Survival

How to Light a Fire

Always light your fire from the upwind side. Make sure you lay the tinder, kindling, and fuel so that your fire will burn as long as you need it. Igniters provide the initial heat required to start the tinder burning. They fall into two categories: modern methods and primitive methods.

Modern Methods

Modern igniters use modern devices. These are items that we normally think of to start a fire.

  1. Matches - Make sure these matches are waterproof. Also, store them in a waterproof container along with a dependable striker pad.
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Prevent and Treat Shock

Shock is a life-threatening medical condition which is the result of insufficient blood flow throughout the body. Medical shock is a medical emergency and could lead to other conditions if left untreated. Medical shock is different than emotional, or psychological, shock that can occur following a traumatic or frightening emotional event.

Anticipate shock in all injured personnel. Treat all injured persons as follows, regardless of what symptoms appear:
· If the victim is conscious, place him on a level surface with the lower extremities elevated 15 to 20 centimeters.

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When a backblast becomes more of a...sideblast

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Basic Cold Weather Survival Tips

It is more difficult for you to satisfy your basic water, food, and shelter needs in a cold environment than in a warm environment. Even if you have the basic requirements, you must also have adequate protective clothing and the will to survive. The will to survive is as important as the basic needs. There have been incidents when trained and well-equipped individuals have not survived cold weather situations because they

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Poisonous Snakes

There are no infallible rules for expedient identification of poisonous snakes in the field, because the guidelines all require close observation or manipulation of the snake's body. The best strategy is to leave all snakes alone. Where snakes are plentiful and poisonous species are present, the risk of their bites negates their food value. Apply the following safety rules when traveling in areas where there are poisonous snakes:

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Are We Drinking Ourselves into Over-hydration?

The British Medical Journal has released new findings on getting and staying hydrated during these summer months. Among their new findings:

  • Prehydrate: While it may sound like a good idea, but there is little evidence to show that it does much more than give you an uncomfortable stomach full of water splashing around. It could also lead to over-hydration, which can be just as serious as being under-hydrated.
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Water Requirements in the Desert

The subject of man and water in the desert has generated considerable interest and confusion since the early days of World War II when the US Army was preparing to fight in North Africa. At one time the US Army thought it could condition men to do with less water by progressively reducing their water supplies during training. They called it water discipline. It caused hundreds of heat casualties.

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How to Light a Fire

Always light your fire from the upwind side. Make sure to lay your tinder, kindling, and fuel so that your fire will burn as long as you need it. Igniters provide the initial heat required to start the tinder burning.
They fall into two categories: modern methods and primitive methods.

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Prepare Yourself For Survival

Your mission as a soldier in a survival situation is to stay alive. As you can see, you are going to experience an assortment of thoughts and emotions. These can work for you, or they can work to your downfall. Fear,anxiety, anger, frustration, guilt, depression, and loneliness are all possible reactions to the many stresses common to survival. These reactions, when controlled in a healthy way, help to increase a soldier’s likelihood of surviving. They prompt the soldier to pay more attention in training, to fight back when scared, to take actions that ensure sustenance and security, to keep faith with his fellow soldiers, and to strive against large odds. When the survivor cannot control these reactions in a healthy way, they can bring him to a standstill. Instead of rallying his internal resources, the soldier listens to his internal fears. This soldier experiences psychological defeat long before he physically succumbs.

Remember, survival is natural to everyone; being unexpectedly thrust into the life and death struggle of survival is not. Don’t be afraid of your “natural reactions to this unnatural situation.” Prepare yourself to rule over these reactions so they serve your ultimate interest—staying alive with the honor and dignity associated with being an American soldier.

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Surviving on Edible Plants: Dandelion

Dandelion

Description: The leaves have a jagged edge, grow close to the ground, and are seldom more than 8 inches long. The flowers are bright yellow. There are several species of dandelion.

Edible parts: All parts are edible. Eat the leaves raw or cooked. Boil the roots. Roots roasted and ground are a good coffee substitute. See a video on how to make dandelion coffee below (or after clicking Read More).

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