Friday, June 15, 2012

Military Survival

Ever wonder how military men and women survive and how they do what it is they do? Well luckily I have a buddy in the Army he learned a lot of things that can help you survive. Here is a list of things military men and women do to survive.  Also thank you to all the brave men and women defending our freedoms today. If it wasn't for you and your families I would not be able to sit here and write this blog post today. So thank you.

1. They always carry basic first aid kit and know exactly how to use it.
Just like these military men, we should also be equipped in case disaster strikes unexpectedly. And keeping a first aid kit can definitely save a life. But for the kit to be useful, it should contain all the necessary medication (e.g. antiseptics, antibiotics) and bandages.
Generally, military men are sent for missions in far-off and remote places for an indefinite period of time. And during such times, they get injured. But with their knowledge on first aid application, they can treat themselves with only the kit they have.
2. They possess certain levels of self-defense skills.
Self-defense techniques include martial arts (judo, karate, taekwondo) and knowledge on how to use any item as a weapon for defense. These are the skills that military men are equipped with. Additionally, they are also accomplished marksmen. But the good thing about it all is that, they only use their knowledgeon self-defense when there is a threat on their lives.
3. They S.T.O.P.
Basically, STOP means “Stop Think Observe Plan.” And it is a very important skill taught to the military forces. This is what helps them remain calm during adverse situations. But what STOP really means? Here’s a brief explanation:
Stop means to take a break, to relax, to calm down, so you can recognize what exactly is going on around you. Think connotes the presence of mind no matter what happens. To observe is to analyze the pros and cons of any situation very carefully and meticulously. Plan is, of course, about planning your next move on how to get the upper hand when in an unfavorable or hostile condition.
4. They are extremely good at improvisation.
To survive, one must know how to improvise. And on that note, we should emulate the military forces. One must realize that the situation per se is not the important thing. What matters most is one’s ingenuity and willpower to improve the situation in order to save lives.
5. Building temporary but safe shelter is their expertise.
Since military forces spend most of their lives in the wilderness, building a shelter is one of their most basic concerns for survival. They can erect a tent or dig out a bunker at its most advantageous direction. They are also good at camouflaging their shelter for added security.

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