Military Survival Skills You Need to Master
There are many survival techniques that the military forces around the world practice whenever they are out performing their sworn duties. These men and women can survive even the worst of conditions and we are going to look at just five of the military survival skills that you need to master.
1. They Know How to Use the Kit They Carry
Many preppers, especially those that are fairly new believe that by just owning certain pieces of kit they will be fine when disaster strikes. It is no good owning a ferro rod for example, if you cannot work out how to get a fire going with it.
The same goes for your first aid kit. These kits can literally save lives but only if you know how to use the contents properly and for the kit to be useful, it should contain all the necessary medicines (e.g. antiseptics, antibiotics) and bandages.
Generally, military men and women are sent for missions in far-off and remote places for an indefinite period of time. During such times, they get plenty of injuries. Without the knowledge to deal with these injuries they could quite easily get a lot worse. But with their knowledge on first aid application, they can treat themselves with only the kit that they have.
2. Self-Defense Skills
Self-defense techniques are not only about learning martial arts to take down an attacker but also having the knowledge 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 knowledge on self-defense when there is a threat on their lives.
3. They S.T.O.P.
What is STOP? It is an acronym for the following:
- Stop – take a break, relax and calm down.
- Think – connotes the presence of mind no matter what happens.
- Observe – analyze the pros and cons of any situation very carefully and meticulously.
- Plan – plan your next move on how to get the upper hand when in an unfavorable or hostile condition.
This is a very important skill to master not just for the military but also for us preppers and survivalists too. It will help you to remain calm during adverse situations.
4. Learn to Improvise
In order to survive many conditions, you must learn how to improvise. It is not necessarily about the situation at hand but more so about one’s ingenuity and willpower to improve the situation in order to save lives.
5. Building Temporary but Safe Shelter
Most of the military force’s time is spent in the wilderness and building a shelter is one of their most basic concerns for survival. The military 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.