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:
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.
I’ve received several inquiries today from concerned preppers asking what changes they should make to their preparedness plans in light of the recent election results so I gave some thought to the prepping consequences of the election and here’s what I’ve come up with…
First off, by a margin of roughly 2.5% (popular vote – as of the writing of this article) the citizens of the U.S. have chosen a path that clearly encourages dependence as opposed to self reliance…make no mistake though, the Republicans would have been better…but not by orders of magnitude. For those in the depths of post-election depression let me point out that this country survived over 12 years of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s equally flawed economic strategies. A huge portion of our population continues to work hard in spite of an ever increasing tax burden, adapts to changes instead of giving up, and finds ways to succeed instead of being frustrated into paralysis by red tape and institutional favoritism. This country still has the biggest economic engine in the world idling under the hood and the most stable and successful form of government (but for some reason we always impose parliamentary governments on the countries we conquer).
So back to the question at hand…what are the prepping consequences of the election? Continue reading