Psychology of Survival and Spiritual Considerations

Andrew’s Note:  Today’s survival lesson is an extract from Appendix A of FM 21-76-1, the U.S. Army manual on Survival, Evasion & Recovery June 1999, Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.  This appendix provides information on the psychology of survival and includes spiritual considerations.  While the manual was written for military situations there are many takeaways for the preparedness minded as well. 

I find the section on spiritual considerations especially helpful.  Your experiences may not reflect mine, but long before I became a man of faith I noticed how strong and resilient those I knew who had a strong faith were.  It’s also interesting to note that with the current movement afoot to remove God from the ranks of the military…including calls to appoint atheist chaplains for our servicemembers…this is from a military field manual.

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May You Enjoy Simple Pleasures – Today’s Quote

Our pleasures were simple – they included survival.

President and General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower

Outwit To Survive – Today’s Quote

In the animal kingdom, one of the keys to survival is to outwit your enemies.  And when you’re surrounded by carnivores, one of the best strategies is to fade into the background and disappear.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Top 10 Airplane Crash Survival Tips

Andrew’s Note:  Today we present an article by guest writer Alan Carr on the Top 10 Airplane Crash Survival Tips.  Alan presents ten simple ways to increase your chances of survival in the unlikely event of a commercial airplane crash.  I have a safety protocol I follow when I board a commercial airline and I’m going to have to modify it a little based on Alan’s research.  Preparing yourself for even such an unlikely event gets you in the habit not only of survival thinking but may also save your life in a worst case scenario.  One of the reasons that this topic is of interest to me is that I nearly lost my father in an airplane crash when I was about two years old.  It can and does happen!

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Observation Skills for Survival

Andrew’s Note:  One of the things I like about the Army and the military in general is that we have a manual where you can learn just about anything you want to know including a lot of skills that are of value to the preparedness minded prepper.   Being able to observe and avoid trouble is a key survival skill for a prepper who operates alone or in much smaller groups than the typical soldier on the battlefield.   It’s important to develop your observations skills for survival and today’s extract from the 3 August, 1984 Edition of the United States Army’s Field Manual, FM 21-75 Combat Skills of the Soldier (Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited) may help.  

While written for soldiers operating on a battlefield the skills are readily transferable and will help you develop observation skills for survival.  Elements in italics below have been added by the editor.  This extract is the entire fourth chapter, titled Observation:

GENERAL

During all types of operations, you will be looking for the enemy [or potential adversary].  However, there will be times when you will be posted in an observation post (OP) to watch for enemy activity [as your sole or primary mission].

An OP is a position from which you watch an assigned sector of observation and report all activity seen or heard in your sector.  Chapter 6 provides guidance on collecting and reporting information learned by observation.

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The Survivalists

In an article a couple of days ago I started telling you about the preparedness models that were available back in the 1980’s when I was first developing my interest in preparedness.  There were really only two preparedness ‘models’ available to emulate.  Remember, this was way before the internet became a common household (and cellphone) utility.  The predominant archetypes available to model at that time were the Survivalists and the Civil Defenders.  In that first article, published on July 25th I discussed the Civil Defenders…today I’m going to discuss the Survivalists of the 1980’s.

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How To Move In A Building During WROL

Today we present our seventh tip in a series taken from the U.S. Army’s FM 21-75, Basic Combat Skills Appendix D, Urban Areas.  This manual is Approved for Public Release and provides a great deal of useful information for the prepper forced to move through urban or built up areas following a breakdown in the rule of law which is sometimes called without rule of law or WROL.  Today’s tip will help you learn how to move in a building during WROL.  I have edited today’s tip for ease of reading but haven’t changed the information provided (or eliminated annoying redundancies).

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How to Cross Open Areas During WROL

Today we present our sixth tip in a series taken from the U.S. Army’s FM 21-75, Basic Combat Skills Appendix D, Urban Areas.  This manual is Approved for Public Release and provides a great deal of useful information for the prepper forced to move through urban or built up areas following a breakdown in the rule of law which is sometimes called without rule of law or WROL.  Today’s tip will help you learn how to cross open areas during WROL.  I have edited today’s tip for ease of reading but haven’t changed the information provided (or eliminated annoying redundancies).

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How To Move Parallel To A Building During WROL

Today we present our fifth tip in a series taken from the U.S. Army’s FM 21-75, Basic Combat Skills Appendix D, Urban Areas.  This manual is Approved for Public Release and provides a great deal of useful information for the prepper forced to move through urban or built up areas following a breakdown in the rule of law which is sometimes called without rule of law or WROL.  Today’s tip will help you learn how to move parallel to a building during WROL.

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How To Move Past a Window During WROL

Today we present our fourth tip in a series taken from the U.S. Army’s FM 21-75, Basic Combat Skills Appendix D, Urban Areas.  This manual is Approved for Public Release and provides a great deal of useful information for the prepper forced to move through urban or built up areas following a breakdown in the rule of law which is sometimes called without rule of law or WROL.  Today’s tip will help you learn how to move past a window during WROL.

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