The Sabotage of Training A Chronology

The following is a brief chronology of the out-tech David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board (COB) of the Religious Technology Center, has injected into the training line-up since his rise to power in the early 1980s.

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At the Mission Holder's Conference in San Francisco, COB and his new Management team declare approximately 85% (28 out of 33) of the U.S. Mission Holders as suppressive.

Both the heavy-handed ethics used and the astronomical percentage of SPs found violate LRH policy:

"Strong ethics actions by org E/Os and MAAs against missions and mission holders is forbidden.

…Missions are essentially PR activities. When you use ethics, you mix practices.

There is already a protective mechanism in missions. If they hold to Dianetics and Scientology and stay true to source, they prosper. When they don't, they go broke as their PR value loses its reality factor.

…It is not our policy to harshly handle missions.

…Almost without exception mission holders are fine, willing people and we trust them to do right."

HCO P/L 18 April 1970 Issue I
Ethics and Missions
(OEC Vol. 1, p. 795)

"Now any time you find thirty people on staff being removed because they were suppressive, you know they had the wrong Why, because the percentages are wrong. It's just as mathematical as that.

If they've done that then I can also assure you they've left the suppressive on the staff and I can also assure you the guy that did it was suppressive."

Data Ser 41 RA, Evaluation, The Situation
(Management Series Vol. 1, p. 154)

Before this conference, missions were a major feeder line to orgs for the processing and training of their public. ASHO, for example, used to publish a list of their top 10 FSM groups for the year. Of these 10, an average of 3-4 were missions, out-producing their org counterparts.

Immediately following the conference, this statistic dropped dramatically, and has continued to drop ever since. Currently, the number of students sent by missions to orgs for higher training is a fraction of what it had been.

Late 1982 - early 1983

Field Auditors

COB next takes on field auditors.

Utilizing his newly-formed I-HELP, the field is scrutinized like never before. Field auditors are ordered to send all their pc folders into the org for inspection. They are also ordered to video.

In some instances, their homes and auditing rooms are inspected and photographs taken and sent uplines.

As heads on a pike, several field auditors and C/Ses are declared, and others ordered to Comm Ev.

In light of these and other attacks, field stats plummet. Within 6 months, over 70% of active field auditors in L.A., Clearwater, and elsewhere stop auditing. Many were Class VIIIs.

As with the missions, this handling of field auditors violates long-standing LRH policy:

“It is no real concern of ours to try to hold the field versions standard…
A militant org attitude to keep the
field straight is silly.
Let them flub as you are trying to control something you cannot."

HCO P/L 10 December 1969
Superior Service Image
(OEC Vol. 4, p. 124)

Aside from the loss of these field auditors — many of whom were frequently on training lines themselves — the heavy ethics levied against them acted as a strong deterrent to numerous Scientologists who had once wanted to become auditors but were now afraid of being hit.

LRH had a very different attitude toward auditors and how to handle them:

"Auditors have since the first session of Scientology been the only individuals on this planet, in this universe capable of freeing man.

…An auditor is to be respected.

…All auditors are appreciated.

Special designations and insignia are to be developed to distinguish the auditor from others and signalize his class."

HCO P/L 31 May 1968 Issue II
(OEC Vol. 0, p. 154)

"It is my opinion and knowledge that auditors are amongst the upper tenth of the upper twentieth of intelligent human beings. Their will to do, their motives, their ability to grasp and to use are superior to that of any other profession.

....If this world has any faintest chance of surviving it will be not because I write, but because auditors can and will think and do."

PAB 79, 10 April 1956
The Open Channel
(Tech Vol 3 p 343)

"All auditors are valuable. They should be safeguarded, given favors and even pampered."

HCOB 23 July 1969
Auditor Assignment Policies
(Tech Vol. VIII, p. 480)

"Auditors are like race horses. There's hardly anybody ever stands around and rubs down an auditor, but they ought to. They ought to. They ought to stand around and rub them down, and pat them on the shoulder and feed 'em oats, because the truth of the matter is, they only really fade out of your line-up because they have not been given adequate care and attention from an organization point of view."

FEBC Tape 11
As You Return To Your Org
3 February 1971

Late 1980s

OT Co-Audits

COB sends telexes to AOLA and Flag to cancel co-auditing by OTs.

This is the first time since the release of the early OT Levels in the mid 1960s that OT IIIs who were also trained auditors could no longer exchange for auditing with auditing.

In a 1975 Executive Directive, LRH listed out 71 arguments in favor of training and co-auditing. Here are a few:

"2. To help others go Clear and OT is why to train.

4. An advantage to training is that you can co-audit.

8. With training, you can outflow the technology to help others.

9. This will build respect, trust and integrity in YOU.

27. There's nothing like the feeling you've helped a person build his personal integrity and self-respect. As a trained auditor, you helped.

61. With training, YOU can audit someone and make them sane."

LRH ED 258-1 INT
How You Can Increase the Size and Income of your Org
15 March 1975
(OEC Vol. 4, p. 411)

As a result of this new prohibition, OT IIIs fully qualified to audit others on set-ups for higher OT Levels could no longer do so. Instead, they were transformed overnight into professional pcs, along with the untrained public.

Thus, another motivation for training was obliterated — the desire to exchange for one's own auditing in the most ethical and economical way possible.

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New Professional TRs Course

COB announces the release of a new Professional TRs Course.

Unlike all earlier versions of this course, COB's new Pro TRs Course is deemed a prerequisite for all Academy training. This is just the first in a growing list of prerequisites to auditor training. Others to follow include the new Upper Indocs Course (1991), the new Pro Metering Course (1996), and the Basics (2007).

The effects of an increasingly elongated runway to auditor training are well covered by LRH:

"We've had the datum for some time that a student too long on the runway is going to lose the spark and zeal he started out with."

28 September 1978
The End of Endless Training
(OEC Vol. 4, p. 419)

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New Upper Indocs Course

COB releases a new Upper Indocs Course.

As with the release of the new Pro TRs Course a few months prior, the new Upper Indocs course is made a prerequisite to all Academy training.

Also along with Pro TRs, the new Upper Indocs Course becomes a mandatory retrain for all veteran auditors, regardless of the nature of their earlier training, their track record as an auditor, or even their successful demonstration of the EP of this course in their auditing and life.

This was the beginning of a pattern of mandatory retreads and retrains of courses already done. By 2009, in order for a veteran org, mission, or field auditor to maintain his certs and license to audit, he would have to redo the following:

1. Student Hat
2. Pro TRs Course
3. Upper Indocs Course
4. Pro Metering Course
5. Class IV (Certainty)
6. Class V (Certainty)
7. Grad V (Certainty)
8. New Internships up to his classification

(Note: #8 was ordered but has not yet been enforced in the field.)

This was not the first time others had attempted to recycle students through previously-done courses, either in an attempt to bolster sagging stats or for other reasons.

LRH’s response to all such attempts:

"Constant retraining within a level for which the auditor has already been classified is forbidden."

HCO P/L 21 February 1964 Issue I
Staff Regulations, Auditing vs. Job
(OEC Vol. 0, p. 168)


That means
ever certified."

Org Services
29 November 1969
(OEC Vol. 6, p. 722)

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The Primary Rundown

Five years after LRH’s departure, COB orders the writing of "HCOB" 24 April 1991,
Modification of the Primary Rundown.

This makes the Key to Life Course and the Life Orientation Course — both lengthy and expensive courses — prerequisites to the Primary Rundown (PRD).

LRH considered the PRD an indispensable tool for training — so much so that he made it mandatory for all students:


…It is up to the Course Supervisor to hold this line in. His students will not prosper if their study is begun without a Primary Rundown.

It is a high crime to omit this vital step."

HCOB 4 April 1972R
Primary Rundown
(Tech Vol. X, p.84)

"…The Saint Hill Briefing Course checksheet should consist only of the chronological materials, studied in chronological order, excepting only the Study Tapes (Primary Rundown) which should be done first if not previously done properly."

HCOB 30 July 1973
Scientology, Current State of the Subject and Materials
(Vol. X, p. 506)

With the arbitrary addition of two lengthy prerequisites, this "vital step" for students disappeared from the training line-up once and for all.

The PRD is currently unavailable at any org or mission on the planet.

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New Checksheets

With the issuance of RTC ED #450, COB announces his revamping of every single auditor course checksheet.

These include the Academy Levels, NED, Grad V, and the Briefing Course.

He also heralds new checksheets for all Div. 6 (Introductory) courses, such as Life Improvement, Dianetic Seminar, Success Through Communication, and HQS.

Finally, he announces the restructuring of all co-audit courses, such as TRs and Objectives, Scientology Drug Rundown, and Method 1.

Each of these checksheets has since been compared to its earlier versions. In almost every case, they were found to be far, far longer — often two to three times or more.

LRH warned of the devastating consequences that overly long checksheets have on training:

"Speedup of HDCs, Class IV, VI, VII, VIII and 'HGC Auditor' courses at all orgs, AOs (and SHs) would encourage more students. My time for it is 3 weeks. This was up to 5 and even 11 to 13 weeks at once by illegal checksheet increases.

…Fast training gets students in.
Slow training messes up the whole field and denies enrollments."

HCOB 23 December 1970
Fast Courses
(Tech Vol. IX, p. 213)

"Unreal and lengthy checksheets [are] the most frequently used methods of stopping students."

Special Program, Fast Academies
3 October 1967
(OEC Vol. 4, p. 372)

"Earlier this year I evaluated this auditor shortage scene.

The BASIC WHY of all this:


The End of Endless Training
28 September 1978
(OEC Vol. 4, p. 419)

"Slow courses and fast auditing destroy the subjects of Dianetics and Scientology."

Orders to Divisions for Immediate Compliance
3 June 1970
(OEC Vol. 5, p. 267)

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Floating Needles

At a Senior C/S Conference, COB unveils a new concept in F/Ns.

Based on his personal understanding of the definition of the word "rhythm," he accuses attendees of "falsifying F/Ns all over the place."

The 3-swing F/N was born.

LRH wrote extensively on the subjects of verbal data, leading questions, and interpretation of tech by others:

"But how would one, who has not studied policy or is not very far advanced in his tech training know when he was being given an off-policy or out-tech order?

1. If it seems kind of stupid it is probably off-policy or out-tech…

2. Require that one be shown in the exact issue or book what the policy or tech actually is.

3. Read it for yourself and don't listen to any interpretation that seems far-fetched."

HCO P/L 13 January 1979
Orders, Illegal and Cross
(OEC Vol. 0, p. 145)




HCOB 15 February 1979
KSW Series 24, Verbal Tech: Penalties
(Tech Vol. XI, p.447)

In this case, the contrivance of COB's interpretation is borne out by the fact that, from the release of the bulletin What Is A Floating Needle in 1978 to the Senior C/S Conference in 1995, there isn't one known instance of a student or auditor, from Class XII on down, having come to COB's understanding of F/Ns on their own, despite thousands having word-cleared the definition.

Since this redefinition of F/Ns was first incorporated into the Pro Metering and Solo courses, students have been referred to sources as far-fetched as the Art Series, the Marketing Series, a physics text, and The Encyclopedia of Music, in order to understand it.

LRH’s definition of an F/N, on the other hand, couldn't be simpler:

"A floating needle is a rhythmic sweep of the dial at a slow, even pace of the needle.

That’s what an F/N is. No other definition is correct.

HCOB 21 July 1978
What Is A Floating Needle?
(Tech Vol. II, p. 204)

The underlying mechanism of complexity was well-researched and codified by LRH:



…To the degree that a being cannot confront, he enters substitutes which, accumulating, bring about a complexity."

HCO P/L 18 September 1967
Complexity and Confronting
(OEC Vol. 4, p. 369)

"All complexity surrounding any subject or action is derived (comes from) a greater or lesser inability to confront."

HCOB 2 June 1971 Issue I
Study Series 2, Confronting
(Tech Vol. IX, p. 349)

"…We find the flaw in all our actions to be the failure to separate out the truly basic important actions and instead engaging upon trivial complexities."

HCO P/L 9 November 1968
Standard Admin
(OEC Vol. 0, p. 51)

"People who have Mis-Us in an area are inclined to develop vast complexities.
They can generate confusions and complexities beyond belief."

HCOB 26 March 1979
Misunderstood Words and Cycles of Action
(Subject Vol. 2, p. 290)

"All truths are basically simple."

Tape: Complexity
The Power of Simplicity lectures
17 October 1956

Following the introduction of COB's new F/Ns, many auditors and auditors-in-training began to experience losses due to their pcs overrunning in session. Some even quit auditing.

LRH had seen the phenomenon of auditors by-passing F/Ns first-hand, and knew full well its repercussions:

"The first goof relating to Releases is the one done for fifteen years — running past a free, floating needle on any type of process. THIS is the goof that held back all Scientology. And if it continues to be done, known as well as it is now that you mustn't, one can only consider it suppressive — not just ignorant — as who now doesn't know you wreck a Release by running past the floating needle?"

HCOB 2 August 1965
Release Goofs
(Tech Vol. VII, p. 631)

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New Pro Metering Course

COB announces the release of a new Pro Metering Course.

Like the new Pro TRs and Upper Indocs courses, Pro Metering is made into a prerequisite for all auditor training.

Note: Academy students already have meter drills as part of their checksheets. This long and arduous course, requiring RTC video passes, has taken some students over a year to complete.

It is also a mandatory retrain for all previously-trained auditors, regardless of their stats, products, or prior certification.

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The Golden Age of Tech

COB announces the release of the Golden Age of Tech.

This consists primarily of hundreds of new drills written by Sea Org members by order of COB.

This is not the first time others have invented drills for auditor training. Per LRH, it had been tried for years.

After reviewing the results of all such efforts, LRH wrote the following:

"The only allowed practical drills on any Scientology course including PE [Personal Efficiency] are:

1. Modified Comm Course for PE
2. Original Comm Course TRs 0-4
3. Original Upper Indoc TRs
4. E-Meter drills contained in the Book of E-Meter Drills
5. Dissemination drills when I write and release them.

NO other practical drills of any kind will be permitted.

Other practical drills are abolished.
Reason: They consume time uselessly, suppress actual processes and mess up data and cases. I did not authorize these drills and have now seen that they teach alter-is of easy processes. They are not needed. They make poor auditors. I have just reviewed this matter thoroughly and have traced several training failures to these wildcat drills. Further, I traced several failed cases on course to them.

Somewhere along the line somebody went mad inventing "drills" and "TRs".

If this is permitted to continue, we will no longer turn out good auditors. The standard drills as listed above have proven sufficient for years."

HCO P/L April 1965 Issue II
Drills, Allowed
(OEC Vol. 4, p. 616)

In addition to all the scripted scenario drills for student auditors, there are dozens of memorization and paraphrase drills.

LRH wrote about these types of drills as well:

"Giving a bulletin or tape check by seeing if it can be quoted or paraphrased proves exactly nothing. This will not guarantee that the student knows the data or can use or apply it nor even guarantees that the student is there.

…So examining by seeing if somebody "knows" the text and can quote or paraphrase it is completely false and must not be done."

HCO P/L 24 September 1964
Instruction and Examination, Raising the Standard of
(OEC Vol. 4, p. 327)

The major philosophical underpinning of the Golden Age of Tech is the idea, championed by COB, that we should try to train Academy students to perfection, even prior to any Internship.

Fortunately for us, LRH’s years of experience with training students at all levels provided him with the understanding of where such attempts lead:

"When you try to standardize Class VIII style, the Dianetics course, or SHSBC, the Academy Courses, you slow people down to nowhere."

20 January 1969
A Vital Target, Trained Auditor Program
(OEC Vol. 4, p. 386)

"Academies tend to slow or stop students with SHSBC checklists or unreal or altered training and so bar out Scientologists. We don't expect that much from Academy Grads."

HCO P/L 18 October 1967 Issue VII
Academy Checksheets, Supervisor
Conditions (OEC Vol. 4, p. 376)

"The product of a course is a graduate who has learned his materials and successfully applies what he has learned.

…The product of the Internship is a flubless professional.

…When you confuse the two by failure to fully comprehend their actions and products you end up with overlong courses and overlong Internships."

HCOB 26 February 1978
Internships vs. Courses
(Tech Vol. XI, p. 92)

Immediately following the release of the Golden Age of Tech, Scientology course rooms took on a whole new look. Bookshelves were dominated by drill packs, tables covered with Simulators, and rows of students perched in front of walls, spouting entire bulletins verbatim.

The items which do belong in a course room are covered in such references as HCO P/L "What Is a Course?" and HCOB "Courses, Their Ideal Scene". Drill packs, simulators, and room dividers doubling as walls for chanting students are not part of these or any other Source references.

In fact, LRH gives us a very simple stable datum for what a course room should look like:

"The closer you adhere to the exact training pattern of an Academy as it has been worked out at Saint Hill, the better students will be…"

HCO P/L 17 September 1962R
An Arrangement of the Academy
(OEC Vol. 4, p. 599)

Given that LRH did not write or approve the Golden Age of Tech, or any of the drills within it, the statistical failure of this program should come as no surprise to any Scientologist:

"I once had the idea that a group could evolve truth. A third of a century has thoroughly disabused me of that idea.

On the other hand there have been thousands and thousands of suggestions and writings which, if accepted and acted upon, would have resulted in the complete destruction of all our work as well as the sanity of pcs.

So I know what a group of people will do and how insane they will go in accepting unworkable "technology".

By actual record the percentages are about twenty to 100,000 that a group of human beings will dream up bad technology to destroy good technology.

As we could have gotten along without suggestions, then, we had better steel ourselves to continue to do so now that we have made it.

…It remains that if in its formative stages it was not discovered by a group, then group efforts, one can safely assume, will not add to it or successfully alter it in the future."

HCO P/L 7 February 1965
Keeping Scientology Working
(OEC Vol. 4, p. 7)

"Neither tech nor policy admit interpretation, alteration or "new ideas" generated by the bank. Bright, constructive application of exact principles, yes. Embellishment and know-best, never."

HCO P/L 10 July 1986 Issue I
Keeping Admin Working
(OEC Vol. 0, p. 70)

"When all else fails, do what Ron said."

9 December 1969
Organization Program No. 1
(OEC Vol. 0, p. 98)

Late 1990s

Class VIIIs

The one remaining co-audit still allowed for OT IIIs — Class VIIIs co-auditing the OT Drug Rundown — is cancelled. According to RTC Rep FSO, this order originated "from way high up."

This OT Drug Rundown co-audit had been specifically provided for by the Class VIII Course checksheet.

Along with the co-audit's cancellation, the modern Class VIII student is, for the first time since the release of the Class VIII Course in 1968, prohibited from auditing any OT procedures, despite the fact that these form a substantial part of his materials.

Per LRH, a Class VIII not only studies OT materials; he is expected to be a specialist in their application:

"Class VIII Course teaches about exact handling of all cases to 100% result and specializes in OT processes and reviews. Processes taught are Class VIII procedures, all case set-up actions, OT processes and reviews."

Classification and Gradation Chart, 1975
(Also reprinted under "Class VIII Auditor", Admin Dictionary)

"A Class VIII auditor is an OT auditor trained in the special review technology used in all Quals for all levels and in particular the review technology of OT sections."

Flag Order 497
Class VIII Course
11 March 1968

This single most important aspect of Class VIII training has now been eliminated. In its place, the modern Class VIII student now audits the same procedures and rundowns he audited on his Briefing Course and on his Grad V Course before that — and no others.

Thus, still another popular incentive to do the Class VIII Course has been lost — that of auditing others not just to Clear, but to OT.

As of this writing (2009), there is one student on the Class VIII Course at AOLA, and none at Flag.

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HCO Sec Checks for Class VIIIs

An order from "uplines" institutes a mandatory HCO Sec Check before a student may start the Class VIII Course. This sec check is also made mandatory for those Class VIIIs who want to retread.

Never before in Scientology history has an upstat student been required to pay for and receive a sec check before he can continue his training.

It violates both the purpose of HCO Sec Checks and the principle of inspection before the fact:

"The statement 'I am not auditing you' only occurs when a Confessional is done for justice reasons… (By 'justice reasons' is meant when a person is refusing to come clean on a Comm Ev, B of I, etc., or as part of a specific HCO investigation when the person is withholding data or evidence from such HCO personnel)."

HCOB 30 November 78R
Confessional Procedure
(Tech Vol. XI, p. 359)

"The basic flaw in organization is INSPECTION BEFORE THE FACT. That means inspection before anything bad has happened.

Violations are so harmful that they destroy every great civilization — the Roman, the British, the lot. For every flow is slowed or stopped.

…Passports, customs, safety regulations, general government interference before anything bad has occurred, add up to a SUPPRESSIVE SOCIETY and therefore, soon enough, a dead one.

Penalty after the fact has occurred disciplines the criminals and does not pull down the majority to criminal level."

HCO P/L 6 February 1968
Organization--The Flaw
(OEC Vol. 0, p. 66)

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The Golden Age of Knowledge

COB announces the release of the Golden Age of Knowledge.

The first component of this program was the release of the Congresses and other LRH lectures, some never before released.

COB explained to the audience how these Congresses provide, for the first time ever, the chronological sequence of discoveries LRH made in Scientology. He quoted from LRH on this:

"A chronological study of materials is necessary for the complete training of a truly top-grade expert in these lines. He can see how the subject progressed and so is able to see which are the highest levels of development. Not the least advantage in this is the defining of words and terms for each, when originally used, was defined, in most cases, with considerable exactitude, and one is not left with any misunderstoods."

HCOB 30 July 1973
Scientology, Current State of the Subject and Materials
(Tech Vol. X, p. 506)

The Congresses, COB explained, provide that missing tool for chronological understanding.

If COB had completed the quote with the very next sentence, however, the public would have seen that LRH had an entirely different approach in mind:

"It is for this reason that the Saint Hill Briefing Course checksheet should consist only of the chronological materials, studied in chronological order…"

HCOB 30 July 1973
Scientology, Current
State of the Subject and Materials
(Tech Vol. X, p. 506)

Because of COB's switch in emphasis from the Briefing Course to tapes which one listens to in his home or car, this release did little to increase the making of auditors. In fact, a number of Scientologists ended up routing off course to comply with orders to complete the Congresses by a certain date.

The second component of the Golden Age of Knowledge was the Enlightenment Center, a huge device which can, at the push of a button, select and play any of numerous LRH tapes on 24 different subjects. Per COB, this was the tool which would flood the orgs with new public by enabling then to simply "Push button and cognite."

While increased accessibility to LRH is always welcome by Scientologists, the Enlightenment Center proved to be a poorly surveyed product, as evidenced by the fact that it is rarely used.

After its initial fanfare, the Enlightenment Center has been all but forgotten.


Study Tech

On the release of the Congresses at the Golden Age of Knowledge event in 2004, COB proclaimed the following:

"These glossaries are so good, you don’t even need a dictionary."

Three years later, on the release of the Basics, he reiterated the same boast verbatim.

Per every single LRH reference, however, a student thoroughly clears all his misunderstood words with a dictionary, not a glossary:

"Students I was personally examining would begin to get a hunted look and carry dictionaries — BUT THEY WOULDN’T BEGIN TO NATTER OR GET SICK OR BLOW. AND THEY’D USE WHAT THEY LEARNED."

HCO P/L 24 September 1964
Instruction and Examination — Raising the Standard of
(OEC Vol. 4, p. 327)

"No Supervisor should try to define English words out of his own head when correcting a student, as it leads to too many arguments. On English words, open a dictionary."

HCO P/L 4 October 1964
Theory Checkout Data
(OEC Vol. 4, p. 333)

"To clear a word, one looks it up in a good dictionary."

HCOB 23 March 1978RB
Word Clearing Series 59, Clearing Words
(Tech Vol. XI, p. 95)

"Any word you come across which fits one or more of the above definitions of a misunderstood word or symbol must be cleared up, using a good-sized dictionary or more than one dictionary or textbook or encyclopedia."

HCOB 17 July 1979RB, Issue I
Word Clearing Series 64RB, The Misunderstood Word Defined
(Subject Vol. 2, p. 315)

The effects of quickie word-clearing on the training of auditors were well documented by LRH:

"I will give you the total dialogue of a Supervisor that will be effective:

...Supervisor: "Okay. Are there any words there that you have misunderstood?"

…Student: "Ah well… ah… this one."

Supervisor: "Good. Look that word up."

…If a Supervisor does anything else, you’ve got a wrecked course.

…If it is used, your courses start running fast, your students start learning quickly and all starts going well."

HCOB 26 June 1971RA, Issue II
Word Clearing Series 41RA
Supervisor Two-Way Comm and the Misunderstood Word
(Tech Vol. IX, p. 390)

Immediately following COB’s touting of his new glossaries, many Supervisors began to allow students to study in the Academy without dictionaries. Other Supervisors queried the point. Only a few held the line and did exactly what Ron says.

Because any downplay of word-clearing tech is so disastrous to training, LRH left no doubt as to who would do it or why:

"A Supervisor who… lets students study without dictionaries and demo kits… and does not fully apply study tech and use Word Clearing is of course suppressive and should be declared, as he is actively blocking Scientologists from having and benefiting from Scientology."

HCO P/L 30 October 1978R
Courses, Their Ideal Scene
(OEC Vol. IV, p. 424)

"…As study tech is our primary bridge to society and the basic prevention of out-tech and out-admin, if any offense as above found guilty in a Court of Ethics is REPEATED and person has had two such courts on this offense, the person may be summoned before a Committee of Evidence on a charge of COMMITTING AN ACT OR OMISSION UNDERTAKEN TO KNOWINGLY SUPPRESS, REDUCE OR IMPEDE SCIENTOLOGY OR SCIENTOLOGISTS, and if found guilty beyond reasonable doubt, may be declared a SUPPRESSIVE PERSON and expelled with full penalties."

HCOB 4 April 1972R, Issue III
Word Clearing Series 48, Ethics and Study Tech
(Subject Vol. 2, p. 266)

"What kind of a Super is it that doesn’t grab a meter and find the word? An SP? Or what?"

HCO P/L 16 March 1972, Issue V
What Is a Course, High Crime
(OEC Vol. 5, p. 511)

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The Basics

COB announces the release of the Basics.

All Scientologists are ordered to do this course, which consists of 18 books and 280 lectures.

Org course rooms designed by LRH for the training of auditors, such as the Academy and Briefing Course, are converted into course rooms for the Basics. Others, such as the Class VIII course room and Internships, are closed outright.

Unlike standard Academy courses, the Basics — a course made up by COB — has no Practical Section, and teaches no auditing skills at all.

LRH had witnessed experiments with pure theory courses before, including ones composed of all books.

He had much to say about it:

"Because we have all been trained in the educational system circa mid-twentieth century, we are liable to think that forming people up into classes and getting them to jump over books on schedule will educate them. Well it won't. We are here to train auditors, not to educate them.

…You can dawdle around with theory outside an Academy, read books and so on. But in an Academy only can you LEARN certain things, and not all the books in the world will teach them."

HCOB 7 June 1961
Academy Schedule, Clarification of
(OEC Vol. 4, p. 568)

"Theories and processes can be picked up in books and from tapes as well as in classes. Technical skill cannot be picked up anywhere but in an Academy… a fact proven by years of observation."

HCO P/L 17 April 1961
Training, Professional
New Policy
(OEC Vol. 4, p. 565)

"…You can't teach in an Academy a small Saint Hill Course. Leave that to SH."

9 November 1967
Academy Checksheets
(OEC Vol. 4, p. 630)


Field Auditors

COB again puts his attention on the field.

At an OT Summit in late 2006, COB lays out plans for "100% perfect auditing at all echelons of Scientology." He tells the audience that new Golden Age Drills for field auditors who handle raw public are in the works.

In an eerie replay of 1983, Qual terminals from Flag and ASHO enforce visits on the field auditors in the area, inspect their folders, take pictures of their homes and auditing rooms, and issue crams, retreads, and ethics conditions.

Unlike 1983, however, a Qual Summons is sent out to every field auditor, threatening them with cancellation of their I HELP license if they don't obey.

Additionally, a new post, "Bridge Tracking I/C", is established to monitor the field. Each field auditor is ordered to submit the names of every pc on his lines and to categorize them on a scale of 1 to 4 based on their current progress up the Bridge.

Aside from the violation of HCOB Superior Service Image referenced earlier, many public who witness this scene privately comment that "it's too dangerous to be an auditor these days." A number of field auditors concur, start looking for part-time work, or even quit auditing.

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Current Stats

Nearly two years after the release of the Basics (and many years after the two Golden Ages), training stats for new Class IVs, Grad Vs, Class VIs, Class VIIIs, and Internship completions are, each and every one, at an all-time low.


As a result of the Golden Age of Tech, the Golden Age of Knowledge, and the Basics, we now have the following:

  • The most prerequisites to training in Scientology history
  • The longest Academy Level checksheets in Scientology history
  • The largest array of non-LRH drills in Scientology history
  • The largest array of memorization drills in Scientology history
  • The largest array of paraphrasing drills in Scientology history
  • The longest Briefing Course checksheet in Scientology history
  • The longest Class VIII Course checksheet in Scientology history
  • The longest Internships in Scientology history
  • The fewest co-audits on the Grades or NED in Scientology history
  • The longest course of pure theory in Scientology history

And, as a result of these:

  • The fewest auditors made in Scientology history.

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