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Judgment (Decision Making) Defined

by DA Caravella on 07/04/19

As simply stated in the first posting below--and it makes a good definition too--judgment is "the analysis of options followed by an action." Without seeing options we're left with a panic response. Judgment replaces the panic response.

Skill-based training alone does not teach judgment. You can fire away all day at the range, get very good shooting at paper, and then mistakenly use lethal force against someone who scares you but is not going to be shown later when in a calm courtroom to be a lethal or serious threat. Getting your panic response under control is a big part of decision making training. Then your live-fire experience has meaning and application.

If you believe that live-fire practice provides competent physical skill, you must also believe that decision making training provides competent decision making skill. Consider that your judgment process when faced with a serious or lethal threat is the same process jurors will use in court. But you may have only seconds to engage that process whereas jurors have days, weeks, or even longer. The purpose of virtual-reality decision making training is to enable you to front-load the process.

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relationship of knowledge, skill, judgment;
the judgment process;
the three subject areas;
the five hazardous attitudes;
elements of the poor judgment chain;
the two mental processes in decision making;
the six action ways;
the I'M-SAFE personal assessment;
the benefits and risks of stress;
stand-your-ground and protected perimeter;
role of verbal command;
learning defined;
the four levels of learning;
building-block method of instruction;
role of student and instructor;
lesson planning;
definition of instructional knowledge.
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Using your firearm in defense is 20% skill
and 80% emergency decision-making.

You build skill at a live-fire range.
You experience emergency decision-making here.