Defensive Awareness: Understanding the Color Code
by Jim Wilson - Thursday, September 24, 2015
Being aware of what is going on around you greatly increases your ability to spot trouble and often to avoid it entirely. Col. Jeff Cooper developed the Color Code to help people understand the mental condition and level of preparedness that is necessary to deal with a potential criminal attack. As a refresher, here is his color code in its entirety.
Condition White — Unaware and unprepared.
Condition Yellow — Relaxed awareness.
Condition Orange — Specific alert. Something is not quite right and has your attention.
Condition Red — Specific threat. I will use deadly force if it becomes necessary.
Cooper's intention was that this color code was not about the amount of danger that was involved. Instead, he saw the color code as relating to the mental state that the person should be in. Sadly, many people who quote the color code don't truly understand it and they pass this lack of understanding on to others. Probably the most abused of these four mental states is Condition Yellow, relaxed awareness.
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So we don't really need these latter-day experts to make all sorts of modifications to the Color Code. They really don't need to add additional colors, nor do they need to bother changing the meaning and definitions of the various states of preparedness. If they really want to be of service, they should find ways to help us all be more aware of our surroundings and alert to potential trouble. And you and I need to make a commitment to forcing ourselves to be more alert ... even when it is dark ... even when we are running late ... even when we don't feel well ... even when we are safe at home. It should be a critical part of everyone's personal-defense plan.