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Концепция «Grey man»: Ловушки для серого человека

Концепция «Grey man». Часть 4: Ловушки для серого человека

Сама суть концепции «серого человека» состоит в том, чтобы избегать ловушек. Однако дорог без кочек и ям не бывает, и на «сером» пути тоже есть опасные повороты. Не будет преувеличением сказать, что именно серость может завести человека в ловушку: рассмотрим несколько потенциальных ошибок в создании серого образа.

Необходимое предуведомление: в поле рассмотрения статьи находятся предметы снаряжения, их выбор и использование, а не навыки и манера поведения серого человека.
Ещё одно предуведомление: как ответ на данную статью отчасти можно рассматривать цикл публикаций:

Есть смысл лишний раз напомнить, что в «серой» концепции присутствуют заведомые ограничения:

  • энтузиаста серого подхода всё же видно, как бы это ни парадоксально прозвучало;
  • целенаправленным поиском, например, перебором присутствующих, при наблюдении находится любой участник броуновского движения.

Из этих ограничений выводится необходимость предусмотреть определённый образ, объясняющий, почему здесь и сейчас этот человек не представляет интереса. Очевидно, понятие интереса также привязано к конкретной ситуации: в одних случаях это угроза, в других,наоборот, виктимность, ещё когда-то платёжеспособность или принадлежность к определённой профессии, и т.д.

Основные ловушки при попытке следовать серому образу — это:

  • псевдо-серые вещи
  • непопадание в шаблон наблюдателя
  • выпадание из образа при добавлении к нему утилитарных деталей

Grey Man wear, it certainly ain’t.
Dave Merrill

Парадокс серых вещей (как бы они не назывались — sneaky, concealed, covert, discreet, greyman, diversion, CCW, plain, low-profile) заключается в том, что они зачастую шьются как подчёркнуто серые, то есть в расчёте на понимающих людей, которые заметят и оценивающе поцокают языком. Липучка, крепления PALs — эти детали мигом отменяют все благие намерения сделать серую вещь и превращают её в стильно-тактикульную.

Отличная вещь, правда? Но внимание привлекает…

Казалось бы, чего в этом такого, идущего вразрез с изначальной задумкой? Ведь одежда-то уже не форменная? Однако это не делает её гражданской, вот в чём беда. Даже более того, зачастую в ней присутствует нарочитость, демонстративность, до такой степени, что именно этот недо-военный стиль становится обособленным и узнаваемым — сам по себе, без армейских ассоциаций. Само по себе это, может быть, и не так уж плохо — ведь и таких предметов одежды можно видеть в избытке на прохожих, но применительно к поставленной задаче это мешает её выполнению.

“I don’t want anyone to know I’m carrying a gun
but I’m an attention whore so I’ll wear a military color
and discretely announce I’m probably armed.”
Mad Duo Chris

Более тяжёлый случай, если сама конструкция предмета снаряжения демонстрирует окружающим «я вооружён». Это, в первую очередь, сумки для ношения пистолетов (и револьверов, да). Не пишу «скрытого ношения«, поскольку такие сумки сами выдают своё предназначение, тем самым исключая всю скрытность. Какие? Такие, которые предназначены для ношения спереди, и иногда имеют подвесную систему именно для такого расположения на теле, и только для него. Или сумки более-менее обычного вида, но носимые в неестественном для обычного вида месте, впрочем, вполне закономерном для быстрого извлечения оружия.

Такая сумка тоже вызывает подозрение

Да, короткоствольное огнестрельное оружие далеко от реалий большинства пост-советских республик, и сумки под пистолет у нас не зажигают красных лампочек в сознании прохожих. Зато на наших просторах возрос и получил широкую известность архетип «ганзовца-самооборонщика«, ощетинившегося баллончиками, куботанами, травматами, пуш-даггерами, УДАРами и складниками с надёжным замком. А у этих персонажей весьма в ходу сумки псевдооружейного стиля.

Отдельно стоит коснуться такого предмета снаряжения, как удлинённый рюкзак, рассчитанный на переноску карабина. Как бы это помягче сказать, уши торчат. То есть никого этот рюкзак не обманет, он вовсе не выглядит как обычный. Отнюдь, отрицательно, ни в коем случае. Да, он может не вызвать мысли, что человек вооружён — но он привлечёт досужее внимание предположением, что его владелец рыболов или спортсмен с инвентарём.

Будьте честны перед собой: если вещь выбивается из ряда обыкновенных, то она не серая.

— Что-то не нравится мне этот гусь…
к/ф «Паспорт»

Поневоле приходится напомнить, что «серость» образа может рассматриваться только к текущему конкретному окружению. Обстановка диктует нам, что в её рамках есть норма, а что — нет. Обстановка диктует наблюдателю, какие образы игнорировать, на какие обращать внимание. Как эти истины, ставшие уже прописными, вписываются в рассуждения о выборе серой экипировки?

А вот как — серый образ складывается не из серых вещей. Звучит супротив логики? Едва ли. Дело вот в чём: те самые люди, что формируют текущее окружение, носят не серую одежду и используют не серое снаряжение. Они одеваются в гражданские вещи, каждая из которых хорошо вписывается во вполне конкретное окружение, а в другое вписывается плохо.

Раскрыть данный момент подробнее и конкретнее поможет ответ на вопрос, который по-хорошему стоило задавать с самого начала — почему и от кого же так «серится» рассматриваемый серый человек. В рамках обсуждения предположим, что это законопослушный гражданский либо некто не при исполнении служебных — варианты с криминалитетом или людьми при исполнении остаются «за бортом» по ряду причин. Кто может быть наблюдателями, целями его серого образа? Патрульные полицейские, скажем — да, лишнего внимания привлекать не хочется, даже если совесть кристально чиста, ведь на проверки и беседы жаль терять время. Их могут заинтересовать как уголовники (а местных они всех знают, значит, выискивать будут гастролёров), так и странные чужаки (мало ли, теракт готовят). Ну и вариант с оборотнями не исключается, срубить денег на псевдо-нарушении. Криминалитет — высматривает людей, у которых есть чем поживиться, и которые каким-либо образом уязвимы (пьяны, невнимательны, доверчивы). Обычные зеваки, зачастую оборудованные мобилкой с камерой — их досужее внимание просто не нужно, кроме того, что раздражает. Что объединяет их взгляд в толпу? Их манера навешивать ярлык на увиденное. То, что легко классифицировать, интереса не вызывает — а вот то, что не вписывается в типаж, как раз заставляет среагировать. А типаж складывается из привычных глазу наблюдателя вещей, некоего стандарта данной местности. Помните первое ограничение, упомянутое в начале статьи? На серого человека посмотрят и подсознательно просеют через решето типажей. Если он не попадает в типаж — то его увидят и уже сознательно проявят к нему внимание.

Всегда старайся стать частью толпы

Так вот речь о том, что слишком безликие предметы одежды тоже заставляют образ выпасть из шаблона, живущего в голове наблюдателя. Тем более — их сочетание. Даже если по доброму совету понимающих людей затариваться шмотками на местном рынке, нужно тщательно думать, что выбирать. Может оказаться, что чего-то не хватает — либо привычного и обычного, либо позволяющего наблюдателю навесить ярлык. Тот самый ярлык, который зависит от конкретной обстановки и привычных ролей в ней, и используется наблюдателем для классификации увиденного. То, что не попадает в типаж, не даёт навесить ярлык, и соответственно привлекает внимание.

Милитаристам полезно учитывать, что типовые тактические цвета — OD, хаки/койот, а с недавнего времени ещё и серые тона — вполне узнаваемы как тактикульщиками из числа силовиков, так и более-менее сообразительным криминалитетом, поневоле насмотревшимся на тактикульных силовиков. Иногда ложное опознание может быть и на руку, а иногда — совсем нет. Гипотетические ситуации можете представить сами, напрягите воображение.

Помните — вы одеваетесь не для себя, а для окружающих. Учитывайте их вкусы, не разочаровывайте их!

— Что у него лежит в его мерзких грязных карманцах?!
Толкун-книга

Серому человеку, в любой его ипостаси, нужно больше вещей, чем обычному прохожему. Это аптечка, повседневная либо перевязочная, а то и обе разом, это фонарик, это расходники (стяжки, батарейки, шнур), это второй-третий нож, наконец. Обилие предметов по сравнению с обывательским EDC (ключи, мобилка, кошелёк) неизбежно привлекает интерес и внимание, а то и изысканный юмор в стиле «к Концу Света готовишься?» (тщёрт побьери, как они догадались?!). Всё это нужно куда-то сложить. И всё это имеет объём, зачастую немалый.

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Такова уж текущая ситуация, что оттопыренные карманы, подсумки на поясе или свалка за пазухой отнюдь не являются социально приемлемыми даже в самых маргинальных слоях общества. Довольно удобные для лёгкой временной мелочёвки карго-карманы на бедре, будучи загружены металлом и пластиком, превращаются в обузу и закономерно бросаются в глаза случайным наблюдателям. И тем более неслучайным.

«Что у вас, ребята, в рюкзаках?»
из репертуара Э. Хиля

Если серый человек имеет серьёзные намерения или длительную задачу, то вещей у него становится в разы больше — запасная одежда для переодевания (в целях конспирации или защиты от погодных условий), средства связи, инструмент, жизнеобеспечение. Все эти вещи не влезут в карманы одежды, даже если это Scottevest или Airport Jacket — нужна сумка или рюкзак, что приводит нас к ещё одной проблеме.

Весьма удобный рюкзак. Но, опять же, привлекает внимание

В некоторых местах любая сумка неуместна, кроме полупрозрачного п/э пакета (с выпивкой и закуской), поэтому вызывает повышенное внимание. Проблема сама по себе не так уж велика, но она сужает выбор типажей, в которые возможно вписаться при условии наличия за плечами рюкзачка либо сумки на плече. Кроме того, сам факт наличия сумки и тем более рюкзака — уже превосходный ориентир для передачи фигуранта от наблюдателя к наблюдателю.

В особенности эту проблему обостряют сумки из первой части статьи, с MOLLE/ PALs на боковинах или на фронтальной грани.

Отчасти проблему сглаживают сумки, которые позволяют использовать разные способы ношения — на лямке через плечо, на рюкзачных лямках, за ручку для переноски наподобие портфеля. Нет, портфельный способ ношения годится не для всех сумок, у которых есть такая ручка — если при таком ношении откровенно свисают лямки, или сумка чиркает по земле/асфальту, то она не выглядит в глазах наблюдателя как портфель, а достигает противоположного эффекта — заставляет задуматься, зачем это наблюдаемый объект тащит сумку именно так, как ему неудобно.

Учитесь обходиться малым, либо не пожалейте времени на выбор сумки с несколькими методами переноски.

Becoming the Grey Neighbor

Have you heard of the Grey Man concept? The earliest record I could find of this in prepper/survival circles was in a post on the Western Rifle Shooters Association website by someone calling themselves Habcan. I don’t know if he created the concept or copied this article from another location, but I recommend reading the article if you haven’t already. For those who don’t know about the Grey Man concept, I’ll summarize it for you.

The Grey Man concept simply means blending in and not sticking out. You want to dress, move and act in a way that is completely forgettable. This is done so that you do not draw unnecessary attention to yourself as you go about life and I think the initial focus was on people who were carrying concealed firearms. There are lots of examples of how this larger concept could work in your favor to keep you safe and many survival and prepper blogs bring this concept up as a way to live or a strategy for how to avoid becoming a target of people intent to do you harm.

I was thinking of this idea in a different context though as it related to life after a SHTF scenario. One of our readers contacted me with some questions after reading a post from Selco on the SHTF School blog. Selco is from the Balkans and lived through the Balkan war from 92 – 95. He has created an excellent online course titled “One Year in Hell” that offers training derived from his own experiences living surrounded in the real SHTF world of a war zone and without power for a year. He also blogs and writes in a post about “Survivalist Hate” where the people in a real life SHTF scenario turned on what we would call a prepper who was only trying to help.

Did you ever hear of “survivor’s guilt”? Feeling of being guilty because you survived but many others you know did not. There is something else that can “help” you to not feel that, because it can kill you. It is what I call “survivalist hate” by people around you.

I often read how people want to help other folks when SHTF, and it is really good, but in reality it works different.

When SHTF, I mean real SHTF, most of the people will not like you because you are prepared, people will hate you, even if you help them. They will hate you because you are prepared and you have food, water, weapon and shelter for you and your family, and they do not have anything like that.

I have seen how people robbed man, and his family, torching his house because he had lots of goods (he gave some of that stuff to some folks week before) and by that logic folks said that he knew that S. is going to hit the fan, and he was like guilty for them. People were angry that he prepared but did not tell them.

This is what you can call “survivalist hate”. Think about it, sentences like “he could have warned us” or “he must have stolen this from somewhere, otherwise he would have not that much”. Do not expect normal logical thinking. It does not happen much in normal times and is less in survival scenarios for most common folks.

It was these words that caused our reader to question how much they should volunteer to help their community in an emergency. Mark had been thinking about trying to organize resources in the community now, before any crisis, but reading Selco’s story above had him reconsidering going out on a limb, telegraphing he might have resources or skills and potentially becoming a victim like the man robbed for his supplies. This is what led me to consider the Grey Man concept as it could be applied to your home and resources if the SHTF. It is one thing to control your appearance and actions in a crowd to avoid detection, but what about your supplies in your home?

Always invisible in plain sight

Depending on the crisis, I have to believe there is a timeline of phases that people go through. The crisis would dictate that timeline to a large degree in that an Earthquake for example would destroy everything relatively quickly and then you would be recovering for some time afterwards. The initial violence would be up front and then people would start dealing with problems after the shaking stopped. It would be similar with any other natural disasters I assume. Something like a regional war or an economic collapse or even pandemic would cause a different timeline but regardless of how long it took people to start feeling the effects of any crisis eventually your neighbors could be dealing with illnesses or injury, disruptions in food, safety concerns from looters or approaching military forces. Unless you were quarantined in your homes, invariably neighbors would be talking at some point, sharing information and learning how others were faring. It is at this time that the prepared individual could fall into that situation described above.

There are many aspects to this and realistically how you act toward your neighbors and the situations you could face after a crisis could be the subject of a dozen articles but I will focus on this one viewpoint in this post. There is something to be said for charity and something else for self-preservation. If we were faced with a situation like above, what could you do to keep your family safe and your supplies that you have been storing up in your hands and not the hands of an angry mob?

Never draws attention to himself

Two things come to mind when trying to think about the Grey Man concept and your home. The first is that before anything happens you want to be practicing OPSEC as much as feasible in your situation. The less people know about the supplies you have stored, what you may be preparing for, your political beliefs etc. the less likely they are going to think of you if something happens. I have said it before, but unless you live in an area where this is common (and there are lots of areas where it is) I wouldn’t be seen out at the Chili’s in your camouflage pants and Army boots. Don’t get me wrong, I have these myself, but I save the camo for hunting season. Whenever I am hunting, there are thousands of other guys who look just like me and I blend in. Not necessarily at Chili’s but you get the point.

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If you are getting supplies of food shipped in, make sure these are dealt with in a way that doesn’t draw attention. I wouldn’t stack boxes of MRE’s up in front of the shed while your neighbor is mowing their grass. If you are loading guns into the car for a trip to the range, do this discretely. I normally do a quick visual check to make sure no one is outside first and back the car into the garage so I can get them loaded quickly. Have a safe being delivered to the house? Try to do this during the day if most of your neighbors are at work. Large purchases from Sams or Costco could be construed the same way. A bulk pack of toilet paper is one thing, but 5 – fifty pound bags of rice or several 45 lb. pails of freeze dried food are another. Are you practicing open carry to make a statement?

The next part and probably the harder of the two to pull off would be after SHTF. How do you keep your supplies secret? How do you maintain OPSEC whenever everyone else is watching you simply because they have nothing else to do?

Grey man avoids confrontation

It would really depend on the scenario I think. For instance, if everyone was without power, I might not light my house up at night. Knowing that you have a power source, maybe solar panels could give it away that you have resources they don’t have. Of course, the situation will dictate how badly you are hated for having power if your neighbors don’t but I think eventually it could cause problems. Let’s say there wasn’t an EMP but the grid was taken down by terrorists. Every appliance still works, but the power simply isn’t coming through the wires anymore. Your electricity could at bare minimum provide conveniences like power for fans, ability to recharge batteries or enable entertainment devices. One of the prepper supplies I made sure I had was a giant roll of heavy black plastic. This has many uses, but one of them could be to black out my windows. At night, I could run electric and not draw attention.

Food is another resource that will be tough to keep secret, especially if you are cooking outside. The smell of food to a hungry person is not something you can easily keep a lid on. You could heat water outside and use that for your freeze-dried foods as one way to keep the fact that your family is still eating somewhat under wraps. Eventually though people will notice that you aren’t getting slimmer.

What about weapons? This is one that I have considered because I have made preparations that would allow me certain tactical advantages over my unprepped neighbors. What if there was the threat of violence from people walking through and looting? Would I go walking down the street in my tactical holster, bulletproof vest and battle rifle on day one? Probably not, but eventually if things got bad enough that might be my daily outfit. I think if that were the case, my neighbors and I would have other things to worry about than what I had in my house. My hope is that if things ever get that bad, I will be able to help my neighbors and my contributions on that front will give me grace. Maybe that is foolish.

Even if you are completely secretive about your supplies or your neighbors are completely self-sufficient themselves you could face a time when someone is banging on your door demanding you to share what you have. Have you thought about what you would do if that happened? Like I said, there are many aspects to this concept and the final, possible confrontation is for another post. Practicing the Grey Man concept for your home in a SHTF scenario might put that off for a little while longer though or prevent it entirely and I think that is the whole point.

5 Gray Man secrets I learned as a surveillance operative

One of the questions I get fairly often is “what is the gray man,” and rightly so. It’s a concept that most people have a vague idea about, if any idea at all, since pretty much all they’ve been exposed to is maybe reading The US Army’s book on Human Intelligence Collector Operations – or what they’ve seen in movies (which is pretty terrible).

Luckily, this just happens to be something I’m very familiar with, having both been involved in real-world operations on source operations and surveillance teams as well as teaching agents in both classroom and field exercises (not to mention the crap ton of training I did, compliments of the government), so I’ll break down the basics for you as far as I understand the concept. If you really want to dig deeply into it, here’s a list of books that you might want to consider.

What is the Gray Man concept?

The gray man concept is the theory behind the tactics, techniques, and procedures of reducing an adversary’s awareness of your presence or actions, allowing you to operate in a semi-permissive environment.

In simpler terms, it means doing things in a way that any others either don’t pay attention to you or dismisses you from being a target while you go about your business. Essentially, it comes down to how to hide in plain sight.

It’s not just trying to be invisible or avoiding detection because it’s usually impossible to operate within those constraints. The gray man concept is basically an extension of OPSEC (Operational Security). It can be as simple as trying to not be picked to answer a question in class or as complicated as safely and effectively meeting a source to clandestinely collect intelligence without giving away your relationship or purpose for meeting.

What the Gray Man concept is not

Due to the fact that most people’s idea of operating in a clandestine or covert (they’re different and require different mission preparations but that’s entirely out of the scope of an unclassified discussion) is what they see in movies, most people – and even way too many trained agents – have the wrong idea of what the gray man idea is all about.

The gray man concept isn’t necessarily about just hiding and not being noticed – doing that is quite easy in comparison. These guys were obviously noticed with how they used orange vests to leverage people’s expectations of where they were allowed to go but one could argue that they used elements of being gray men because they were allowed to proceed into areas without anyone paying undue attention to them – and they were certainly not dressed to not be noticed in the general sense, but were dressed in a way that they were dismissed.

1 – The gray man concept is psychology-driven

What you wear can certainly have an effect on how gray you are but you have to go a bit deeper than that. Regardless of what you’re trying to do and how you’re able to do it, it all comes down to psychology – in particular, the psychology of your adversary.

It’s not always good to just walk around with a gray hoodie like this (although they do have their place and I have one I’ve used on surveillance) or to not carry something or act in a way that draws attention to yourself. It’s the attention that we’re trying to avoid.

The Reticular Activating System (RAS)

The RAS is a part of your nervous system at the base of your brain at the top of your spinal column and filters all your sensory input (except smell) so your mind isn’t overloaded with everything. Here’s a quick video to explain:

It’s a pretty powerful little piece of your brain that can can apparently also be leveraged to make some conscious changes in your life, but that’s another story (if you have any experience with this, please comment below).

What we want to do is use our knowledge of how the RAS works in order to make us essentially invisible if possible, and not considered a threat or a target if not. Don’t worry about exactly how it really works – I don’t know either. I just know some of the things that work and some things I’ve seen that have gotten people noticed.

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I grew up a good deal of my life on Air Force bases. If you’ve ever been on one, you know that jets constantly take off throughout the day and they’re pretty damn loud. Once you’ve live there for a while, you stop hearing them unless someone comes to visit and makes a remark asking how we could stand to live with all that noise. That’s your RAS working there. You still hear the jets but you don’t take any notice.

2 – There’s a science behind how people see you

When someone glances your way, they make a subconscious scan of what you look like and quickly file it away. They notice the broad strokes of how you look and not necessarily the details. It’s these broad strokes that you want to either manipulate or diminish. To illustrate the point, take a look at a quick video on what’s called change blindness.

As you can see, you can change sometimes someone’s details quite a bit and people won’t notice it even if you’re in the middle of a discussion with you. That’s again, your RAS working. You may not be able to help that you’re a blond or have freckles but if you do it right, you won’t have to. By manipulating the major things that people notice, you can manipulate how much they pay attention to you.

How can we use this knowledge to keep someone from paying too much attention? Well, if someone is in a crowd of people who are all wearing casual clothes and you wear something drastically different such as a business suit, when people do a quick scan of everyone as they walk through, your identity will be distinguished from the rest. Instead of a sea of subtle changes that blend in with everyone else, their RAS will pay particular attention to you and may even bring it to the point of conscious thought where it could lead to them actively watching you.

If you’re going to try to blend into an area, you need to not just think about not wearing colors that may stand out, look at the general look of what everyone’s wearing and try to come up with the average look. If you’re at a beach and everyone’s wearing bright tropical colors, wearing something bland may actually get you noticed. In the same regard, if the majority of people are wearing blues and greens and you have the same style but it’s red, you may also stand out and garner some unwanted attention.

3 – Your actions are part of your persona

3a – Follow the crowd

If you’re wearing the right clothes in the right area with the right crowd but are the only one standing when everyone else is seated at a table, you’re gonna get noticed. If you’re at a library where everyone’s studying and you’re eating a sandwich, you’re gonna get noticed. Just like your clothing, try to take a quick inventory of what the typical person is doing and do that.

3b – Act like you’re supposed to be there

This is pretty much the opposite of the last paragraph but is something to consider.

In the Army, we were constantly told to walk with a purpose. Now this was typically because some sergeant didn’t want us to be leisurely strolling through the area but I found that it came in handy in trying to get into an area for penetration testing.

If you’re trying to maneuver through an area, sometimes people pay less attention to you if it looks like you’re focused on being somewhere or getting something done. I’ve also found that if you have something to support that look, such as walking around with a clipboard or a notebook, their brains assume you’re supposed to be there. This is pretty much what the guys above did with their orange vests and isn’t typically what you might do but there are certainly situations that it works.

4 – How you do something is as important as what you’re doing

Once you’ve decided on something to wear that will allow you to be in an area and not have someone take notice, you have to work on your demeanor. This part here is HUGELY important and usually how I used to pick out surveillance operators when I was on a counter-surveillance mission.

Your demeanor is basically not just what you’re doing but how you’re doing it. If you’re walking around with your head on a swivel looking for a threat, you look suspicious. It may work as part of a defensive posture so you don’t look like a victim but it could also draw some attention. Hollywood is really bad with this, especially when the actor is supposedly supposed to be some highly-trained operative and he’s skulking around like he’s about to steal someones cookies.

Ever heard that someone smells like a cop? That smell is typically due to their demeanor reminding them of how they envision cops act (when it’s not due to some combination of their pseudo-military outfit, hair style, and build). Same thing goes for people who’ve spent a long time in the military. They have a certain air about them, stemming from their stature, how they walk, a different level of confidence or awareness, or one of several other traits that military people have in common. If you notice these things you can take advantage of them to help you either blend in with others in the area or lead someone astray about your background.

It’s the same thing as when you travel. If you walk around looking like a tourist, you may draw attention by criminals. They can tell by not just where you go and what you do but how long you stare at something or how you’re continually scanning the area because you don’t know exactly where you’re at.

Basically it comes down to acting natural. People have expectations about how someone stands/sits/walks/performs certain actions/etc and if you do those things differently than their expectations, their RAS will kick in and now you’re on their RADAR.

5 – People-watching is a great teacher

Once you get an idea on what to look for, go out and start looking. Watch how people normally act in different settings. I used to take agents out on field trips to malls and book stores to people-watch just for this purpose.

Try to ascertain what they’re doing or what their background is just from what they look like, what they’re doing, and how they act.

  • If two people are talking to each other, what’s their relationship?
  • Who has military experience?
  • Any off-duty or undercover cops?
  • Why did they come to this particular place today?
  • What do you think they do for a living?
  • What are their hobbies?

Pay close attention the next time you watch a movie. Can you now see where the character ends and the actor begins? Do you see anything incongruent with how they move or what they’re doing that doesn’t fit with the character or scene? Can you tell who has had training and who hasn’t? Are the supposed Delta operators walking around with their fingers in the trigger, flagging their buddies with their weapons?

If you want to see a good example of this, check out the movie John Wick, starring Keanu Reeves. In my opinion, this movie is the best example of how close quarters combat is supposed to be done and you can tell that Keanu Reeves did a LOT of training for the part. Just check out this video of him shooting for further proof.

The more you observe others, the more you’ll know about what looks ‘normal’ in different situations and the easier it’ll be to blend in, or at least not stick out as much.

Further reading

Here are a few articles you may be interested in that have some different takes on what the gray man concept is:

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