I've been noticing this for years now but it's really accelerated over the last several weeks. This is from the "things I think I think" department:
Traits that make someone attractive to a MAG/crew/group/team/club/whatever are the exact same traits that make them terrible candidates.
I can't speak for all groups, clearly, but having been a part of more than a couple serious bug-out-type groups over the last decade-and-a-half, groups are looking for a few important traits:
- Probably already a prepper
- Trustworthy, however you define and measure that
- Some level of preparedness already in place (x number of months of food storage, for example)
- Other direct and relevant skills that can contribute to a group like gardening experience, hunting, firearms experience, bushcraft, camping, physical fitness, yada yada yada
In my experience, the people that fit the above almost ALL already are squared away and will never leave their homes to bug-out with other people. I've met quite a few who SAY they will, but when push-comes-to-shove, that is an *extremely* rare trait.
If a person just will not leave their home to bug out with my group, I don't want to spend a metric poop-ton of time onboarding them. I'd much rather them say up front "hey, let's be friends and compare notes... but I'm never leaving home, just FYI."
Or, since I'm the common denominator in all of my experiences, it's quite possible it's me. :)
Has anyone else noticed this?