Tier Classifications

Tier 1. the Military Definition:

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The term Tier 1 when used by the military refers to special operations forces with covert operations and counter terrorism capabilities. Tier 1 can refer to the unit or the operator. Originally Tier 1 referred to the amount of training a unit conducted in hostage rescue. Currently it is used to refer to the priority of funding for training and operations. Tier 1 military operators are some of the worlds best counter terrorist. We at T1SMG do not intend to be confused by name or to represent the specialized capabilities of government Tier 1 units or operators.  T1SMG is a Private Security Company and as such utilizes the term Tier 1 in reference to private sector security and investigative operations and instructors who are at the top of the game in reference to our requirements to conduct private sector operations. Some but not all of whom have or are currently serving in military Tier 1 Special Operations Units.

T1SMG is constantly working to be Special Operations Capable as a group but is not a military Tier 1 Asset. We respect, support, and send our thoughts and prayers to the U.S. military forces. We are constantly working to create related careers for them in the private sector as they transition to civilian life.

Tier 1 . Private Security Operations Definition:    

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Security operations carried out by highly trained, experienced, knowledgeable, skilled, and mission capable, professional security specialist, using proven strategies, tactics, techniques, technologies, and tools, adapted to the task at hand.

T1SMG Tier Classification:

  • Tier I Security Specialist. 

To Qualify as a T1SMG Tier 1 Security Specialist the individual must have satisfied all requirements n the following categories. Tier 1 Security Specialist are the highest paid and are the first considered for any high end or high threat assignments.

I. Experience, Training, Certifications, Licenses, Registrations, and Qualifications.

I. Experience  1. Five years relevant security experience in the military, law enforcement, tactical security operations (High Risk),or emergency services i.e. Fire Dept. or E.M.S. or a combination of the above.A minimum one year of this experience will be recent, (within last two years). Experience must be documented, verifiable, honorable and approved by T1SMG. Relevant military experience includes combat arms, including special ops, infantry, military police or security forces and like specialties.It does not include service support experience except when there is approved verifiable documentation that you filled a security related billet other than your primary M.O.S. Relevant Law Enforcement Experience includes: Patrol, Field Services, and can include corrections experience when evaluated and approved. It does not include volunteer service, administrative positions or communications. Relevant Emergency Services Experience includes 911 response Fire Department and EMS as a first responder. It does not include volunteer service, administrative positions  or communications. Tactical Security Operations Experience includes: Anti Terrorism Force Protection, Government Installation Security Positions, P.S.D. Assignments for a U.S. Government agency, or Personal Protection or Anti Terrorism experience conducting high risk security assignments in the private sector for P.M.C. type companies. All experience must be verified, evaluated, and approved by T1SMG.

2. A minimum of one year of this experience must have been gained in a Special Tactical Unit. This includes Military Special operations, Police S.W.A.T. or another Special Unit comparable in Training and Employment. 

An example of comparable unit would be Force Recon, Scout Sniper Units, F.A.S.T. team, Navy Riverine and Special Boat Units. Certain Law Enforcement Task Forces, Approved Fugitive Apprehension Units. Certain High Risk P.S.D including World Wide Protection. Military P.T.T. teams who conducted direct action counter insurgency field operations, Armed government contractors who conducted Special Operations type missions, and Quick Reaction Force teams who operated in hostile environments.  All experience must be verified, documented and approved by T1SMG in order to apply.

Comparable Units includes having qualified for membership and actively participated in training and operations with the T1SMG Q.R.F. Unit which is organized and operated based on a blend of N.T.O.A. S.W.A.T., D.S.S. W.P.S. P.S.D., and military special unit standards. This is not to say that Q.R.F. or every member of the Q.R.F. at all times meets all of the above standards.

3. A minimum of  one year of this experience will be performing Personal Protection security duties in as a member of a  P.S.D. Team or in an approved High Risk  or High End EP/P.P.O. Assignment.

4. 6 months of the experience will be as a supervisor in the role of AIC, Team Leader, Squad Leader,Tactical Commander,  Field Training Officer, military N.C.O. or equivalent position of responsibility. 

II. Training. 

1. The Tier 1 Security Specialist must have 1ooo or more hours of training relevant to security , including a minimum of 55 hours of Tx. D.P.S. P.S.B security training.

Examples of relevant training include approved documented training under certified instructors or training officers from the military, law enforcement,tactical security or emergency services including formal training provided by for members of the Special Missions Training Group, or other T1SMG approved private sector training courses and or providers.

III. Certifications,Registrations, and Licenses.

1. Tx. D.P.S. P.S.B. Level III Commissioned Security Officer

2. Tx. D.P.S. P.S.B. Level IV Personal Protection Officer

3. Tx. D.P.S. P.S.B. Private Investigator License

4. Texas or Reciprocal State Concealed Handgun License.

5. An Active Peace Officer License with current TCOLE training can be substituted for all of the above private security licenses if the Officer is currently a full time commissioned law enforcement officer.

6. First Aid C.P.R. certification and or Combat Lifesaver C.L.S. and or E.M.T., Paramedic or Military Medic M.O.S.

IV. Qualifications:

1. Demonstrate physical readiness by ability to pass the T1SMG Physical Readiness Test. This test is similiar to but exceeds the requirements of the test you would have to take on day one of police S.W.A.T. school. Certain Contracts will require 90% or above for consideration.

2. 90 % or Above on the Texas Law Enforcement Firearms Qualification. and passing of the T1SMG T.W.Q. Tactical Weapons Qualification for any and all weapons carried by operator.

  • Tier II Security Specialist.

To Qualify as a T1SMG Tier 2 Security Specialist the individual must have satisfied all requirements n the following categories:

I. Experience

A minimum of 3 years of relevant military, law enforcement, emergency services or tactical security operations experience as defined in Section 1 of Tier 1 requirements above. Special Unit Experience is not a requirement for Tier 2 PPO/PSD experience is not a requirement for Tier 2 Supervisory Experience is not a requirement for Tier 2

II. Training

A minimum of 400 hours of relevant formal documented security related training as defined in Tier 1 training section above.

III. Certifications,Registrations, and Licenses.

1. Tx. D.P.S. P.S.B. Level III Commissioned Security Officer

2. Tx. D.P.S. P.S.B. Private Investigator

IV. Qualifications:

1. Demonstrated ability to pass the T1SMG Physical Readiness Test. This test is similiar to but exceeds the requirements of the test you would have to take on day one of police S.W.A.T. school. Certain Contracts will require 90% or above for consideration.

2. Passing  on the Texas Law Enforcement Firearms Qualification. and passing of the T1SMG T.W.Q. Tactical Weapons Qualification for any and all weapons carried by operator.

Tier III Security Officers 

Tier III Security Officers are Security Officers who do not meet all of the requirements to be classified as Tier I or II Security Specialist.

T1SMG  Tier 3 Officers are hand picked  and vetted by T1SMG due to special knowledge, skills and abilities they possess. Tier 3 security officers are paid less and the client is charged less for their services.Tier 3 security officers are not allowed to participate in high end or high risk assignments unsupervised. They are considered to be Security Officers  in training.

Security Officers are given a period of time to meet Tier 2 qualification and will be dropped from the active roster within a year if they have not showed active participation and progress in training, certification and  skills towards achieving the next tier level.

T1SMG vetted, approved individuals who are allowed to join as Tier 3. Security Officers may on occasion be paid more when working in support of higher tier security specialist on contracts considered to be high in risk or complexity.

Disabled, injured, and Recovering Persons.         

Disabled, Injured or Recovering persons will with a doctors note or obvious disability  or injury will be waived a physical readiness test for tier classification.

 If they choose to participate they will not be required to take portions of the physical readiness test which are affected by their disability or injury.

Attempts will be made to find positions in our operations for the injured and disabled to contribute to our mission and be a part of our group.                  

Obesity or weakness or medical conditions or disabilities resulting from a lack of self discipline to train or poor eating habits is considered a lifestyle choice not a disability.

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