History of SCARS Combat Training
The history of founder, Jerry L. Peterson and the development of Special Combat Aggressive Reactionary System (SCARS), Positive Assertive Control Tactics (PACT) and Public Transportation Programs.
The Conception of SCARS began in real combat 1968-69 Vietnam.
Jerry L. Peterson, then a soldier serving two combat tours in the elite Army Reaction Force of the 173rd Airborne Charlie Company, found that the close combat training he had received was nearly useless against the grim realities of 20th century warfare. He and the soldiers in his unit were forced to learn close combat by trial and error, in a place where error meant death. He was convinced there had to be a better way to train for and successfully execute close combat.
The Psychological Development of the Fearless Mind-Set Process.
Jerry formulated concepts and theories that applied to human movement and psychological survival under do-or-die conditions. His early analytical and physical techniques worked, giving him the tools to survive numerous combat engagements. Jerry wanted more, he wanted to know why humans would be fearless one day and then frozen in fear the next resulting in death.
Mr. Peterson would discover and verify after 20 years of personal research that he had created a process to eliminate fear. This meant the total destruction of fear in the human brain. Not controlling fear with over training or conquering fear with shear will power, he simply removed it from the psyche of the human brain. Accomplishing the first goal of human control, a fearless mind-set, he discovered the mind controlled other human processes that inevitably lead to life or death in a high-risk action.
In 1988 Jerry Peterson’s credibility received the attention of the United States Navy Special Warfare Command at Coronado, CA (US Navy SEAL headquarters). The Special Warfare Department of the Navy began contracting Mr. Peterson and his corporation to develop a program, later titled “the SCARS project,” that would universally apply both physiological and physical fields of CQB (Close Quarters Battle).
Between November 1988 and February 1989 Mr. Peterson and the US Navy began testing the SCARS project using combat veterans within the SEAL ranks. The Navy was restricted to combat veterans that had either real world hand-to-hand combat and/or advanced training in any form of fighting art (martial arts).
SCARS is 100% effective in all CQB actions.
After three months of physical testing the Navy agreed that SCARS had proven, beyond a shadow of a doubt, not to stem from a style of martial arts. This system could possibly be the standard for hand-to-weapons combat for the US Navy Special Warfare Command Department (SEALS).
In March 1989 the Navy and Mr. Peterson agreed that further development and testing was warranted. The Navy agreed not to divulge any information on the SCARS project to the public. Mr. Peterson also agreed not to release any mission specific information about the training and SCARS. Should SCARS be given official sanction and approval by CNET, (Command for Navy Educational Training) limited statements could then be released.
Being classified information allowed Mr. Peterson’s SCAR-System to be tested in every condition of international combat and/or police action that arose where the military may be used. Around April of 1989 the Department of the Navy officially contracted Mr. Peterson and his corporation to begin further development of the SCARS program.
The SCARS project was tasked with four main objectives:
1. Develop and implement a hand-to-weapons program for the Basic Underwater Demolition School (BUDS).
2. Develop and implement a platoon combat course for qualifying platoon deployment.
3. Develop and implement combat ready course for Special Boat Units.
4. Develop and implement a Force Multiplier program to certify U.S. Navy SEALs as subject matter experts in the field of Hand-to-weapon combat, both in non-lethal and lethal use of force.
From 1989 to 1994 Mr. Peterson personally headed up the development and training of the SCARS programs. After 5-1/2 years of development and testing of SCARS by the Special Warfare Command the US NAVY SEALs received official approval from the Navy Department of Education CNET. This was the first time in the history of the US Navy that a hand-to-weapons system had officially been approved as a standard of combat. Click here to see official documents. To date, Jerry Peterson is the only individual ever to have established a proven set of principles based in modern sciences.
After official approval of all of the SCARS programs Mr. Peterson licensed the Navy to conduct the SCARS Force Multiplier Train the Trainer Program. Shortly after the SCARS/CFC (Combat Fighting Course) was officially implemented the US Navy West-coast command requested a SCARS military demonstration.
The SCARS program was presented to The United States Secretary Of State, the Commanding Four Star General of the US Army, the Secretary of the Navy and other political personnel whom all gave their overwhelming approval of the program.
This program has produced over 300 SCARS subject matter experts in the field of non-lethal to lethal hand-to-weapons action. Thousands of US military personnel have gone though the SCARS program.
No military SCARS instructor is allowed to teach the SCARS programs outside of the military. To this date Mr. Peterson has restricted all licenses to certify subject matter experts in the SCARS system of sciences solely to the US Special Operation Community. There are only two places to receive this official information. One is in the US Special Operation Community, the other is at the SCARS Institute Of Combat Sciences (SICS) in Phoenix AZ.
SCARS made history as the first official combat fighting system of the US Navy SEALs. The following Navy SEALs had a hand in the testing, approval and implementation of the SCARS Program. These Navy SEALs were combat veterans that felt it was time so seek out a better system of combat training for the US NAVSPECWARCOM (Rank during the development of SCARS):
Lieutenant Commander Erskin
Lieutenant Commander Landis
Master Chief Hudack
Master Chief Hayden
The following Navy SEALs where the first SCARS Instructors for the SCARS Force Multiplier Train the Trainer Program. These men were L-2 600 hour SCARS Instructors:
In the early 1990’s Mr. Peterson was requested to expose the basics of SCARS to other government agencies, such as DEA, FBI and special law enforcement teams. This occurred because of the military’s requirement for SCARS to be used as a non-lethal force for controlling civilians and other non-combatants such as NATO’s peacekeeping police action in Bosnia.
A total separate program of study was started in 1992 of which culminated into PACT. The goal was to develop a force continuum that would fit the requirements of US Law Enforcement Agencies.
Development began through real world action in countries like Venezuela and Colombia. Mr. Peterson and his instructors developed special drug interdiction teams to combat drug trafficking before it reached the United States. PACT development even reached the eastern block, assessing training to handle professional ex military men who turned to organized crime, preparing to enter the US.
PACT’s real world development and resources for information often come from the SCARS military programs, where real world special teams see and operate in the most hostile of environments. Thus supplying SCARS with first hand worldwide reports on what and how these new and professional criminals will develop here in the US. This real world resource puts PACT far ahead of the Defensive Tactics and other law enforcement programs that are now in place throughout the US.
In 1999 PACT became an officially approved Police Training Program POST NV #0005160. Through SICS our PACT’s resources for real world Research & Development are ongoing and up to date. No civilians can be certified to teach either PACT or SCARS.
Public Transportation Programs
In 2001 SICS was tasked to develop a complete public transportation safety program. SICS provided a brief training seminar for Air Marshall instructors at the FLETC training center in Artesia, NM. SICS went on to develop a training program for the aviation industry, this program went much further into researching both law enforcement and civilian interaction in confined quarters.
The result in 2005 was Blue Sky Tactics a complete instruction course. This course was specifically designed for civilian use within the confined quarters of an airplane cabin or related public transportation methods.
In 2008 SICS released a Counter-Carjacking training program covering all new aspects of true survival while in or exiting the confines of an automobile.
No other system can continue to offer the in-depth knowledge and science of new found principles of science that will continue to be available in the future through SICS.