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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Radiological Hazards

Andrew’s Note:  Today we return to the MULTI-SERVICE DOCTRINE FOR CHEMICAL, BIOLOGICAL, RADIOLOGICAL, AND NUCLEAR OPERATIONS , FM 3-11, MCWP 3-37.1, NWP 3-11, AFTTP 3-2.42 dated July 2011, Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.  Today’s entry is the third entry in this series.  In the first article in this series we discussed  Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Incidents and Hazards, in the second entry we went more in depth on Chemical Hazards then we discussed Biological Hazards.  In today’s finale to this series we look in more depth on Radiological Hazards including Nuclear Hazards.

Biological Hazards

Andrew’s Note:  Today we return to the MULTI-SERVICE DOCTRINE FOR CHEMICAL, BIOLOGICAL, RADIOLOGICAL, AND NUCLEAR OPERATIONS , FM 3-11, MCWP 3-37.1, NWP 3-11, AFTTP 3-2.42 dated July 2011, Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.  Today’s entry is the third entry in this series.  In the first article in this series we discussed  Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Incidents and Hazards, in the second entry we went more in depth on Chemical Hazards.  Today’s extract goes into more depth on Biological Hazards and we’ll discuss Radiological Hazards in the next installment.

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Chemical Hazards

Andrew’s Note:  Today we return to the MULTI-SERVICE DOCTRINE FOR CHEMICAL, BIOLOGICAL, RADIOLOGICAL, AND NUCLEAR OPERATIONS , FM 3-11, MCWP 3-37.1, NWP 3-11, AFTTP 3-2.42 dated July 2011, Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.  Today’s entry is the second entry in this series.  In the first article in this series we discussed  (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Incidents and Hazards.  Today’s extract goes into more depth on Chemical Hazards and we’ll discuss Biological Hazards in the next installment.

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Preventative Foot Care

No building can stand without a strong foundation and your body’s foundation is your feet.  As a a former light infantryman (the light infantryman often relies on his feet and not on mechanized transportation during operations) I was well schooled in proper preventative foot care  for military operations.  Many of the same preventative foot care techniques are applicable to hiking, bugging out or even a long day if you work in one of the many occupations that has you on your feet all day.

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Makeshift Oral Hygiene

A few years ago my wife dragged me to the movie Shakespeare In Love.  I don’t remember much about the movie but I do remember one thing the filmmakers showed that was very interesting.  They showed the Elizabethan version of a toothbrush which is basically a stick with one of the ends roughed up.  Recently I came across a description of how to make that primitive toothbrush in FM 21-75, Combat Skills Of The Soldier.  In good old state-the-obvious Army style the description goes point out that “twigs can also be used for toothpicks.”  Here’s hoping you don’t have to resort to makeshift oral hygiene…

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Weapons of Opportunity

Andrew’s Note:  Prepography reader JD in Portland, OR who’s a Marine Corps veteran has been teasing me lately for not including enough anything but Army Manual reprints when we don’t publish original articles or infographics.  He said he want’s to see something from ‘The Corps’ so here you go JD…Task MCCS.23.15, Identify Weapons of Opportunity from The Marine Corps Common Skills Handbook, Book 1B, All Marines (what the Army calls Skill Level 1). (more…)

Improvised Litter Construction

Andrew’s Note:  One of the things I love about being in the Army is that there’s a manual for how to accomplish just about any task you can imagine.  The problem in applying Army solutions to Prepper problems is that our Army is so well supplied and funded that it has world class specialty equipment to accomplish any task that even the most well-heeled prepper can’t hope to match.  There are other Army manuals though that can fill that gap, these manuals and parts of manuals explain how to improvise many of the tools and equipment we use in the Army.  These improvised tools, techniques and procedures can often be of use to the preparedness minded as well.  Today we’re presenting an excerpt from the U.S. Army Combat Lifesaver Correspondence Course, IS0871 on making improvised litters.

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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Andrew’s Note:  Today we present another lesson from our periodic Military Pedagogy series.  This discussion, from TC 21-3, the Soldier’s Handbook for Individual Operations and Survival in Cold Weather Areas [Approved For Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited] is on Carbon Monoxide Poisoning.  As our homes and offices become better insulated and sealed we increase the chances of serious injury or death resulting from carbon monoxide poisoning.  This lesson was written for soldiers living and working in tents and vehicles but applies to permanent shelters as well.  Learn the symptoms, learn the treatment and for heavens sake, learn the prevention of carbon monoxide poisoning.

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Countertracking The Army Way

Andrw’s Note:  Today Prepography is presenting an expansion of yesterday’s article on Tracking the Army Way by helping you develop the skills necessary to avoid being tracked or lose a tracker… also known as Countertracking The Army Way.  

The following is taken directly from the U.S. Army Field Manual, FM 21-75, Combat Skills of the Soldier published 3 August 1984 (Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited).  

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