MLI Training Triad – Train

MLI’s Capstone exercises

have been part of every setting in which MLI has worked. They are designed to sharpen basic leadership traits – active listening, self-awareness, feedback and non-verbal communication – so as to increase an individual’s readiness to receive “straight talk”. They are used to set the stage for the character and team-focused training tactics and tools that follow – such as self talk and visualization, both personalized to determine motivation and ability and willingness to change as well as advanced work in Neuroplay ®.

The Neuroplay®

a critical step in cross-cultural communication, draws together many of the elements in our interactive training, including:

  • The communication skills of the unit;
  • The required cohesion within the unit; and,
  • The required cohesion between the unit and its interpreters, as well as coalition partners.

The Neuroplay® is quintessentially a non-kinetic pre-mission rehearsal exercise. Creatively staged, it offers unit command the opportunity to prepare, assess and fine tune different strategies of engagement for key leader as well as street level engagements. It also assesses the soldier’s communication/emotion management skills, the competence of the interpreter, and their joint cohesiveness within the unit. In the hands of an experienced trainer, several techniques of direction allow for the close analysis of each soldier’s capacity for managing communication skills and exercising emotion control.
The techniques we use include:

  • Role reversal
  • Doubling
  • Mirroring
  • Walk and talk
  • Freeze framing
  • Concretizing
  • Allegorizing
  • Empty chair/soliloquy

Through continually developing new elements of the Neuroplay® technique in order to adapt it to new missions, MLI has created an archive that includes scenarios spanning negotiations, tribal conflict, NGO intervention, traffic-stop encounters, interviews with high-value individuals, and many others.

The Neuroplay® is an exercise in active listening, feedback and non-verbal communication. It also offers a “virtual” reality in which service members can practice the non-kinetic phases of the mission in an environment where mistakes can be corrected and a scaffold erected for building a relationship of mutual respect with foreign military in both key leader and street level encounters.

Physical Training

or PT, is a core component of most of MLI’s training programs. It stems from the belief that both body and mind must be in synch. Using the skills and experiences of retired USN SEALs, MLI’s PT training is built around the SEALs’ BUDS training. MLI’s PT uses many of the same exercises used in BUDS, although not delivered with SEAL-like intensity. Over the course of a multi-week program, we see significant increases in participant fitness levels.hs>