VERITAS ET UTILITAS
Meet Your Instructors
Rob JenningsWhen you attend a training at Get Trained Be Ready, you’ll notice quickly, the enthusiasm and reverence that Rob puts into the training of students. It’s an important aspect of his way of doing things. He considers himself a steward of skills and knowledge that other students should have, and he makes it a point to be front and center to help students gain a new perspective on intuitive defense shooting.
It is his goal to bring to bear, his knowledge, experience, and understanding of the shooting industry, tactical and defensive training and general life experience to help those students who trust Get Trained Be Ready to get them to where they want to be. You’ll understand his passion at the end of the class, when you are worn out, but feel great about what you have accomplished and the capabilities you find yourself in possession of.
Rob is the type that works hard at what he does, he recognizes that not much of anything comes easy if it’s worth it, and his story of how he became the founder of Get Trained Be Ready proves that. It was in his private observance of his lack of skills and experience to protect his family at the highest level, when he first got married, that led him to spend many, many hours gaining, practicing and refining his skills in the areas of defensive shooting and situational response.
His natural charisma and sincere desire to see students succeed, become obvious quickly, and give his classes a unique feeling, as students begin to understand why he takes this work so seriously. He sees so many other instructors in the industry simply using this work as a means to a paycheck and doing what he calls: “Hacking their way through it”. It’s why GTBR is so aggressive at improving course offerings, and refining content and curriculum. He doesn’t want any student under any GTBR trainer to feel like they haven’t gotten a legitimate value and improved their skillset comprehensively after a class with the company.
It is a constant “to-do” item for Rob, to find passionate instructors that can add to the success of students and continue to build a team of some of the top talent in the region for GTBR. He is looking forward to expanding content of training sessions to include specialized training for Church Safety teams, Instructor development for the company’s already substantial base of trainer-specific curriculum, and of course, more individual and team defensive shooting courses.
Rob has so many memorable interactions with the clients of GTBR, as he truly enjoys working with people to improve their safety, capability of response and technical skills. Two memories come to mind as rare treats for a trainer who is always looking to find a connection with their clients to bring the student to the next level.
The first was during a law enforcement team training that included high risk warrant servers and bounty hunters that work across the United States to track criminals that have “gone on the lam”. Rob encouraged them to train under the full load of gear that they would use in their normal course of operations, instead of in normal clothes. The enhanced experience helped the group to whittle down their gear options to improve functionality and helped them to refine their movement under legitimate loads and in a realistic scenario. You might think that’s a simple ask, but the group was surprised to be asked to bring their gear to train in. Other instructors never felt that it was important to train in real world conditions. It’s another little thing that GTBR knows about, communicates to the client, and incorporates into the training to bring professionals and civilians alike, up to their peak of performance.
Another time, a woman was particularly worried about attending a training with “Rambo types” and unsure if she would feel comfortable or be able to learn anything, considering the class might be geared to a higher level. After a couple of weeks of “hand-holding” over the phone, and a great two-day training, the woman was ecstatic about the outcome and her newfound confidence with handling a firearm. She also made friends.
Again, these instances might seem mundane, but every experience can be a huge benefit to some party to the experience. Get Trained Be Ready is structured to make sure that beneficial experience happens every time for every student. It’s about finding the way that each and every class member can reach a personal best in class and leave better than they came.
Rob is just a regular guy, in fact you might learn a thing or two about him by understanding his hobbies outside of teaching and shooting. He enjoys backcountry Jeep travel - unplugging, hiking, camping, seeing things most people don’t get to see in places most people don’t ever go. To him it’s about the trip – the weather isn’t so important. Hot, cold, wet, or dry. The journey is the adventure, not the destination. He knows that finding God in the backcountry is physically tiring, but spiritually exhilarating. He has visited the wild places in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, South Dakota. He’s had dust in his Jeep from all those places.
Rob Jennings is just a regular guy.
Because of that, Rob knows that for civilians, the one interaction they may have with their Concealed Carry Weapon in their lifetime is every bit as important as the frequent interactions that law enforcement or military will have with their duty weapons. He has trained all types of users. Everybody who needs to rely on a firearm and their defensive knowledge, deserves to be trained well, and have the tools necessary to stop a threat and react to a hard situation. It’s why the curriculum is constantly being refined, why trainers are selected from the best available and pushed to be better each day. It’s why Get Trained Be Ready is focusing on training new trainers that can run a legitimate training business and learn how to properly train others - and then being supported afterwards to help them succeed. It’s why GTBR is training Church Safety teams to react to potential concerns that are all too common anymore. It’s about the legacy of teaching the right way, by making sure each and every student gets what they came there for and leaves more capable than when they arrived.
Rob is an Intuitive Defensive Shooting Instructor under the I.C.E. company umbrella. He is a certified NRA Training Counselor, Certified Chief Range Safety Officer, Refuse to Be A Victim Regional Counselor, Arkansas Concealed Carry & Enhanced Concealed Carry Instructor, NRA Advanced Defensive Shooting Instructor, Certified School Security Officer (CSSO) Trainer, Church Safety and Security Team Instructor, and most importantly, a perpetual student.
Rob Jennings is the founder, owner, and lead instructor of Get Trained. Be Ready.
Doug GlennDoug occasionally recounts the old joke: “What do you call a medical student who graduated last in their class?” The answer is “(still a) Doctor”. Every graduate gets the title no matter how well they performed. Doug believes that if given the choice, everyone would pick the best in class service provider (doctor, firearms trainer, etc.). He also believes that there is a problem with the current state of affairs in the firearms training industry. Just because someone has a credential or a license, doesn’t mean they are the best one for the job and it certainly doesn’t mean they will be able to put students into a position of competence or confidence. Too many instructors use fear-based tactics or rely upon accomplishments from long ago to get students to believe they are the right trainer for them. Not Doug. He wants to prove that old fashioned hard work and personal improvement on behalf of a trainer will produce better students and offer more to those who come to a company like Get Trained Be Ready.
It was this fear-based, egotistical type of training that served as the catalyst for Doug to make the transition into training at the highest level. He was dissatisfied with the arrogance of some trainers, the abuse they sometimes heaped upon new students and the general lack of respect towards the end user consumer that can be prevalent in the industry. He knows that most students are highly competent professionals in other endeavors even if they are newcomers to firearms. He has made it a personal goal to push other instructors and himself to a level of understanding and competence that rises above the industry average and treats people with the respect they deserve.
Instead of trying to impress students with past accomplishments and tough guy talk, Doug wants to train students with realistic, proven knowledge that simply seeks to better the instructor and student instead of inflating an instructor’s ego.
Doug understands when you are steeped in logic and reason in the classroom and on the range, that there is no room for myth and opinion when it comes to the fundamentals. He also knows that this type of training can be a deeply personal event for a shooter and that there is a human part to this process. He recounts a story of a woman who had, in her past, dealt with a firearm related tragedy. It was exceptionally difficult for her to even hold a gun in class, without being brought to tears. It was through Doug’s calm, encouraging demeanor that her previous scars were softened, and she was able to learn effectively. Her performance and achievement in the class and beyond, has been exceptional.
It’s this type of approach that makes the work so interesting to Doug. He truly feels that this industry can embrace the human element more effectively and he has made it his mission to help that along; to create better students through effective use of communication, understanding and patience.
Doug is an NRA Basic Pistol Instructor, NRA Basic Rifle Instructor, NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home, NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home Instructor, a Range Safety Officer, Church Safety and Security Team Instructor, Arkansas Concealed Carry & Enhanced Concealed Carry and Intuitive Defensive Shooting Instructor. Doug is also a USCCA Instructor and ALICE Instructor.
Doug Glenn is an Instructor and RSO with Get Trained Be Ready.
Phil RobinsonHaving been in an Army family growing up, Phil got to travel around the world and see what the military had to offer from an early age. After marrying his high school sweetheart and graduating from Oklahoma State University, Phil decided it was time to reconnect with his military roots – he joined the Air Force, where he served in a distinguished career for 21 years, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.
The core of his career in the Air Force was focused mostly on Aircraft maintenance where he saw frequent assignments to work on The C-17, C-130 and the B-52. He also worked on training aircraft to keep them in tip top shape to keep pilots learning safely. It’s a theme with Phil, that he loves the safety and personal aspect of what he does. He is a natural leader, who has commanded two squadrons, and served as a deputy group commander. Phil served a deployment in Qatar, where he wore many hats to support the military efforts and joint operational work in the region.
During his time in the military, he felt a certain pull to civic duty as well, where he volunteered as a part time firefighter and worked in areas including Arkansas, South Carolina and Louisiana. He is currently serving as the Cabot, AR Fire Chief/Fire Marshall, where he feels honored to be able to continue to serve his community. He has established deep roots in Cabot and some members of his family continue his military legacy by serving in capacities that take them to other locations around the globe.
Phil serves as a(n) RSO (Range Safety Officer) and Instructor for Get Trained Be Ready and holds the following certifications applicable to his work with the company: NRA Instructor (Pistol, Home Firearm Safety, Personal Protection In/Outside the Home, RSO), He is an Arkansas Concealed Carry & Enhanced Concealed Carry Instructor, Church Safety and Security Team Instructor, CPR Instructor, CRASE Instructor, Active Aggressor Integrated Response Instructor, and a Stop-The-Bleed Instructor.
His insights and understanding of crucial aspects of today’s most valuable training skills include a deep specialty knowledge of Post Incident Recovery, rapid evacuation and physical security, as well as pistol handling.
One of Phil’s favorite stories regarding the type of work he does with Get Trained be Ready, was helping to coach his wife through the process of obtaining an AR CHCL ***LINK (Arkansas State Concealed Handgun Carry License) LINK*** A condition with her eyesight made qualifications difficult. Proudly they can both recall just how well she did.
Phil tries to stay on the pulse of the industry and trends within it, and is always working with students to keep them abreast of the latest developments that might give them an advantage in a real world defensive scenario. When he isn’t in a class helping to teach students how to excel in defensive shooting, you might find the devoted Christian, dropping some mechanical knowledge on an engine somewhere, Scuba Diving or flying.
Phil is an Instructor and RSO with Get Trained Be Ready.
Tim JenningsTim Jennings knows that sometimes a client will just need some extra help. Sometimes you lose a little bit of money if you look at the hours spent for the money gained. But that is OK, because the end result is a credible interaction with a student that is now more capable than ever before. And that is what’s important in the grand scheme of things. One particularly memorable experience with a Get Trained Be Ready Client showcases Tim’s spectacular one on one training capabilities. His student was just struggling so much, with overcoming bad habits from previous courses and past training. The extra time and helpful one-on-one coaching managed to bring this student over the hurdles and to the end goal. He was able to overcome the bad habits and improve his capabilities significantly. Tim and the student both credit it to the additional one-on one time they spent together to ensure the old habits could be replaced with new ones that actually made sense.
While he is flexible for clients that need a bit of extra help, Tim understands the importance of methodical planning and adherence to best practices. He prefers optimization over wholesale shifts in technique. Small, simple improvements will vastly improve capabilities, when compared to shifting fundamentals around. He is proud to be a structured, professional trainer. He knows that “tried and true” is exactly that, until it isn’t. And just because something is trending, it doesn’t make it worthwhile or applicable, until it’s proven valuable. Tim is interested in the best information available to transfer to the student and he realizes that information is always evolving based on what the human body does naturally. To help new shooters and seasoned shooters alike, realize the best practices in the field and help them to refine techniques instead of changing it up with every different direction the wind blows, makes Tim a happy man.
He is also dedicated to his craft. He spends a significant amount of time in training sessions himself. He pushes himself to train as often as he teaches. While it isn’t possible all of the time, a significant portion of his “downtime” is spent honing his craft with industry peers and top-level trainers.
He is Rob Jennings’ (the GTBR founder’s) son, but he knows his dad doesn’t treat him any differently than any other instructor. What’s best for the student is best for Get Trained Be Ready. He’s aggressively working towards adding additional credibility and capability through receiving more training certifications himself and bringing to the classroom and the range, that personal touch that he knows he is very good at delivering.
A class with Tim means you are getting a close look at what it means to take the work seriously. He is going to help you improve, even if it means he’s got to step up to meet the gap between existing skills for the student and what is possible with GTBR and commit to spending the extra time and going the extra mile with you on your journey to self-reliance and capable defensive shooting.
Tim is an NRA Certified Instructor in the Pistol, Rifle, and Personal Protection disciplines, an NRA Chief Range Safety Officer, Church Safety and Security Team Instructor, and he is also CPR Certified. Tim has some tactical range first aid training as well.
Tim is an Instructor and RSO with Get Trained Be Ready.
Mitch BloomMitch enlisted in the Army National Guard in 2001 as an (11B) Infantryman. He served in a deployment in Baghdad, Iraq for more than a year. In 2006 he took a different career path as a Firefighter/EMT and worked as a first responder for 3 years. He served as a Combat medic in the position of Senior Line Medic for his infantry battalion for 7 years in the Army after he reenlisted in 2009. His years of experience and training led to his holding the position as a medic/instructor for the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center, where his day to day includes range safety work and medical coverage for the people coming through the organization.
His involvement with the courses at that facility include the Small Arms Weapons Expert and the Squad Designated Marksman courses. It is this extensive body of knowledge that has made Mitch a highly sought-after trainer. His ability to seamlessly blend the practical knowledge with the realistic reactions to situations beyond the control of the individual, makes him a very good trainer.
He has noticed a trend of converging industries and technologies in the medical technology and military organizations, which he believes is carrying over to the civilian landscape, where in the wake of increasing mass shootings, terrorist events and global geopolitical changes, civilians and law enforcement are seeing an important crossover between defensive (combat) training, and medical related training. Mitch Also specializes in Advanced First Aid and Basic Life Support as well as Tactical Casualty Combat care (TC3).
He is working to implement new training courses with organizations and civilian trainees that come through Get Trained Be Ready, so they too can access the leading-edge training that is available now to experts in the field.
On the range or in training classes with Mitch you’ll be able to benefit from his many years of experience and his proficiency in all things medical related, whether it be a simple commentary as he helps in a class or whether you are taking a dedicated class in his proficiency. Whatever the case may be – in a Mitch Bloom class, you’ll find plenty of essential information that will help you to be a more capable human being, not just a more capable shooter.
He is a National Registry EMT-B; and a CPR and BLS Instructor with the American Heart Association as well as a U.S. Army Combat Medic (68W30) and is experienced in battlefield technologies and is a Rope Rescue Technician and an Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Technician. He is also instrumental in our Church Safety and Security Team training and our Tactical Range Medicine training.
Mitch is a Medical Instructor for Get Trained Be Ready.
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What we do at Get Trained Be Ready Firearms Instruction
We are teachers and advocates for shooters and individuals who want to improve their capabilities in defensive shooting, enhance understanding anticipation vs. situational awareness, and who wish to increase their experience in the various disciplines we teach.
As Intuitive Defensive Shooting Instructors, Certified NRA Training Counselors, Certified NRA Instructors, and Certified USCCA Instructors, we share our depth of knowledge with you as a student or Instructor Candidate. Using proven training methods tested and refined over many years, we can increase your firearm skill sets in a variety of areas.
If you’d like, you can meet each of our Firearms Instructors to get to know their philosophies, credentials and experience in the section called "Meet Your Instructors" above.
Firearm and Defensive Shooting Instruction for Individuals
The individual shooter is what we try to focus on. It’s why we use an appropriate class size; why we favor team teaching when necessary and why we advocate for one-on-one training to help get you over any hurdles you may be experiencing in your training progression. We can assure you our staff’s many years of experience will be able to get you past personal goals to help you become the most proficient and efficient defensive shooter you can be.
We offer a Wide Range of Shooting Instruction Courses
Shooting Instruction for Instructors or Instructor candidates
We are one of the largest Firearm Instructor Developers and Trainers in Arkansas, and we also provide similar training in surrounding states when hosted.
If you are an enthusiast wanting certification to teach others, we can help.
If you are a military/LEO trainer wanting to crossover in order to train civilians, we can help.
For anyone who desires to be a firearms instructor, we have the tools, experience and credentials to help you get where you want to be.
We can teach you to teach others to handle firearms with confidence or run safe range activities with the assurance and understanding of range standard operating procedures, and much more.
Our Trainers have the capability of helping you progress through the various industry programs that meet our rigorous standards for inclusion to our training portfolio.
More than just helping you get your certifications, we know how to help you build a robust business with the right business acumen to ensure you can be successful in a training capacity.
We work hard to be an authority in the business development aspect of firearms Instructor training and will be glad to help you get started down the right path.
Instruction for Safety Response teams, First Responders and Law Enforcement
We are premium service providers for the industry here in Arkansas, and in surrounding states. We can do it all from helping you to implement emergency response plans to getting you trained to recognize dangerous situations and react appropriately and within the legalities of the state. We are very closely associated with Law Enforcement and other First Responders and we take our service offerings seriously because we recognize the importance of your contribution to public safety and our own wellbeing. We have developed intensive training for those looking for these specific offerings. We invite you to contact us for more information or to ask specific questions.
Veritas et Utilitas. Truth and Utility. Tell the student the truth they need to know. This is what drives our teaching philosophy.
Any trainer can teach you something novel. But not all teachers teach only proven techniques and give you the tools to adapt to situations because you understand comprehensively, the elements to defensive shooting. We teach the best practices (the TRUTH); we also teach utility (which translates to Efficiency) and usefulness so that you can rely upon practical, easily implementable and unforgettable methods, thought patterns and devices to help you come out the victor.
We advocate for a balanced, multifaceted approach to your personal protection.
We want your to be proactive – there will be no victimization here. We want confident, smart people who engage when necessary, but who have all the tools necessary to make the right decision when in the heat of the moment.
If that time comes, where you are in an unavoidable situation: it should be intuitive to act in a way that eliminates the threat with the ethical force necessary to efficiently protect yourself, or others. That is what we teach.
At times, a firearm will be the best choice – we therefore, need to help our students become capable, proficient and safe with a firearm, but also to be able to tap into the necessary skills and mindset to stop a threat if it is presented and a gun becomes the tool to use.
There is a certain responsibility that follows, when we determine that carrying a firearm is part of our personal protection plan. We are uncompromising in our belief that every student should be a master at understanding when to use a gun, and how to do it with the right outcome. That encompasses legality, lethality and confidence with the firearm.
Arkansas Concealed Carry Training
Arkansas Concealed Carry permit classes are a specialty of ours. We can help you get your Concealed Handgun Carry License for the State of Arkansas.
You can Find more information about getting your Arkansas Concealed Handgun Carry License or your Enhanced Concealed Handgun Carry License here.
Concealed Carry Instructor and NRA Instructor Training
If you are looking to get some certifications to enable you to teach, we offer several courses or course packages to help you achieve those goals as well. These are part of the recognized NRA training program.
You can view our NRA Trainer Specific Course offerings here.
From basic understanding, situational awareness concepts, defining anticipation as it pertains to your ability to respond efficiently in a civilian ambush situation, to actual drills that will sharpen your capabilities in a Dynamic Critical Incident where a single misstep can be the difference between life and death, we can be the resource you need to learn best practices, important tactical maneuvers and proper safety in a tactical shooting scenario. We are hands on, because theory isn’t enough when it comes to life and death – being able to physically act in response to a threat to secure your safety or that of others is what we teach at the core of all of our offerings. To echo Rob Pincus (founder of the Intuitive Defensive Shooting Program) we want to enable you to “Protect What You Love”.
You can view our entire Firearms Training Course Offering List here.
Church Safety and Security Group Training
With a congregation under your stewardship and the increase in active shooter situations of late, you can’t afford not to at least have a good understanding of the best practices to secure a church building and ensure the proper methodology and planning is in place.
Even (and especially) if you are a smaller congregation, you need to be able to access professional level insight and training to help you ensure the safety of your churchgoers. We specialize in this type of training.
You can view more information on how we help you secure your church properly here.
Learn to Shoot
We can start from the basics and work towards becoming familiar with best practices pertaining to firearms and their usage. We can train students of varying skill levels and teach instructors, but we understand the importance of training new shooters properly.
We value our students who are just beginning their journey into shooting, highly.
The way we teach is largely experiential. We believe that no matter how you best absorb information, that learning through experience, will teach a level of physical implementation that cannot be learned through watching someone else or by hearing about it in a lecture. We are champions of hands on instruction that helps you to do what has already been proven to work, and to help you understand in the moment, why it works and how to adapt of needed. It points directly to our mantra of Truth and Utility (Veritas et Utilitas).
After even a single class, we want you to be a confident, safe, and efficient shooter that can utilize best practices and a solid foundation of knowledge to be empowered in a personal defense setting.
We teach you to handle firearms with confidence. We understand what it is like to be learning something for the first time. Our instructors are uniquely qualified to teach beginner students about the process of handling a firearm with confidence from general best safety practices, to legitimate, high-level firearm handling skills.
If you haven’t found exactly what you are looking for, we invite you to contact us here.
We also have a very detailed FAQ section coming soon with answers to all your questions.
We are proud to train a variety of people for a variety of purposes including:
Concealed Carry Students and Instructors
Defensive Shooting Students and Instructors
Church Safety Teams
Law Enforcement Officers
Federal and State Game and Fish Wildlife Officers
Military and former Military personnel
Shooting Range Owners and their employees
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