Being the gray man and situational awareness is about more than what you wear, it’s about everything you do that might make you stand out in a crowd. Being the gray man is about what you do and say on a daily basis, and who you say it to.
Throughout our daily live we do things trying to become the gray man every day. If you’ve ever tried to avoid eye contact with an annoying acquaintance or a street vendor, you have tried to become the gray man.
You can talk about operational security and situational awareness without talking about being the gray man, but you can’t talk about being the gray man without talking about operational security and situational awareness. Becoming unremarkable and unmemorable require you to understand your situation and act accordingly.
As I was growing up I was the gray man without even thinking about it. I was the quiet child that would always fly under the radar. My siblings were always busy talking, while I was always busy thinking about how to handle each situation. Because of this I was allowed to do just about anything I wanted because everyone trusted me, and focused their attention elsewhere.
SPP170 Being the Gray man & Situational Awareness
This week in the show Lisa and I went over some of the things that help us become unremarkable and might help us blend into the crowd. We also talked about how being the gray man changes depending on the situation you are facing.
If you live in an urban area you might not want to be wearing cammo and carrying a tactical backpack or bug out bag. If you live in a rural area you wouldn’t want to be wearing a 3-piece suit and carrying suitcase. Fitting in means looking just like everyone else, and unremarkable in every way. [Read more…]