Actual reactions to SCARS from the Military:
(All quotes taken from official Military correspondences, course evaluations etc.)
I attended the 300-hour SCARS course in 1991 as a Seal Instructor. Having many years in other Martial Arts before SCARS, I can say it is the most no nonsense fighting system I have ever learned. Ever since then, I have applied SCARS to everyday life, my job as a Security Contractor, in Iraq for five years, which requires me to use the offensive mind set, if you don’t you will not make it. You will be DEAD. I challenge anyone to apply her fighting system in a combat role. In my opinion, SCARS it not just the greatest fighting system around, it can also be applied to your everyday life.
“If you where in a dark alley way and a larger and aggressive man in approaching you with what look like a weapon. He swings it and you through your arm up to block it, STOP. How does that make you feel? NOT GOOD!! Now apply SCARS mind set. Same aggressive man with same weapon, instead of blocking you decide to take him out” – Jerry Peterson.
C. Foster Harmon
BUD/S Class 148
“In today’s high tech military, the most important weapon system in the Naval Special Warfare inventory is the Navy SEAL himself. The SCARS training has given new teeth to the term ‘The Naked Warrior’.”
“At a recent meeting held with the STO, BTO and the phases. A consensus was reached concerning combat fighting, specifically the SCARS System, and it’s relevance to our mission. All concerned agreed that it is a fundamental skill and should be part of the BUD/S course… The West Coast Teams are also incorporating SCARS principles into their CQB training for SEAL platoons… Since SCARS is not a form of “martial arts” four weeks is a realistic time frame to train some one to be an instructor.”
“In my 29 years of NSW I have had numerous hand to hand courses, this is the only one I feel confident and positive the fighting system will work in combat and would be extremely beneficial to the NSW operator.”
“… I consider a large part of the future of Naval Special Warfare greatly depends on the SCARS/CFC System. Special Operations personnel are anytime, anyplace soldiers with a very difficult mission…. We cannot afford indecision or lack of confidence at a critical time. However, the SCARS/CFC System greatly enhances the skills of a soldier, mentally and physically, thereby greatly increasing mission success.”
“In conclusion, SCARS is a very good scientific fighting system. Many different arts and sports have by the Teams in the past, but they have all been discarded. I feel SCARS will become widely accepted by the special operations community once it is experienced firsthand.”
F. B. ,
Op Chief SEAL Team THREE.
“Based on my personal observations, participant course critiques and similar endorsements provided by Naval Special Warfare Center instructors and West Coast SEAL Teams, I highly recommend SCARS training be incorporated into EAST Coast pre-deployment training. I would encourage each Team Commanding Officer to take advantage of the excellent training course. It is worth it.”