MISST - Missionary International Survival & Safety Training

MISST

Mission International Survival and Security Training

Based on proven S.E.R.E. programs (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape) USI provides essential training to missionaries in an uncertain world. This inclusive course takes missionaries from mission planning to rescue in the unlikely event that they become involved in a true survival emergency. Whether you are lost in the wilderness of Alaska or detained in a foreign country USI can help prepare you for the event.

Like all USI courses our missionary survival program is designed around current events and personalized instruction. Each course has reflected components which are based on the part of the world the mission will take place. USI understands that as each day passes, missionary organizations struggle with trying to return to hostile areas to spread their faith. USI MISST can help accomplish this task.

The course curriculum covers such skills as wilderness survival, situational awareness, trip planning, coping with governmental detention, and possible hostage situations. This course includes practical applications and plenty of practice which cement the training in the mind and allows the freedom to concentrate on the mission trip.

MISST is broken down into two sessions. Session one deals with pre-mission planning, the Urban environment, and how to protect yourself by making you a more difficult target without losing focus on your prime objective, serving the Lord.

The second session is built around field skills which can save your life if you become lost, victim to an incident, or just stranded in a wilderness environment. Session two also covers possible events if held captive and how to better your situation.

Universal Survival Innovations understands that being a missionary can be one of the most demanding and dangerous jobs in the world. We also realize that it is the most important.

With USI your survival is SEREous business.

Ben Barr - Master SERE Instructor

Ben has been teaching Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) since 1981 when he joined the USAF as a “Survival Instructor”. In that Thirty plus year period he has taught all aspects of SERE, trained at both domestic and international schools, written SERE doctrine and instruction, researched and developed cutting edge techniques for dealing with both psychological and physical challenges and injuries, tested equipment and wrote evaluations on results. He is a Master Instructor.

The groups and individuals whom Ben has instructed and/or developed programs for include people from various military branches, government agencies, and civilians from all different backgrounds. Members of the Rangers, Green Berets, Pararescue, Combat Control, Navy SEALs, Air Force Crew Members and MARSOC are just some who Ben has taught. Outside the military he has taught people from the DEA, Local Law Enforcement, Department of Natural Resources, the FBI and other Federal Agencies. Equally adept at teaching civilian groups, Ben has instructed various lessons and developed programs for groups such as the Girls Scouts of America, South Carolina public schools, Covenant Heights and others.

Unlike many Instructors in the “survival” world, Ben brings to the table both experience from training as well as experience from some of the toughest streets and locations in the world. Ben has won Instructor of the Year three times, nominated for twelve outstanding Airman awards, awarded numerous decorations and developed some of the most complex and sophisticated training courses in the world. Based on this, Ben has created courses in Travel Safety, Hostage Survival, Field Survival and now exclusive to the Universal Survival Innovations World, “Street Smarts” and “Get of the X”, both of which have their bases in real training for highly specialized people.

Ben just isn’t another Instructor. In many cases He wrote the book.

What Makes Universal Survival Innovations Different?

There are courses and there are COURSES and the difference is the experience and people developing them. In a nut shell the world of Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape is a vast and complex matrix of field craft (basic survival), urban, interrogation, defense, escape, camouflage, movement, etc. It is all designed around the survivability of an Isolated person(s) and their ability to “Survive and Return with Honor”.

In this Survival arena there are two groups of Instructors. Those who have built their courses based on what they remember from their training and what they have learned from books and those who are professionally trained and made a career of being a “Survival Instructor”. The difference is obvious.

Instructors who have taught courses, at the many Military and Governmental facilities, come from many different branches, commands and agencies. To a person all of these people are highly dedicated and professional individuals. However, with the exception of one group all are controlled short term tours and none have a career field designated as SERE except one, The United States Air Force SERE Specialist.

SERE Specialists are “born and bred” into the career field and their Air Force Specialty Code AFSC (MOS) and permanent assignments are SURVIVAL (SERE) related 100%. Their indoctrination course, instructor course and subsequent training are all related to protecting human life and training people to return. The Instructor qualification course is 6 months long with a 4-6 month certification follow up.

All in all it takes up to a year before an USAF SERE Specialist is qualified to teach basic field training and its components. Parachuting, Resistance, Water, Academics and the rest all have their individual “ramp ups” and it can take years to accomplish them all. Overall it is the longest continual training process in the military.

If an instructor develops enough expertise, experience and background then they may be assigned to research and write doctrine and lessons for the USAF and the rest of the military through the USAF SERE program development unit simply known as Curriculum. This is where USI stands out!

The lead Instructor of USI didn’t just teach SERE he wrote the doctrine on what many “survival schools” are now teaching and has continued to develop and produce curriculum based on 33 years of experience an thousands of hours of research for government agencies, military units and civilian courses.

NOW he is developing cutting edge 21st century training programs to help you survive in a very uncertain and unstable world. We are not just another training group we are USI and not one can do what we do.

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