for our deployed platoon’s current success in the nightly operations in Iraq. I personally feel this training is the MOST IMPORTANT/MOST CRITICAL training this platoon can get prior to deployment. The written point papers and interviews I’ve compiled from **** 

personnel confirm what I’m saying. Most operators feel they couldn’t have done the job without this training, and that it may have saved lives (both innocent and our operators). – M.L.

Since my first exposure in 2001, CQD has outperformed anything we’ve tried to develop “in-house.” So much so that it has become the tactic from which we conduct all operations. CQD is hands down the only system that increases the effectiveness of each SEAL operator, instills a true warrior ethos and whose theories, principles and tactics have permeated every aspect of modern SEAL warfare. – D.M.


As a SEAL for over 18 years, I can unequivocally say that there is no better training method or system that prepares an operator for combat both physically and mentally than CQD. – J.B.

CQD is the best system I have been exposed to that prepares people and Teams for the realities of close combat. – D.S.

The skills sets taught and reinforced in this course of instruction have been continually proven effective in real world situations and documented by NSW operators…Given the current mission status of NSW, this should be given the highest level of importance further ensuring the preparation of our Warriors for combat. – W.S.D.

Our men received some of the best and most combat applicable instruction from your staff during our CQD-2 course of instruction. We cannot overstate the value and positive impact you made upon our unit through this most essential week of learning and instruction. – V.W.

I strongly support CQD training for the following reasons…CQD is a phenomenal system for developing small tactical units that can accomplish the full spectrum of operations and react quickly to uncertainty and lethal danger…we have barely scratched the surface with the potential of the program…CQD will be invaluable in the professional development of our newest personnel in the years to come so we can maintain and improve the outstanding capability and reputation of the NSW community. – M.R.

This should be a mandatory course of instruction for all SEAL operators. All of the comments I have heard from returning overseas operators are true – our combat effectiveness and warfighting ability is increased after this training. – F.M.

This is my first time through this course; while I have trained in other martial arts, it is important to remember we are not professional fighters. We are war fighters, and this course is definitely designed to enhance that ability. – J.H.

The most overall complete training and most realistic simulations in the Naval arsenal. – I believe this is the most important thing I have done in the teams and/or life. I know the training I have received is affecting myself and everyone I deal with from here on in, in a positive way. Thanks. – T.V.

I thought this was the greatest, most realistic course I’ve ever experienced in Spec War. – M.C.

Thanks for your excellent instruction with hand to hand combat and life like scenarios with dealing with both compliant and non-compliant personnel. While deployed to Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM we faced numerous adversities while conducting room clearances during multiple raids conducted by our platoon. Out of the 15 Direct Action missions our platoon conducted, we took down numerous personnel, both compliant, non-compliant, and armed with weapons. Your course of instruction contributed to the safety of our platoon and the safety of the women and children that were exposed during these high risk missions. Thanks for your hard work and dedication it’s made a significant difference to the NSW community! – S.W.

Having gone through the course before last deployment, our platoon was tasked with real-world ship boardings. We were very dominant and in control at all times and I couldn’t imagine NOT being as successful as we were. No block of training is more important for what we are being called to do. – S.B.

Absolutely, the most professional instructor staff I have ever seen. – J.R.

The skills learned here (i.e. prisoner handling) are a must for today’s deploying platoons. Even those who have been through the course should continue to attend this COI and polish their skills. This course needs to be a mandatory block for every platoon’s workup. – D.D.

This attitude is contagious and goes a long way to creating great operators. – J.R.

Crucial to our mission overseas. – M.

Great course and vital for EVERY SEAL operator. – L.W.

It does more than enhance. It gave us the skills we need, period. Training like this should be something we do on a daily basis. – This was the best and first course in my military career that I felt like my time was never wasted. The only way to improve this course is to make it longer. – This training should be the backbone of our work-up. We should receive many more months of this if we truly are preparing for war. This is the first course I have been in that the instructors actually seemed to have been trained to instruct. – E.D.

This training will save lives and must be learned by all platoons before deployment. – R.W.

The course can help in any mission of NSW. It is perfect for platoon training and highly recommended for all platoons. After 13 years in the SEAL Teams, I wish I could have attended this course earlier in my career. – D.G.

It’s more than apparent now that the system was founded on effective movements that have been validated/proven under pressure. The system is real and it works immediately, which gives its users instant results – this saves lives and/or stops the adversary. – G.E.

I’ve been in Spec War 17 years and this is one of the best and realistic courses that I’ve been to. – J.M.

This training should [be] mandatory/required to deploying SEAL platoons. – S.D.

…Readiness is increased dramatically in a short period as members of the platoon learn to deal with varying situations. – [Benefit the Teams?] Platoon unit integrity, development of SOPs, room control, crisis expectation/reaction. In an ARG PLT I did we worked side by side with force recon, they had no plan/SOP/skills for prisoner handling and it was obvious. Our PLT had been through CQD and it showed. – Outstanding instructor staff. Professional at all times, informative, helpful, motivated. – J.W.

Everything that was taught boosted my confidence level 100% making me a better more effective SEAL. – Professional, organized and by far the best course I’ve ever been through. Hooded Box Drill: awesome, made me feel like a trained warrior. – B.W.

CQD is a must for the Naval Special Warfare operation. In my 4 deployment experience, this course is by far one of the most valuable. It should have been added to the *** years ago! – J.B.

The course has greatly enhanced my unit’s ability to operate. It increases their judgment and confidence, which has a direct correlation to their projection of skills in all other areas. CQD was a wonderful, no B.S. course that having gone through it, I wouldn’t have dared have the platoon go without it. – S.H.

Keep up the great work! This is the best/most advanced course we do and you do it great. – A.L.

In summary the course was outstanding. This area is an absolute goldmine and should be expanded to include live fire facilities and charges. This course should be mandatory for all TUs prior to deployment. Ethos, force control, and total warrior the staff and the instruction are completely in line with what the community needs right now. – D.S.

Outstanding. Cannot stress enough the importance of this training to operational SEALS. Instructor/staff was awesome, totally professional and cared about what they were teaching. – W.G.

Since this is such an integral part of the job we get most frequently when we deploy, we need more of this. If a platoon could get to Level II or III prior to deployment, the enhancement to readiness would be immeasurable. – J.M.

Single best course in NSW for my operator skills. Trains, validates, and gives me extreme confidence in my skills and my platoon mates. – Anonymous

Outstanding. Level III is by far the best training received yet. – B.R.

Outstanding! This is the type of training that will keep us alive. Give these instructors free reign. They are innovating and revolutionizing training. They care about us and what they are doing. I can’t thank you enough. – R.S.

One of the most professional groups of instructors I have ever encountered! If you’re looking for a SEAL ethos, it’s right here in these guys and their teachings! – G.R.

This course taught me so much about force control, operator capability and prisoner control that I feel a new level of confidence for the application of the skills taught. I feel more capable to perform these tasks under stress and feel that the training and final stress-filled application has taught me much for what I will need to apply in the future. – E.F.

The principles learned in CQD apply to all aspects of combat and beyond. The skills attained from CQD will make me a more confident and alert operator all around. – V.R.

This course is by far the best I have been to. I go home and do this training because I like it so much. – J.P.

Never in my life have I had training of that kind of caliber and degree. Great impact on my life. – J.A.

A very profound experience. The best training of its kind that I’ve had in 12 years in the teams. – People may go their entire lives without meeting a person of such truth… – K.M.

In my opinion, a platoon with this training vs. another is far more prepared to realistically take on today’s missions. I am completely confident that anyone in my platoon now has the ability to better handle situations in CQB, MOUT, prisoner handling, etc. – J.G.

When learning both unarmed defense and when using weapons there is a big emphasis on using the appropriate level of force for the situation. The hooded-box drill has the effect of making your brain believe you are actually in the scenario, so you will be confident that what you do in training will be what you will do in real life. I highly recommend CQD for anyone who wants to learn what really works in the real world whether you’re a housewife or a Navy SEAL. – J.J.

I can’t believe the Teams have gone this long without this course. It should be a mandatory requirement during platoon work-ups, mainly because it deals with both the physical and mental sides of operating and it instills a great deal of confidence in our ability to think and react under lots of stress. – M.M.

This is the best! The instructors are the most professional at NSWC and I cannot find enough pages in this critique to applaud the endeavors of the CQD Instructors. – T.B.

Every block of CQD I have been through I am continuously impressed by what it brings to the table. The staff is a great representation of what a great program CQD is. The material is the best available, the learning atmosphere is awesome, and the mental and physical toughness taught to every individual is a must for every warrior in NSW. – Top notch. – I feel confident doing CQD as a whole,there is no other style of fight armed or unarmed to contest. – B.I.

It just may save our lives. Every platoon must have this training before going overseas. – K.M.

This course is the way all team guys should be. Make sure this continues, we didn’t get this last block pump and it can really help. – [Used CQD overseas?] Yes, P.C. and unknowns during house clearing. – J.C.

[Prisoner Control] Great refresher. Used this stuff in Iraq a good bit. It’s good to keep this at the forethought of any direct action. – [Used CQD overseas?] Prisoner handling and body position and weapons flow. These were used for every DA, and were necessary for effectively conducting the mission. – M.G.

Training of this type is essential for teaching SEALs to direct their energy in an efficient manner for controlling a situation as opposed to simply charging and brawling. – This course makes them more efficient and dynamic, thereby faster and smoother. – N.H.

[Prisoner Control] This is what really needs to be the primary focus for platoons deploying downrange. Outstanding training. – [Used CQD overseas?] PC in every hit (that wasn’t dry), some basic DDS with weapon. – R.W.

The prisoner handling technique was awesome and should be the SOP for all Teams period. – [Hooded Box] Awesome training. Learned divide/conquer with regards to maintaining good positioning. – [Used CQD overseas?] Yes. We used the prisoner handling/searching techniques on every assault. – J.D.

[Prisoner Control] Very critical, definitely going to be using these skills down range. Great COI. – M.R.

[CQD] teaches everyone a base level for building clearing and will standardize SOP’s between our platoons. Plus, you know sort of how the other operators will react in a close in situation which makes it easier to assist other operators if things go bad. – [Used CQD overseas?] Yes, weapons flow on DA’s covering MAM’s on TGT. – X.O.

This training should begin in 3rd phase (Hooded Box Drills, kill house, etc). No SEAL should be without CQD. – M.C.

Every aspect of readiness is improved with this course. Working as a platoon and as an individual was key because of the building block material. The quick reactive/reflex skills taught also improve your mental train of thought i.e. driving and reaction to a situation, being able to improve my skills individually. – B.I.

Hooded Box Drills provided a dynamic environment that reinforced learned skills and created confidence in the material being taught. – [DDS] Proper open hand striking technique and reflex movement. It provides a technique that can be used in any situation. – This is the most valuable training I have received. – More CQD training is what we need. This training should be at the core of everything we do. – Increase everything. – This training will save lives and reduce liability. The more CQD training operators receive, the more lives will be saved and liability will be reduced. – M.B.

The shooting that we did was the most realistic ****** ******* shooting that I have ever done in my career. It is the way we should go. – E.D.

Can’t say enough good things. An absolutely top notch, professional, practical and necessary course! – [Instructors] Yes top notch staff putting out excellent skills. The level of professionalism is unparalleled! – J.G.

The class was extremely organized, the most organized in all the training blocks I have been through. – [Enhance operator skills?] It should enhance every operator’s skills, I feel every platoon should go through this training before starting their CQC block of training! The course shows you the proper way to enter zones etc and handle unknowns/prisoners. – The last day with scenarios was awesome. I got to apply the training taught. If possible, get more runs in. – S.H.

Bottom line is, every operator/platoon/TU needs to go through this together during ULT, preferably at the end…We are not setting our operational forces up for complete success if this training isn’t scheduled into ULT! Everyone I’ve talked to agrees with this. – K.P.

This should be a mandatory block of training in assaults prior to the *** *********/** ***** training. Platoons should go through this together – it will help establish SOP’s and put everyone on the same page. These skills are essential in all blocks of training: CQC, land warfare, MOUT, etc. This way, platoons can get higher levels and more advanced during advanced training period. – B.D.

Mr. Dieter I thought that this was the best training that I have received in this area ever. I was also super impressed with how much it applied to almost or actually every aspect of our job. Thank you! – Every portion was outstanding and beneficial. The first two days and all the individual skills awesome! The group stuff at the end was great as well. I wish and hope to get more of it.Thanks again. – C.C.

The closest one could come to real-world scenarios. The community loses as many operators from non-operational engagements as we do from real-world missions. This course saves the lives of SEAL operators. – F.M.

Leaving the Navy in 1992 and returning in March of 2007, I couldn’t have been given a better opportunity and have been brought up to speed than with this course and with all 3 skill sets. Serving for over 16 years in a peace time Navy, this course really opened my eyes to the difference from peace time to war time training. – The instructors were the best in the business. Very professional and on top of everything that was taking place. Eyes on and very helpful with their critiques. – [Hooded Box] I’ve never experienced such a realistic, more elaborate training environment. It was an awesome experience. Thanks for a job well done. – M.C.

This [CQD] needs to have greater priority in our work-ups. We are fighting to get three more weeks (probably two) because we feel these are vital deployment skills. The role players during the FTX help to develop difficult problem solving skills. I can’t say enough about the great time and great training we had this week. Keep up the good work! Thanks! – C.C.

I feel when I came out of BUD/S, I had very little individual, as well as team, tactical performance. I believe CQD forged me into a warrior and the skills taught can always be reflected on throughout my career, especially force control. – E.G.

[Hooded Box] One of the best drills I have done during 13 years with the Teams. Very realistic training and forces quick decisions on level of response. – Some of the best instructors I have seen this workup. Obviously very motivated and passionate about their subject. Live demonstrations really shows the relevance of the techniques. – Anytime we can work against live role players it enhances our skills as operators far more than shooting paper. The prisoner control skills are especially relevant to what we are doing in Iraq. – M. F.

[Hooded Box] Outstanding, and should be required every 6 months. – S.

This is the only course that far exceeded my expectations! I cannot say enough about the instructor staff! NSW would benefit if all instructors had the same motivation, passion and professionalism as this crew! – [Hooded Box] A must keep for all training! This type of stress with and without weapons should be applied to all SEALs regularly! – This course, and the way it is taught should be the “benchmark” for all NSW COI’s. – J.R.

More Tac-Houses and scenarios. MAKE ****** understand that THIS training should be MANDATORY 2 weeks in ULT. – [Role Players] Those guys are an awesome asset for NSW! – Scenarios brought everything together and were exactly what we were looking for! I really want to get the whole T.E. down here again for a couple HUGE scenarios…Excellent training. Excellent scenarios. Thanks a lot. – [Instructors cover information to your understanding?] Yes, and they greatly exceeded expectations. – A.H.

[W&Z Hood] Probably the most useful and educational drill anywhere. – This is without a doubt the best training available and I am thankful for having had so much exposure to CQD before we deploy to the Middle East. – J.O.

[Hooded Box] This was a great learning tool. Watching the mistakes I made on tape was invaluable in locating my weaknesses. – Due to the fact that we will be doing this regularly when we’re deployed, these skill sets could not be underestimated by any means. I learned a great deal and consider myself a better operator for having gone through this course. – The instructor staff was excellent. They provided great instruction and were always willing to go the extra mile if needed. – C.A.

I cannot say enough good things about this course. The instructors were superb. I was extremely impressed by their knowledge, excitement and professionalism. I wrestled for 11 years, all through Division I college, and I was pretty confident in my self-defense skills. This course, in one week, has doubled my confidence in my ability to defend myself, especially in a CQB environment. One of the intangibles that we 

learned during the week was about how to control our force, what is necessary to win, to control a situation, and to defend ourselves and teammates. The force control aspects and Internal Warrior aspects are things that every NSW member should learn. This course was excellent; even as a new guy, I feel very confident going into our CQB training at the Teams and cannot wait to learn more about these skills. Invaluable training – I wish we had 10 more weeks! This course should be supported as much as possible! – C.R.

Outstanding training as always. Mr. Dieter’s program should be expanded to full potential. We need these war fighting skills to do our job effectively when faced against well-trained people. – Again, this is exactly what we need to bring us to the highest level of readiness. Unquestionably enhances operator skills. It gives confidence, builds aggressiveness and how to control it and lets us think in stressful situations. I’m confident we can handle people now at any level. – M.K.

[Hooded Box] The best drills I’ve ever done for personnel skills. The pressure is what makes a better operator. I’ll never make the same mistake twice. – We’ve been getting the same training for years. This course really shot down a lot of ideas that we’d been practicing. It makes you more aggressive and enhances quick thinking skills. Especially at this time with everything going on in the world, this kind of training is awesome. – F.C.

Without CQD, all an operator knows to do is to shoot and kill. This bridges the gap and fills the void. – This course is what the Teams have needed for so long! It needs to be embraced as the Frogman’s defense! Exploit it! – J.T.

The force control learned in CQD is very relevant and we don’t practice it anywhere else with the same complexity and intensity as we do at CQD. – J.K.

Currently in my second platoon, this was the first time through the course. It opened my eyes to what I was never shown during core training. At the end of the week the aggressive nature and handling of people enhanced my skills to a greater level. All SEALs should go through this course no less than once a year. – C.C.

We are breaking new ground here. The training is accelerating in the right direction. There should be no stops in the way for future training. We need these skills for survival in the teams. – D.R.

This course taps into the Internal Warrior in all of us and it is especially good to see that come out in our newest members. – J.L.

I can’t say enough about the training. I was very skeptical before I began, having had many other training opportunities. Any skeptics need only to go through CQD training, they will see the light! Duane, thanks for everything! Hope I have the honor of continued training with you throughout my life. – The training is priceless. Some of the very best training I’ve received for anything! Every team guy needs to go through as much as they can get. – A.N.

This course benefits the Team enormously. This has always been one area that has been overlooked in training. Yet as a warrior, these skills are vital to our mission. Additionally, the levels of force will be extremely helpful in situations where the “just shoot ‘em” attitude is not applicable. – This course is one that has been needed in the Teams for a long time now. The ability to handle prisoners/personnel is an issue in all aspects of our training. This course establishes an extremely good standard for all platoons to follow. – M.N.

Excellent training. Greatly enhanced my ability to react [to] threats within my zone. – Excellent intensity and realistic scenarios throughout. Role Players were motivated. – This course provided the most realistic scenarios and best training aids of any training I have received from the Navy. – I have on occasions (in Africa) been in situations where this training would have been very beneficial. In particular the zone control and escalation of force. – Z.H.

This is the best block of training I have had in 10 years of being a SEAL! No more paper targets! All situations were realistic and challenged my ability to think quickly in a stressful environment. – J.C.

I was very impressed with how well organized and thought out the entire class was. Every situation, as well as IAD’s, was covered in a logical progression. – I wouldn’t want a platoon to deploy without the confidence that each man has completed this course. – O.S.

Absolutely essential to the building block approach of core training. This training should be a requisite prior to assaults phase of core training. It would be enhanced further by ensuring that techniques and tactics taught here are being reinforced by ****** in CQC. – Levels of force is an essential part of this course. It needs to be a requisite for each SEAL deploying overseas. – A.L.

This course should be a part of the platoon’s work-up, so the skills could be worked on during their CQB block of training, and Level 2 could be taught during advanced training. – J.L.

[Objectives fully explained] Yes, use what force is necessary and never give up the ability to shoot. – Great course. Instructors were awesome. – D.S.

Cadre is extremely professional. CQD staff (on both coasts) are the best staff of instructors I have seen in Spec War. – D.S.

This course needs to be a part of the pipeline with regards to platoon training. ****** should place this course prior to the ***** and CQC blocks of training. – C.R.

There is no replacement, short of combat, for the “hooded box.” I have watched the CQD Cadre for the last year grow to a level that has a very significant impact on NSW! – H.C.

This is my third time going through this course and it just keeps getting better – don’t have any improvement points. – W.O.

[Enhance operator skills?] It will give you a better idea of how to move, shoot, prisoner handle, and fight with or without your weapon PRI/SEC. Good fundamentals/confidence/situational awareness, and being safe with weapons handling. – T.W.

This course needs to be a prerequisite for deployment and should fall in line with CQC/MOUT training. – W.H.

I think this course is outstanding. The only improvement would be to integrate it into the ULT CQC training block. – C.B.

Great course! Every time I go through I learn more, and there are always new drills and tests. – E.P.

[W&Z Hood] Excellent drill. I really believe that the level of stress the operator is subjected to during these scenarios is quite necessary to develop as an effective shooter. – M.H.

CQD II provides the very same skills that will be needed and be utilized in our pending deployment. At a minimum they gave me a foundation that allows for success. – J.I.

Very beneficial because it sorts through a lot of past techniques that do not work, keeping it simple. – J.J.

Very beneficial. Hardcore! Very extreme and to the point. Nothing is wasted, no filler. Why have we not had this earlier in the years? – D.R.

Great course, very well structured. I personally think this is the most organized NSW course I have been to. Everything is very methodically explained and easy to understand and learn. – C.L.

[Hooded Box] Great training. Awesome for teaching reactions the video was also extremely beneficial because it shows what you actually did, not just your perceptions of what you did. I believe this is as close as you can get to getting in a fight without being in one. – C.C.

This block is crucial during DA’s, as well as any time handling unknowns. It was taught very well at a good Team guy level. – B.H.

I think that course should be part of work up and mandatory…Practice makes perfect. – I thought that the training was outstanding. The practical stuff was the best that I have ever had. Tac-house/vehicle/hooded box. – C.C.

It increased my operator skills, overall increasing everyone in the platoon’s skills thereby improving platoon readiness and greatly refining SPEC WAR’s capabilities. – M.E.

This is the glue that holds the Assault package together. – P.S.

Excellent in your face experience, we definitely can use more of this type of training. – T.K.

Excellent Training! The realism to the training is the key factor to the training getting stored in the long term memory. Also, by video of each person’s run, gives the leadership a snap shot of what people will do in the heat of combat. – A.W.

The CQD staff was probably the most professional instructor staff I’ve come across. Their enthusiasm for what they do is evident and it definitely makes a student have a more positive approach to the course topics. Outstanding job! – It has heightened my awareness of the contact zone and what to do when someone gets in it. I feel I now have a solid base for dealing with and handling prisoners, adversaries, etc. – M.M.

[Enhance operator skills?] My confidence in skill level, especially in the troops, I know they are ready to do this for real. – J.B.

Awesome. – …the whole spectrum of training will make us better at dominating and controlling space and people. – G.R.

This COI will raise my operator skills, confidence, platoon readiness, and NSW capabilities to meet any threat expected to be encountered. – R.M.

Outstanding training, we need to figure out how to get 6 week at a minimum. – The Iso-Tac drills are fantastic. – Hooded Box Drills are extremely valuable tools. – Can’t say enough good things about the Box Drills. – Fantastic prove outs for the learned tactics. – Can’t wait to employ the skills learned. – B.S.

Having this block prior to *****/MOUT is a must! This is the best way to feel out your platoon and get to know your men. It is great training and team building. This should start ULT and be hit again in SIT prior to deployment. – J.R.

If we do any DA’s overseas, I am a lot more confident entering a room than I was after *****. It’s a lot different with real people. – K.S.

Probably the best hand-to-hand training I have had in my career. It’s tailored to what we do! Tactically sound. – S.H.

As a platoon chief, I see my guys more motivated and acting like frogmen. That’s a major plus, even beside the actual skills learned. It’s a big confidence builder. – C.C.

Has definitely heightened our skills and awareness for what we will need overseas. – T.L.

Awesome course. Should be mandatory for all Platoons going overseas (schedule it in ULT). – P.S.

I think this course should be mandatory for all SEAL operators. This course has put us on the road to a real CQC capability. Also, many of the skills learned are valid outside of the CQC sphere. – W.S.

Excellent course, I highly recommend it for all platoons. – K.K.

Fire-hand rocks. I’ve boxed in the past and I’ve injured my hand, knuckles, wrist, etc. Hard to break old, most likely ineffective habits. This was top-notch! – J.K.

The tactics and techniques are put together to work with different situations instead of what was taught before, where different methods are pulled from different types of fighting and may not work with other tactics. – D.C.

[Instructors] More than met expectations, one week is just a taste of how good a platoon could be after coming through this course. – F.C.

As a previous graduate of the ***** Instructor Course, I feel I can say that the information put out in this course is the best that I have seen being taught to the Teams. As a member of ******** ****, I will hope to see platoons attend this course prior to CQB courses. – M.N.

Cadre was very professional and did a great job keeping all fired up can’t wait for level III. – T.W.

One of the best courses I’ve been through. All the instructors were very professional. AWESOME! – C.S.

It gives me a lot more confidence in my hand-to-hand skills and prisoner control. I really like the tactics and style… – J.H.

Outstanding instructors, very energetic, and motivated. – B.F.

The instructor staff did an outstanding job relaying and covering the information. – M.B.

Should be mandatory for platoons. – R.K.

Staff was totally professional and did an awesome job. – M.M.

[Enhance operator skills?] Tremendously – I was lucky to get level 1 last work up and wound up using it on boardings in the Gulf… – B.D.

Outstanding. Again every SEAL should receive this training. – B.O.

It is a fantastic skill set that will set the foundation for further training capabilities. – B.S.

…learned a lot, especially that my old ways are nowhere near as effective as the ones learned. – S.T.

This is truly one of the best things going in NSW. It teaches critical warrior skills. And, even more importantly, warrior mentality and spirit. Continue the great work… – C.C.

The prisoner handling skills I’ve learned in the past didn’t come close to the PH skills that were taught in this course (300 hour ***** veteran). – D.C.

CQD is the best. All other systems…teaches to put your weapon away to deal with hostiles. CQD teaches you to effectively employ your weapon system as an asset. – H.H.

Went through various ***** courses, but these classes were definitely the best. – D.S.

I have done five work-ups, all including CQC. This course is the missing link needed between room flow and handling personnel. I believe it will help greatly. – E.D.

The classroom instruction far exceeded what I expected when we started. I cannot say enough about the instructor skill level or their professionalism. Instruction was superb! – The instructors more than met any expectation that I had. By far the best, most professional instructors of any Navy school I’ve attended. – C.R.

This was the best instruction on PC I’ve experienced. It is smooth, fast and efficient. Time can be critical when clearing multiple spaces and this method enhances/improves time management. – J.Q.

All are outstanding instructors with a strong operational background… – T.P.

This course has definitely brought the platoon together in every aspect of CQD with everybody’s skills in this field of training. This course should definitely be implemented in every platoon’s work-up. – S.M.

It’s a shame we don’t do more of this type of training. It’s the most realistic training we’ve done so far in our work-up. CQD training should be done more than one week out of a 52 week work-up schedule. – B.M.

Very good. You (Duane) obviously are knowledgeable about the information you are putting out. – M.H.

CQD is a necessary course for all members of spec war who plan on operating. It allows the operator to step through the fog of confrontation and see a chaotic situation in an approachable and manageable light. – J.D.

This course will enhance my operating skills in every way because…it totally enhances your warrior mindset. – J.C.

The course gives a unit an effective way to deal with individuals in a CQC environment. The use of weapons and the idea of force control are two key areas covered. – R.U.

CQD should be mandatory to all operators prior to going out the door. – C.F.

This block of training should be in our ULT work-up training, preferably before CQC and MOUT because the training could have been utilized. – J.H.

It gives us the knowledge and confidence to handle prisoner situations. More of a heads-up of techniques that work. – I thought that the course was an effective fighting style for our tactical considerations. I loved it. All of the instructors were super positive and motivated to teach us all of SEAL Level I. – T.V.

Very effective training. The Hooded Box is by far the best way to build and test your skill sets. – R.B.

Best CQD course I’ve been through. – [Prisoner Control training] Great part of the course. Think this will be used the most. – [Used CQD overseas?] Yes, during ship boardings in NAG 2001. – C.D.

Individually, it will enhance my ability to deal with the various situations I may encounter in a CQC environment. It also gives a base level of techniques to apply in those situations, and at what levels of aggression to use them. – M.M.

Great block of training, the Hooded Box really lets you see what you’d do under pressure unarmed. – Vital training in regards to what we do downrange. A lot of great info. – J.D.

[Used CQD overseas?] Yes, Prisoner Control, Weapon and Zone. – Course should be before assaults pre-week to apply weapons flow and unknowns. – D.L.

Instructors were all positive and knowledgeable, I can’t say enough good things. The training was condensed but excellent. If and when we have more time we will only improve our skills. – [Used CQD overseas?] Yes, cuffing PCs in Bosnia, it was very effective. – S.M.

Excellent reaction drills. We need more of that type of training. – Thanks for the great training. – [Used CQD overseas?] Yes, during direct actions and prisoner handling. – F.N.

Awesome, Awesome course. I was extremely motivated to come to work each day and get it on. – S.P.

[Hooded Box] Valuable training. Boosts confidence. – As close to real life as you can get. Good to know how you’ll handle different situations. – [Prisoner Control] Extremely valuable. – J.T.

[Used CQD overseas?] Yes, excellent prisoner control techniques. – D.W.

[Team Hooded Box] Great experience, got a lot from doing the scenarios with team. – [Tac-House] Best exercise, got a lot from the CQC of the building along with dealing with the compliant/incompliant people especially the SSE. – S.A.

[Team Hooded Box] Learned the best! This was the best thing we did. – A.F.

[DDS] This was really good. It kind of got me away from the grappler’s mind set and showed how effective striking is. – We need to incorporate this into ULT. It needs to be a stable permanent training block. – J.M.

I think this week that we did here was exactly what we needed, and it seems that the good thing about the way this course is set up is that it can be tailored to a TU’s records. – [Prisoner Control] I like the way this system is able to adapt to different situations or threat levels and I think that was well emphasized. – B.M.

Would like to see ****** adopt this technique. If we are some of the smartest operators in the world, we should be able to handle this style. – Gets better every time. Thanks for the excellent training! – R.S.

I think we need more of the entire course. I believe maybe make it part of the core workup! – B.G.

Excellent, it taught operators to deal with situations in the most effective, efficient manner while under pressure and maintaining different formations. – A.S.

CQD is very beneficial to what we are going to be doing overseas, it raises the aggression level in guys but also helps them control it. – E.G.

It was very evident that the instructors wanted us to learn, understand and execute all the techniques. – J.W.

I firmly believe that this course should be part of ULT. This block of training should be done prior to attending the Assaults block of ULT. This will enhance the operators to the next level of assaults. The operator will have more situational awareness on every aspect of assaults. I would like to express my gratitude to the professionalism of the whole instructor staff. Thanks. – W.M.

Platoons should go through this course prior to assaults. As a new guy it would have helped a tremendous amount. – C.H.

The discussions on “Internal Warrior” really gives you a mind set to look at yourself to see what you have and act accordingly. Having this course prior to assaults at ***** would have been extremely beneficial. – T.M.

I feel much more confident in my ability to deal with people in rooms who don’t necessarily deserve to be shot. The course also showed me what I need to work on to become a better operator. – The course is great, I feel it would be beneficial to attend this course in ULT before assaults. – T.N.

CQD teaches you to always be ready, target ID and force escalation, which in this age is very important. – A.M.

[Enhances operator skills?] It will prepare me for the variety of circumstances I will face during a combat situation. – [Used CQD overseas?] Clearing houses, I reflex out pretty much at every entrance/exit/corner turned. – A.N.

Excellent – hope to continue this training on a regular basis. – The instruction throughout was excellent – All the basics were thoroughly covered before advancing. All questions were answered and more explanation was available if needed. – Very realistic – It’s as close to realistic reactions that you can get. – Outstanding/Very applicable/Realistic. – J.B.

CQD gives you the skills needed to take down a house or any CQC environment as well as dealing with crowds and public. – [Used CQD overseas?] Yes, on target dealing with M.A.M. as well as women and kids. – D.O.

The course puts me in the mindset of a combat fighter and instills confidence in my abilities to perform the tactics we were taught. Making myself and teammates a better warrior. – F.M.

[How CQD enhances skills] It will provide a background for all of force control, which is important, and the prisoner control TTPs are something we will use on almost every op. The individual decision making training like in the Hooded Box is also very relevant and important. – J.K.

I feel that this course is a great prerequisite to going into Assaults. – J.B.

[How CQD enhances skills] With correctly implementing the 3 divisions on any scenario I run into in training or downrange. Working your individual “dial” was key. – Z.M.

Would like to see LVL II (Advanced) be the first week of ULT and LVL III probably after assaults… – G.R.

Outstanding! I wish this training would have been available years ago. – R.A.

I feel, in more aspects than I could list, [this was] possibly the most beneficial week of training aside from Hell Week. Confidence, overcoming adversity and learning to control impulse and anger and use it to our advantage. – J.G.

This is the best tactical training I have received so far. I am astounded by the amount we learned in such a short period. It will be a good fundamental skill set upon which to build. – J.L.

Very physical and mentally demanding. One of the best courses I have been through. We have come a long way and I know we will benefit from this course overseas. – J.M.

These skills, especially at this first stage of training, set the base for which all skills will revolve. These basic concepts teach us how to handle high-risk situations while exposing ourselves to the least amount of risk. – J.M.

It has been the most valuable course I have taken yet. It not only taught me how to protect myself but how to tactically apply CQD to any given situation. – S.O.

The course challenged me and my classmates and gave us all a greater confidence in prisoner control, and how to handle our situational awareness on and off the field. – C.O.

Outstanding. A needed skill for overseas, especially during these days of conflict. – A.W.

Keep up the good work. This is one of our best COI’s we get to attend. The instructors are obviously really into their job and the level of instruction is excellent. – T.W.

[Hooded Box] One of the best, if not the best, drills ever created to train men to fight and win while being able to differentiate between friend or foe/unknown. – R.R.

Unbelievable edge and benefits, takes you to the limit and lets you take it beyond what you thought possible. – J.T.

Great use of stress physically and mentally. It helped me understand my strengths and weaknesses as an operator. – E.C.

There is nothing that can replace this type of real scenario training. – T.O.

The best “eye-opening” training that I have seen yet. – B.S.

Excellent. Training gives you a look at what is to come when faced with a challenge, how to adapt and overcome, with many options. – D.S.

Priceless! The fact that unarmed practice was included helps with individual skill improvements and really adds to confidence enhancement. – C.C.

Great way for guys to build their decision making under stress and develop force control. – S.F.

This course provided me with reflexive readiness to combative threats, whether they are high or low, and how to deal with those situations accordingly. – W.G.

Thanks to the Cadre and Duane for the amount of work and professionalism in this course. We are definitely better prepared to go down range and handle a larger scope of operations. – J.H.

I think it [CQD] is making me into more of a thinking operator who is capable of dealing with more stressful and intense situations properly. – B.A.

It filled the hole we seem to pass up during other parts of training. – N.M.

When you leave this class, you leave with the ability to react to any combat situation you can think of. All of the questions you had in your mind about prisoner takedowns, room entries and weapon/level handling are so much clearer. – A.R.

It should be mandatory for every SEAL to go through this training at the start and end of workup. – J.C.

Overall confidence and awareness was raised for CQD/CQC environment. I now have a systematic way to use, and rely on, for this mission. – A.J.

My operator skills have improved immensely due to this course by instilling confidence in myself and my weapon system in any situation. – C.H.

For me personally, the Internal Warrior and the skills learned with it will undoubtedly make me a more capable operator. – E.A.

Absolutely the most realistic, rockin’ training I’ve ever been a part of! – Unbelievable! A true eye opener to really becoming a warrior. Duane – you’re a gifted teacher! I feel very glad to be a part of all of this. – T.V.

Excellent! This was a piece of CQB training we were missing, but never realized. – J.J.

Excellent, I think it is something that has been missing for a long time. – S.S.

Very effective, the best SEAL COI for self-defense with weapons. – J.I.

If we don’t do more of this type of training we are wrong. – C.C.

CQD is by far the best form of operational and fighting skills I have experienced. This week far exceeds my expectations. – K.T.

I believe this course is what the teams should be using as a whole. It’s the most operational defense system that I have come across that we benefit. – K.W.

Because of your positive attitude and outlook on life and situations, I feel you could improve not only defense, but total way of thinking as well, for many team guys. – M.D.

Outstanding. This program is exactly what the Teams need. – A.M.

It has been some of the best overall PC and CQD training I have ever received. – C.T.

Shame we didn’t have this a few years ago. This program has the possibility of becoming one of our greatest assets. – M.J.

This is one of the best courses I’ve been through. I think everything taught here should be part of the foundation of SEAL training; a must have. – P.P.

The Hooded Box drills were awesome. I was put to the test and I learned a lot about myself and what mistakes I will never make again. A HARD TEST TO TOP. – A.R.

This course is absolutely essential for every operator. – This course fills a serious shortfall in NSW. Its direct application to virtually all direct action scenarios should make it a requirement for all C–1 platoons. – A.P.

This course has made me a better operator in any aggressive or rapidly changing situation (e.g. all SEAL ops). – A.P.

I am a “new guy” and the instructor staff did a great job of showing me CQD tactics to make me feel more confident in different situations. – A.H.

Working as a team is what we’re all about, maintaining the integrity and working together through the situation. The scenarios were perfect for what I needed. I learned more new information every single day and in every scenario. – A.R.

I appreciate the examples of how we can practice our force control in our personal lives, i.e. dialing up and down. – Great as far as Prisoner Control and giving people what they deserve and nothing more. Many tools to deal with all kinds of people. – B.N.

The instructors were very professional, always demonstrated techniques several times and safety was always maintained. – B.F.

It standardizes the way we deal with prisoners, which ensures that everyone in the platoon should be able to properly handle most situations. – This course is applicable to all areas of Spec War operating. – All of the CQD techniques were geared more toward weapon oriented activities and using numbers to maintain the advantage. This makes the course more applicable to how we operate. – Make everyone go through this course this is good stuff. – B.O.

Throughout all of the different phases of SEAL training, these skills can be utilized. The course has a warrior mentality that can only increase each operator’s war-fighting skills. – Everybody is taught the same techniques and understands what to expect when these situations occur. Also, it helps platoons gel and come together (builds tightness). – B.O.

The training gave me better awareness of situations involving different levels of force, preparing me for CQD in today’s complex situations. – The instructors were extremely motivated and focused on making sure we were competent in our skills. – B.V.

Ensures the platoon is ready to deal with a close-in threat and reinforces the use of “force control” for each situation. – B.J.

It will ensure that when I go into battle I will dominate the enemy with the correct amount of force. – C.K.

I believe the instruction will enhance operators in the techniques of handling prisoners a great deal. The methods point out awareness of strengths and weaknesses of each operator and gives them an excellent base to perform. – The staff instructing this course were very professional and very motivated. They emphasized high points of instruction and pointed out safety when necessary. – K.C.

Great. I can’t think of a better way to simulate the stress of combat and have to dial it up and down. – C.B.

The Internal Warrior mindset, I believe, is one of the most valuable facets of the course taught. Obviously, the techniques taught here will allow the operator/platoon to control any situation, but this all stems from the Internal Warrior mind frame. – The CQD course goes in-depth to these techniques and gives the operator a chance to practice and utilize the skills in a practical environment. – I believe this course should be mandatory. Everything from the Internal Warrior mindset to prisoner handling techniques and weapon retention will improve our community and make us better operators. – C.D. 

[CQD] has increased my ability to effectively deal with a variety of problems (i.e. threat determination) in different operational environments. – [The Instructors] were clear, concise and taught in the same manner, even though different instructors were teaching the same technique. A lot of times you get different instruction for similar situations and it confuses the learning process, but here they were all on the same page. – C.F.

Positively increased self defense, prisoner handling, prisoner takedown, combat/non-combat handling, marshalling and total weapon system technique. – D.D.

Physically, the Spring Stance has been the most beneficial because of the many capabilities. Personally, I’ve been most helped by the Internal Warrior training. – D.C.

I personally believe the skills I’ve learned in this COI will definitely make me a more proficient operator in the CQC, VBSS, MOUT and prisoner handling realms. The techniques that were taught will give me the upper hand, or at least the element of surprise. – D.M. 

[CQD] helps with situational awareness and enhances our abilities as SEALs. It makes us more confident in our ability to handle most situations, especially ones where the people we’re dealing with are unarmed. – It can only help (the Teams). Both the Marines and the Army have their hand-to-hand courses, now we have ours. – The training aids and equipment were great. They protected the role player and allowed the handler to use the skills adequately. – D.L.

The learning curve is the highest during the Hooded Box drill. The truth comes out under the pressure of the box. The video review is crucial and gives me the info I need to improve on. – D.L.

This course was outstanding. It answered a lot of questions about prisoner control that I have had for years. It has made me more confident in my ability to successfully carry out a CQC mission. – D.C.

It greatly enhanced my operating abilities, from giving me more confidence on how to deal with people in a hostile situation to better gear management. – D.C.

It will enable me to handle myself in the most professional manner in any situation, especially when it comes to being a “surgical shooter.” I’ll know when to turn on 100% aggression when need be and to be nice when I have to be. – [W&Z Hood] was one of my favorite parts of the training. Deciphering who was the most viable threat was extremely beneficial to my skill learning. – D.H.

Professional cadre. Their attitudes and personalities were perfect throughout the COI. True, true professionals. – E.M.

The warrior mindset/Internal Warrior cannot be stressed enough. – E.K.

Absolutely loved it! Both from a tactical aspect and a psychological aspect. The overall philosophy is clear and concise. – E.C.

This is the best COI in this skill that I have seen at Team Two. Our platoon will be well prepared for the upcoming work-up and deployment. – R.F.

The staff as a whole was outstanding, all of the lessons learned that they had were extremely helpful. This is the best group of instructors I have had the honor of working with. A real group of pros. – J.F.

Having only done land warfare with the prisoner handling associated there, this course will greatly impact our efficiency, safety and speed in that area. – This course builds a level of confidence that normal people don’t have. Being confident of your abilities both armed and unarmed inside the contact zone is crucial. – G.K.

It gives us the ability to apply non-lethal force in completing our mission; in today’s world that is a huge qualification; not all Spec Ops can do missions successfully at proper levels of force. – J.F.

It will provide the platoon with required prisoner handling skills to work as a team and level of control when confronted with non-compliant people. – J.L.

I can’t emphasize enough how impressed I am with the instructor staff. Every instructor displayed impressive subject matter expertise and the utmost professionalism. They also exude a level of enthusiasm for CQD that the students pick up on and it’s contagious. Great teachers as well – always addressed all questions and were careful to explain and demonstrate things fully. Great course. – J.


This course brings in the physical and mental aspects of dealing with people during situations. You can’t go wrong with that. It is an aspect of training we have not focused on. I’m glad to see we are now. – J.K.

A great test of quick decision-making and application of techniques in a high-stress environment. – The more training I receive with this system, the more I believe in it and the more confident I feel operationally. – J.A.

[The course] gave me the building blocks of DDS and how to use my weapon not only as a lethal instrument, but also how to use force control as needed. – [Hooded Box] Great training aid. Showed how quickly a circumstance can change and how aware you and your teammates need to be to ensure success. – J.B.

Excellent! It (Iso-Tac drills) makes you perform in a stressful and tense situation. It’s great practice to feel that stress and react and is probably the closest to real world that you can get. – J.M.

It instills confidence in the operator in handling himself and dealing with a multitude of different situations. Also helps control and check aggression when that (aggression) isn’t what’s needed. Teaches how to read the situation and react off of that. – J.B.

First and foremost, excellent team builder. Our first block of training…perfect. I will recommend to every platoon commander at ST-2. – J.D.

It taught us how to better defend ourselves by being more offensive, using simple, no-nonsense techniques to control others and using the level of force required to get the job done. – J.K.

This course could not have been taught by a better group of instructors. Their dedication to the information and course is apparent every day by their level of enthusiasm and intensity. – J.R.

As an OIC, it was great for my men to hear that force control is paramount…keep that emphasis alive. – J.P.

This course gives the operator an excellent set of skills to help his individual movement and thinking procedures during CQC-type operations. It instills a mindset more so than specific skills, although good skills are taught. – This course benefits the Teams by raising the individual combat skills and warrior mindset of the operator. – K.B.

All of the Cadre presented themselves and the course material with utmost professionalism and skill. These men are the best cadre I have been exposed to. Each was properly prepared with the instructor material and knowledge necessary. – K.J.

The course has honed my prisoner handling technique significantly and I think it’s better to isolate this training into a separate COI from CQC because it prepares the operators for upcoming scenarios in the house. – L.C.

[CQD] increased my ability to handle contact (friendly/enemy) and made me more aware of centerline protection and weapon retention. – D.M.

I am now confident with striking, shooting and sealing and will be an aggressive, controlled operator. – M.F.

It will greatly enhance a platoon’s combat readiness because the techniques and tactics are efficient and highly effective. – Top notch instructor staff. Information was reinforced through demonstrations and individual attention. – M.K. 

[CQD] provides a deeper understanding of dealing with people on different levels of intensity; how to give people what they deserve based on their actions and prisoner handling skills; Confidence with compliant and non-compliant individuals. – M.M.

This course stresses the appropriate level of force, which is critical in today’s political and military world. Every Team guy should be able to think in these terms and make the right decisions. – It will enhance our operational skills across the board as it is a basic building block, which can be applied to numerous situations. – M.S.

This course has given me a whole new foundation to advance my capabilities in all aspects of the NSW mission. As a new guy, I feel much more comfortable with my weapon. – [The course] builds teamwork. It ingrains a tactical mindset, downplays over-reacting and emphasizes and instills focus, awareness and common sense. – M.R.

The techniques covered give platoons better capability to be selective in terms of how much force they apply in a given situation, allowing for a wider range of options. – I was very impressed with the instructor staff. They maintained a positive atmosphere all week, which directly contributed to my own confidence in my abilities. – R.M.

One of the best blocks of training a team guy can get. – [Prisoner Control] Can’t practice enough, very important especially with the type of work going on downrange… – T.W.

Excellent and the most realistic training I have been through. – P.G.

It promotes a mental and physical framework for us to do our job. Starting with personal skills and agility to weapons handling and threat identification, to coming up with a tactically sound solution to a threatening situation and being able to execute the actions with others also thinking and doing things similar to you. It emphasizes individual and team skills. I think managing appropriate levels of aggression is one of the most valuable things I learned. – R.M.

We need more of this type of training and more often. ****** needs to get on board with this training… We need more levels of this training. – R.R. 

[CQD] can benefit the Teams in several ways, the most obvious being enhanced CQC, prisoner handling and snatch skills along with more abstract ways, such as promoting a warrior spirit/ethic within the Teams. – R.Z.

The instructors all surpassed the level of knowledge that I expected them to have. Their intensity was great and their willingness to help everyone was very beneficial to the learning curve. – R.B.

Very good training, especially the Prisoner Control methods…very effective! – R.B.

It teaches SEALs that they have the power to control situations using both lethal and non-lethal methods. Enhances warrior spirit and confidence. – R.N.

It is extremely practical…Bringing out the Internal Warrior in a person takes some work. Better to learn your Internal Warrior skills in training than the first time being in war. – R.H.

Excellent, professional and prepared me for future deployment situations. – R.S.

CQD Level I taught me how to properly I.D. threats, distinguish the levels of force needed to subdue the threat and proceed with the endurance to complete the mission. – S.A.

This course is a must for all platoon/Team guys (new or old)… – S.T.

This is the level of training we need to have with our weapons armed/unarmed. We as a team should learn from this instructor staff. All training should be this professional, focusing on the mission we will encounter in our theatres of operation. – S.M.

I was able to develop a mindset that allowed me to evaluate a threat and react to that threat in the most efficient method. – I loved how I was able to learn to gain the tactical advantage and control my zone. – S.M.

The “Hooded Box” is one of the best segments of this course. There is no finer way to teach awareness and reaction. Compared to the reactive target position of CQC/CQB, this blows those away. Nothing else out there, that I know of, brings a more realistic…training. – S.M.

The instructors were very fired up and motivated. They all knew and relayed well what they were teaching. – S.D.

It is an excellent course that is very applicable to our operations overseas. – These (Tac-Houses) were the best evolutions of the week. They incorporated all the skills learned. – T.C.

This training promotes “real world” tactics vs. shooting paper and moving on. This class puts the wherewithal in your head that everything is a threat until “you” address it, then gives the level of force required to “safely” complete the mission with “zero” loss to teammates. – T.S.

The role players made the drills outstanding. The *** fundamentals were a must practice type of evolution, working PC’s, security and movements. – Fast pace, excellent drills, should prove to be quite useful overseas. – T.W.

There are a number of methods/ways for dealing with bad guys/unknowns/friendlies at close quarters. But this course (CQD) offers the most protection to the operator while allowing him to shoot at any time or dial down the amount of force to handle the situation even as it is evolving. – V.C.

Some of the most invaluable training I’ve had as a SEAL. Outstanding! – W.G.

This course teaches how to react and to be ready for any situation. Knowing that everyone in my platoon has had this training, I feel that we are very ready to handle any situation. – W.L.

The course gives the platoon an opportunity to work against OPFOR using non-lethal force while maintaining a high level of force protection. It also allows the platoon to develop SOP’s for compliant and non-compliant personnel. – J.W.

Painful, hard physical training that gets you in the fight-for-your-life mindset. – As always, the best tactical training anywhere! – Z.S.

Outstanding. Great prep work for the region we are heading to. – S.D.

This is the best training I’ve ever been through. It’s great! Can’t wait for more. – S.M.

Excellent training. Totally relevant and up-to-date. Good mix of specific skills training and scenario based training. Information flow from after action debriefs overseas to training back on the strand is very quick. – S.M.

Great week of training. Glad to have this just before going overseas… – J.T.

CQD should take priority over other training not a week and 3 days but a full month or more. – M.C.

The multiple Tac-House scenarios were the most beneficial, forced us to think fast, adapt to ever changing situations. Greatly enhanced our flexibility to handle extreme situations on the fly with very little mission planning, if any. – B.C.

CQD is exactly the type of realistic training that we need to prepare ourselves for the real deal, whether we’re in a time of war or not. – F.C.

Invaluable for the current tasks being done overseas. – Outstanding. – C.G.

The best two weeks of training I have received yet. – D.L.

Excellent, directly related to operations. – R.H.

Can’t thank the staff and Duane enough. I feel that the level of stress created during the drills has given me a higher level of confidence in my abilities to head and process information quickly. – S.M.

…I’m sure that SEALs would benefit from more of this training – we need to practice and sustain these skills more frequently. – T.V.

We should have more! On a regular basis! – T.C.

EVERY SEAL should do this course at least once a year! – J.C.

Why are platoons getting this training at the end of our work up? If this stuff is working and this is what we are doing overseas maybe we should have this training sooner – so that we can use it during the work up and make it a day to day thing vs. just a two week course. – D.L.

Builds confidence – both of the individual and the platoon. Should be a requirement for platoons before they deploy. – S.M.

I will tell you what, this very important skill set has given me piece of mind and confidence in my ability to control a variety of situations that we might encounter in the future. – S.M.

Once again, I feel the course was taught in a logical and progressive manner…I think that more training in CQD in the future and reviews of the techniques we’ve already learned is critical… – S.W.

CQD, primarily hand to hand/DDS should be the foundation the teams use for all combative skills. – E.M.

This is most definitely the best training I received as far as self defense, weapons retention; it really shows me how I would react in a real world situation. – E.R.

[Hooded Box] The ultimate tool for training and testing the application of CQD technique. – T.V.

Absolutely some of the best training I’ve received in the teams. I really appreciate being able to validate the skills we were taught during the week. – D.W.

Excellent training. I know this will help us all tremendously overseas. – R.B.

Would recommend that all platoons go through level 2 prior to Assault training in platoons to further enhance skills. – D.L.

Excellent training overall, especially in regards to prisoner and crowd control, dealing with threats other than “DA Type” scenarios where everyone gets shot. Forces guys to deal with unknown, moving them off target, number of guys to deal with them, etc. Will definitely be able to apply… – M.B.

I think the Teams really need for each platoon to get at least a week if not more of intense PC work. Lots of repetitions and time to develop solid S.O.P.’s. – T.O.

I personally think this (CQD level II and III) should be incorporated into our CQC block of our work up. All tactics would support each other more fluid. – D.P.

This training needs to be integrated into the teams fully. – B.S.

It was all very good. I think it really did its job of preparing us to go overseas…Thanks! – T.S.

Entire platoon/task units should get this training. The CQD prisoner handling techniques are invaluable. – J.W.

More levels of training and teach this course in core training. – I think it will enhance my performance as an operator and also in my day to day life I believe it has practical applications. – L.S.

This course will give me a great deal of confidence to handle prisoner situations. This is my first time through the course and I have completed 2 work ups and deployments. Prior work ups barely touched on prisoner control. – G.S.

This needs to be mandatory training incorporated into every aspect of our training. It teaches you to be aggressive, reactive and how to dial in how much force I need to use to get the job done. We need to do this again before we deploy, but only more advanced. – B.O.

Should be part of core training. – J.M.

It would be great to see NSW ****** incorporate this course into the assaults training block. Then have each task element go through a level 1+ course at the end of core training. – Also provides a good foundation of skills that can be incorporated into many different SEAL missions. – S.M.

All the parts of the course compliment others. Fantastic course. – B.S.

The staff is locked on! When you provide realistic, innovative, tactically sound training and seamless, flawless instruction you get positive results and better operators prepared for war. – T.K.

CQD should be taught up to the highest level for SEALs. – A.H.

Every operator should get this training and this or a higher level of CQD should be part of every platoon’s work-up. – I.H.

This is something that every shooter needs to know, it should be part of core training. This course is close quarters combat and should be implemented into CQC block of training. – J.H.

This course should be taught to all SEALs. Mandatory for platoon work up. Professional instructors. – V.C.

I am far more confident in my ability to handle prisoners in a way that will keep me and my teammates safe. – T.C.

Every SEAL should have this course of instruction. This should be our CQC block for the work-up. – This is the most prisoner handling instruction I have received. I feel confident I can perform in a real world situation. – J.C.

I am looking forward to stepping right into assaults next week having my platoon here for this training. Each man is on the same sheet of music when they step through the door. Couldn’t have picked a better way to get the boys fired up and ready to train! – B.B.

The instructor staff was outstanding. Definitely the most motivated training cadre I’ve seen. They are highly skilled and great teachers. Thank you for your effort and intensity. – B.O.

I wish there was a small block of training every week, just to continue improving and to sustain what I learned this week. – M.V.

The course has enhanced my ability to perform CQB, VBSS, and any other operations where controlling people is important. – D.K.

Everything was outstanding, I couldn’t get enough. – I would really enjoy a few more weeks. – B.S.

Much more realistic for application than any techniques I have seen before… – The “Hooded Box” was the best training I have ever had while in the teams. I learned infinitely more in that ten minutes than in any week of NSW training. More…more. – M.W.

Excellent fundamentals – Prisoner control and Direct Defense (DDS) will be the two items I and my platoon will build upon. Overall, this course sharpens the operator’s mental sword and skills. – H.K.

The instructors are more motivated than any other instructors I have ever seen. – J.C.

The Hooded Box Drill was outstanding. The intensity is unmatched. This is the best taught course I have attended. All the instructors were professional, clear, thorough. – D.H.

[Formations] Some of the best overall training we have received, hands down! – Amazing instructor capability and professionalism. Awesome scenarios. Great role players. A lot of thought, time, and resources went into this week on the part of CQD staff. Overall excellent quality training! We need more of this…. – C.W.

[Hooded Box] In my opinion the hooded box drills are what make this course. To go from relaxed to total overload is excellent training for improving your reaction time, situational awareness, and escalation of force issues. – Excellent training. Being able to tie in all our training with live bodies to interact with instead of paper targets is essential. – D.V.

[Prisoner Control] Excellent. Can’t get enough practice at this. – [Vehicle Extraction] I was glad to finally receive some formal training in this area. – [Enhance operator skills?] Everyone becomes solid in individual skills and then incorporates that into working with the rest of their element. – S.P.

[Hooded Box] Excellent. This drill definitely threw different angles at you as an operator as far as being separated from one another in different parts of the room, as well as working with one another. – [Enhance Operator Skills] It helped prepare us for what’s out in the current battlefield. – K.B.

[Formations] Took it all in and will use it. – [Vehicle Extraction] Learned it, liked it, will use it. – [Enhance Operator Skills] Keeps us fresh on working with people as opposed to paper targets. – N.D.

[Used CQD overseas?]…prisoner control. Was very effective and had no complications when technique was applied. – Should be implemented during workup or before we deploy. – J.H.

[Prisoner Control] Loved it. Wish we could do more. – B.K.

[Hooded Box] Excellent drill. Great for reinforcing confidence in your hands as your weapon system. – [Maze] Outstanding. Helps tremendously to get shooters to assume there is a threat behind every door/turn which sets you up for success. – [Instructors] Flawlessly professional. Experts. – [Improve?] All I ask is that we get more of it, more often. It is mission essential that every individual be proficient in this field. – [Used CQD overseas?] Yes, performed a few dozen DA’s. Wrapped up many prisoners. – S.P.

[Hooded Box] Excellent sustainment of fundamental skills. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Gets better every time I go through it. – [Maze] Wish we could do this one at least once a week! – [Instructors] Absolutely perfect. Professional and efficient. – We need more of this! – C.W.

[Used CQD overseas?] Arm seal on detainees, move to marshalling area. – C.S.

Have this course before assault block. – [DDS] Any time I can put myself in a high pressure fighting scenario, I’ll do it. It was great to get in there. – [W&Z] This section challenged every aspect of my gun fighting and manipulation skill sets. Great drill, I wish I could have gone more times. – [Scenario/Iso Tac-House] Great hits! It was great to apply the newly brushed up skills. – You need continual ‘refresher sessions’ to be at your best. Thanks for the great instruction. – B.G. 

[Enhance Operator Skills] Directly enhance overall awareness, and give me more direction as to control the room. – I have been immersed in CQD for some time and have yet to find another course to replace it. – A.C.

Overall outstanding course. Would rather this course be implemented throughout training, especially during CQC at *****. Great job! – O.S.

[Tac-House] This all was great and lots of lessons learned from de-confliction to securing the target to handling the prisoners. – [Used CQD overseas] Yes, securing prisoners and taking them off target. – N.O.

I feel that I am much more ready to take on CQC tasks for our deployment. – It was great and all the Team guys should go through it. – J.B.

It is such an integrated system that each part builds on what you’ve already done enabling you to continuously improve your skills. – 4th time I attended this course – each time I’m completely impressed by the cadre. Each time the instruction has been as good or better than any I’ve received NSW or not. – K.G.

Outstanding! Applicable to my job and everyday life. – R.T.

Centered around exactly what our operational arena is. Very direct and to the point, with much more info to be learned. – The entire week of instruction was excellent and able to be used in our training. Method made training much more realistic. – S.L.

Excellent course of instruction, started with basic skill training and developed into the whole tactical fight method. – D.C.

I felt all portions of the training were beneficial and that no SEAL should miss this course. – I truly believe this to be the best training mentally as well as physically that the SEAL teams could go obtain. – C.T.

One week is not enough, I hope to see this become an on-going and progressive program incorporated by SEAL [teams]. – R.M.

I think this training is imperative for our line of work. – V.A.

I felt this training to be a vital block for all SEAL platoons. I personally am much more confident with handling and dealing with people/prisoners in a safe and efficient manner. – L.M.

I thought the whole course in general was great and I was able to apply it all with my job…in closing I thought you ran a very professional course. It would highly recommend all Team guys to go through this course. Good job. – D.W.

Excellent – a must for all spec operators. – it would be nice to have an advanced class as well as continued training. – T.M.

This training was very good and also I think it’s vital to our jobs in the SEAL Teams. – C.C.

This type of training needs to be standard section of each of SEAL Team Four’s Platoons. – M.L.

Really good week! – I was clear on everything, however, it’s amazing how what appears to be simple can have so much depth. – Thanks to Duane for everything. It’s much appreciated. – W.D.

The CQD instructor staff is the most professional group of individuals at ******/DET Little Creek. Every time the instructors are excellent. – C.F.

Prisoner handling techniques and Box Drills are critical to readiness. There is no other course that challenges the individual operator the way Box (Hood) Drills does. – [Tac-House] The ability to put all skills to test in an operational environment. – I am extremely impressed with the quality of instruction offered. The Hood Drills are incredible. It allows each operator the ability to conduct self-critiques during the attacks. Operators can’t get enough of this training. I plan to bring my platoon/troop back during SIT and prior to deployment. – J.

[Instructors] Professional. Took the time to emphasize aggression level and self preservation. Taught techniques clearly. – This is the best CQD training I’ve had with the scenarios and multiple situations. – W.W.

As always, the staff at CQD is the most professional of all the cadres in training, in my opinion. I also want the role players to know how much we appreciate the effort they bring. This training wouldn’t work without them. – K.

These guys are SME’s. The mandatory sustainment training they receive makes the difference. I was a NSWAT sniper instructor and we never received advanced training. We were too busy teaching the basic training. – J.

Fantastic block. I feel this is one of the most important blocks of training we have. I hope to come down during free time. Thank you CQD instructors for imparting your knowledge in such a professional manner. – J.K.

Instructors are outstanding. They take pride in what they teach and go the extra mile to make sure the operators understand the material. – The pressure we experienced here at CQD will make us more capable to deal with high risk situations both in our operational and personal lives. – T.E.

All expectations were met or exceeded my pre-class objectives for this training. – This training should be mandatory for all reservists prior to being re-called to active duty. – J.A.

Instruction was top notch – dynamic demos, followed by slower examples with instructor talking through. Very effective. – Instructors are outstanding – you can tell they take their jobs very seriously and wanted to make sure everybody “got it.” – …Every team guy should go through this… – K.G.

This staff is by far the most professional, organized and competent I’ve received instruction from. No part of the curriculum was left to question. Debriefs were concise and to the point. – H.G.


This course is the best course I’ve been to in my NSW career. The way the information is taught and the skills I’ve learned have a direct application to operating in the teams. I believe the ability to control people in any situation is extremely important to being a complete operator. I think teaching this course starting with SQT students is a really great way for guys to go into their first platoons. I regret not getting to this course sooner. – W.D.

This was the best two weeks of training I’ve received in the Navy (or anywhere else). The professionalism, effort, and above all, integrity of Mr. Dieter and all of the staff that work at CQD was amazing. – T.A.

This course enhances the individual operator like no other course in NSW. This course captures every aspect of the warrior mentality and breeds it into the students who attend. – S.D.

I think this is the most valuable training available to NSW. It exposes an operator for who he is as a warrior and what he would really do in those situations. – T.A.

Of my 10 yrs in the teams, this is the best and most intense training I’ve done. Looking forward to becoming a student of this craft. – L.H.

CQD is and should continue to be an essential part of SEAL training. Duane and his staff are extremely professional and patriotic, and should also remain integral parts of the SEAL community. – T.E.

Excellent training! This training is a “must have” for the NSW operator community. – A.N.

The most operationally practical and tactical course I have ever attended. – J.P.

It is without a doubt my highest recommendation that no matter what commitments any of the senior leaders of this community have, they take “5” days and come through this course. If someone has not been in more than 3 yrs they are…wrong. The material covered during this instruction goes far beyond “actions and objective” it strikes directly to the core of what being a warrior is all about. If we are truly committed to living by a code and standing by the charter that has just been written, then we must be committed to exposing everyone wearing a trident to the example being demonstrated here on a daily basis. – S.D.

Thanks Duane these past three years have been the highlight of my career words can’t explain how thankful I am for the life saving experiences you have given me I’m a better operator instructor and man because of it. Thank you. P.S. I wish I had more time there is so much more I want to get done for the course and the men. – M.M.

A great week of training. Taking part in the instructor forging and watching as the skills improved each day, make me proud of being a part of CQD. Also, the sustainment of skill throughout the forging has bettered my skills as an operator and teacher. Again, a great week. I look forward to the next sustainment. – T.E.

Outstanding training, an eye opener. This was absolutely the best training I’ve had in the teams. Not only has it improved my operational skills, it has also improved my personal skills. – B.H.

This has been one of the greatest experiences in my life. I feel I am a better operator and a better person for being a part of such a quality organization and being exposed to such great people. – T.E.

Physically demanding, enlightening, awesome training that will benefit me for the rest of my life whether in an operational capacity or personal protection situation. – J.P.

[The instructor’s] understanding and dedication to CQD was invaluable. His depth of knowledge, flawless teaching style, and skill level is a great model to all NSWC CQD Instructors. – D.M.

As a forge, all the prove-outs that we continue to perform really bring it home and make it real. I never doubt how powerful CQD is, but the prove outs just settle it… — T.B.

Great job, instructors were great. FTX was a good way to test everything, this should be part of core training and then build on the skills by starting an advanced course. – J.S.

Excellent training. Never stopped learning. Hands down the best training I’ve had in the teams. – W.D.

Outstanding. The best training that I’ve received in my 13 years in the Navy. It should be a must for all SEAL platoons, especially the ones going “down range.” – T.E.

This is the greatest warrior training in the world! Nothing else explains the fight and the skills needed to succeed. – A.N.

As always, the best tactical training anywhere! — A.N.

I benefited from every aspect of training, especially the hooded box. To be put under pressure and truly test my CQD skills helped me realize how beneficial CQD is to an operator. – T.E.

…Excellent, extraordinary instruction. – T.A.

The forging phase was very valuable. Skills were learned (forged) in a matter of hours that in most cases would take weeks. – B.H.

Professional presentation was emphasized. Having a core understanding of the CQD concepts and mindset will help me to develop into the most professional instructor I can be, ensuring the students/operators will get the best training they can. – J.P.

Outstanding. It helps deepen my understanding of what a high-risk fight is. – T.A.

Incredible training. The ability to setup the scenarios, execute scenarios, utilize TRP’s and debrief the evolution while improving each individual operator is tremendous. Excellent phase. – S.B.

Really learned a lot about the realistic combat application of CQD and really began to understand that a lot of the other things people have been taught just doesn’t work. – W.D.

All safety factors were stressed. Proper TRP actions and scenario set up is key in ensuring greatest benefit to operators. – J.P.

[W&Z Hooded Box] The best evolution I have ever done to validate the last two weeks of training. – N.H.

I am looking forward to the future NSW sustainment training blocks. I appreciate the effort and focus of all of the CQD staff. Thank you for my most productive six weeks in the NSW. – S.B.

This training has helped me in my operational life as well as my personal life. When you get that out of a course you definitely have a good thing. It’s a true operator’s course. – B.H.

I’m really thankful to have had the opportunity to go through the training and look forward to doing more training with Mr. Dieter in the future. – W.D.

Outstanding as usual. I wish every Team guy could experience this training. – Good pressure in order to realize our own skills (and limitations). Unbelievable training value. – T.A.

These are the most amazing drills, being the closest thing I have ever seen to simulate real combat. – A.N.

Something we need to bring to NSW this will save the lives of our operators. – E.D.

I can’t say enough about this part of the week. This shooting is so very valuable and we need to get this to every “clear” team guy we can. Awesome week, thank you! And my family thanks you!!!! – L.H.

Awesome…excellent scenarios. This training really allows many different skills to be tested well. – T.A.

[Hooded Box] Super exercise that tied in all of our training throughout the week. Thank you for all the assets & support involved. – T.B.

Great week of training, wish it was longer. I appreciate the time and effort put into our ongoing education/development in CQD. Thanks. – W.D.

It was the best overall training the teams get. – T.B.

Outstanding, the best COI that I have attended in the military. – S.B.

Outstanding. Every time we come to MD we receive a new point of view or different way to analyze situations. – J.B.

I look forward to more time and training with Mr. Dieter. His expertise and character is unmatched. – T.A.

My overall opinion of this week of training is that, it is physically, mentally and technically the greatest week of training I have ever had – thank you for opening up my eyes! – C.C.

Once again, life saving training. Thanks for all the work. – J.B.

“Outstanding.” The more I learn about the CQD system, the more I realize how important this is to NSW. – E.D.

As always, this is the best course and instruction provided anywhere. – A.N.

Mr. Dieter and his staff are professional, ethical people with a clarity of purpose. The training is 100% operational and its further infusion into the teams will make us better operators and men. – J.P.

I feel 100% confident that CQD works and is the only system for an operator. I need and want more. – C.C.

…CQD is the best operational fighting system and gives the operator his best chance in the high risk environment. – E.D.

As always – a great week. I learned a lot about my shooting skills and the week reinforced how perfectly all CQD skills integrate. – T.E.

CQD enhances every, and all, facets of your operational life! From being safe at home to operating in the real world! The tactics, techniques and principles CQD not only teaches, but instills in the operator, is life changing and life saving. – J.D.

Another exceptional week of training. I can’t say enough how much I enjoy coming here to train and how honored I am to be a part of CQD. Thanks Duane! – T.E.

I think it is great that Duane is willing to expend so much energy/effort in order to help mold us into better people and teammates. Unbelievable. – T.A.

[Hooded Box] The H-B-D’s are the best training I have ever had in my 12 years in the teams. I want “tons” more! – L.H.

Bar none, going through full evolutions with a gamut of assets out in the field provides us with lasting value and refined skills. – T.B.

As usual, the training was incredible. I personally tend to get set in my ways, and it is great to take, or be taken to new levels. I always feel hungry for more. – S.G.

Excellent scenarios some of the most realistic training I’ve had. – J.B.

Realistic training that applies to the high risk fight. The training will make me a better operator and instructor. – J.P.

This was only my third sustainment course and each time the staff feels that they had just finished the best sustainment they have had. – M.M.

Outstanding the uniqueness of this course and the life saving skills learned make it a must for all of our SEALs going to battle! – N.H.

Great scenarios which bring to light the importance of “level of force” and “internal warrior.” Thoroughly enjoyed it. – T.B.

This course from start to finish was professional time tested, and well thought out. A course all SEALs I am sure would (if given the chance) and should come to. I leave here with no doubt in my mind that the time I spent here was beneficial to the Navy and the country. – N.H.

Can’t say enough about training. Honor just to train with Duane and the cadre at CQD. – T.E.

So far the 4 weeks I’ve received is the best overall training I’ve had in the Teams. Can’t wait for more training!! – L.H.

Outstanding. This has been the most intense, realistic training I have received in the teams. Every operator should be exposed to this. – The best training tool we have. Testing things under pressure is invaluable. – I am very happy that I had the opportunity to attend this training, it will not only help in the teams, but in everyday life as well. – C.L.

Best tactical training anywhere! Operational and personal defense. – A.N.

This training is invaluable for the SEAL operator. Must be included in every SEAL’s work up. Should include Levels 1, 2, and 3! – Thank you Duane. – A.N.

Professional, practical and tactical presentation of all theories and techniques. As always, it was a great learning experience and pleasure working with someone of such clear purpose. – J.P.

Another outstanding sustainment. I feel my DDS skills have improved both as an instructor and operator. – T.E.

Outstanding. Best instructor training that I’ve been through in the 13 years I’ve been in the Navy. – T.E.

[Hooded Box] A necessary and crucial drill. This is where learning is at its highest. Where discussion and theory are proven by action… – D.L.

The 360 degree hood was really good and revealed problem areas. – Great week! Feel more prepared as an instructor. – W.D.

…This week has been incredible. – [Hooded Box] Tough. Really shows with many different scenarios how reactive timing with the spring stance can really defeat obstacles in front of you. – A.J.

Will help me and other operators in our personal lives. Will save lives, Thanks. – E.D.

Thanks for making me a better operator, person and father/husband. – E.D.

Everyone says it, but we need more training like this. Little blocks throughout all of work-up. – 


Thanks! I’m glad to spend my time up here, it makes me a much better operator and person. – E.D.

Sustainment Rep

The level of stress and combat fatigue that we were under while shooting was outstanding. Any true frogman would like this COI better than any other. It gets you ready for war!!! – R.L.

Exactly what SEALs need. Extremely mission oriented. – M.N.

Excellent course. It was the first time I’ve ever done tactical shooting. Every person that wears a Trident should be taking this course. This COI takes the shooter into real stress and combat and made me realize that there are many range practices that we (SEALs) follow that can get us killed in a fight. – R.L.

A very profound experience. The best training of its kind that I’ve had in 12 years in the teams. – K.M.

I feel that we covered more than I would have believed possible if I hadn’t actually done it. – I feel that internal warrior skill balance is important. I feel we are reaching an era when it will be recognized and accepted. – M.J.

Thanks for saving my life Duane! – J.M.

In just one week of this training, I feel incredible new awareness. Not just tactically but life in general. I feel a boost in my operational confidence. Outstanding course. Thanks. – R.G.

The reality of the training is incredible. I couldn’t ask for better tactics and the professionalism used in teaching them. – M.E.

Outstanding! I think every platoon should go out the door with this knowledge. – C.T.

Absolute must training and full integration of CQD for all operators. – M.J.

Outstanding. And an eye opening experience. Very professionally presented and conducted. – D.T.

This type of training is what we (SEALs) need more of; good, realistic training which embraces shooting skills with reactionary training. – R.B.

Outstanding coverage of a broad topic in a short amount of time with realized retention, understanding, and most importantly, proper application of response proportional to threat. – B.C.

Excellent training, I just wish I could have come into contact with it a long time ago. – D.H.

Excellent, definitely taught me some very good lessons that apply in a lot of different aspects. – S.B.

The whole tactical aspect of shooting was incredible. A great training approach. It’s hard to believe the Teams have operated without it for so many years. – B.S.

All team work needs to be done through CQD Level II. – D.H.

Every portion of training was explained in great detail… – Outstanding from start to finish. – Duane, I can’t thank you enough for this training. It may very well save my life some day. Thanks again. – P.N.

I believe this training should be a mandatory part of basic and advanced SEAL training. – P.S.

75th Rangers need this. – Outstanding pace. – J.M.

Is mandatory for operational readiness for combat. – J.M.

This is absolutely among the best training I’ve received… – R.G.

Outstanding as always. – The rounds down range, the box drills and the Tac-house were enlightening. A training system that really hits home. Can’t wait to come back up. Thanks. – B.S.

Another good week of training. Again we need more of this realistic training which does include “the full circle.” – R.B.

More hood drills, no training in the world beats practical experience. The best way to learn it is to do it. Excellent training course. – M.N.

Each time I train with Mr. Dieter I feel my skills and thoughts of tactics and the situation at hand is getting much more tuned. – J.D.

Duane Dieter is an excellent instructor. His background and expertise show in the quality of his instruction. CQD is the way to go! – R.L.

Support Teams

[Hooded Box] Excellent opportunity for SEALs to analyze situation and determine amount of force required for situation. – The Dieter’s COI/Method is specifically focused on NSW operations (unlike other forms/systems of martial arts.) Having trained most of my life in boxing/**** ****, **** **** **, **** ****, ****** *****, **** and *******; I can honestly say that this method/system is better suited toward instructing/preparing NSW operators. Considering the minimal amount of time allotted to train SEALs with CQD, The Dieter’s system is best suited to increase operators’ safety and operational capability during real world operations…Excellent COI/excellent staff/excellent facilities. – E.S.

This is, and has always been one of the most professional courses I have attended. – M.B.

[Enhance operator skills?] Everything. First exposure to training like this and everything made sense. Explained in a clear and logical manner. – New to NSW, prior air crew. Would recommend to anyone deploying into theater. Plan on taking course again. – Great set of instructors. Everything was straight forward and made sense. – F.A.

[Enhance operator skills?] Pretty much all of it! It all hinged on reflex and proper (fast) response, which helps no matter who you are. – S.S.

[Hooded Box] Awesome! I wish I could do that a couple times per month! – Great course! I would love to come back for more training! – K.H.

[Enhance operator skills?] Having the confidence and knowledge to handle situations I’ll encounter in the field. – Great scenarios overall. Direct defense scenarios were the most beneficial. – Instructors were very knowledgeable and presented the course for both experienced and inexperienced operators. – M.S.

Every part of this training will enhance my skills/personal safety/safety of my fellow operators. – Needs more time/longer course when possible. – M.S.

Again being my first [time] I believe it is a great course for anyone to go through. – Thank you for the opportunity to attend this course. I fully enjoyed the course and I appreciated all the skills that I have learned. – K.P.

[Used CQD overseas?] …recently in Iraq during personal meeting to control hostile walk in. – Given the amount of time available and varied skill levels of my personnel I believe that all of the training skill sets were well taught and build with future real life scenarios. Thanks for the training! – M.C.

The training received was invaluable and I feel more confident I will be able to defend myself when deployed. – [DDS Hooded Box] The Hooded Box drill was greatly beneficial to becoming more confident with the DDS. – [Prisoner Control] The PCT was beneficial in learning the different seals. Especially learning how certain methods of PC was ineffective made me realize the error of employing previously learned methods. – I had initially believed the training would not be particularly relevant to me, but after being placed in the scenarios, I realized how valuable the training was. Thank you. – J.P.

The scenarios in both the armed and unarmed Hoods are realistic and solicit responses from the operator. This is the best individual training and testing device in NSW. – The staff was great, very professional… – The course and its scenarios reinforce and develop both individual and team integration skills. Every time I attend the course I am tested to my full operational capability and leave the course a better operator. I leave for Iraq in a month and this training was a must have before I deploy. – This course provides the only high risk full role player interaction training in NSW, while incorporating scenarios drawn from current and potential future NSW operations. The operation sets tested as an individual and as a functional part of the team which constantly remind the operator that his mistakes not only affect him but also the town. Thanks guys. – M.M.

I thought this was great training…I feel I can/will use the skills learned here in my career with NSW. – R.B.

[Enhance operator skills?] It gave me confidence in handling myself in close quarter combative situations. – [DDS] Was very beneficial to me because my previous combatives course was not as practical for situations you find in NSW. – [Iso Tac-House] The best part of the course – created very stressful situations. – D.R.

The Close Quarters Defense is valuable. I really like that your course tries other methods and will demonstrate them so we can see why the techniques work, and why some do not. – Want more weapons CQD training, especially with primary weapons. – [DDS Hooded Box] Love it! It is the only way to really test your skills and to see what you would do under pressure. The video replay is very significant to that process. – Love the training and love the Hooded Box Drills. Glad you guys tailor the techniques around real world events and for tactical situations. – S.M. 

[DDS Hooded Box] Shows practicality/reality of training. – [Iso-Tacs] I thought it was good to make accurate and fast shoot/no shoot decisions. – K.H.

Great training! Everytime I go through the course, I feel I learn something new or a better way to do a technique. – [DDS Hooded Box] Great training, I wish we could do more of them. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Very beneficial to me. I gained a lot of learning lessons and experience through some difficulties I had in this drill. – [Iso-Tacs] Probably the most fun of all the training. – I think this is invaluable training. – M.S.

Excellent. – [DDS Hooded Box] Learned a lot about how to react. – [Iso-Tacs] Reactions were huge learning experience. – S.O.

Being a female, this course was invaluable! I would recommend it to anyone. Great instructors. – [Benefit the most] All the training. – [DDS Hooded Box] Outstanding. – K.M.

Excellent, it was different than anything I have done in the past and also very effective. – [DDS Hooded Box] Fantastic, a very effective learning tool that forced me to put to use the striking and defending skills learned. – [Prisoner Control] Very good to know and may come in handy down range. – This training is very innovative and appears to be very effective. I thank you for training me and better preparing me for my endeavors down range. – C.G.

Very good applicable training. Also the hood drills provided good realism. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Also good and showed many areas of strengths and weaknesses. – This training was very good. The instructors were very knowledgeable and able to explain and demonstrate tactics easily and concisely. – B.P.

Great for personnel of all levels. Served as a good baseline for me having no prior experience. – [DDS Hooded Box] Great scenario for pressured self-defense. – P.K.

Great training overall. Good practical training to shake out gear and learn vital skills. – M.G.

The training was awesome. This is my first time through the course and I learned a lot. – [DDS Hooded Box] Very intense. Learned a lot. – Thought the course was well-taught. The instructors were very enthusiastic. – S.D.

Simple and effective techniques that can be used in any scenario. – [DDS Hooded Box] I personally enjoyed the drill because it made me think quickly and I could evaluate myself and where I was weak. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Once again very unique drill that tested my reactions in different situations that I might see in the field. – [Iso-Tacs] Showed where I needed work and mistakes I made in dealing with people in a stressful environment. Invaluable training! – I really enjoyed this training. Instructors were very knowledgeable and approachable. – C.C.

Outstanding. – [DDS Hooded Box] Was great to see how quick (or not so quick) your reactions are to events in full speed. – Great instructors, knew the topic extremely well and were able to convey a lot of information in such a very short period of time. – J.P.

Excellent; accelerated, efficient. – [Benefit the most] The scenarios. You’ll never be able to replicate how someone will react unless pressured. – [DDS Hooded Box] Great! My first time doing something like that. – [Iso-Tacs] Very good! Instructors right on top to provide immediate teaching points. – E.C.

Great training. The gross motor skills should be easy to employ. – [DDS Hooded Box] Shows what you would truly do in these situations. Great learning. – [Iso-Tacs Scenarios] Intense. There is a lot to think about… – N.H.

Training was very well instructed. Everything done had a reason and made sense. – [DDS Hooded Box] Using the hood is great to simulate surprise and reaction to unknowns. – [Prisoner Control] Very good techniques that are rarely taught otherwise. Detailed instruction with motivated instructors. – J.S.

All the instructors were helpful and presented a valuable and unique aspect to training and made it very enjoyable. – J.K.

Make the course longer. – All instructors were very knowledgeable and patient. 1 on 1 was very helpful. – A.E. 

[Enhance operator skills?] Hooded Drills, role players were very thoroughly advised and very well instructed. – [Improve?] Extending the course to two weeks. – Course was well organized and instructors were flexible as to the time constraints and made the course very valuable. – D.V.

Good training, would like to receive more, higher levels in future. – [DDS Hooded Box] Excellent training evolution, very beneficial… – T.J.

Highest quality. Vital for personnel of all backgrounds. Excellent progression of training of the various sections. – [DDS Hooded Box] Invaluable with regards to putting abstract drills into practice. Good for self-evaluation and building confidence in trained skills. – [Prisoner Control] Often overlooked in other training. This section was informative and useful. – Valuable exercise to piece together the multiple sections of training. – An amazing course with superb TRPs and even more professional and knowledgeable instructors. I will be requesting more training this following Monday. – J.S. 

[DDS Hooded Box] Beneficial and helpful in understanding individual shortfalls and capabilities. – Terrific instructors who are always helpful and knowledgeable about material and demonstrate a true interest in sharing their knowledge. Genuine and enthusiastic. Made training enjoyable. – C.G.

All instructors provided unique and beneficial training. – Very good class. Make it 2 weeks long. – S.B.

Outstanding! Very applicable. – [DDS Hooded Box] Excellent eye opener for me. As realistic as DDS training can be without serious injury. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Outstanding. Allowed instant learning of good and bad zone control. – [Prisoner Control] Vital if lethal force is not required. Every military person should have PC training. – [Iso-Tacs Scenarios] Humbling. However, provided instant feedback on bad training (or no training) scars. Accelerates the learning process. – Thank you to all the staff and instructors. – Thank you to all the TRPs who strive to improve our skills on them. – R.R.

I thought it was very well executed and valuable. I like the kind of “street” style defense it taught rather than the “in the ring” style that I have gotten before. – [Benefit the most] The Hooded Box. There is nothing better than practical application with TRPs. Along with video playback. – [DDS Hooded Box] It was very well done. The use of trained TRPs and established scenarios helped me concentrate on myself… – N.O.

Regards to your firm for hiring professional staff who not only has firsthand knowledge but can also relate to why it is important what is being instructed. – [Instructor was a] very patient and talented professional. Keep this guy and his staff on the books. I/we will look and request the same team for a refresher. – R.

It was my first exposure to DDS training and principles and the Hooded Box greatly increased my impression of its validity and effectiveness. – [W&Z Hood] Again, first exposure. Some weapons and tactics prior to this but I feel (hope) that this more closely mirrors what I will be faced with…down range. – Hopefully I’ll be able to come back with my team and reinforce these techniques. I’m sure what I’ve learned this week will find a way to be applied down range. – J.B.

Outstanding training, very useful. – [Instructors] Very professional, straight answers to every question. – Scenarios here apply directly to situations I have seen in real world ops. – B.H.

All of it. Being a tech, this is very useful as our roles (techs) evolve in NSW. Great introduction to some great techniques one can use defending your buddies and yourself in combat as well as your family at home. – [Hooded Box] Outstanding. Being put on the defensive like that brings out instincts you gotta put aside and use the training you have learned. – All the instructors were complete professionals and very helpful during all divisions. – A.N. 

[Enhance operator skills?] All!!! Basic effective survival skills. Even essential for non-assaulters. Prevent non SEALs/SWCC from becoming a liability for SEAL/SWCC in a bad situation. i.e. IED attack on convoy, all personnel must transition to foot. – [DDS] All should learn. – [W&Z Control] Paramount!! Prevent blue on blue especially when lesser trained personnel are with you. – [Hooded Box] Great for reflex/fear, test mental/physical reaction to potential threats. – All instructors were great. Best, most practical training and facilitators in the biz. – R.R.


In every way, shape and form, CQD is our bread and butter. You cannot be a good operator without this training. – N.O.

I feel so much more confident with handling my weapons systems. I have a greatly enhanced confidence in my ability to use my weapons systems in close quarters and in my ability to deal with prisoners. – Let us study here longer – 2-3 weeks, perhaps. – [Met expectations?] Absolutely. This is the most impressive group of instructors I have met at BUD/S or SQT. They work together well as a team. They are all competent, intelligent and they teach us well. – This is the best period of instruction I have received at Naval Special Warfare. The instructors are excellent and the course is well run but perhaps most importantly, the course teaches an excellent approach to war-fighting. The concepts of dial control are essential and are taught well at CQD. The other elements of instruction of BUD/S and SQT would benefit from including such an approach to war-fighting. –E.G.

This course was excellent, and very pertinent. I am very interested in furthering my CQD skills and going on to advanced training. This is obviously an essential skill, and will be useful in any training/real world situation involving contact with another group of people. – The instructors by far exceeded what I had expected in professionalism, clarity of message and patience, a great staff. – J.M.

This course prepared everyone at every level, at home and at work, to be cognizant of your surroundings and to be able to handle any situation that you are presented with. This course totally hones your warrior skills and your warrior mind. – D.H.

… The tactical aspects of this course are easily transferable to other blocks of instruction in SQT, anything that concerns holding a gun. – This was the first course of instruction in SQT that not only taught us how to think and act tactically, but forced us to use it in a practical manner every day. I now have the skills that have been ingrained in me after only a week.

This is a tremendously valuable skill. Our introduction to it in SQT will only allow us to better develop ourselves in this arena. The more we are able to practice with such realism and intensity, the est operators and tacticians we will become. This will only benefit Special Warfare. – T.C.

CQD gives the operator confidence in dealing with unknown and volatile situations. – M.S.

It has enhanced my abilities to deal with threat, unknowns, and prisoners. I am more tactically aware now when entering a room, and know how to deal with certain situations with certain levels of aggression. – Z.D.

The tools we gained here will greatly help during deployment. All of SPECWAR should go through CQD. – E.B.

All of the instructors were very professional. They were the best set of instructors that I have encountered. – M.S.

This has been the best week I’ve had in SQT/The Navy. I learned more and was tested more than in any other block of training. The instructor staff was amazing in every way. – P.G.

This was by far the single most beneficial week of my career. The level of instruction here is far superior to many other blocks of instruction. I strongly feel that the skills taught here will save lives. – S.P.

The entirety of the material was relevant and excellent practice to enhance our operational skills. Especially valuable was the fighting portion and the prisoner handling portion. – Make it a longer course for SQT. I felt we just scraped the surface and we could all have benefited from more training. – The instructors were incredibly professional and knowledgeable about the material. – M.S. 

[CQD SQT course enhance skills] It was a necessary block of training which is vital to have a grasp on in real world scenarios. – It is worth expanding to multiple weeks of training. – This was the most professional and well organized course I have ever attended. – M.M.

This was the most professional course I have taken so far in SQT and BUD/S. The kind of professionalism found here should be an example for the rest of NSW’s courses. – E.B.

Gives an in-depth knowledge of CQD/prisoner handling skills. Hopefully set a standard for platoon training with all teams. Never had it before. – Yes, outstanding instructors. – … This should be a mandatory course for platoon work-up with all teams. – S.M. 

[Enhance operator skills?] It will standardize CQC tactics and set a common ground/learning platform for operators. – I hope that eventually every SEAL will get all CQD levels and the course will expand. – K.H.

This is the best course of instruction I have received so far in NSW. – M.M.

Can’t say enough good things about the cadre and the course. Every SEAL should come through this and get more (Level 1+, Level 2.) – R.M.

Great course, a must for anybody deploying into a hostile situation. – J.R.

If all SEAL courses were taught and organized like this, there is no way we won’t be the most elite force in the world. This was by far the best learning experience I’ve had. – R.M.

I think the skills we learned during the course will be a great asset to use in the Teams… – R.

It gives me confidence beyond the trigger of my weapon when dealing with a potential lethal or non lethal confrontation.

I could use the skills that I acquired and use them to meet any given situation and under any ROE guidelines. – M.R.

This course not only teaches very practical techniques in bodily defense and prisoner handling but also gives us the confidence in trusting these techniques to get the job done. – J.S.

I feel this course was a very critical part of SQT training and could not imagine not receiving this training. – M.B.

By far the best training I’ve done so far. Was very practical in every situation… – E.A.

I feel that this was an excellent course of instruction it has enhanced my confidence and skills immensely and is a skill that is very practical. – P.G.

This course blew me away. This instructor staff is totally dedicated to putting out the best product possible. – D.H.

[Enhance operator skills?] By being able to handle compliant, non-compliant, combative threats, correctly/effectively with regard to team members. Great course that focuses on basic skills to build upon. – J.L.

I wish it could be a longer course. I can’t get enough of it. – J.L.

Yes, inst. staff most professional of any course I’ve attended. Actions and words left no room for confusion… – D.M.

Yes, this was the most professional staff I have worked with. Great communication and organization. They should be the model. – D.N.

This past week was a week full of knowledge. It was very intense and I learned a lot about my weapon system and how to use every part of it to accomplish the mission. – E.P.

I feel I have been given a great foundation and have started on the right track with the skills I have learned. I want to continue with this training throughout my career. I am very grateful to be given the opportunity to learn from such squared away instructors…This was a great experience. – M.M.

Every part of the course was excellent, the instructors were very intense. They were very squared away and answered every question thrown their way. They were strict on safety but also stressed dial control. When it was time to dial up they let us. I found the course very beneficial and have no clue on how they would improve it. – D.S.

The instructor staff really made a great difference as to how well this material was taught. We not only learned a lot but also believed in what we were being taught. The instructors went the extra mile in showing us how these techniques truly work. – J.S.

I was/am so impressed with this course. The staff was absolutely the finest at their job. I would like to continue this training these skills seem to be very valuable. – J.T.

Since I’ve been in the Navy I feel this was the best course of instruction I’ve gone through. I liked the intensity level of the training and the fact that everything taught during the week all came together in the end… – M.W.

The course was outstanding. The staff was outstanding their effort and professionalism, knowledge of the system was delivered superbly. The system was taught and demonstrated to a point that the class left the course with a lot of confidence. The staff was well prepared allowing the course to flow. The atmosphere of high intensity, positive motivation, and development kept the learning curve high…To the staff fantastic job keep up the good work. – M.D.

The instructors were awesome! Alone the material is fun and exciting to learn but the instructors brought it to a whole new level. Their motivation, intensity, and presentation skills were the best I’ve ever seen since I’ve been with Special Warfare. I feel fortunate and lucky to have been taught by them. – S.H.

I have never been so enthused or motivated than I am now going through this course. I feel a little teased only getting a week of this training. I can’t stress enough how great this course was. I’m jealous of the instructors because they get to do this all the time. – T.B.

Best course of instruction I have received to this point in the military. The staff was extremely skilled, extremely professional, and put a lot into the course. – R.B.

CQD is hands down the most realistic, applicable, and practical block of training that I have received. – C.W.

The instructors at CQD were by far the most professional out of the entire SQT staff. – W.L.

This course was great. I feel 100 times more confident going to the teams. – N.B.

The best, most professional instructors I’ve worked with yet. – J.D.

Best course of instruction I have received yet. The method of teaching and instruction is more beneficial to the students than some of the methods we have seen in other blocks of training. – D.R.

The whole instructor staff, not just one but the whole staff, exceeded my every expectation. They are the most professional and knowledgeable instructors I’ve encountered in my career. – R.R.

The instructors were incredibly professional, knowledgeable and were willing to answer any questions. They created a great working environment. – B.P.

These were the best, most professional group of instructors I have ever had in NSW training. They epitomize what it means to be a SEAL. – J.R.

No gripes or complaints, my only comment is that there could be more of this training. I’m sure we get more during platoon work up, but if the future wars are fought in urban environments, then I don’t think you could have enough of this training. The instructors…are definitely some of the best I’ve received in the NSWC community. – G.F.

I feel much more confident about my abilities in entering a completely unknown and chaotic situation; analyzing, interpreting, realizing and acting in a more efficient and battle effective posture and manner. – D.T.

This course is the only course in SQT that enhances the warrior spirit. Gives you confidence in any fight. – S.A.

This is an essential skill and this course provided the basics for which to learn more skills in the future. I hope to learn more about higher levels in the Teams. – B.S.

Overall, this course was phenomenal. Only adding another week could possibly make it better. – S.D.

The course should be at least three weeks. – A.S.

This course could be a lot more beneficial if it was a week longer. There is so much information to learn that would be helpful to know before guys deploy. – S.R.

This is the most professional SQT course. All courses should be taught like this course. The course is well laid out, no conflicting word. VERY focused instructors. – S.A.

The best taught course thus far in the SQT block of training. – W.P.

Everything was worth it. I wish we could have two weeks here instead of one. Also, every member of the staff was very helpful. – B.V.

This course by far has been the most professionally conducted course I have attended for the 10 years I have been in the Navy. – J.P.

The best week of training we have had on really useful material. Great Instructors. – J.C.

I wish we could spend 3-4 weeks on this material. I want to learn a lot more. – J.M.

This was an excellent course that was extremely well organized and instructed. This was some of the best training I have received thus far. – D.M.

I think we should spend more time doing CQD, I feel it is much more important than some other blocks that are longer. – R.R.

I feel that this course is designed to be two weeks long for a reason and that time should be cut out in less applicable segments of SQT. – J.D.

As an operator, confidence is one’s ability to handle himself. I have to think this is an important piece of the makeup. This course bestows upon and adds to each individual’s defensive capabilities. Knowing that I have such skills, and the guy next to me does as well, builds my confidence and thus provides better operators. – S.E.

It gives you a better look at real situations with real people and lets you know you don’t always have to shoot. – P.T.

Dealing with and handling unknowns, hostiles, and prisoners is a vital task that operators need to know. This course teaches those tools. – M.D.

The best instructors I have seen so far. Very job oriented and experienced. – T.B.

[This course] increased confidence in my abilities and force control. The physical and mental conditioning offered in this course apply far beyond a close quarters situation. I am glad that we have been exposed to this course so early in our SEAL careers. I look forward to more of this training in the future. – V.R.

Everything we learned will benefit our careers. The use of incorporating the weapon into defense other than shooting will be a good skill. – R.A.

Wow the most professional and knowledgeable staff thus far at NSWC. Every single member is stand out. – R.H.

All of this will impact my capabilities but especially the prisoner control portion. – [Improve?] Longer course to get more practice with the skills. – [Instructor performance] Easier to approach and way better at instructing than SQT staff. They would do well at instructing anything. – J.H.

The ability to control others and not allow a physical advantage when handling individuals will enhance my skills as an operator. – I appreciate the professional attitude of the entire staff and the encouragement to be good men as well as good operators. – M.H.

The best and most professional staff we have experienced yet. – I.O.

[Benefit the most] The emphasis on properly reacting quickly because many aspects of our job will require rapid responses with proper use of force and judgment. – [Prisoner Control] It was great how many techniques we were shown because it allows us to adapt to any situation possible. – Make it longer. – Every instructor has my utmost respect for their degree of professionalism which is the highest that I have seen thus far. – T.C.

Levels of force control – crucial for new operators to master. – [Instructors] They were all model SEALs, highly experienced and knowledgeable!! – …[Instructor] is probably the first person…to talk to them (the class) as men, and it made a huge difference. – A.K.

Excellent instructor the best I’ve had in SQT so far. Very professional, cared about us learning the material. Wish they all were like this. – S.J.

The staff was the most professional staff I have ever worked with. – B.M.

Instructor staff treated us like men and because of that we respected them more and trained and learned a lot. – J.S.

All instructors had the utmost professionalism and vast amounts of knowledge to give to us as new operators. – Z.C.

Outstanding course. – Once again this was my second time through and the staff was outstanding. – M. J.

Most professional staff I have ever dealt with in NSW. – Staff have great passion for course, job, and NSW. It shows in the quality of work and product of course. – J.M.

Really enjoyed the course. Wish we could spend more time with CQD. I feel this is what we will be doing a lot and need to get more efficient at this. – R.H.

I found all topics relevant to the NSW mission. – Make this initial course two weeks in order to increase our understanding and ability. – P.S.

The course could definitely be longer, I look forward to coming back at the platoon level. – All the instructors were awesome. – L.B.

Make it longer. Increase instructor staff… – Instructor performance was above reproach. They created a training environment of utmost professionalism and made us want to learn. I hope I can one day be like them. – J.J.

Some of the best training I’ve had to date. – The most professional instructor staff to date. – [Instructor’s] talks on attitude and mindset in the teams were essential and outstanding… – T.S. 

[Enhance operator skills?] All of it – the attitude, techniques, skills and tactics of CQD made everyone in the class better operators. – [Hooded Box] Awesome assessment/reactionary training. Real OPFOR with real scenarios is by far the most effective training. – Outstanding! Look forward to coming back. – Great course. Class loved it. – T.M.

[Hooded Box] The most relevant evolution I’ve had that’s geared towards our current situation overseas. – B.W.

Until here [CQD] there is very little aggression/aggressive nature drills/skills taught. Extending the course at least another week would give more time to get the aggression more second nature. – S.M.

By far the most talented instructor staff yet. Answered all questions were available for extra instruction and eager to teach. This was very motivating for me as a student. – J.M.

[W&Z Hooded Box] The overall situational awareness taught with this section was one of the most beneficial parts of training I’ve gotten since I joined the Navy. – R.C.

[W&Z Hooded Box] I think this is the most beneficial and mission relevant class because it is absolutely mission crucial to develop sound habits and discipline. – W.M.

This was one of the best courses I have been through in SQT. I learned more here in 1 week than I have in any 1 single week. – S.W.

The instructors were the most professional I have worked with yet. Outstanding all around. – S.G.

[DDS] Striking – Another weapon to use in combat that is very effective incapacitating a threat. – [Hooded Box] …Simulates stress with live threats that we have not seen in training before. Allows you to learn a lot and grow in confidence. – I would lengthen the course. – R.F.

All of CQD will extremely benefit my operator skills. – I would give more time for the course to teach more advanced skills. – Awesome instructor staff. – B.S.

[W&Z Control] Great actual and applicable experience. – [Prisoner Control] Awesome training that gave us good experience. – The course needs more instructors. The instructor staff was amazing to do what they did with such a horrible ratio. – [Instructors] They were absolutely awesome. So much experience and practical techniques. – G.C.

Very professional and again, well respected. – I would have died to have had this training in the Marines. If I did, maybe certain missions I went on would have gone a lot smoother. – D.G.

[Enhance operator skills?] All parts were extremely helpful. – Most professional/knowledgeable instructors I’ve worked with while at SQT. – A.P. [DDS] A life saving skill if an operator was ever put in or found himself in a bad situation. – This is the most professional instructor staff in the SQT pipeline. – Great course. – S.B.

Instructor staff was extremely professional and approachable. [They] were very impressive and set a great example for students. – P.B.

The Box Drills were vital, outstanding, and most helpful in training self-response and confidence. – The strike drills and emphasis placed on accurate, fast, and hard hits helped one know how much force is needed. – [Hooded Box] Absolutely the best training and most honest feedback and assessment of stress control. Expand and continue!! – All training was great! Give us more if anything. – [Instructor] did a great job of organizing training and the entire staff was stellar: best I have encountered. – S.L. 

[Instructor] and his staff were OUTSTANDING. The mentorship sessions were just what the class needed and the pipeline needs more of [it]. – S.B.

[Prisoner Control] This was most beneficial. There was a lot of emphasis placed on this and with the direction of the war I believe PC skill is crucial. – Add a week to training. – Definitely increase. This training is very beneficial. – All staff were outstanding. – T.R.

[Enhance operator skills?] All of it, both the combative skills and ethics training. – [Improve?] More time in it and with these instructors during SQT. – Increase all of it. Excellent cadre – well-run and all are excellent role models. – Every instructor here has been among the best SEALs, role models and men I’ve worked with. [Instructors] deserve kudos for a great course and staff. – Great course – I feel more time in this course, with this cadre would be extremely beneficial to future team guys. – J.A.

[Enhance operator skills?] Everything, I had no idea how to deal with these situations until now. – C.B.

…It was all applicable to the mission. – Make the course longer. – Increase all topics. – All instructors were superb. [Instructor] especially gave great insight into the mission set. – Make longer for SQT. At least 2 weeks. – S.S.

All of the training, box drills, and mentoring greatly benefit any student who comes through this program. – Excellent class executed with a minimal amount of instructors. More blue shirts would benefit the larger classes. – [Hooded Box] These were some of the best drills I have done in SQT for both tactics and overall SA. – I would increase SQT’s time here to at least a 2 week course. The training and mentoring is invaluable. – S.S.

So far in SQT CQD has been the most professional and skillfully taught course of instruction as far as enhancing our tactical mindset. – These were the most effective and evolved instructional tools so far in SQT. I wish the same theory applied to CQC. – There was no irrelevant material. – [Improve?] I would only expand it – and take time out of other courses to do it. – The CQD staff…were some of the most adept instructors and mentors I have experienced so far in NSW. – [Instructor] poured his heart and soul into this course and his role as a mentor preparing us for combat… – P.D.

Every part of CQD training will enhance my skills overall, especially the way the instructors communicate with the students, best yet!! – Give more role players, and allow more time. – Increase man power then we can increase the course. – OUTSTANDING INSTRUCTORS!!! BEST YET!!! – B.W.

[Hooded Boxes] are a great training aid. The course was awesome in its entirety. – [Improve?] More instructors. – Increase the whole thing. The training is very important to our jobs and should be longer than a week. – The staff did a great job… – K.C.

I’ve been to Iraq and know firsthand how the “crowds and mobs” can get and how you can’t always use a weapon so the direct defense skills helped build on that. – [Prisoner Control] Definitely helped by explaining different techniques to use to control prisoners in a non-lethal way, especially in today’s combat zone with opportunities for “prisoner abuse.” – Lengthen the course if possible. – All instructors were awesome. Spending time just listening to the instructors’ stories and how they apply was a huge part and should definitely stay in the course. – More instructors would help because they are the experts and can really properly critique the students. – J.C.

More instructor staff, more role players. – More box drills and more scenarios. – I would increase all topics, very good course. – The instructor staff at CQD is by far the best. They care for the students and how they progress with all the skills. – Very fun course. – A.R.

Extend the length of the course (2 weeks+). – Instructor staff were the most professional well-meaning teachers that I have worked with. – CQD was greatly beneficial and I would recommend prolonging the course. – R.N. 

[Enhance operator skills?] Having faith in a system that works and produces the effective results I like to see. – [DDS] Obviously relevant to protect yourself and others around you. It is a great way, and the only way I’ve found to be both ready defensively and offensively at the same time. – [W&Z] Really hit home on situational awareness and proved to us that nothing needed to change regarding body/hand position between DDS and weapon in hand. – Nothing was irrelevant, we needed more time for this course so everything taught was extremely relevant. – M.O.

…This is high quality training that could save lives and increase mission success. – The staff was very professional, knowledgeable, and approachable. – The course needs a larger staff which would allow more training. – N.F.

Everything I learned in CQD I felt enhanced my skills because it was all new to me. – Prisoner control is important to most SEAL missions. It helps you complete the mission while keeping you and your teammates safe. – [Hooded Box] Reaction time is important while clearing a building. I felt this drill improved my reaction time. – I would increase every one of the topics. – T.H.

All skills taught at CQD were valuable to me and will enhance my operator skills. – I didn’t think anything taught at CQD was invaluable or irrelevant. – I would improve this course by making it longer, I think spending more time practicing each topic would solidify the skills being taught. – C.B.

Course is awesome staff is professional and best by far in SQT. – [Increase or decrease topics?] Increase because there is so much more we could learn. – …Professional and enthusiastic all SQT should model their staff after CQD. – I was truly impressed by the course and staff. – A.D.

Every part of CQD training is going to enhance my individual operator skills. – The lower body guard – building confidence in the lower guard helped me build confidence in the whole system. – Searching – learning how to conduct a proper search of a prisoner will one day save our lives. The real life situations that we were told put into perspective the importance of a good search. – No evolution was irrelevant to my mission. – To improve the course I would make it longer. – I would increase the lengths of all topics. – All of the CQD instructors were among the most professional I have encountered in my training with NSW. – Great course! I wish it were 3 or 4 weeks instead of 1. – M.

Great for teaching levels of force for each situation. – [Prisoner Control] Very beneficial in work being conducted overseas. – Increase in time to enforce all aspects of CQD. – A.S. 

[Enhance operator skills?] It will enhance my reaction time which will help me in training and downrange. – All instructor staff were very professional and dedicated. – B.A.

The introduction to CQD body position and mindset helped me think more tactically and definitely will help me when placed in a situation that calls for it. It has majorly increased my confidence in fighting situations. – [W&Z] Weapon strikes were the most beneficial because I know they will one day come in handy overseas. – [Hooded Box] The Direct Defense skills in the box were most beneficial because it was a close simulation to what could actually happen. – I would have more box drills and possibly make CQD 2 weeks for SQT. – Very professional and helpful instructor staff. – Great mentorship sessions from [Instructor]. I’m confident that CQD will be more effective than any other martial arts system in real life situations. – K.B.

Everything in combination is equally important and equally beneficial. But the Box Drill really drives home the points that will stay with me as I move into a Platoon. – [Hooded Box] Awesome! Every aspect of the drill was great. Do more if possible. – Any extra time should be devoted to box drill scenarios. – Every single instructor is a huge NSW asset…They are professionals and are great examples of the type of Team Guys these young SQT students should aspire to be. – F.C.

All evolutions are relevant to today’s mission. – I would increase the length of the course by at least a week – The instructor staff is extremely knowledgeable and professional. Their insightful way of thinking is very important for SQT students. – We are future Navy SEALs that are expected to be able to defend ourselves and hurt others who deserve it. One week of CQD is NOT enough. – M. 

[Improve?] More time, this is the most beneficial training but we get the least time to train on. Weird. – [Increase or decrease topics?] Increase because it saves lives! – Best instructor staff. Really, really care very respectable, good examples of team guys. – S.H.

The Hooded Box drills really offered a glimpse into stimulus control and the individual weapons manipulation drills in conjunction with the hood drills were really helpful. – [DDS] Really effective application of taking natural reactions and channeling them into effective responses. – [Prisoner Control] Really insightful experiences from the instructors and straightforward techniques. – [Hooded Box] Perhaps one of the best drills we did all week – included a large mental readiness portion that is directly related to combat. – It was all excellent. – Increase all topics. – M.C.

Everything seemed to be important for an operator. However, the staff’s own observations, experiences and personal readings provided more than a week of training and goals in the NSW community to strive towards. – [W&Z] Good lessons. Important as we are shooters above all else. Would like more instruction in this area. – [Hooded Box] Most important aspect of CQD. I learned more from the box and box debriefs than most of SQT. Emphasized skills learned in CQC. – Every topic seems to support our mission and ethos. – I feel the entire course should be lengthened to at least three weeks. – Best instructing staff I’ve encountered in SQT or most of my high school and college curriculum. The staff all worked well together and gave each other respect and developed each other’s teaching points. – [Instructor] gave information to develop the internal warrior and make better people and operators on and off the battlefield… – J.S.

[Hooded Box] Absolutely the best fight training I’ve ever had. – Everything taught was relevant. – We completed just one week our community needs a lot 3-4 weeks of CQD training. – Increase all of the topics. – By far the [most] professional staff I have seen yet from the BTC every instructor wanted to make us a better man not just a warrior. – L.

[Enhance operator skills?] All of the individual skills. I feel like I can apply everything I learned to my operational capacity. – [DDS] Very beneficial as an operator and a citizen. – This instructor staff is the most professional set of men that I have encountered since I’ve been in the Navy. – [Instructor] and his staff have created a great training atmosphere, and therefore learning environment, here at CQD. All of these instructors are great teachers and role models, teaching a valuable skill set. – N.T.

I thought all exercises and drills were essential to mission readiness. – X.S.

This staff was the most professional of all our training blocks in SQT. – B.T.

All parts of CQD have enhanced my individual operator skills. – One week of CQD is not enough. This block of training is extremely important and should be a minimum of 2 weeks. – R.F.

[DDS] Very relevant to what we will be doing downrange and possibly downtown. – [Prisoner Control] All aspects will be used downrange. Effective. – More of it. 5 days is not enough. Some of us are going downrange. We need more. – Extend the course… – S.T.

…More CQD would be good. – Having Mr. Dieter and his staff was a great asset to teach this training. They were all professional and helped a lot. – [Instructor] had a lot of good positive stuff for our class. The whole staff was exceptionally valuable to this block of training. All are very good teachers and great guys. There was never a single question that was not answered. – S.T. 

[Enhance operator skills?] All of it. The unarmed, armed, prisoner control and general warrior attitude is all very relevant to improving my operator skills, platoon readiness, and special warfare capabilities. – All instructors were very professional as well as great teachers. – A.

Dealing with unknown people with violent actions has prepared me for downrange work. – [Hooded Box] This drill was exciting but taught me the most about how unpredictable a real confrontation is. – More hood drills. – [Increase or decrease topics?] It’s perfect. – D.

I felt the Hood was the best most effective drill. – The Hooded Box Drill helped test and refine all the combat skills I have been taught. – I would increase the course length to better refine my CQD skills. – This was the most professional cadre I have seen in training… – P.

Nothing was irrelevant. This is by far the best block of training in SQT. – Make it longer in duration and have more box drills. – I thought this was a great course and all the instructors were very professional and knowledgeable in everything they did and showed us. – M.D.

Make longer and do it along with CQC. – Increase the overall course to two weeks long. – [Instructors] All were very knowledgeable and professional. – R.I. 

[Enhance operator skills?] All of CQD has made a difference in my mind. – [DDS] Learning how to be more efficient and dangerous than your enemy and attacking the attacker. – [Hooded Box] Best part of CQD because it put stress on the individual and you got to see how you reacted thorough the video debriefs. – Very impressed by all instructors. – M.

After the initial techniques were taught, practice in the hood room was by far the most beneficial. – [Hooded Box] By far the best part of training that was the most eye opening to the real world, along with video review of our mistakes. – C.

All aspects of this training will enhance my skills as an operator. – Every instructor gave personal insight to areas of CQD which helps put ideas and course concepts into perspective. – K.E.

All instructors were extremely professional and genuinely concerned with making us better operators. – O.

I think the strongest aspect of CQD was review and discussion of situational awareness in all aspects of our profession. – Great staff, all of them are solid public speakers. – N.

[Enhance operator skills?] The concept of being a thinking shooter and being able to discern a situation and act accordingly and appropriately. – [Instructors] All were knowledgeable and demonstrated profound expertise in all topics. – K.P.

Every hood evolution helped advance our skills as thinking shooters and helped some people adopt a more aggressive attitude and mindset. – Hood drills, no way to just slide through this training block, you have to think or you pay for it. – Instructors were all professional and knowledgeable. – R.

[Enhance operator skills?] The “Hood Drill” was very effective. I had never been around something like that – it was a great experience. – [Hooded Box] Decisions under stress. You can’t teach that, you have to experience it. – T.C.

Direct defense, prisoner handling and weapon and zone will all help us as operators. Weapon and Zone control will probably be the most applicable. [DDS] Reflexive skills are probably the most important part because they deal with the unknown and being surprised. – [Improve?] More time in the box. That’s where skills develop into habit and reaction. – A.S.

Every part of CQD is vital to being a great operator. – I thought the Box Drills were the most beneficial. It showed real life scenarios. – [Instructors] All very professional and knowledgeable about every facet of CQD. – M.D.

The emphasis on the Internal Warrior and the ability to both dial up and dial down aggression is something I think a lot of young guys benefited from. Also, box drills are phenomenal at forcing operators into split-second decisions. – Wow, the most professional and knowledgeable staff thus far at NSWC. Every single member is a stand out. – R.H.

I think this is a very good course. No wasted time. – All instructors are knowledgeable and professional. Great stuff and program. – D.K. 

[Hooded Box] The most beneficial part of training, I thought. This puts the operator in a situation having to be ready. Heart pumping, adrenaline rushing, skin bumping, all the while the operator has to be ready and calm for anything. – O.

[Enhance operator skills?] Learning how to dial up/down the intensity according to the situation. – The instructor staff at CQD was very professional and knowledgeable. – J.S.

[W&Z] Trusting that your buddy has his zone is also truly important. This is a lesson learned greatly through experience. – Every skill we learned built on one another to form the final product of skill we had at the end of training. All was essential. – Great staff, truly professional. They understood the purpose/goal in their instruction and the importance in getting us ready for combat. – M.G.

I feel like my response to situations will be handled a lot more effective and quick. – Hooded Box was great for enhancing my quick response but also helped me to try to stay calm. – I thought the instructor staff was very professional and knowledgeable. – Overall I feel I have a much better knowledge of hand to hand combat and dealing with weapons and how they correlate with CQD. – H. 

[Enhance operator skills?] My ability to control the “internal” aggression dial, allows full focus on my zone and everything going on around me. – T.T.

I think all of the training this week will improve us as operators. – Reflex drills were awesome because that could happen at any time during our missions. – You can relate everything here to our mission so it shows you a lot. – S.L.

CQD made me a more aware operator and enhanced my ability to be a thinking shooter. CQD forced me to increase my situational awareness. – [DDS] The most beneficial part of DDS was the attack the attacker mindset because it allows the operator to quickly be the dominant fighter in any altercation. – Although this is only an intro into CQD, I feel more confident in my ability to “hold my own” and make responsible decisions in the close quarter environment. – S.

The Hood Drills put stress and pressure on you so you can put your skills to the test and have a better understanding of how you would react in a real situation. – [Hooded Box] The most beneficial and effective training technology I’ve experienced. Teaches you to respond quickly and correctly under stress. – M.D. 

[Hooded Box] Intensity. You can’t experience this anywhere else before deploying. Wish there was time for more runs. – The most professional instructors I’ve had. – C.K.

Being that it is just my first time going through CQD, just the overall confidence I gained with my hands and the ability to control a prisoner has greatly enhanced my operator skills. The Box Drills are as close to reality as possible. – W.L.

The Box Drills enhanced my performance ten-fold. I was able to identify my mistakes under stress and fix it fast. – [Hooded Box] I was able to get aggressive and still maintain a good thinking attitude. It was a great test of inner warrior. – A.P.

The Box Drill was great. Getting put under the surprise shock was something I have never had before and there was a difference in my reaction from the first box drill to the second. – G.T.

All six of the circle each provided me with a great understanding of the whole visual and mental picture. I especially liked the inner warrior portion. – [DDS] … It is amazing how simple it is and you can deal a lot of damage. – The entire course of CQD will provide me with the essential components to be a better operator. – Each instructor showed great professionalism and dedication in having us achieve proper CQD skills. – D.

[Enhance operator skills?] All of it. The six components which an operator thinks about how their own techniques and skills will contribute to the success of a mission. – [Instructors] All were very professional and demonstrated skills of the utmost performance. – N.

Yes, the instructor staff did a very good job explaining all of the objectives and what would be required from us in order to not only complete but excel in this course. – The instructor staff took the time to explain/show everything well. They also took the time to answer all of our questions. – This course bettered us because it not only taught us how to fight but it taught us how to use aggression properly. By this I mean raising the level of aggression to the level needed and nothing more. – [DDS] The “Box” was the best part of this because it was the closest thing to a real life situation you could get. You really learn what works and fast. – D.O.

The classroom instruction that was explained was always backed up by practical application and how it would need to be used in the real world situations. – [Enhance operator skills?] It will help save my life if ever caught in a bad situation and had to rely on my hand to hand fighting skills and fighting with my weapon. – [Internal Warrior] Help realize you have to know and think about why you want to be a SEAL and know how to turn it on and off when you have to. – J.G.

The objectives were completely explained as well as the history/theory behind the course, and why it’s important and vital for today’s NSW operators. – The course material was not difficult to learn due to the professional and thorough classes… – [W&Z Control] This division correctly taught the operator the correct aggressive posture to be in as the threat closed distance to the operator or vise versa. This important division will help keep the operator and teammates safe down range. – [Hooded Box] This division was vital for demonstrating the preceding drills under pressure. This pressure was paramount for realization of the proficiency or lack thereof of following training. – The instructors were very professional, the training reflects upon it, their intensity raises the bar for the other students to emulate. – Great training, that will add in the more proficient operator of tomorrow. The guys need to know how to do this. They graduate today knowing how to proficiently protect themselves and their teammates. We must fight to keep this level of proficiency from deteriorating to the point where operators lack these vital skills. – Z.C. 

[Hooded Box] It’s great that we did it the first day because we learn about our natural tendencies and are able to improve throughout. – I liked the intensity that instructors displayed during demonstrations. It pumped me up and reminded me of what it takes to be good at this job (hard work and dedication.) – T.G.

To me CQD seemed to be one of the most relevant courses for current operations that are taking place overseas. – D.A.

This seems to be a very important course overseas. I can’t stress enough how important this course was for everyone. – T.O.

Gave me the aggressiveness I need to effectively control people, especially overseas. – J.K.

This course will enhance our skills by giving us the right techniques to handle people overseas. – R.L.

I believe it gave me a good base and understanding of how to read people’s body language and how to deal with those types of situations down range. – [Hooded Box] It was good training putting my skills to the test. Fun evolution. – W.G.

Everything was a new experience. Wish it could have been more of everything. – All was beneficial. Everything built on top of previous lessons compounding similar points. – [CQD Shooting] Great experience to see effects of adrenaline on shooting. – [Internal Warrior] Dial control. Experience was amazing. – N.

…The instructors were really good, they took their time and explained everything well. – [CQD Shooting] Sim shooting was really fun. It was our first chance to shoot under pressure. – [Internal Warrior] It let us know when and how to be aggressive and use the skills taught to us in the course. – [Hooded Box] It really helped my reaction time with the hood on my head. – M. 

[DDS] Excellent, simple to understand and take with you. Anything more complicated would be forgotten over time, this skill set will not. – [Hooded Box] Outstanding way to inject an operator into a training scenario. A few more runs would be great. – R.S.

DDS, Weapon and Zone Control, PC and the Hooded Box Drills were most valuable and directly apply as fundamental skills for NSW operators. – The simplicity of the DDS training and the emphasis on reflexive actions was very appropriate. It makes the skills easy to learn, implement and retain. – [Prisoner Control] Extremely valuable. The wealth of real world experience of the instructors emphasized importance and focused the course on important aspects. – [CQD 

Shooting] Taught the importance of threat assessment and built habits for target discrimination. – [Hooded Box] Very valuable for bringing skill sets together. Best training test that I can imagine. – Extend it 3-5 days to allow more advanced training. – Instructor staff was extremely knowledgeable and professional. Thank you. – L.S.

All parts were beneficial. Dealing with threats while maintaining the use of your primary/secondary weapons systems and prisoner control will greatly enhance our abilities. – This was a great course. More time would be helpful. – All of the instructors know their stuff and are experts at teaching. – B. 

[Enhance operator skills?] Having to react to new and dynamic situations. I thought the Hood Drills were very helpful and apply well to what we do. – [CQD Shooting] Added a degree of realism that couldn’t be duplicated. – [Hooded Box] The most beneficial part of training. Put everything together and reacting to new situations I could definitely see the improvement in myself and teammates. – Outstanding. These guys know their stuff and are very professional.They present the material in a very easy to learn manner. – I hope and think we should do more of this stuff in the teams. – R.

[CQD Shooting] Box was as realistic as possible to aid in “train like you fight.” – [Internal Warrior] Learning to recognize and harness your white rage aids in target discrimination and show of force. – Best instructors I have seen thus far in training. – P.


Actually having Mr. Dieter present was a tremendous asset. Hearing it straight from the source, as well as listening to some of the personal defense stories and real world professional applications was extremely beneficial. – B.

Without a doubt the best and most realistic training I’ve received in BUD/S. – Anonymous

This was the best course of instruction I have received in BUD/S. It not only gave me insight into what lies ahead in the teams but showed me how little I knew and gave me something to shoot for. – W.

This is the most useful, practical and enjoyable evolution I have been exposed to in BUD/S. I think it is an important part of our development as warriors. – R.

I am glad that we were able to get this training, I’m jealous that other classes will probably get more than us, but that just means better trained, more professional individuals in the Teams, which is the end result that is wanted. I can’t say enough about the four instructors that taught us. They enjoyed teaching us this course which made it a pleasure to learn. – L.S.

…It was outstanding. The instructors really took interest in seeing us master the basic skills so that we were able to perform the practical applications. – I feel like this is the most valuable day and a half of training I have experienced in BUD/S. – They far exceeded my expectations, in level of knowledge, interest in us, teaching ability, and intensity. – T.K.

From my experience as a fighter in boxing, and a shoot fighter in college, I believe that CQD is the wave of the future for combat. If the Teams are going to keep up with the changing world, then they definitely need to incorporate this whole program as a good base. – W.J.

This has been one of the most professional courses that I have been through. Not only here at BUD/S, but since joining the military. The instructors pushed us hard, were extremely helpful and knowledgeable in the material, and took time to not only explain what was happening, but also do the moves themselves, proving it worked. They took extra time for those students who missed portions of the training to catch them up, and kept the training flowing. The training was great and the instructors worked well together. – A.E.

I think that if we are training to be the best in the world, we should have more CQD than just Level 1. – J.P.

This was the best course of instruction I have received at BUD/S thus far. Hands down the coolest thing I’ve ever done. – J.T.

This course, though short, was more than informative, it was interesting and especially since we know that this knowledge is going to be used in our future careers. – Anonymous

Some of the coolest material and definitely the best instruction (i.e. methods used by the staff) we have received in BUD/S thus far. It also seems to be very applicable to operational environment. – Anonymous

The instructors were motivated to teach, which got me fired up. They were some of the most professional instructors I have seen at BUD/S. I didn’t know what my expectations would be, but I don’t think they could improve with their teaching. They would even explain and demonstrate alternatives to things we have done in the past (as far as how to hold a weapon to not always taking a knee in a live fire situation). – L.S.

[Enhance operational skills?] 100%. Yes, they taught me more than I thought I would be able to learn in three days. – Anonymous

Yes, the instructors were very professional and intense. The flow of information was very fast, but logical… – Anonymous

I felt the instructor really cared about us learning. They gave individual attention when needed without question or hesitation, total motivation. – J.T.

Yes, all of the instructors were super professional and very intense and motivated about CQD training. – Anonymous

Throughout the course of BUD/S, there has never been a learning period so focused and clear. These instructors knew what they were doing and showed us with no pretense, not giving us the tough-guy routine. – Anonymous

Yes, I felt the material covered was very easy to understand and my expectations of the course and instructors were greatly exceeded. – Anonymous

Yes, the instructor cadre were very efficient in covering and relaying the information to the students. As for the instructor cadre themselves, they are probably the best training cadre I’ve been exposed to so far in training, both in methods and attitude. They did a very good job. – Anonymous

The instructors did an outstanding job. They were organized, motivated, and all were very approachable. They definitely met my expectations. – G.T.

Yes, they covered the information in a clear way. They were outstanding instructors who were highly motivated in teaching us what they know. They went beyond my expectations. Outstanding job. Thanks. – M.Y.

The instructors covered everything completely, and as far as expectations…they exceeded them completely. Professional, courteous, highly intelligent and completely motivated to getting the information across. – M.E.

I started this course with an open mind. After 15 years of martial arts I was surprised at the amount of practical and applicable material everyone attained after two short days. – A.P.

I had a great time. I learned a tremendous amount in a very short time. Again I just wish we could have spent more time with this knowledgeable staff. – Anonymous

I think the course was a great and needed addition to the course of training at BUD/S. – Anonymous

Great course! I look forward to having more CQD in STT and at my Team. – Anonymous

I look forward to more CQD after BUD/S and would really like to see all the Teams get this training. It seems to me that the community would be even better if all of the operators were on the same sheet of music. – Anonymous

This training was by far the most interesting and useful I have encountered at BUD/S. The instructors had a vast knowledge of the materials and relayed the importance of its applications professionally. This course was a small glimpse of what the Teams actually do and has provided me with a new level of excitement for the jobs we will be tasked with. – Anonymous

The CQD instructors were outstanding, extremely professional and willing to help. They take the training very seriously and demand the same from the students. They were also very knowledgeable in what they were teaching, outstanding professionalism. – Anonymous

This was the best thing that I have done at BUD/S. The training methods were like none I have ever tried before. The instructors were very professional, down to earth, and had no problems communicating with the students. – Anonymous

I believe that in this day and age this type of training is much necessary. The course was great. Although most of the class was extremely tired/fatigued, the instructors, the way they presented the material, and the material being put out “fired us up”. It was motivating. It also helped us look forward to what to expect in the teams and STT. The instructors were very motivating and enjoyed what they were doing. Overall this was an outstanding course. I am looking forward to more classes in STT and the Teams. – M.Y.

This course and these instructors were so good I think we need this training as soon as we learn to safely move/shoot with weapons. – M.E.

I would like to have more CQD training implemented into 3rd phase. – Anonymous

This is a very good, intense course. It answered many of my questions about CQD-related training; I learned more in these 3 days than I ever thought possible. Excellent instruction. ¬– Anonymous

The mental attitude that the operator must adopt and “Attack the Attacker” were the most beneficial skills learned. – D.G.

This course really put into perspective the mental aggressiveness a SEAL needs to be successful. I wish we could have more time to practice and learn more techniques. Excellent course! – W.G.

The instructors exceeded my expectations. They were extremely competent, thoroughly prepared, well spoken and answered all questions clearly. They demonstrated every drill and exercise before having us do it and never seemed unprepared. – D.N.

…It is a tough program, but one that makes you better and is worth further investment. – J.W.

By far the most professional instruction I have received at BUD/S. – C.D.

I was very impressed with the staff’s professionalism, character, ethics and motivation. – W.J.

…I was thoroughly impressed with the amount of knowledge I absorbed. –…The instruction was excellent. I learned more in 3 days than I thought possible. – S.M.

Yes the instructors were very professional and did not move on until everyone was up to speed. I was very impressed with the instruction. The instructors did not skip a beat and knew everything inside and out. – Anonymous

I have a CQB and prisoner control training both in the Army and through outside agencies. Just the basics of the CQD concepts that were presented over the last three days thoroughly impressed me. The principles taught were much more tactically sound and in depth than most of my previous training. I look forward to continued CQD training. – C.D.

The instructors in this course were very professional at all times. They seemed to enjoy the course they were teaching and were very intense. I enjoyed being taught in a different style from BUD/S even if it was only for 3 days. – A.C.

The instructors in this course were very professional at all times. They seemed to enjoy the course they were teaching and were very intense. I enjoyed being taught in a different style from BUD/S even if it was only for 3 days. – A.C.

The instructors were highly knowledgeable, well trained, and created an excellent learning environment. Far and away infinitely better than any BUD/S course I have experienced for learning skills. [Instructor] was more than willing to stay late and work out some extra to better me…thanks. – G.W.

I believe this course of instruction was outstanding. The instructors were extremely motivated every day to teach us and bring us to a higher level. – Anonymous

Excellent on all accounts. I look forward to more of the course. – E.K.

Can’t wait for the next session! – W.S.

All the instructors were very professional and are always willing to help you get the technique right. – M.

The instructors were more than willing to give all the help any one individual needed. They were also very motivated. – B.I.

Everything was explained very well and demonstrated. I am surprised how effective even the basics can be. – M.

The practical application demos were very good and the intensity and dedication of the instructors very motivating. – K.

The instructors were very informative and worked with students until they were comfortable with the material. Instructors went out of their way to make sure everything was being explained and performed. – P.

The staff met and surpassed my expectations making it very professional, safe, and created a learning environment making it possible for the students to learn faster. – L.R.

All instructors took this very serious and were always doing the exercises, situations and holds with us to get the best learning. All questions were welcomed. – J.C.

… There is so much apparent value in this material that additional time I believe would pay big dividends in the level of both ability and readiness of students leaving this program. – P.

It has been great and very professional. I’m excited to be getting this training. – W.G.

This is a great course and I am looking forward to learning more and developing into a formidable operator using these skills. – S.T.

Course content is great but the instructor’s professionalism and presentation make the course incredibly beneficial… – R.

Very enjoyable and useful course of instruction. Can’t wait to learn more! – R.

Very professional; to the point, and make sense. – C.

It was one of the best things I learned at BUD/S. – M.

Instruction was excellent. Training was great. I wish I had more of it. – M.M.

This was the best training I’ve received thus far at BUD/S. – D.M.

Great basic level course for BUD/S. It will make further training in SQT/Platoon level more effective. – J.P.

Taking CQD in BUD/S was very beneficial in my opinion. I am looking forward to learning more in future training. – S.M.

Great training, very realistic. I learned a lot, I hope future classes get the exposure we did. – L.

More time is needed to learn these skills. This is a very practical thing to learn. – R.

Instructors were very knowledgeable and professional during their course of instruction. – J.F.

I am looking forward to learning more. – M.

I feel this is an extremely practical and beneficial course for the SEAL community. I’m glad they are introducing it earlier and expanding the level of proficiency. – S.


This is hands down the best course of instruction I have received in the military, the staff was the most professional and knowledgeable I have encountered in 11 years of military service. – C.N.

Make it 2 weeks because this is done for real. The new SPECWAR is a much newer, younger crowd going straight from training to combat. – R.S.

The best Navy course I’ve ever been to. – K.P.

Best class I have been to this far in NSW. Liked how instructors treated us with respect unlike some other courses where they degrade SWCC’s. I wish I would have had these skills when I was with the Marines. – A.E.

The instructors were the most professional group I have come across in NSW. – J.J.

I can’t stress it enough. Make the course longer. The course is awesome and all the material will save your life and your buddy. We are at war so these skills need to be enforced for all the guys to learn and perform. – M.P.

I have never attended a school where the instructors were so knowledgeable, professional, with real world experience and willing to share the info. I am thoroughly impressed with all instructors and the class. – B.W.

[Enhance operator skills?] Prisoner control in particular, I felt was a big step in gaining confidence in my Spec War capabilities. – Priceless reflex training. Being able to watch video footage is great. This is my favorite part of CQD training. – The cadre was incredibly professional and knowledgeable. We couldn’t have asked for more. – Anonymous

All aspects of COI’s are applicable to the job of SWCC’s. Instructed material can be easily applied when deploying to hostile environments and can also be toned down for a more complacent atmosphere. – R.S.

The entire course was new to me so all material and practical covered are an invaluable asset to me as an operator. – Overall, the training I received here will save my life many times over. – N.M.

This training was a missing link. The CQD training greatly enhanced our knowledge. – S.S.

These were skills that translate easily to everything we do. We will be able to integrate this training into all of our mission sets. – Best course I’ve been to. Great job. – A.W.

CQD skills integrate perfectly with our weapon systems. – The instructors were all outstanding. – R.S.

This course was overall outstanding. Was taught with a high level of professionalism and great expertise. – T.W.

Professionalism was maintained at the highest level consistently. Thank you for the opportunity to attend this course. – H.V.

Instructors were very professional and knowledgeable. Best course I have been to. – E.M.

Any time that SEALs and boat guys cross train and train together it is a benefit for NSW. As a full on task unit deployed down range together we are a better package. Having confidence in each other is extremely important. The skills we have learned here are an asset that we can definitely use down range. The more we know, the better chance we have of coming home alive. – G.K.

I’m very impressed with CQD, and would like to take more advanced classes. – J.E.

[Hooded Box] Best part of CQD! Put everything in perspective. – Anonymous

Make the course a multiple week course to include room clearing. – The instructors were exceptionally professional yet laid back and approachable. – R.J.

The course alone gives us the operator confidence to be able to handle close quarter encounters. – The CQD course is a great course. – Instructors were great. Keep it up. – B.B.

[Internal Warrior] This is another big one for all operators. The cadre brought up points of thought to make guys think about the decisions they make while in combat. Very needed. – As always CQD instructors are the most professional out of all Spec War instructors. They are all very respectable. – Great job, keep up the awesome work. – E.S.

The CQD skill set enhances our ability to conduct small boat interdiction and convoy operations, as well as enabling operators to make the right decisions in their personal lives. – K.F.

[Internal Warrior] The best one I think because you have to find out if you can dial it up and dial it back down when you have to. – Anonymous

No complaints at all. The most professional instructors I’ve ever worked with. – J.A.

I liked how the instructors put us in a more advanced class because most of us already had CQD before. – Anonymous

[Enhance operator skills?] All of it. Prisoner handling is something we don’t do enough of. – [Improve?] More classes, follow-up training in SIT phase maybe. – Keep it up! – R.M.

[Enhance operator skills?] All of it was needed and enhanced Riverine Troop. – All instructors were excellent. – C.R.

[Enhance operator skills?] Prisoner control. I’ve [heard] many of the guys who have deployed saying prisoner control is a big part of our job as a SWCC. – All the instructors were very professional and taught each operator at the appropriate speed. – C.W.

[Internal Warrior] Learned a lot about myself and how to escalate force up and down. – [Hooded Box] Would like to do more of these. Great way to see how you would react in real life. – All instructors were very helpful and understanding. Answered all questions. – N.E.

Training was great. CQD did an awesome job helping us with our short falls. TRPs were great. Instructors are super respectful and professional. The learning environment is great. Kudos to all who supported all training evolutions. Not only was the training good it is also a great confidence builder to the mind. – R.B.

It would be great to spend more time or come back for another week but I feel we did a lot in one week which was good. – Thanks for being professional and the knowledge level of the instructors was phenomenal. Huge confidence booster for us. Thanks guys. – D.B.

Outstanding instruction. Lots of great input and items to consider. – The Hooded Box Drill is a great way to train and test retention skills. TRPs did a great job testing learned skills. – B.S.

[Hooded Box] I found this part the most beneficial because it tested each individual’s reflexive action and was recorded to help further progress the skills learned throughout the course. – Excellent course and instructors. – B.

Extend the course so everything we learned can be reinforced. This would also give us time to learn new concepts and skills. – Great instructor staff. – A.D. 

[Hooded Box] Being thrown into any situation and realizing you have the skill to defend yourself when you apply taught methods. – Both [Instructors] were quite professional and subject matter experts. By far the most intelligent, well spoken instructors I have encountered. – D.F.

All of it is useful to us. – [Internal Warrior] The importance of not getting too “amped up.” – [Hooded Box] It gave us a chance to work under pressure and see how much of a difference it makes. – All of the instructors were knowledgeable and professional throughout the whole course. – K.J.

[Internal Warrior] Everything in this section is important because you can’t do anything (operation-wise) without it. – C.W.

The Box Drills will enhance any skill covered in the CQD environment, bringing out any deficiencies with pressure. – Direct defense drills were very beneficial. Helped determine inner warrior. – N.B.

I am very impressed with the overall course. The staff was knowledgeable. – [Hooded Box] This is a very valuable training tool that I feel greatly enhances the skills learned. – [Tac-House Evolution] It was a great environment to get us thinking on our feet and exposes us to different scenarios/problems. – S.L.

Great training. Like the pressure being put on us to see how we react. – [Hooded Box] Great drill. Definitely gets you amped up and ready to fight. – [CQD Shooting] Learned and practiced a lot of new shooting techniques. Great course of instruction. – M.M.

It was very good training. I just wish we had more time. The confidence built with unarmed situations is great. – [Hooded Box] Awesome! Great confidence drills. The video was super helpful! – [CQD Shooting] Great Stuff. I want more. Gives us a great base to grow off of during deployment training. – J.N.

The instructors did a great job explaining everything that needed to be accomplished in such a short amount of time – [Enhance operator skills?] It will help out with being more aware of your immediate environment and being able to react appropriately in many of the given situations better than before the class. – This was a short course but the time was used very well. Thanks. – J.W.

Was good for getting in aggressive mentality and also how to turn it on/off so you don’t drain yourself physically or mentally. – I.C.

Prisoner handling and over all operational confidence is enhanced by this course. – [Internal Warrior] Great for dialing up and dialing down the dial and how to control that dial. – [Hooded Box] These drills were the best for gauging your reflexes – H. 

[Enhance operator skills?] Prisoner handling skills and being able to use them in scenarios to see first hand do’s and don’ts so when the time comes in the real world you have the tools to do the mission. – [Internal Warrior] Being able to control the dial and maintain that professionalism, tough thing to do when the adrenaline kicks in. – [Hooded Box] A great way to take a look at yourself under pressure, the video review is essential. – D.R.

[Hooded Box] Great, allowed everyone to see how they will react under stressful pressure. – All instructors were completely professional and provided excellent instruction. – S.P.

[Enhance operator skills?] The warrior mentality that was emphasized during the course. – G.

[Internal Warrior] Being able to get aggressive and being able to turn it down again is essential. – [Hooded Box] Great practical training. – M.R.

These skills will come in handy during prisoner turnovers and handling prisoners on the boats. – [Internal Warrior] Teaches self control but also to always be ready for something to happen. – [Hooded Box] Most important part of this training… – A.P.

Having more opportunities to be in the box with different scenarios will enhance my CQD capabilities. – [Prisoner Control] All the seals were beneficial and those skills might be of help to future missions where prisoner control will be necessary. – [Hooded Box] Reflexes and knowing how to read a crowd is important, and I might have to utilize this skill when working with foreign internal defense. – R.

I believe the weapon zone control would help enhance our capabilities in the SpecWar community rather than keeping us restricted to the boats. – [DDS] Learning the center line protection and strikes were very beneficial because we may encounter prisoners or unknowns that may attack. – [Prisoner Control] Transferring prisoners was the most beneficial because we might have to take custody of a prisoner from a platoon. – [Hooded Box] I thought the aggression of the role players was beneficial because if they were soft then we would have been set up for failure in a real life situation. – C.F. 

[Prisoner Control] Main part of the course that we need to learn and utilize. Good training. – [Hooded Box] Show how we act under pressure. Great evolutions. – Once every two years is not enough. We need sustainment training even if just for one or two days. – N.M.

I think prisoner control will enhance my skills as an operator. It taught me the skills to handle a prisoner safely as well as keep myself safe. – [DDS] These skills are great for any work or civilian related scenario, in which you have to deal with a hands on situation, whether it is taking a prisoner or protecting your wife and kids. – [Hooded Box] Builds confidence, reaction time, skills for everybody. – I found every instructor to be extremely knowledgeable and professional. – N.

It shows how you will react under pressure that’s important so when it really happens you know your mistakes. – [DDS] This skill seemed very important because it is the basis of the whole CQD course. – [W&Z Control] Showed that you can fight and do all the proper techniques with a weapon in your hand. – [Hooded Box] This really shows how you would act under pressure. I think it is a very necessary drill. – I think all of the topics were relevant to our mission and were taught very well. – K. 

[Hooded Box] Helped clear my head to react. It helped improve my reflexes because it didn’t allow me time to over think scenarios. – All instructors displayed upmost professionalism as well as professional knowledge. – J.M.

By far the best training I have received in 4 years of army infantry and 3 years in the navy. Great job! Can’t wait to return for more. – N.B.

I believe the CQT students benefit greatly from this training. These skills and knowledge are essential to everyone in the NSW community. – J.W.

Every instructor here treated us as an equal. It was awesome to be in their presence. Not only did they teach us tactics, they taught us how to act. This course was one of the best experiences I have had in my short career. Thank you for having us. – D.P.

CQD has made me more aware of, and has instilled skills and capabilities that will make me a better warrior. – F.R.

I feel so much more confident in hand to hand combat and way more comfortable with weapons. I feel with this training I could definitely save my life or my teammates in the field. – N.B.

I think this is the best training I have been through since starting CQT. Would recommend extending the time for CQT. – M.M.

I believe the SWCC CQT students benefit greatly from this training. These skills and knowledge are essential to everyone in the NSW community. – J.W. 

[Enhance Special Warfare capabilities] Dialing into my “inner warrior.” During our training pipeline this was the first opportunity to outlet our aggressiveness, we need more opportunities, preferably earlier in training. – Instructor staff was extremely professional in their interactions with each other and the students. Performance far exceeded my expectations, some of the best instructors I’ve had a chance to learn from thus far in my training. – P.C.

Was a very educational course. Made me more confident and a lot more tactical concerning weapons and handling prisoners. Thanks for the time and effort. – K.W.

Coming to this only made me a better operator, and more helpful to my team. – B.C.

[Enhance operator skills?] All – overall awareness of my surrounding and practice at elevation of force definitely were improved. – [Prisoner Control] Evaluation of situation and spacing. Not much room on boats and need a good 3 way test to assess the situation. – At some point in time everyone needs to use this training. – Longer – we need a complete CQD in the student training pipeline since everyone will use it. – All instructors were great. Having a SWCC as one of the instructor staff will help improve application. – Longer in the student pipeline. Guaranteed for SWCC… – G.D.

This course is an eye opener. It will make me much more aware of my surroundings. – C.L.

CQT doesn’t deal with any combat exercises and this course brought basic knowledge into the course. – Z.H.

[Enhance operator skills?] Greatly, this is the first type of training like this I have ever had. Without this course, I would not know how to handle an enemy in close proximity. – B.H.

I’ll know how to handle and control a close quarter threat and address it with the right amount of force that is needed. – S.C.

All training has improved me as an operator. As well as it has made me a better asset to my community. – I would increase the length. – L.M.

It greatly enhances confidence and skill level if I am ever put in a dangerous environment, as well as the ability to think clearly and possibly diffuse the situation. – J.W.

Make CQD for CQT longer! – C.B.

My confidence in high pressure environments has improved. – CQT students need more time here. This course is far more relevant to our job than much of the training we do. – J.S.

Just be longer, or integrate it fully in the SWCC pipeline. – S.E.

Add more training, more days…this course was great and instructors were awesome. Very professional, polite and made sure everyone learned everything. – K.H.

Longer, with more time for instructors to pass on their knowledge and experience about more subjects and aspects of CQD. – J.W.

[Hooded Box] The best overall for developing the mindset the operator needs. We are too sheltered during training, it’s nice to amp it up with something like this. – N.K.

Increase the entire course. 3 days felt like a tease. Way too short. – N.K.

[Hooded Box] Awesome. The most pumped and focused I’ve been in training was waiting for that hood to come off. I want more. – M.M.

Some of the best instructors I have had at NSW and otherwise. – A.P.

All the training was excellent and can be applied to most of our job requirements. – Awesome course, awesome instructors, I can’t wait to get back down here for more training. This initial course needs to be longer. – C.H.

More training all around with CQD. 3 days was just not enough. – J.S.

The instructor staff as a whole were excellent! Extremely knowledgeable as a whole the most professional I’ve encountered thus far in my career. – Z.N.

I do not have a single bad thing to say about the course it was a great experience but I think we should spend at least 2 weeks here. – C.B.

All the instructors here are the best instructors I have come by in the Navy. All instructors are professional and made it fun to learn. I liked how they encouraged us to ask questions. – D.B.

Each section of CQD had its own quality that will enhance my skills as an operator. They were all necessary and will become very useful in the future. – L.B.

Best training in all of CQT so far. Should make up more of training. I hope much more training like this is in my future. – S.W.

Make it a month long course. – Increase all of the topics. – All of the instructors were extremely professional and answered every question that was fielded. – B.W.

[Enhance operator skills?] Everything I have learned. Great course a kick in the nuts, but absolutely outstanding. – [DDS] Everything, there’s no separating the skills that are taught here. They work together. Course was the most informative course I’ve been through. – This is all combat oriented. – Everything needs to be longer, way too short. – B.P.

All of the techniques learned here will help me react accordingly in any hostile situations. I feel confident when it comes to handling prisoners thanks to the techniques I learned here. – Very happy with the course great staff. – In our case the course needs to be longer. – Not enough room here to praise the staff. Hooyah CQD! – J.A.

Mostly it just built confidence. It made you realize that it works and is effective. – Huge confidence builder. – Increase everything. – [Instructors] Very professional and approachable. – I had a lot of fun and learned a lot. Can’t wait to come back. – J.S.

More training days, maybe 2 weeks. – All instructors were very top notch in every aspect. Training, trainee care, etc… – M.S.

Increase everything, I don’t feel you could get enough training in CQD. – All instructors were easy to work with and they answered any questions. – B.M.

[Enhance operator skills?] An improved reflex and a new way of thinking. – [DDS] Gave a very effective set of defensive and offensive skills to help survive in combat. – [W&Z Control] Any time we’re on land we may have to use our weapons for something other than shooting. – [Prisoner Control] As told in class a majority of missions completed with the SEALs is prisoner transport so I believe this will help complete those missions. – [Least relevant?] They were all relevant to the mission because they all cover an essential part of completely protecting ourselves to complete the mission. – Increase weapon and zone control. – All instructors acted professionally and effectively to teach skills. – J.B.

CQD training will definitely improve and enhance my combat readiness in all combat situations and my reactions to different situations in combat will greatly be improved. – [Prisoner Control] As we need to transfer hostages, or victims from pier to boat or boat to shore, will greatly need this set of skills taught to us. – All instructors have displayed remarkable professionalism throughout the duration of the course and never fail to impart their knowledge to students. – Q.K.

The amount of professionalism in this course was amazing. – C.B.

Very professional, course was taught well, a big learning experience. – R.A.

Instructor staff was very knowledgeable, obviously experienced and easy to approach with any concerns or questions we might have had. – R.S.

The weapon and zone control as well as prisoner control training will enhance my individual skills. – [Prisoner Control] It [gave] me more confidence in handling prisoner[s] in different situations and also using least amount of strength to subdue the prisoner…engaging with one another helps me to understand even deeper and clearer… – I would increase the length to a week or two week course instead of 3 days. – All the chiefs and instructors were professional when giving training. Enjoyed the three days of CQD. – H.C.

I would increase the amount of time and days training. 3 is not enough. – All instructors were very involved, and demonstrated each evolution fully, and were also VERY MOTIVATING. – I really enjoyed the course and can’t wait to return more. – J.B. 

[Prisoner Control] All of it. It is a huge part of the SWCC mission and it’s all new to me. – Increase the whole thing a couple weeks of this would be great. – Instructors were great. Extremely motivating great teachers. – K.M.

I believe prisoner control is beneficial because that is what I probably see more of in a boat team…Probably the most important skill I will need to know. Very well taught. – We were here for 3 days so I would like to come here for the whole course next time. – [Instructors] Very knowledgeable and helpful. Fun and exciting. – It would be nice if we came here for 5 days instead of 3. – S.N. 

[Enhance operator skills?] All. I believe my mind is more attuned to the warrior mindset. – [Instructors] All were professional and informative to all our questions. – Thank you guys very much for your hospitality and training, I can’t wait to come back for the 5 day course. – K.M.

[Prisoner Control] I improved quickly learning how to handle a prisoner. Very effective. – I felt all evolutions in one way or another will prepare me for my future missions. – Turn this course into 5 days instead of 3. – Increase every evolution and incorporate the Hood and Box Drill. – CQD instructors were very knowledgeable and motivating. – Great course! Definitely needs to be longer and more in depth. – K.A.

I thoroughly enjoyed the course. It was a highlight of CQT training. – Z.A. 

[Prisoner Control] Probably the most realistic. Most commonly used for SWCC. – All was equal and great to know. – Make it longer. At least 5 days. – Increase to at least 5 days. – [Instructors] all were very professional and showed a lot of knowledge. – Bravo Zulu, Hooyah! – M.U.

I could not be more impressed by the level of professionalism and knowledge of all CQD inst. staff. –…I’m extremely impressed through and through. – J.M. 

[Enhance operator skills?] Being aggressive. It will enhance my skills in the state that if anything happens I know how to react and show the right amount of aggression or force. – I think it would be beneficial if it were longer as in a full week rather than 3 days. – I would increase the length of all of them so that we could better hone our skills to each division. – D.

[Enhance operator skills?] The skills that they teach pertaining to reactionary skills. This can flow over to all aspects of our job. – [Instructors] Very professional, great teachers, very patient. – I appreciate all the guidance and skills that were taught. – L.

Breaking me of old habits of “sports” fighting. – [Instructors] Some of the most professional I’ve had in my training. – CQT needs to provide more time for CQD. Great course. I wish it was longer. – M.M.

All of the skill-sets that were taught felt constructive, particularly muzzle-strikes. – [DDS] The way we were instructed to strike gives me confidence in a combat situation. – The entire course was a stimulating experience. – M.

All of the instructors were great. Each one demonstrated skills and enthusiasm towards us. True professionals. – K.S.

It enhances my abilities to be ready for any situation that may arise. – I felt that all portions of this training were equally important in their own specific application. – Lessons were moved through very quickly still maintaining everyone grasps as to what was going on. This course packs a lot of information into a small period of time but all instructors did a good job of it. – T.

All, I feel that all training will enhance operator skills. The physical and mental benefits of the training is unmatched. – [Hooded Box] Outstanding. Forcing the operator to utilize reflex and instinct is an essential part of training. – All of the cadre were outstanding! They demonstrated superior knowledge and confidence with what they were presenting to the class. Bravo Zulu! – M.W.

I’d like to keep taking this course every time before a mission. – Instructors were professionals and have been there and done it which means a whole lot. – Great job! – A.E.

Everything that we are taught can directly be used in combat. – [Hooded Box] Awesome, hands on is always the best learning tool. I think more box drills would have been better – O.

[Enhance operator skills?] When inside the box, because for me it was definitely stressful enough for me to react “on my toes” as it would be in a real world situation. – [Hooded Box] Another thing that I believed helped out a lot. – More time to train CQD. – N.F.

It gives me a new mindset and perspective in dealing with scenarios in the real world and confidence to deal with those scenarios. – O.F. 

[Enhance operator skills?] Built confidence. I only hope I will be able to apply the skills I learned in my job. – CQT needs to allow more time here for us to learn CQD properly. – S.G.

The few days spent here taught me to be more alert and aware of my surroundings. I think this course is a “must have” if you are in the NSW community. – A.J.

Very effectively communicated, great on questions and individual help. – [Enhance operator skills?] Greatly, training for all conditions even out of your work zone will only make a more confident operator. – M.M.

The objectives were clearly explained and it also helped that there were detailed demonstrations. – We can now utilize CQD to remind us to dial up our aggression levels when needed while operating. – R.R.

The CQD hand strikes and stance feel more natural than other styles I have tried. – G.H.

[Enhance operator skills?] Very much because it provides a higher level of situational awareness and operator responsibility. – A.P.

Course material was put out well and the instructor/staff was readily available if I/we had questions. – I am certainly more confident with myself and my weapons. – [W&Z Hood] Awesome! I wish CQT could have more time to get the full benefit of this course. – [Instructors] Absolutely professional, knowledgeable, helpful, sharp. – P.C.

It was a good intro to the fast pace world of CQD. Although brief, I have a better understanding, and will look forward to more training. – [W&Z Hood] Really cool. Big time eye opener at how intense it can be. Wish we could have done it twice. – M.P.

I felt CQD actually gave us a feeling of what to expect and made things more real. – [W&Z Hood] It was the best/most realistic part of the course. – J.B.

Hooded Box Drills are fun and they see how you will react in a real situation this is the most beneficial. – M.

All aspects of CQD will help. They are all good skills to have in any operation. – [DDS] Good to have a good stance and strong base when you’re fighting. – A.

All of it. I think that is the power of this course – every part of the training is designed with real-world applications in mind. – [DDS] Always move forward and be aggressive when caught off guard. The aggressor is usually the one who wins the fights. – [Hooded Box] Speed and aggression reaction is the first response when caught off-guard. – [Least relevant?] None – our mission is winning wars and any tools which serve that end are relevant. – Best Navy course I’ve been through to date. – N.

All the aspects of CQD learned improved individual skills, especially direct defense skills. – I would increase all topics. I wish we could have trained for a week. – N.B.

[Enhance operator skills?] The confidence to have had some formal defense training to fall back on in a worst case scenario. – [Hooded Box] Forces the operator to react on the spot and learn from their mistakes. – All instructors were very professional and on the same page. – K.

I thought this school had the most professionalism I’ve had in the Navy. – B.


Outstanding. Great skills to know as a future warrior. – Awesome. Best combat training scenario. – M.B.

Professional, fast, well done, awesome. – Can’t wait to learn more! – Best reaction drill I’ve ever seen, lots of fun. – I.D.

Awesome, the communication was clear, to the point, energetic and engaging. – Awesome, I need more of it to better reaction and thinking time. – Can’t say enough how critical and excellent the communication was. – L.E.

Although the training was very high speed, it was very effective and taught the basic attitudes, stances and mentality involved. – The hood exercise was good because it showed us how to acquire, identify and attack a target if necessary. It was good to see how fast we could react. – Very good high speed, engaging, physical training. – T.F.

Excellent, very practical training. – We had limited time and the training was excellent for the time allowed. – I learned a lot about how to react. Very good use of skills we were taught. – Very professional, very good. – M.M.

Great training in the way that it brings the many fighting skills of warfare into one technique. – Best training I’ve had… – T.M.

Awesome training very practical. – Thanks for everything, can’t wait to come back. – R.P.

Awesome, great for confidence. – Awesome great experience to look back on and learn from. – Had a great time, thanks a lot! – C.R.

Very good introductory training. Warrior spirit and ethics were high priority. – Great situational awareness. – Great instruction, very professional. – N.S.

A great program. Highly effective. – [Hooded Box] Very fun and effective. The best drill. – Awesome time, thanks for everything. – V.W.

It was excellent. I learned a lot in a short amount of time. – I felt it was the most realistic “fight” training I’ve ever had. I feel confident in the skills we were shown. – Thanks a lot! Loved the training. – J.W.

The hood scenario really tested me in a way that I was not used to. I learned a lot. – The instructors obviously knew what they were doing, it was very professional and well planned. Great job! – C.B.

Great instruction on what was covered, wish we could have learned more. – Awesome, great training and great confidence building drill. – J.M.

It was a great learning experience. I could reflect on mistakes I made. – K.T.

The training today was extremely informative and helpful. The drills and simulations helped prepare me for situations I could find myself in during the future – A.A.

Easily the most effective self-defense training I’ve received. – A.P.

The best and most practical training I have received to date and probably ever well. – D.S.

This was great training that took us beyond the sport aspect of combat and placed us in real life situations. – J.G.

Extremely unique training. I have never had to make such sudden decisions. Very good. – J.V.