"Bullets don't last forever," said Sgt. 1st Class Stephen Martin. "I have buddies who were actually captured by insurgents during deployment, and they said that, even with a basic knowledge of Combatives Level 1, they could have been able to free themselves."
Learning how to engage and defeat enemies in close combat is an important part in a Soldier's development, said Martin, the director of Fort Carson Modern Army Combatives Program.
"It is more than just fighting," he said. "It's about building self-confidence. It's about knowing that in any situation a Soldier can hold his own."