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Fri, Jul 26


The SawMill Training Complex

Operation CONTACT 2024

Bigger. Longer. Harder. We're talking about the event...

Operation CONTACT 2024
Operation CONTACT 2024

Time & Location

Jul 26, 2024, 9:00 PM – Jul 28, 2024, 4:00 PM

The SawMill Training Complex, 8524 Neely Ferry Rd, Laurens, SC 29360, USA

About the Event

Operation CONTACT 2024

Event Start Time: Friday 26 July 2024 at 2100 hrs Briefing

Start Location: The SawMill Training Complex, SC

Event Finish Time: Sunday 28 July 2024 at 1600 hrs

Finish Location: The SawMill Training Complex, SC


Operation CONTACT is a collaboration between Green Beret Fitness, The SawMill Training Complex, and Born Primitive Tactical. This event is 40+ hours of arduous, realistic military tactics and training.

- You must be physically fit to attend.

- You must be competent and safe with your weapon systems.

- You must stay on location for the weekend. You can stay in the accommodation, or you can camp / RV.

Candidates will require all their own equipment and ammunition.


Operation CONTACT may cover situations including:

  1. Shooting. A f**k-ton of shooting.
  2. Contact drills
  3. Break contact drills
  4. Fire and Movement (Individual, Pairs, Fire Team)
  5. Deliberate Attack
  6. Navigation (Day and Night)
  7. Patrols (Recce, Standing, Fighting)
  8. Harbour drills
  9. Rucking / Tabbing / Yomping.
  10. Rope Climbing / Rappelling

You will not find a more demanding, more realistic tactical event in the USA.

  • Events are based on realistic operational situations.
  • You will be taught each drill / tactic before being tested.
  • You’ll get wet and dirty and won’t get much sleep.

While this event is a training event, there is also a competitive element with prizes awarded at the end of the event.


Candidates must demonstrate good knowledge of skills taught and good levels of physical fitness.


Candidates will be taught different skills during the weekend and be tested on them in additon to their fitness and accuracy.

Candidates will work as individuals, pairs, and teams of 4 (Fire Team) or 8 (Section).

Candidates must arrive with a backpack carrying 50 lbs. This should be made up of smaller denominations as some events will require the full 50 lbs, others may require 20 lbs, or 30 lbs.

Between events, candidates are encouraged to hydrate, rest, and maintain their equipment.

Service Support

- Timings.

Friday 26 JUL 24

  • 2100 Welcome Brief at The SawMill Training Complex.
  • 2200 Night NavEx in Pairs.

Saturday 27 JUL 24

  • Saturday Activities will be all day and night.

Sunday 28 JUL 24

  • Before 1600 Closing Brief

- Dress. Candidates' dress will be a personal choice but they are reminded this is a rural event with sharp bushes and foliage. Born Primitive Tactical has the best clothing for this event.

- Equipment.

This list is mandatory:

  • Backpack (waterproof inner-bags)
  • Weight(s) for backpack that is waterproof (total 50 lbs)
  • Plate Carrier (with plates) or Body Armour
  • Changes of clothes / shoes for 40+ hours.
  • Cyalume / ChemLight
  • Headlamp (with red light option)
  • Towels / Wash Kit
  • Rifle and Pistol
  • Ammunition (no green tip)
  • Rifle Cleaning Kit
  • Whistle
  • Personal First Aid Kit

- Water. There will be water available at the SawMill. Candidates are advised to use hydration bladders.

- Medical. A personal medical kit is required by every candidate. GBF Staff must be made aware of any medical conditions prior to starting the event. If any GBF staff deems a candidate is medically unfit to continue, they may be withdrawn from the event for their own safety.

- Accommodation. The SawMill Training Complex has a new on-site accommodation block with 4-man rooms with en suite bathrooms. They are offering a great deal to candidates staying Friday and Saturday evening. GBF encourages candidates to make use of this excellent facility with kitchen, gym, and outdoor space.

Please book early and directly with The SawMill to avoid disappointment. Book HERE.

- Transport. Transport to and from the event will be at candidates' own arrangements. There is plenty of on-site parking.

- Weapon. The weapons required will be a rifle (5.56 or 7.62) and a pistol (9mm). If you’re unsure if your weapon is allowed, please email

Candidates may use any sights they wish but Green Beret Fitness and The SawMill are not responsible for any damage caused by water or impact.

- Ammunition. Lots. As much as you can legally carry. Plus smoke grenades!

- Targets. The targets will be a mix of steel, wood or paper.

Command and Signal

GBF HQ - 9419939432

Weight - candidate’s must have the ability to have 50 lbs in their backpack without water, food, or firearms.

Numbers - Maximum number of candidates 32. Minimum number of candidates 10.

Awards - There will be awards / gift cards awarded at the end of the event to those candidates who demonstrate the best attitudes during the weekend.

Refunds - Refunds will be in the form of a GBF voucher for future events. Refunds within 60 days of an event will not be possible unless you find a replacement.


  • Operation CONTACT 2024

    Tax: +$24.43 Tax



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