David Scott-Donelane / Guest Instructor
David Scott-Donelan (also known as DSD) has shared his extensive tracking knowledge by conducting hundreds of classes World-Wide over the last 50 years. Unsurpassed in operational and training experience he developed what is now known as Modern Combat Tracking which combines both “stone age and space age” components into a formidable and essential tool for both police, corrections and military applications. David is not only widely recognized as a master instructor within the tracking community at large, but also holds a place of esteem amongst his past students.
While serving in the Rhodesian Army in the mid Sixties David received formal tracking training as a stake holder of the Tracker Combat Unit (TCU). The TCU had the unique mission of locating and following the tracks of Communist insurgents infiltrating the borders of Rhodesia and attack the civilian population. During his 27 years military and police service in Southern Africa David (or DSD as he is known) served with the Rhodesian Special Air Service, Rhodesia Regiment, Tracker Combat Unit, British South African Police Reserve, Rhodesian Light Infantry, Selous Scouts, South African Special Forces and South West Africa Territorial Force. He immigrated to the USA in1989 after winning a place in the USA Immigration Lottery.
In 1994 David, realizing a dire need in both police and military circles for tracking skills. he opened his first tracking school in the United States and never looked back. Guided by his passion for sharing the tracking skillset, his first company experienced rapid and significant growth under his tenure. By emphasizing the value and tactical applications of visual tracking, David, with his unique man-tracking instructional style, found great interest, support and relevance among law enforcement and military personnel in the USA and beyond. Following his entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to “make a difference and not the dollar,” David left his original school in 2009 and opened his second USA and International “SCOTT DONELAN TRACKING SCHOOL" in January 2010. He now conducts classes all over the USA and overseas.
David Scott-Donelan was a career soldier with almost three decades of active duty in the war zones of Rhodesia, South Africa, Mozambique and South-West Africa/Namibia.
Enlisting in the Army of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland in 1961, Scott-Donelan was one of the original members of the resuscitated 'C' Squadron (Rhodesia) Special Air Service (SAS), where he was introduced to the concepts of irregular warfare and tactical tracking by Allan Savory, a game ranger known for his innovative and successful concepts in hunting down heavily armed elephant and rhino poachers.
In 1968, Scott-Donelan was posted to the new Tracker Combat Unit (TCU), commanded by Allan Savory, with the mission of tracking down and annihilating Communist trained and equipped nationalist insurgents infiltrating the Rhodesian border from Zambia and Mozambique. He went on to command the TCU and was responsible for the selection and training of expert trackers for the unit which was beginning to make a name for itself on operations. In 1974, the TCU was absorbed by an innovative, new, counter-insurgency unit known as the Selous Scouts and Scott-Donelan was posted to the Rhodesian Light Infantry (RLI). The RLI was heavily involved in helicopter and airborne operations against armed and dangerous terrorist gangs infiltrating Rhodesia in ever increasing numbers. After several years of non-stop action, he served as an intelligence officer at a Brigade Headquarters (HQ) and Combined Operations HQ, Rhodesia's equivalent to the Pentagon. Frustrated with staff duties, he agitated for a transfer to the Selous Scouts and was appointed Officer Commanding Training Group which included the Tracking and Bush Survival School, the notorious "Wafa Wafa", on the shores of Lake Kariba.
In 1980, due to intense political pressure from the USA, Britain and the UN; Rhodesia, after never having lost a battle, lost the war and became the Republic of Zimbabwe.
Joining the South African Special Forces in 1980 as a member of 5 Reconnaissance Regiment, Scott-Donelan commanded the Regiment's Developmental Wing which was responsible for establishing a complete training and operational resource base as well as conducting training programs for several guerrilla armies. Five years later, he was seconded to the South-West-Africa Territorial Force as Company Commander and responsible for operations against the Peoples Liberation Army of Namibia, which was infiltrating into South-West-Africa/Namibia from Angola and Zambia.
Immigrating to the USA in 1989, Scott-Donelan is now the Training Director of the Nevada based Tactical Tracking Operations School and trains law enforcement, corrections and military personnel in the same tracking techniques which proved so successful against armed and dangerous fugitives in Africa.