National Leadership Training by Veterans in the Ozarks

By Brett Martin |

Published 07/20 2014 03:36PM

Updated 07/21 2014 04:29AM

OZARK, Mo. -- Veterans doing what they do best while passing along their trained skills to people in the Ozarks in a unique way.

Strapping on your helmet, chest protector and your fire arm, its time for battle in the Ozarks to teach people leadership in their community.

Branson native and Special Forces Jim Ripley helps on the course.

"A lot of the things that you miss when you get out of the military is the camaraderie, being around people that do what you did and be able to talk like you talk," says Ripley.

Jonathan Gilliam is a former Navy Seal and FBI agent. Now, he is CEO of the United States Continued Services, a company to help put veterans back to work.

"The primary objective of the united states continued service is to provide jobs and projects for veterans that they can use the skills they were trained with in the military or federal government."

In a unique way with airsoft guns and the Junior Leadership Team Training around the country.

"We are not just teaching stuff that you can use in a game, we are actually using the game to teach you real life characteristics that will help you better your behavior and stream line everything that you do," says Gilliam.

Gilliam's five phase course starts with gun safety and techniques on an FBI simulated gun range.

"Its a five level program, the first three phases as we call it, are five hour courses, the fourth level is going to be a three day and the fifth level is where they get to put all the stuff they learned as we say the rubber to the road is going to be a five day summer camp."

The next step is moving the class into a "real-life" hostage situation.

"We are using the skill set that these veterans were trained with and we are handing over a lot of  this to really help bring back those standards into the community."

"It gives people an opportunity to learn those skills in a very unusual way that they are not used to but we are very adapt at."

Ripley says after retiring, he is happy to put his skills back into the community.

"The skills you had that you always think doesn't apply anywhere in the civilian world, you can teach other people."

Gilliam says the training will make its way back to the Ozarks. If you are interested in the next date, contact So Go Airsoft in Ozark to find out when its available.

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