Course Description

Military units and SWAT teams that specialize in Close Quarters Battle (CQB) typically bring a large force to the fight; they often have numerous supporting assets such as snipers, helicopters, and tactical vehicles. Thus, the scenario of a single Soldier or SWAT officer having to operate alone is relatively unlikely and often receives less attention. However, for police officers responding to an emergency call or ordinary citizens in a home-defense scenario, the chances of operating alone are quite likely. In these types of situations, backup is frequently unavailable or will not arrive in time. The officers, security professionals, and citizens who are forced to operate on their own face potentially the most significant risk, yet there are almost no tactical references (books, videos, or classes) that provide useful information on the subject of single-person tactics.

This course and the associated training manual were developed by a team of experts with extensive special operations and law-enforcement experience to help fill the dangerous capability and knowledge gap in the area of single-person tactics. The course includes presentations, videos/animations, audio narration, interactive activities/assessments, and many other digital training tools and resources. The course can be used by individual learners or by instructors in a classroom environment. The course covers a wide range of tactical subjects, including:

  • Clearing without entry
  • Shallow entry (limited penetration)
  • Deep entry
  • Hallways
  • Intersections
  • Stairwells
  • Multiple rooms


The course also provides specific suggestions on how to prepare for and deal with likely tactical scenarios, including home invasion, deadly attackers (active shooter), sniper attacks, armed robbery, and hostage situations. 

All students will receive a serial numbered completion certificate upon finishing the course.

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction

  • 2

    Single-Room Clear Without Entry

  • 3

    Single-Room Shallow Entry

    • Shallow Entry: Introduction

    • Shallow Entry: Center-Fed Open Door

    • Shallow Entry: Center-Fed Closed Door

    • Shallow Entry: Corner-Fed Open Door

    • Shallow Entry: Corner-Fed Closed Door

    • Shallow Entry: Quiz

  • 4

    Single-Room Deep Entry

    • Deep Entry: Introduction

    • Deep Entry: Center-Fed Open Door

    • Deep Entry: Center-Fed Closed Door

    • Deep Entry: Corner-Fed Open Door

    • Deep Entry: Corner-Fed Closed Door

    • Deep Entry: Quiz

  • 5

    Multiple Rooms

    • Multiple Rooms: Introduction

    • Open Door on the Far Wall

    • Open Door on the Side Wall

    • Closed Door

    • Multiple Open Doors

    • Multiple Rooms: Quiz

  • 6

    Hallways

    • Hallways: Introduction

    • Moving Down a Hallway

    • Entering a Room from the Hall

    • Exiting a Room into the Hall

    • Opposing Open Doors

    • L-Shape Intersection

    • T-Shape Intersection

    • X-Shape Intersection

    • Hallways: Quiz

  • 7

    Stairwells

    • Stairwells: Introduction

    • Commercial Stairwells

    • Open Stairwells

    • Stairwells: Quiz

  • 8

    Civilian Scenarios and Tactical Applications

    • Civilian Scenarios and Tactical Applications

  • 9

    Final Exam

    • Single-Person CQB: Final Exam

About the Instructor

Special Tactics

Special Tactics was developed by special operations veterans from Tier-1 Special Mission Units, along with a team experts with diverse backgrounds from the military, law enforcement and academic communities. Our mission is to help improve United States and allied national security capabilities through training and education.

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