12 ‘BodyGuardSchool.com’ Reviews
Worked for Me
The way i read into some of the reviews and comments Ive read on this course boils down to this. Some guys made it and some guys couldn't cut it. Those of us that made it went our way and got work. Those that didn't went back home to what they were doing before. I think one of the biggest tests you had to pass was to be able to live close quarters,under stress and fatigued and still be able to function and act like a man and part of a team. I think the bitching comes from mainly the type of immature weaker individual who couldn't perform under those circumstances. As far as promises for work none was made to me. I really didn't know much if anything about security when i went there but when I left I had learned a lot. I did get a good recommendation from Shawn and landed my first static contract in Kosovo for ITT, then I was a operator in Afghanistan for Global as a PSD medic. After that I did PSD in Iraq and then static in Kuwait for Triple Canopy When i came home I was a sergeant for TC. After it was all said and done ,yes it cost me money to educate myself and get my first contract however after that I made a ton of money on 3 more contracts. I'm pretty much done overseas I think,though I do miss my buds over there, its a brutal lifestyle and I'm tired of it . But I'm glad I went and I'm glad I went to CASS.
My experience at CASS.
Here is my experience of the immersion course at CASS.
On day one when I arrived at the Ranch, I was both excited and nervous. After reading all the information available to me and speaking to the half a dozen people I was put in contact with, I knew exactly what I was getting into. This would be hard. I would be tired. I would be expected to pull not only my own weight, but sometimes pick up the slack within my team now, because they would do the same for me later. I knew I was getting into something special, and if I graduated, I also knew my life was going to make a dramatic change.
I walked through those doors with no military or police experience. I had fired a few pistols at the range, but barley made it past 50 rounds and because I listened to the instructors I turned out to be one of the top shooters in the course. No boasting of my talents, but of the teaching methods. They work. The live fire scenarios were amazing too!
What I do have is a lot of post-secondary education and I thought that would be a big help. Sometimes I had an advantage and sometimes I felt like I was sinking. If you have a good team, everyone shares their strengths and weaknesses.
I knew I would have a LOT of ground to cover from my pervious career in education if I was going to move in the security sector. The curriculum here helped me shorten that gap. It is painful, but very effective because there really isn’t time for the regular school system approach that most of us are used to. Thick skin helps. Also, the unique live in element here means that you are always in training, even when you don’t realize it.
Having successfully completed the immersion course I can confidently and truthfully say that I received exactly what they told me I would get. There was not a hint of being misled, deceived or lied to, only speedy and truthful answers to all of my questions. Every one.
The instructors have all “been there” and are currently “doing that” when not teaching. They talk the talk and walk the walk. On more than one occasion we were given the opportunity to meet past instructors and former graduates who were kind enough to tell us their story and pass along their wisdom. All of these people have worked in the industry and graduated this course. When I asked my questions about the industry (the same questions I asked during my initial research) I received the same answers. Nobody lies; everyone helps each other so everyone succeeds. All you have to do is give all you can for your team, listen to the people who have done it before and learn from your mistakes.
“Failure is your friend.” This is something I read a lot and am truly amazed at how helpful and accurate that phrase is. This course gave me a whole new understanding of that principle. Do yourself a favor and embrace it with everything you have and you will succeed.
By now if you don’t see the pattern in these reviews, if you don’t see the obvious themes described here by the people who actually have the integrity to do what they say and to work until the job is completed then you are from this moment on wasting your time and have no place at CASS. You will not only waist your time, money and effort, but you will also do the same to the people who deserve to be there. It really does only take one idiot to change the entire game for the team. I was one of the luckiest candidates in a long time because I was a member of a great team. NOBODY complained, EVERYONE worked HARD and because of that, we all succeeded and I hope to see them all again very soon.
Master the basics + determination to succeed = shotgun smile. Every time!
At the risk of sounding like I'm here to merely plug the school, I'm going to keep this simple. I'm a recent grad of the Oct/2013 class at CASS and if you're looking through these reviews then you're probably just about in the same place I was over a year ago. Hopefully you're doing you're research, looking around and comparing your options. Personally, through all of the sorting CASS definitely stood apart from the rest of what I saw out in the web in and I attribute that to the honest, forthright and transparent approach they took in presenting themselves as an institution to prospective students, not to mention the sheer volume of information given alone. I think the most valuable piece of insight I can give to someone that is interested in studying at CASS, but is not sure that they're convinced, is to digest everything that is presented through the website, especially the course syllabus. So much about the curriculum, how that curriculum is taught and the philosophy behind why it is taught that way is expressed plainly and openly there. I cannot think of ANYTHING that was misleading or misrepresented by any CASS training staff or site material, so take a very good look at what they are offering and don't be afraid to ask questions before you decide to take the leap. It's not always fun, it's not always full of sexy ninja tracks and it's NEVER easy. So make sure you give CASS a thorough look and honestly determine whether you've got the right stuff for this because the ones who wait until the course has begun to realize they're not ready for it end up screwing everyone including themselves, but if you're really serious about this then I'd say you're looking in the right place. If you can handle the load, the stress and keep your ego in check then you're in for one of the greatest experiences of your life, but know that you're sure as hell going to work for it. I liken the experience to being shot out of a cannon. You're packed in with the knowledge and skills that you need then you're blasted out and if you don't grow some wings and learn to fly while you're still airborne then things can get painful upon landing. Idiots, slackers and self proclaimed superstars need not apply but for the rest of you who are honestly ready to truly test yourself, you've found a more than worthy arena by any standards.
Are you capable of learning?
Because you will be taught. The instruction is thorough and comprehensive, but the question remains... are you capable of learning? I have never gained anything from a class, course or exercise where I walked through the door already thinking I knew what I needed to know. But if you're open to learn, receive correction and grow, you'll be taken care of. So if you're interested in the industry and you want to learn from real talent I recommend CASS! That was the sales pitch... and its legit! Here's my story: I served in the PA National Guard for six years, worked in the civil engineering world for a dozen years and ran my own brokerage business for over a decade (which included running a branch office for the largest financial company in the world at that time). My wife and I also had a very successful restaurant that we sold in 2012 for a huge profit. I have a black belt... which can be cliché, so I'll put it in real terms, I fought in the amateur national boxing championships and the Olympic trials. That stated, I believe I have an eye to discern excellence. I actually started my search in the bodyguard training industry with private military contractors and bounced between bodyguard schools and military training schools. If you are perusing the web like I did I would advise you to pay attention to content! That's how CASS won me over. They literally have a huge course syllabus with additional information that you can pour through. Furthermore, the 28 day course that I went through at the center was barely enough time to 'squeeze' the training in. So if you are looking at a "become a bodyguard in three days" type of course, I would seriously question the validity of any such claims. Excellence in this industry will require far more than being a former night club bouncer. You need to be mentally sharp, astute and aware. If you enjoy hours of television on end every single day, stay home. If thinking for more than a few hours at a clip is tiring and cumbersome, stay home. If apple pie is a fierce competitor with physical fitness in your mental arena, stay home. Anytime you strive for excellence you will be pushed, either by yourself or by others (if you allow them). At CASS you will be pushed! But I will end with this. The Cadre has a very good understanding of how hard to push to benefit you as a trainee. Any military school or personal trainer can push you to failure, but that eventually becomes counter productive. This crew knows how to push you and when to let off the gas a little so you actually improve, both physically and mentally. They actually WANT YOU TO DO WELL. I have some life experience under my belt and I can say with confidence my experience at CASS ranks among one of the best!
Most rewarding experience of my life
I am a recent graduate of the Jan-Feb classof 2013 at CASS. I have never worked harder both mentally and physically for 29 days. The experience I received while training with the instructors and my fellow classmates was the most rewarding experiences of my life. The training I received exceeded all my expectations and everything that is explained on the website does indeed occur during your training. When I first arrived and met my fellow classmates I was a little apprehensive. Their were 5 of us and I wondered how we would all work together as a team. We had a very strong class and I am still in awe at how we all bonded and worked together. I can honestly say that I now have 8 lifelong friends and know that if I ever need anything, anyone of them will be their for me and I am including the instructors as well.
I learned more about myself during the 29 days there than in the 35 years I have been aliIve. The food was absolutely fantastic and our culture hour every night at dinner was one of the highlights of the course. It was the one hour a day where we just relaxed and had some of the best discussions i have ever had. The long nights in the TOC were also some of the most memorable as well. Their were times when I thought to myself, what's the big deal, why are they getting so pissed about something so small. Everything is done for a reason and everything is a test. I will never forget to pay attention to the details.
The firearms training given at CASS is the best you can receive from any protection training out there. We eached pushed a few thousand rounds down range during our training. We started with .22 pistols moving on to 9mm's and also trained with shotguns and long guns. Our live fire scenarios were intense and I know that they have prepared me for my work on future teams. The strength of our class allowed us to do more advanced training in our live fire drills.
The surveillance and counter surveillance training was tough and intense but was very rewarding. Going into it I thought it would be one of the easier parts of the training and man was I wrong. Everything I was taught, I put into practice and was able to do quite well and know for a fact I will use all I was taught in the future. The part I haven't discussed was the the different documents that have to be prepared for different part of an operation. The site survey's, advances, and operation orders are all very mentally challenging. I did my homework and studied up before I arrived, but had no idea of the depth that these reports go into. The instructions we received will definitely prepare us for future work.
I would like to talk about the few negative comments about this school. I truly believe that these negative comments were from people who either didn't have what it took to graduate or from people who aren't fit to work in this field. They clearly state that graduation doesn't guarantee employment. Even after graduation, you still need to work as hard as you did training to sell yourself to future employers. You get from this program what you put in it. The instructors will go above and beyond to help as long as you are willing to put in the work.
Finally to Shawn, Olga and Sean, I would like to say thank you and tell you how truly grateful I am to all of you for the instructions, the lessons and the advice you gave me during my training. I would also like to thank you for the personal counsel given throughout the entire course. I look forward to seeing you all in the future.