U.S. Marines Train AFP, PNP on Taser Techniques

U.S. Marines Train AFP, PNP on Taser Techniques

Capt Zachary Smith, executive officer of Recruiting Station New Jersey, speaks to team leaders during the hike at Naval Weapons Station Earle, Aug. 1. Recruiting Station New Jersey hosted a Leadership Seminar meant to impart Marine Corps leadership principles, discipline and camaraderie. Photo by LCpl Brandon Thomas.

MARINE BARRACKS RUDIARDO BROWN, Philippines (Aug. 7, 2014) - Philippine Armed Forces and Philippine National Police trained with U.S. Marines from 3rd Law Enforcement Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force, on how to use the X26 Taser, at Marine Barracks Rudiardo Brown, August 7, as part of Non-lethal Weapons Executive Seminar (NOLES) 2014. 

This year marks the 13th iteration of this event, which is held annually by U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, and consists of a field-training exercise and a leadership seminar with participants from 19 nations. This year the Armed Forces of the Philippines are hosting NOLES, for the first time. The exercise promotes awareness and effective use of non-lethal weapons (NLW) to maintain order in low-intensity conflicts or civil unrest.

Training began with classroom instruction to prepare the service members on the proper use of the X26 Taser. The class covered the different types of cartridges, and the firing distances of each one.

"Taser training is very important. If you find yourself in a situation where you're needing to use this weapon, you need to know how it feels, how it functions, the good, the bad, the do's and the don'ts. That way you can employ it safely," said Sgt Timothy Brown, a non-lethal weapons instructor with 3rd LEB, III MEF.

During the day the AFP and PNP service members practiced aiming on targets, before they could begin the portion of training where they would experience the feel of a Taser.

In the afternoon, the service members began making their initial contact with the Taser. Some started off by getting shot by the Taser, and some by receiving a "drive stun." Both are pain compliance techniques causing bodies to seize up, and comply with the orders given by their instructors.

"It's my first time I've had pain like that," said Police Officer 1st Class Francis N. Javellana, Philippine National Police. "Overall it was a very good learning experience for me."

The training here is done to show members from the AFP and PNP the effectiveness of non-lethal weapon tactics.

"The Filipinos are extremely motivated, and now know what it feels like to be hit by a Taser," Brown said. "If I had to rate the way our day went on a scale from one to ten, this is an 11."


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