Airforce Survival Menu | Compass | Snow



FM 21-76-1
MCRP 3-02H
NWP 3-50.3
AFTTP(I) 3-2.26

JUNE 1999

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Decide to Survive!

S - Size up the situation, surroundings, physical condition, equipment.
U - Use all your senses
R - Remember where you are.
V - Vanquish fear and panic.
I - Improvise and improve.
V - Value living.
A - Act like the natives.
L - Live by your wits.

1. Immediate Actions
a. Assess immediate situation. THINK BEFORE YOU ACT!
b. Take action to protect yourself from nuclear, biological, or
chemical hazards (Chapter IX).
c. Seek a concealed site.
d. Assess medical condition; treat as necessary (Chapter V).
e. Sanitize uniform of potentially compromising information.
f. Sanitize area; hide equipment you are leaving.
g. Apply personal camouflage.
h. Move away from concealed site, zigzag pattern recommended.
i. Use terrain to advantage, communication, and concealment.
j. Find a hole-up site.

2. Hole-Up-Site (Chapter I)
a. Reassess situation; treat injuries, then inventory equipment.
b. Review plan of action; establish priorities (Chapter VI).
c. Determine current location.
d. Improve camouflage.
e. Focus thoughts on task(s) at hand.
f. Execute plan of action. Stay flexible!

Recommend inclusion of this manual in the aviator’s survival vest.


3. Concealment (Chapter I)
a. Select a place of concealment providing
(1) Adequate concealment, ground and air.
(2) Safe distance from enemy positions and lines of
communications (LOC).
(3) Listening and observation points.
(4) Multiple avenues of escape.
(5) Protection from the environment.
(6) Possible communications/signaling opportunities.
b. Stay alert, maintain security.
c. Drink water.

4. Movement (Chapters I and II)
a. Travel slowly and deliberately.
b. DO NOT leave evidence of travel; use noise and light
c. Stay away from LOC.
d. Stop, look, listen, and smell; take appropriate action(s).
e. Move from one concealed area to another.
f. Use evasion movement techniques (Chapter I).

5. Communications and Signaling (Chapter III)
a. Communicate as directed in applicable plans/orders,
particularly when considering transmitting in the blind.
b. Be prepared to use communications and signaling devices on
short notice.
c. Use of communications and signaling devices may
compromise position.

6. Recovery (Chapter IV)
a. Select site(s) IAW criteria in theater recovery plans.
b. Ensure site is free of hazards; secure personal gear.
c. Select best area for communications and signaling devices.
d. Observe site for proximity to enemy activity and LOC.
e. Follow recovery force instructions.


.... and user information.......................................... Camouflage ........ and recovery information........ Shelters ......................................... Evasion. Rhode Island AFTTP(I) 3-2. evasion....................................... Navigation and Position Determination ............ Virginia MCRP 3-02H Marine Corps Combat Development Command Quantico.. I-1 2............................................. See Appendix B for the scope...................... Mountain Hazards ..... Summer Hazards ........................... Virginia NWP 3-50.................................... II-12 iii .......... Alabama 29 JUNE 1999 Survival.................................. and Recovery Note: This UNCLASSIFIED publication is designed to provide Service members quick-reference survival.... Ice and Snow Travel ....................................... and Recovery Multiservice Procedures for Survival........... II-11 6...26 FM 21-76-1 U..... FM 21-76-1 MCRP 3-02H NWP 3-50........... I-3 4...................................................... application..................... River Travel.... Movement .......................... II-12 7.... purpose.... Travel Considerations.. implementation plan................................. II-10 5......................................... II-1 2..................3 AFTTP(I) 3-2............... II-12 8.. II-1 3.......................26 Headquarters Air Force Doctrine Center Maxwell Air Force Base........................... Stay or Move Considerations ......................................... II-10 4........... I-3 CHAPTER II NAVIGATION 1..................................................... Army Training and Doctrine Command Fort Monroe.......... Dry Climates..................3 Navy Warfare Development Command Newport.......... I-1 3............ Planning............ TABLE OF CONTENTS Page CHAPTER I EVASION 1.. Evasion.........................................S.....

.......................... VIII-1 2........................................................................................................... V-18 6............................ IV-1 2................................................................................................................................... VII-7 CHAPTER VIII FOOD 1.... Food Preparation ............................ 9.................................... Immediate First Aid Actions .......... Food Procurement.............. IV-1 3............................. VI-2 4..... Radio Communications (Voice and Data)................................................................... Water Procurement .... Fires ...... IV-1 4............................................ II-13 10........ V-9 3. B-2 iv I II III IV V VI VII VIII IX A B ................................................... Open Seas ........................ VII-1 3. Common Injuries and Illnesses.............................................................................................. VIII-9 3... V-15 4................. Chemical Conditions ........ V-1 2.............................................. Rules for Avoiding Illness............................................................................................................................................. IV-1 CHAPTER V MEDICAL 1............ Care and Use of Clothing ........ Water Requirements ............................ VI-8 CHAPTER VII WATER 1................................................. III-1 2.................................................................................................................. IX-1 2...... V-18 CHAPTER VI PERSONAL PROTECTION 1....................... Tropical Climates .................................................................................. Signaling ............. A-1 APPENDIX B PUBLICATION INFORMATION ................................................................... Plant Medicine.................................... VI-1 2............................... Water Preparation and Storage......... IX-7 APPENDIX A THE WILL TO SURVIVE............................................................................... Recovery Procedures ............................................................. Health and Hygiene ........................... Shelters ................................................................................................... VI-1 3................. IX-6 3............... VII-1 2............................ Nuclear Conditions .................. VIII-11 CHAPTER IX INDUCED CONDITIONS 1................................................ Food Preservation ............... Biological Conditions ....... Priorities ........................ Other Protective Equipment....................... Responsibilities..... Site Preparation ......... III-2 CHAPTER IV RECOVERY 1.... Site Selection.. II-13 CHAPTER III RADIO COMMUNICATIONS AND SIGNALING 1.......................................... VI-3 5.

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(2) Using established procedures. Where to go (initiate evasion plan of action): (1) Near a suitable area for recovery. b. (4) Being patient. or other cosmetics. Basic principles: (1) Disturb the area as little as possible. (c) Snow (barren). (a) Temperate deciduous (leaf shedding) areas. c. (2) Avoid activity that reveals movement to the enemy. (2) Slash pattern. Review the quick reference checklist on the inside cover. (2) Shaving cream. (6) Conserving strength for critical periods. Camouflage patterns (Figure I-1): (1) Blotch pattern. (5) Drinking water (DO NOT eat food without water). Chapter I EVASION 1. (3) Apply personal camouflage. (a) Coniferous areas (broad slashes). after-shave lotion. b. (3) Insect repellent (camouflage stick is least scented). Camouflage a. (b) Desert areas (barren). d. The following odors stand out and may give an evader away: (1) Scented soaps and shampoos. (3) Neutral or friendly country or area. (5) Tobacco (odor is unmistakable). Guidelines for successful evasion include- (1) Keeping a positive attitude. (4) Designated area for recovery. (4) Gum and candy (smell is strong or sweet). Planning a. 2. (2) Selected area for evasion. (8) Staying out of sight. I-1 . (3) Following your evasion plan of action. (7) Resting and sleeping as much as possible.

d. (d) Use stains from grasses. berries. Personal camouflage application follows: (1) Face. May use blotched and slash together. I-2 . they shift with the sun. (3) DO NOT over camouflage. (b) Change camouflage depending on the surroundings. and the under chin. Position and movement camouflage follows: (1) Avoid unnecessary movement. (3) Combination. (4) Light colored hair. Give special attention to conceal with a scarf or mosquito head net. collar. Camouflage Patterns c. netting. BLOTCH SLASH Figure I-1. (c) Grass (narrow slashes). hands. or mask if available. Use dark colors on high spots and light colors on any remaining exposed areas. (3) Head. (2) Ears. and charcoal. The insides and the backs should have 2 colors to break up outlines. Use a hat. (b) Jungle areas (broad slashes). change regularly. (4) Remember when using shadows. or coloration methods. neck. dirt. (c) DO NOT select vegetation from same source. netting. (2) Take advantage of natural concealment: (a) Cut foliage fades and wilts. vegetation. Use scarf.

rough terrain. (2) Locate entrances and exits in brush and along ridges. bad weather. or pens). (6) Ensure overhead concealment. If travel is necessary (1) Mask with natural cover (Figure I-2). (8) Break up the outline of the body. Locate carefullyeasy to remember acronym: BLISS. (c) With observable approaches.Blend L . (2) Use the military crest. or reduced enemy activity. 4. and rocks to keep from forming paths to site. 3. (4) Conceal with minimal to no preparation. Use camouflage and concealment. (3) Restrict to periods of low light.Irregular shape S . A moving object is easy to spot. Movement a. b. etc. name tags. (9) Conduct observation from a prone and concealed position. (5) Never expose shiny objects (like a watch.Secluded location (1) Choose an area (a) Least likely to be searched (drainages. I-3 . wind. B .Small S . (b) With escape routes (DO NOT corner yourself). (7) Remove unit patches. rank insignia. “V” of crotch/armpits. etc. glasses. ditches.) and blends with the environment.Low silhouette I . Shelters a. (5) Take the direction finding threat into account before transmitting from shelter. (6) Ensure watch alarms and hourly chimes are turned off. (3) Be wary of flash floods in ravines and canyons.

etc. troops. troops. roads. Peripheral vision is more effective for recognizing movement at night and twilight. wire. tracks. (d) SMELL for vehicles. weapons. Watch for trip wires or booby traps and avoid leaving evidence of travel. aircraft. I-4 . aircraft. vehicles. buildings. fires. Ground Movement (4) Avoid silhouetting (Figure I-3). etc. etc. animals. troops. (c) LISTEN for vehicles. animals. (b) LOOK for signs of human or animal activity (smoke. (5) At irregular intervals (a) STOP at a point of concealment. Figure I-2.).

(3) Use a walking stick to part vegetation and push it back to its original position. Route selection requires detailed planning and special techniques (irregular route/zigzag) to camouflage evidence of travel. (4) DO NOT grab small trees or brush. d. Figure I-3. c. Break up the human shape or recognizable lines. check clothing and equipment for items that could make noise during movement and secure them. leaves.) (5) Pick firm footing (carefully place the foot lightly but squarely on the surface to avoid slipping). or grass. TRY NOT TO (a) Overturn ground cover. (b) Scuff bark on logs and sticks. (2) DO NOT break branches. (c) Make noise by breaking sticks. (Cloth wrapped around feet helps muffle this. b. Avoid Silhouetting (6) Employ noise discipline. this creates a path of snowless vegetation revealing your route. I-5 . and sticks. In snow country. Some techniques for concealing evidence of travel follows: (1) Avoid disturbing the vegetation above knee level. rocks. (This may scuff the bark or create movement that is easily spotted.) (d) Mangle grass and bushes that normally spring back.

Penetrate obstacles as follows: (1) Enter deep ditches feet first to avoid injury. (d) Taking advantage of solid surfaces (logs. go over the top. If impractical. (3) Penetrate rail fences.) (8) Concentrate on defeating the handler if pursued by dogs. presenting as low a silhouette as possible (Figure I-4). DO NOT touch fence. (c) Traveling during windy periods. Go under fence if unavoidable. Cross at points offering concealment such as bushes. rocks. (4) Cross roads after observation from concealment to determine enemy activity. (Figure I-5) (5) Use same method of observation for railroad tracks that was used for roads.) leaving less evidence of travel. e. Next. shadows. (7) Secure trash or loose equipmenthide or bury discarded items. (Figure I-6). (b) Moving before and during precipitation allows tracks to fill in. (2) Go around chain-link and wire fences. Repeat for the second track. passing under or between lower rails. cross tracks using a semi-pushup motion. look for electrical insulators or security devices. etc. I-6 . crossing at damaged areas. Cross in a manner leaving your footprints parallel (cross step sideways) to the road. and snowdrifts. etc. bend in road. align body parallel to tracks with face down. (e) Patting out tracks lightly to speed their breakdown or make them look old. (Trash or lost equipment identifies who lost it. downed logs. (6) Mask unavoidable tracks in soft footing by (a) Placing tracks in the shadows of vegetation.

Road Crossing I-7 . Figure I-4. Rail Fences Figure I-5.

1 may be electrified. Railroad Tracks WARNING: If 3 rails exist. I-8 . Figure I-6.

(a) Geographic checkpoints. and have the ability to get there. (2) Using the Rate x Time = Distance formula. (2) Are certain of your location. (3) Can reach water. Leave information at your starting point (in a non-combat environment) that includes (1) Destination. 2. (4) Using prominent landmarks. Chapter II NAVIGATION Assess the threat and apply appropriate evasion principles. (2) DO NOT soil the map by touching the destination. Consider the following if you decide to travel: (1) Follow the briefed evasion plan. (c) Previous knowledge of operational area. d. b. (4) Convinced rescue is not coming. (3) DO NOT fold in a manner providing travel information. Leave only when (1) Dictated by the threat. e. cache. and/or help. have a known destination. (3) Decide what equipment to take. (2) Determine which direction to travel and why. Navigation and Position Determination a. Determine your general location by (1) Developing a working knowledge of the operational area. (4) Supplies available. Stay with the vehicle/aircraft in a non-combat environment. Stay or Move Considerations a. or destroy. (3) Using information provided in the map legend. c. (2) Route of travel. (b) Man-made checkpoints. 1. shelter. II -1 . Consider the following for maps (in a combat environment): (1) DO NOT write on the map. (3) Personal condition. Note: These actions may compromise information if captured. food.

(a) Digital watches. (4) Using a wristwatch to determine general cardinal direction (Figure II-2). (5) Visualizing map to determine position. (c) Southern Hemisphere. and west) by (1) Using compass. Point the 12 o’clock position on your watch at the sun. east. Visualize a clock face on the watch. Figure II-1. CAUTION: The following methods are NOT highly accurate and give only general cardinal direction. Point hour hand at the sun. South is halfway between the hour hand and 12 o’clock position. Determine cardinal directions (north. (2) Using stick and shadow method to determine a true north-south line (Figure II-1). Stick and Shadow Method (3) Remembering the sunrise/moonrise is in the east and sunset/moonset is in the west. b. North is halfway between the 12 o’clock position and the hour hand. (b) Northern Hemisphere. II -2 . south.

•Pen or pencil. end construction at sundown. •1-2 inch shadow tip device (a twig. Using A Watch . •Mark tip of shadow every 30 minutes annotating the time. Do the following: •Attach shadow tip device in center of paper. (c) Do the following during travel: •Hold navigator so the shadow aligns with mark of present time (drawn arrow now points to true north). (b) Start construction at sunup. •Secure navigator on flat surface (DO NOT move during set up period). •Connect marks to form an arc. nail. Note: The shortest line between base of shadow tip device and curved line is a north-south line. II -3 . •Indicate north with a drawn arrow. or match).To Determine North/South NORTHERN HEMISPHERE NORTH SOUTH MID POINT MID POINT HOUR HAND HOUR HAND SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE If on daylight saving time subtract one hour from actual time Figure II-2. Direction Using a Watch (5) Using a pocket navigator (Figure II-3) (a) Gather the following necessary materials: •Flat writing material (such as an MRE box).

(b) Southern Cross is used to locate true south-north line. II -4 . Pocket Navigator (6) Using the stars (Figure II-4) the (a) North Star is used to locate true north-south line. Figure II-3. flat. Figure II-4. level nonmetallic surface. (d) Remember the navigator is current for approximately 1 week. Orient the map by (1) Using a true north-south line (Figure II-5) (a) Unfold map and place on a firm. Stars c. CAUTION: The Pocket Navigator is NOT recommended if evading.

(b) Align the compass on a true north-south line. (c) Rotate map and compass until stationary index line aligns with the magnetic variation indicated in marginal information. N Floating needle compass and map aligned to magnetic north 22 1/2° Map is oriented to 22 1/2° easterly N magnetic variation with floating needle compass 337 1/2° Map is oriented to 22 1/2° easterly magnetic variation with floating dial compass N Floating needle compass and map aligned to magnetic north 337 1/2° Map is oriented to 22 1/2° westerly magnetic variation with floating needle compass 22 1/2° Map is oriented to 22 1/2° westerly magnetic variation with floating dial compass Figure II-5. •Easterly (subtract variation from 360 degrees). •Westerly (add variation to 360 degrees). Orienting a Map Using a True North-South Line II -5 .

(2) Using a compass rose (Figure II-6) (a) Place edge of the lensatic compass on magnetic north line of the compass rose closest to your location. Map Orientation with Compass Rose II -6 . (b) Rotate map and compass until compass reads 360 degrees. Star indicates magnetic line on EVC Chart. 180 Figure II-6.

f. (1) Global Positioning System (GPS). (e) Repeat steps (b) through (d) for other LOPs. Triangulation (a) Try to use 3 or more azimuths. Use the compass for night navigation by (1) Setting up compass for night navigation (Figure II-8). (d) Plot the LOP using a thin stick or blade of grass (combat) or pencil line (non-combat). (b) Use GPS to confirm your position ONLY. Figure II-7. (c) Check map orientation each time compass is used. (d) Conserve GPS battery life. d. Determine specific location. (3) If there is NO compass. Route selection techniques follow: II -7 . (3) Using point-to-point navigation. orient map using cardinal direction obtained by the stick and shadow method or the celestial aids (stars) method. (2) Triangulation (resection) with a compass (Figure II-7). (a) DO NOT use GPS for primary navigation. (c) Select area providing maximum satellite reception. (2) Aligning north-seeking arrow with luminous line and follow front of compass. (b) Positively identify a major land feature and determine a line of position (LOP). e.

(3) Straight-line heading as follows: (a) Maintain heading until reaching destination. (a) Find a prominent landmark on the opposite side of the obstacle. II -8 . subtract heading from 360 then divide sum by 3. Heading between 0 and 180 degrees is divided by 3. Heading between 180 and 360 degrees. (b) Measure distance by counting the number of paces in a given course and convert to map units. New sum is the number of clicks to the right from stationary index line. (c) Resume your route of travel. Figure II-8. (b) Contour around obstacle to landmark. (2) Dogleg and 90 degree offset (Figure II-9). Sum is number of clicks to the left of stationary index line. Setting the Compass for Night Travel Luminous Line North Seeking Arrow Stationary Index 64 Bezel Ring Each click of the Bezel Ring equals 3 degrees. EXAMPLES Heading of 027 degrees = 9 clicks left. Heading of 300 degrees = 20 clicks right. Compass Night Navigation Setup (1) Circumnavigation.

Adjust estimation of distance traveled against these factors to get relative accuracy when using a pace count. (4) Deliberate offset is (a) Used when finding a point on a linear feature (that is. road or river). 1200 paces per kilometer [average]). N W E 90 0 90 0 0 S 180 1 80 360 0 0 90 original O bstacle original heading heading 0 0 90 m inus 45 0 from plus 45 to heading original heading Figure II-9. •Distances measured by paces are approximate (example in open terrain. II -9 . 900 paces per kilometer [average]. establish another landmark and continue. day/night travel. or injured/uninjured condition. (b) Intentionally navigated to left or right of target so you know which way to turn at the linear feature. or example in rough terrain. (a) Pick out landmarks on the heading and walk the trail of least resistance to a point. Dogleg and 90 Degree Offset •One pace is the distance covered each time the same foot touches the ground. An individual’s pace varies because of factors such as steep terrain. (5) Point-to-point is same as straight line. (b) On reaching a point. (c) Use pace count in conjunction with terrain evaluation and heading to determine location.

Pick the easiest and safest route (non-combat). (5) Hazardous animals. 4. Stay near inside edge of river bends (current speed is less). (4) Waterfalls. log. Avoid creek bottoms and ravines with NO escape in the event of heavy rains.3. (3) Rapids (DO NOT attempt to shoot the rapids). Take special care of feet (change socks regularly). h. b. Use flotation device (raft. Consider food and water requirements. g. It may be a primary mode of travel and LOC in a tropical environment (use with caution if evading). b. d. a. etc. Avoid overdressing and overheating. Pack equipment to prevent loss. pack imbalance. (3) Travel upstream to find narrower and shallow water. bamboo.). f. II -10 . e. Use a pole to move the raft in shallow water. d. lakes. Consider the following for swamps. River Travel River travel may be faster and save energy when hypothermia is not a factor. Maintain a realistic pace. k. and personal safety. (2) Sweepers (overhanging limbs and trees). and bogs if needed. c. c. lakes. Keep near shore. and unfordable rivers: (1) Circumnavigate swamps. j. take rest stops when needed. Watch for the following DANGERS: (1) Snags. f. g. Consider using a flotation device when crossing rivers or large/deep streams. Travel in forested areas if possible. Use an oar in deep water. not over or through them. i. e. damage. Go around obstacles. Travel on trails whenever possible (non-combat). Travel Considerations a. (2) Travel downstream to find people and slower water.

(4) If caught in an avalanche. Obstacles to winter travel follow: (1) Reduced daylight hours (BE AWARE). II -11 . (b) Trees without uphill branches (identifies prior avalanches). do the following: (a) Backstroke to decrease burial depth. DO NOT travel in (1) Blizzards. b. (2) Bitterly cold winds. Improvised Snowshoes (3) Avalanche prone areas to avoid: (a) Slopes 30-45 degrees or greater. make snowshoes [Figure II-10]).5. Ice and Snow Travel Travel should be limited to areas free of hazards. (2) Deep soft snow (if movement is necessary. (3) Poor visibility. Travel is easier in early morning or late afternoon near dusk when snow is frozen or crusted. (c) Heavy snow loading on ridge tops. Figure II-10. a.

6. (2) Swamps. II -12 . b. lakes. (a) Circumnavigate swamps. •Snow banks extend over the ice. Travel Considerations. (b) Travel in forested areas if possible. items h through k. Mountain Hazards a. lakes. (5) Frozen water crossings. paragraph 3. (b) Travel downstream to find people and slower water. Avoid areas prone to avalanches. (a) Travel on trails when possible (non-combat). In sand dune areas— (1) Follow hard valley floor between dunes. •Objects protrude through ice. belly crawling. •Water vapor rising indicates open or warm areas. Avalanche. and unfordable rivers. 7. or using snowshoes. (b) Move hand around face to create air pocket as moving snow slows. DO NOT travel unless certain of reaching the destination using the water supply available. (a) Weak ice should be expected where— •Rivers are straight. distribute your weight by laying flat. c. (c) Avoid creek bottoms and ravines with no escape in the event of heavy rains. (c) Travel upstream to find narrower and shallow water. c. Avoid low areas. Summer Hazards (see page II-10. Lightning. Glacier travel is hazardous and should be avoided. d. avoiding— (1) Deep sandy dune areas. Travel at dawn or dusk on hot days. c. b. (2) Rough terrain. Follow the easiest trail possible (non-combat). Avoid ridge tops during thunderstorms. Flash floods. •Rivers or streams come together. and bogs if needed. Dry Climates a. (b) Air pockets form when a frozen river loses volume. 8. (c) When crossing frozen water.) (1) Dense brush.

(4) Construct a shade cover/sail (Figure II-12). 9. Find trails— (1) Where 2 streams meet. (Sail aids in making landfall. (5) Protect the eyes. c. (2) Travel on the windward side of dune ridges. (3) DO NOT sleep on the trail. (2) Inflate raft so it rides higher. 10. Part the vegetation to pass through. Avoid obstacles like thickets and swamps. Avoid grabbing vegetation. f. (2) Sit low in the raft. (4) Cover the mouth and nose with a piece of cloth. Tropical Climates a. e. Using currents (1) Deploy sea anchor (Figure II-11). (3) Deflate the raft slightly so it rides lower in the water. Open Seas a. If a sandstorm occurs (1) Mark your direction of travel. Using winds (1) Pull in sea anchor. (2) Use a walking stick to probe for pitfalls or traps. Travel only when it is light. it may have spines or thorns (use gloves if possible). (3) Try to get to the downwind side of natural shelter. they may indicate a pitfall or trap. (3) Sit up in raft so body catches the wind. (6) Remain stationary until the storm is over. (2) Where a low pass goes over a range of hills.) II -13 . d. While traveling trails (1) Watch for disturbed areas on game trails. b. b. the enemy uses the trails also. (4) Exercise caution. e. (2) Sit or lie down in direction of travel. DO NOT climb over logs if you can go around them. Sea anchor may be adjusted to make use of existing currents.

(2) Greenish tint in the sky (in the tropics). Shade/Sail Construction c. II -14 . Sea Anchor Deployment Figure II-12. Figure II-11. (3) Lighter colored reflection on clouds (open water causes dark gray reflections) (in the arctic). Indications of land are (1) Fixed cumulus clouds in a clear sky or in a cloudy sky where all other clouds are moving. Making landfall.

(b) Assume a sitting position with feet 2 or 3 feet lower than head to absorb the shock of hitting submerged objects. (4) Remain in raft as long as possible. (6) Directional flights of birds at dawn and at dusk. (c) Parallel shoreline and attempt landfall at a point further down shore. (8) In moderate surf. (a) Odors from swamps and smoke. (11) Select a landing point. (c) After it passes. (b) Make a shallow dive just before the wave breaks to end the ride. (9) In high surf. (a) Avoid places where waves explode upon rocks. (4) Lighter colored water (indicates shallow water). II -15 . (7) Try to make landfall during the lull between the sets of waves (waves are generally in sets of 7. work shoreward in the next trough. (6) Wear footgear and at least 1 layer of clothing. (12) After selecting a landing site (a) Face shoreward. (b) When the seaward wave approaches. (3) Secure all gear to body before reaching landfall. (b) Lie as close to the surface as possible. (5) The odors and sounds. Swimming ashore (1) Consider physical condition. from smallest to largest). (10) If caught in the undertow of a large wave— (a) Remain calm and swim to the surface. (2) Use a flotation aid. (a) Swim shoreward in the trough between waves. (a) Swim forward on the back of a wave. face it and submerge. (b) Find a place where waves smoothly rush onto the rocks. (b) Roar of surf/bird cries coming from one direction. d. (5) Use the sidestroke or breaststroke to conserve strength if thrown from raft.

and disintegrating flows are dangerous (ice can cut a raft). small flows. Icebergs. e. f. CAUTION: DO NOT deploy a sea anchor if traveling through coral. (c) Deploying a sea anchor for stability. (5) Penetrate surf by— (a) Taking down most shade/sails. (3) Land on the lee (downwind) side of islands or point of land if possible. (1) Use paddles to avoid sharp edges. (2) Use caution landing when the sun is low and straight in front of you causing poor visibility. (2) Store raft away from the ice edge. (b) Using paddles to maintain control. Making sea ice landings on large stable ice flows. Rafting ashore (1) Select landing point carefully. (4) Weight down/secure raft so it does not blow away. II -16 . (4) Head for gaps in the surf line. (3) Keep raft inflated and ready for use.

III-1 . Radio Communications (Voice and Data) a. (6) Move after each transmission (ONLY in combat. c. g. Combat. (1) Ensure locator beacon is operational. d. e. (2) Keep it with you to supplement radio communications. Use data burst if available. If no immediate contact. etc. (3) Follow plans/orders for on/off operations. Transmissions. vegetation. (7) If transmitting in the blind. (1) Use concealment sites (combat) that optimize line of site (LOS). (3) Keep antenna perpendicular to intended receiver (Figure III-1). (8) Use terrain masking to hinder enemy direction finding. space blanket. then as directed in applicable plans/orders. ensure a clear LOS towards the equator. f. (1) Turn off locator beacon. (2) Face recovery asset. Non-combat. if possible). Make initial contact as soon as possible or as directed in applicable plans/orders. Chapter III RADIO COMMUNICATIONS AND SIGNALING Inventory and review the operating instructions of all communications and signaling equipment.). (4) DO NOT ground antenna (that is finger on antenna or attaching bolt. (2) Follow standing plans for on/off operations to conserve battery use. b. Listening (use reception times in applicable plans/orders or as directed by recovery forces). Locate spare radio and batteries (keep warm and dry). 1. (5) Keep transmissions short (3-5 seconds maximum).

Signaling a. Radio Transmission Characteristics 2. (3) Extend over raft's edge before activating. (2) Use as directed in applicable plans/orders or as directed by recovery forces. III-2 . Pyrotechnic signals. 100% 91% 91% 60% 65% 31% 24% 41% Signal Strength/ Operator Orientation 1% Top cone of silence 900 30-50% 30-50% 100% Main lobe Main lobe 100% 30-50% 30-50% 90 0 Bottom cone of silence 1% Cut-away Sideview of Antenna Power Distribution Figure III-1. (1) Prepare early (weather permitting).

brush. c. Sighting Techniques Note: Make a mirror from any shiny metal or glass. d. Figure III-2. (a) Maximize visibility from above. parachute). Pattern signals (use as directed in applicable plans/orders). b. (1) Prepare early. (2) If no radio. (2) Location. (3) Cover when not in use. (3) Size (large as possible) and ratio (Figure III-3). (b) Provide concealment from ground observation. Signal mirror (Figure III-2). Strobe/IR lights. signal paulin. use only with confirmed friendly forces. (1) Materials: (a) Manmade (space blanket. III-3 . (1) Use as directed by recovery forces. (2) Use as directed by recovery forces. (b) Natural use materials that contrast the color and/or texture of the signaling area (rocks. stomped grass). Note: Produces one residual flash when turned off. consider filters and shields. (3) Conserve battery life. branches.

III-4 . Sea dye marker. Size and Ratio (4) Shape (maintain straight lines and sharp corners). Signal Key e. Figure III-4. (1) DO NOT waste in rough seas or fast moving water. Figure III-3. (5) Contrast (use color and shadows). (3) May be used to color snow. (6) Pattern signals (Figure III-4). (2) Conserve unused dye by rewrapping.

f. (2) Use smoke for day (tires or petroleum products for dark smoke and green vegetation for light smoke). Non-combat considerations: (1) Use a fire at night. voice. (Figure III-5) (3) Use signal mirror to sweep horizon. Smoke Generator III-5 . whistle. Figure III-5. and weapons fire). (4) Use audio signals (that is.

ground. Establish radio contact with recovery forces (if possible). if practical (approximately 150 feet diameter. b. (4) Signal devices available. (2) Recovery site characteristics (slope.). c. Assist recovery force in identifying your position. Be prepared to authenticate as directed in applicable plans/orders. especially on sloping or uneven terrain. Pack and secure all equipment. be prepared to report— (1) Enemy activity in the recovery area. c. b. Secure loose equipment that could be caught in rotors/propellers. (2) Secure weapons and avoid quick movement. flat and level). Maintain communication with recovery forces until recovered. For a landing/ground recovery— (1) Assume a non-threatening posture. Responsibilities a. Site Preparation a. boat. c. Plan several tactical entry and exit routes (in combat). (3) Number in party/medical situation. Locate area for landing pick-up. b. Locate several concealment sites around area (in combat). 3. size. Recovery Procedures a. free of obstructions. If no radio. 4. d. (4) Beware of rotors/propellers when approaching recovery vehicle. Stay concealed until recovery is imminent (in combat).). Chapter IV RECOVERY 1. 2. IV-1 . Mentally review recovery methods (aircraft. obstacles. Site Selection a. Assess evidence of human activity at/near the site (in combat). b. a ground-to-air signal may be your only means to effect recovery. e. etc. c. Prepare signaling devices (use as directed or as briefed). (3) DO NOT approach recovery vehicle until instructed. d. etc. Follow recovery force instructions.

d. (4) Put safety strap under armpits. vigorous cable shake. (6) Keep hands clear of all hardware and connectors. (8) Use a thumbs up. (10) DO NOT assist during hoist or when pulled into the rescue vehicle. or radio call to signal you are ready. For hoist recovery devices (Figures IV-1 and IV-2)— (1) Use eye protection. (9) Drag feet on the ground to decrease oscillation. (2) Allow metal on device to contact the surface before touching to avoid injury from static discharge. Figure IV–1. (2) Follow the procedures in "d" above. Rescue Strap IV-2 . Follow crewmember instructions. For nonhoist recovery (rope or unfamiliar equipment)— (1) Create a “fixed loop” big enough to place under armpits (Figure IV-3). (5) Ensure cable is in front of you. if available (glasses or helmet visor). (7) DO NOT become entangled in cable. e. (3) Sit or kneel for stability while donning device.

Forest Penetrator IV-3 .Figure IV-2.

Step 1 Step 2 Figure IV–3. Fixed Loop IV-4 .

Determine responsiveness as follows: (1) If unconscious. arouse by shaking gently and shouting. Obtain professional medical treatment as soon as possible. (b) Roll victims onto their backs. Figure V-1. and feel for air exchange. (d) Look. (2) If no response— (a) Keep head and neck aligned with body. Chapter V MEDICAL WARNING: These emergency medical procedures are for survival situations. Immediate First Aid Actions Remember the ABCs of Emergency Care: Airway Breathing Circulation a. 1. (c) Open the airway by lifting the chin (Figure V-1). Chin Lift V-1 . listen.

(f) If breaths still blocked. •Thrust upward to expel air from stomach. paragraph 1d. For travel. but breathing— (a) Keep head and neck aligned with body. (b) Cover victim's mouth with your own. continue (c) through (f) until successful or exhausted. Control bleeding as follows: (1) Apply a pressure dressing (Figure V-2). start mouth to mouth breathing: •Give 1 breath every 5 seconds. refer to page V-7. (2) If STILL bleeding— (a) Use direct pressure over the wound. (3) If victim is not breathing— (a) Check for a clear airway. (d) Fill victim’s lungs with 2 slow breaths. reposition airway. (5) If breathing difficulty is caused by chest trauma. b. (b) Roll victim on side (drains the mouth and prevents the tongue from blocking airway). (h) Try 2 slow breaths again. (e) If breaths are blocked. remove any blockage. (j) With open airway. (b) Elevate the wounded area above the heart. You may cause more tissue damage and increase bleeding. (i) If the airway is still blocked. try again. give 5 abdominal thrusts: •Straddle the victim. (g) Sweep with finger to clear mouth. •Check for chest rise each time. (c) Pinch victim’s nostrils closed. •Place a fist between breastbone and belly button. (4) If victim is unconscious. Treat Chest Injuries. you may shorten and secure the object. V-2 . CAUTION: DO NOT remove an impaled object unless it interferes with the airway.

Application of a Pressure Dressing V-3 .Figure V-2.

(3) If STILL bleeding—
(a) Use a pressure point between the injury and the
heart (Figure V-3).
(b) Maintain pressure for 6 to 10 minutes before
checking to see if bleeding has stopped.

Figure V-3. Pressure Points


(4) If a limb wound is STILL bleeding—

CAUTION: Use of a tourniquet is a LAST RESORT measure. Use
ONLY when severe, uncontrolled bleeding will cause loss of life.
Recognize that long-term use of a tourniquet may cause loss of limb.

(a) Apply tourniquet (TK) band just above bleeding site
on limb. A band at least 3 inches (7.5 cm) or wider is best.
(b) Follow steps illustrated in Figure V-4.
(c) Use a stick at least 6 inches (15 cm) long.
(d) Tighten only enough to stop arterial bleeding.
(e) Mark a TK on the forehead with the time applied.
(f) DO NOT cover the tourniquet.

CAUTION: The following directions apply ONLY in survival
situations where rescue is UNLIKELY and NO medical aid is

(g) If rescue or medical aid is not available for over 2
hours, an attempt to SLOWLY loosen the tourniquet may be made
20 minutes after application. Before loosening—
•Ensure pressure dressing is in place.
•Ensure bleeding has stopped
•Loosen tourniquet SLOWLY to restore circulation.
•Leave loosened tourniquet in position in case
bleeding resumes.


1. Wrap a wide band around
the injured limb. Tie with a
square knot.


2. Pass a stick, bayonet or
scabbard through the
tourniquet knot.

3. Tighten tourniquet by
turning stick just enough to
stop arterial bleeding.

4. Bind free end of the stick
to keep tourniquet from

Figure V-4. Application of a Tourniquet


•DO NOT give fluids to an unconscious victim. may create bloody froth as air escapes the chest. (c) Anxiety or mental confusion. (b) Tape airtight material over wound on 3 sides only (Figure V-5) to allow air to escape from the wound but not to enter. The flail segment is the broken area that moves in a direction opposite to the rest of chest during breathing. (d) Lift untapped side of dressing as victim exhales to allow trapped air to escape. (a) Remove wet clothing. Treat chest injuries.) (1) Identify by one or more of the following: (a) Pale. (b) Prevent tongue from blocking airway. (2) Maintain circulation. (1) Sucking chest wound. Treat shock. Results from blunt trauma when 3 or more ribs are broken in 2 or more places. It may be present with or without visible injury. fast pulse. (d) Decreased urine output. •DO NOT give fluids if they cause victim to gag. and sweaty skin. This occurs when chest wall is penetrated. (c) Insulate from ground. (6) Place very weak or unconscious victim on side. may cause victim to gasp for breath. (2) Flail chest. (5) Place conscious victim on back. as necessary. (d) Shelter from the elements. d. (c) Monitor breathing and check dressing. (b) Fast breathing and a weak. (4) Maintain normal body temperature. (3) Treat underlying injury. V-7 . may cause sucking sound. (a) Immediately seal wound with hand or airtight material. c. (Shock is difficult to identify or treat under field conditions. this will— (a) Allow mouth to drain. (b) Give warm fluids. cool.

e. sprains. and dislocations. (3) Fractured ribs. Figure V-5. Sucking Chest Wound Dressing (a) Stabilize the flail segment as follows: • Place rolled-up clothing or bulky pad over site. (b) DO NOT constrict breathing by taping ribs. and constrictive clothing. (c) Roll victim onto side of flail segment injury (as other injuries allow). (b) Have victim keep segment still with hand pressure. but necessary to prevent the possible development of pneumonia). Treat fractures. (1) Control bleeding. (2) Remove watches. jewelry. (a) Encourage deep breathing (painful. • Tape pad to site • DO NOT wrap tape around chest. (3) If fracture penetrates the skin— V-8 .

(b) Ice. (b) Avoid aggressive cooling with ice or frigid water. Hand should look like it is grasping an apple. NOT in straight position. Burns. (9) Use RICES treatment for 72 hours. (2) Remove watches. immobilize the bones on both sides of the joint. (5) Splint in position found (if unable to straighten limb). etc. (4) Position limb as normally as possible. (8) Keep the fractured bones from moving by immobilizing the joints on both sides of the fracture. 2. (a) Use immersion or cool compresses. (c) Avoid cooling that can cause frostbite or hypothermia. (e) Stabilization. (13) Elevate injured area above heart level to reduce swelling. (a) Clean wound by gentle irrigation with water. jewelry. (a) DO NOT use continuous cold therapy. opposite leg. V-9 . (b) Apply dressing over wound. (11) Use 15 to 20 minute periods of cold application. (10) Apply cold to acute injuries. (c) Compression. parachute cord. (a) Rest. (12) Wrap with a compression bandage after cold therapy. stiff materials from equipment. (d) Elevation. (b) Repeat 3 to 4 times per day. arm-to-chest). (15) Loosen bandage or reapply splint if no pulse is felt or if swelling occurs because bandage is too tight. CAUTION: Splint fingers in a slightly flexed position. constrictive clothing. (b) Body parts (for example. Common Injuries and Illnesses a. (6) Improvise a splint with available materials: (a) Sticks or straight. (1) Cool the burned area with water. (7) Attach with strips of cloth. If fracture is in a joint. (14) Check periodically for a pulse beyond the injury site.

(1) Sun/snow blindness (gritty. fast pulse). (a) Rest in shade. (6) Avoid moving or rubbing the burned part. (b) If foreign body is not removed by irrigation. (See Chapter VI. and cardiac arrest can occur. (a) Irrigate with clean water from the inside to the outside corner of the eye. Add 1/4 teaspoon of salt per quart. patch eye for 24 hours and then reattempt removal using steps (a) and (b). skin is hot and flushed [sweating may or may not occur]. (3) Heat stroke (victim disoriented or unconscious. c. sweating. (5) DO NOT use lotion or grease. (7) Drink extra water to compensate for increased fluid loss from burns. burning sensation. cool skin). V-10 . (c) If foreign body is STILL not removed. (b) Drink water. and possible reduction in vision caused by sun exposure). Heat injury. page VI-3. Eye injuries. b. (c) Protect from further heat exposure. (3) DO NOT remove embedded.) (b) Treat by patching affected eye(s). •Replace patch for another 12 hours if not healed. (c) Use cool compresses to reduce pain. moist. Figure VI-2. (b) Drink water. (2) Foreign body in eye. Shock. seizures. (4) Cover with sterile dressings. (a) Prevent with improvised goggles. (a) Rest. (Add 1/4 teaspoon of salt [if available] to each quart of water. CAUTION: Handle heat stroke victim gently. improvise a small swab. (2) Heat exhaustion (pale.) (8) Change dressings when soaked or dirty. charred material that will cause burned areas to bleed. (1) Heat cramps (cramps in legs or abdomen). •Check after 12 hours. Moisten and wipe gently over the affected area.

then frostbite is present. •Areas will feel cold and may tingle leading to— • •Numbness that progresses to— • ••Waxy appearance with stiff skin that cannot glide freely over a joint. •Warm with blankets. •Prevent further heat loss. difficulty speaking. nose. •Put on dry clothing (if available). (c) Frostbitten areas are deeply frozen and require medical treatment. d. repeated freezing and thawing causes severe pain and increases damage to the tissue. and toes are affected first. (a) Cool as rapidly as possible (saturate clothing with water and fan the victim). respiratory and cardiac failure. sluggish thinking go to— • ••Muscular rigidity with blue. or shelter. • Intense shivering with impaired ability to perform complex tasks leads to— • •Violent shivering. (2) Hypothermia— (a) Is a progressive injury. •Ears. (b) Protect victim from the environment as follows: •Remove wet clothing. breathing. (b) Frostnipped areas rewarm with body heat. fingers. • •Cover top of head. V-11 . Cold injuries: (1) Frostnip and frostbite— (a) Are progressive injuries. DO NOT rub frozen tissue. CAUTION: In frostbite. • •Insulate from above and below. (Avoid overcooling. sleeping bags. and circulation. jerky movements go to— ••••Coma. DO NOT thaw frozen tissue. Remember to cool the groin and armpit areas. If body heat WILL NOT rewarm area in 15 to 20 minutes.) (b) Maintain airway. puffy skin.

(f) DO NOT apply creams or ointments. armpits. (d) Clean bite with soap and water. CAUTION: This snakebite treatment recommendation is for situa- tions where medical aid and specialized equipment are not available. (e) Keep area dry. • •Avoid causing burns to skin. Snakebite. Avoid overly rapid rewarming which may cause cardiac arrest. (2) Saltwater sores. (b) Pat dry. (1) Nonpoisonous. Skin tissue damage. cuffs. Clean and bandage wound. e. (c) DO NOT cut the bite site. (b) Minimize activity. (d) DO NOT open or squeeze sores. DO NOT use your mouth to create suction. cover with a dressing. (c) Dry socks and shoes. to improve circulation. DO NOT rub. (a) Avoid walking on affected feet. CAUTION: Handle hypothermia victim gently. (1) Immersion injuries. Keep feet protected. (b) Keep sores dry. and open to air. etc. Skin tissue will be sensitive.. Rewarming of victim with skin-to-skin contact by volunteer(s) inside of a sleeping bag is a survival technique but can cause internal temperatures of all to drop. •Warm central areas before extremities. (a) Remove constricting items. Skin becomes wrinkled as in dishpan hands. V-12 . • •Place heat packs in groin. (d) Loosen boots. (a) Change body positions frequently. (c) Use antiseptic (if available). warm. and around neck. f. (2) Poisonous.

The intent is to slow capillary and venous blood flow but not arterial flow. (e) DO NOT rub area with sand. (f) Treat for shock. force fluids. (1) Stings. (b) Cover with clean dressing. (2) Punctures. (b) Remove jewelry and watches. (2) Use iodine tablet solution or diluted betadine to prevent or treat infection. (i) Construct shelter if necessary (let the victim rest). (a) Flush wound with salt water (fresh water stimulates toxin release). V-13 . Marine life. Check for pulse below the overwrap. (f) Splint bitten extremity to prevent motion. (h) Position extremity below level of heart. (g) DO NOT use urine to flush or treat wounds. (2) Keep covered to prevent scratching. Infection. h. (j) For conscious victims. i. Use soap (if available). (a) Immerse affected part in hot water or apply hot compresses for 30-60 minutes (as hot as victim can tolerate). (e) Overwrap the bite site with a tight (elastic) bandage (Figure V-6). artificial respiration may be required (page V-1. (1) Keep wound clean. (c) Remove tentacles and gently scrape or shave skin. paragraph 1c). (c) Treat for shock as needed. Skin irritants (includes poison oak and poison ivy). paragraph 1a). (3) Change bandages as needed. (1) Wash with large amounts of water. g. (d) Apply a steroid cream (if available). (g) Treat for shock (page V-7.

Compression Bandage for Snake Bite V-14 .Figure V-6.

Tannin. Wash affected areas with tea to ease itching. dysentery. Apply cool compresses or soak affected part to relieve itching and promote healing. (It may relieve symptoms by absorbing toxins. inflammation. Aches. Make a paste by mixing fine charcoal particles with water. fever. •Moisten bandage with cooled tannin tea. b. Plant Medicine a. (b) Diarrhea. skin problems.) k. and sore throat (aspirin-like qualities). sprains. •Pour cooled tea on burned areas to ease pain. 3. (2) Sources. (1) Drink extra water. (2) Sources. Salicin/salicylic acid. •Increase tannin content by longer soaking time. Willow and aspen trees (Figure V-7). diarrhea. •Apply compress to burned area. (2) Exercise. and worms. and blackberry stems. dysentery. Dysentery and diarrhea. (a) Place crushed outer bark. (1) Medical uses. (3) Preparation. (3) Drink extra water. and parasites. Tannin solution prevents infection and aids healing. common plantain. Found in the outer bark of all trees. acorns. V-15 . (1) Medical uses. pain. j. acorns. (2) Use a liquid diet. (4) Treatments. Constipation (can be expected in survival situations). (c) Skin problems (dry rashes and fungal infections). (b) Leach out the tannin by soaking or boiling. Drink strong tea solution (may promote voiding of worms). (1) DO NOT take laxatives. Burns. or leaves in water. •Replace depleted material with fresh bark/plants. colds. strawberry leaves. (d) Lice and insect bites. (a) Burns. banana plants. (3) Eat charcoal.

The common plantain is shown in Figure V-7. (4) Treatments. vitamins. •Make a pulpy mass. stings. (3) Preparation. •Apply pulpy mass over injury. (3) Preparation. •Crush the plant or stems. (1) Medical uses. (b) Prepare tea as described in paragraph 3a(3). (3) Preparation. (a) Make cuts in unripe fruit. meat tenderizer. (b) Drink tea for colds and sore throat. moist poultice for aches and sprains. and a food source. (2) Source. sores. (4) Treatments. (a) Chew on twigs. buds. wounds. moist layer between the outer bark and the wood) of willow or aspen. (c) Use warm. (b) Drink tea made from leaves for vitamin and minerals. or cambium layer (soft. (a) Brew tea from seeds. There are over 200 plantain species with similar medicinal properties. or cambium for symptom relief. and minerals. buds. (a) Drink tea made from seeds for diarrhea or dysentery. (c) Use poultice to treat cuts. (b) Brew tea from leaves. (c) Make poultice of leaves. diarrhea. (4) Treatments. Common plantain. (a) Use sap to tenderize tough meat. Itching. and stings. (b) Eat ripe fruit for food. Digestive aid. Papain. (2) Source. Fruit of the papaya tree (Figure V-7). (1) Medical uses. (b) Gather milky white sap for its papain content. (a) Gather twigs. abrasions. burns. d. c. and dysentery. •Hold in place with a dressing. (c) Make poultice. V-16 . (c) Avoid getting sap in eyes or wounds.

(c) Collect yellow pollen for flour substitute. Plantain E. (a) Pound roots into a pulpy mass for a poultice. Common Cattail. Wounds. Cattail ground level edible rootstalk D. (2) Source. (3) Preparation. burns. vitamins. Typical Aspen leaf 6-16 inches tall edible pollen edible young leaf shoot C. inflammations. A. Typical Willow leaf B. Cattail plant found in marshes (Figure V-7). sores. (4) Treatments. (d) Peel and eat tender shoots (raw or cooked). and minerals. (b) Cook and eat green bloom spikes. (a) Apply poultice to affected area. (1) Medical uses. and an excellent food source. e. Papaya Figure V-7. boils. (b) Use plant for food. Useful Plants V-17 .

or loamy soil as soap substitutes. (c) Check frequently for blisters and red areas. netting. 5. (b) Use single strand of an inner core string from parachute cord for dental floss. or boiling for 5 minutes. Dry wet clothing as soon as possible.4. (Use white ashes. (d) Gargle with salt water to help prevent sore throat and aid in cleaning teeth and gums. (4) Clean and protect feet. Stay clean (daily regimen).) (2) Comb and clean debris from hair. c. b. (a) Use hardwood twig as toothbrush (fray it by chewing on one end then use as brush). Purify all water obtained from natural sources by using iodine tablets. dry. Prevent insect bites by using repellent. (a) Change and wash socks (b) Wash. (3) Use smoke to fumigate clothing and equipment. Locate latrines 200 feet from water and away from shelter. Exercise daily. Health and Hygiene a. f. Eat varied diet. e. ticks. b. etc. (c) Use clean finger to stimulate gum tissues by rubbing. (d) Use adhesive tape/mole skin to prevent damage. sand. h. Rules for Avoiding Illness a. fleas. Clean all eating utensils after each meal. Try to get 7-8 hours sleep per day. Wash hands before preparing food or water. d. and massage. (2) Wash clothing and use repellents. (1) Minimize infection by washing. (a) Check body regularly. bleach. c. (b) Pick off insects and eggs (DO NOT crush). Prevent and control parasites. (3) Cleanse mouth and brush teeth. g. (1) Check body for lice. V-18 . and clothing.

(1) Use salt water. (3) Finish drying clothing by fire. Evaluate available resources and situation. (4) Build Fire. f. the majority of body heat escapes through the head and neck areas. Second 24 hours in order of situational needs— (1) Construct necessary tools and weapons. b. d. (3) Establish multiple survival signals. (2) Use a hat to regulate body heat. (1) Tight clothing restricts blood flow regulating body temperature. (2) Remove wet clothing and rewarm by fire. Never discard clothing. First 24 hours in order of situational needs— (1) Construct survival shelter according to selection criteria. Keep clothing dry to maintain its insulation qualities (dry damp clothing in the sun or by a fire). (1) Remove layers of clothing before strenuous activities. (3) Wear a hat when in direct sunlight (in hot environment). 2. g. Wear loose and layered clothing. (2) Dry clothing before dark to prevent hypothermia. c. VI-1 . NOT drinking water. e. Dampen clothing when on the ocean in hot weather. b. c. Keep entire body covered to prevent sunburn and dehydration in hot climates. (2) Procure food. (2) Procure water. Care and Use of Clothing a. (2) Layers create more dead air space. When fully clothed. then accomplish individual tasks accordingly. Chapter VI PERSONAL PROTECTION 1. Avoid overheating. If you fall into the water in the winter— (1) Build fire. Priorities a.

Other Protective Equipment a. Improvised foot protection (Figure VI-1). etc. (1) Fluff before use. (3) Repair when necessary by using— (a) Needle and thread. (6) Secure by rope. j. (3) Center foot on triangle with toes toward corner. (2) Air and dry daily to remove body moisture. (c) Tape. (2) Fold into a triangle. Keep clothing clean (dirt reduces its insulation qualities). (1) Cut 2 to 4 layers of cloth into a 30-inch square. (b) Safety pins. (1) DO NOT sit or lie directly on the ground. over the instep.. vines. (5) Fold side corners. (2) Wash clothing whenever possible. one at a time. (3) Break ice out of clothing. h. VI-2 . 3. Sleeping bag. i. If no fire is available— (1) Remove clothing and get into sleeping bag (if available). Figure VI-1 Improvised Foot Wear (4) Fold front over the toes. especially at foot of bag. Examine clothing frequently for damage. or tuck into other layers of material. tape. (2) Allow wet clothes to freeze.

snow. bark. (1) Wear in bright sun or snow conditions. Shelters Evasion considerations apply. Sun and Snow Goggles c. b. Figure VI-3. (3) Improvise with available material. Used to protect from sand. etc. Gaiters (Figure VI-3). Site selection. a. Figure VI-2. insects. (2) Improvise by cutting small horizontal slits in webbing. or similar materials. leaves. dry grass. dry moss. and scratches (wrap material around lower leg and top of boots). Sun and snow goggles (Figure VI-2). Gaiters 4. (2) Available food and water. (1) Near signal and recovery site. (3) Avoid natural hazards: VI-3 .

Immediate Shelters (2) General shelter. (a) Snow is the most abundant insulating material. (a) Dead standing trees. (4) Location large and level enough to lie down in. unless you can see your breath. (3) Thermal A Frame. your snow shelter is too warm and should be cooled down to preclude melting and dripping. (Figures VI-5 through VI-7). Snow Cave. (c) Avalanche areas. Snow Trench. Note: As a general rule. Find shelter needing minimal improvements (Figure VI-4). Temperate climates require any shelter that gives protection from wind and rain. Cold climates require an enclosed. insulated shelter. (1) Immediate shelters. (b) Drainage and dry river beds except in combat areas. b. VI-4 . (b) Air vent is required to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning when using an open flame inside enclosed shelters. Types. Figure VI-4.

Figure VI-5. Snow Trench VI-5 . Thermal A Frame Figure VI-6.

See Figure VI-10 for an example. Figure VI-7. c. (a) If natural materials are used. (2) Cover with available material. elevated shelter for protection from dampness and insects. (b) For thermal protection. White is the best color to reflect heat (inner most layer should be of darker material). a minimum of 2 layers of material suspended 12-18 inches above the head is required. (a) To reduce the surface temperature. the shelter floor should be elevated or dug down (approximately 18 inches). (5) Elevated platform shelter (Figure VI-9). Shelter construction. arrange them in layers starting at the bottom with each layer overlapping the previous one. VI-6 . Snow Cave (4) Shade shelter. Hot climates require a shade shelter to protect from ultraviolet rays (Figure VI-8). Tropical/wet climates require enclosed. (1) Have entrance 45-90 degrees from prevailing wind.

Shingle Method VI-7 .Figure VI-8. Poncho/Parachute Shade Shelter Figure VI-9. Elevated Platform Shelter Figure VI-10.

(3) Blankets. leaves. damp. Shelter construction materials: (1) Raft and raft parts. a.— • Stretch as tight as possible • Use a 40–60 degree slope. (e) Pyrotechnics. (5) Bark peeled off dead trees. (d) Concentrated sunlight (use magnifying glass or flashlight reflectors). Construct a bed to protect from cold. dry moss. 5. d. (1) Heat sources: (a) Matches or lighter. dawn. poncho. (3) Use fires at times when the local populace is cooking. (b) Flint and steel (experiment with various rocks and metals until a good spark is produced). blankets. broad leaves. Bed construction. etc. VI-8 . Fire building. (c) Sparks from batteries. • Use additional layers in heavy rain. such as flares (last resort). (7) Grass and sod. (6) Boughs. (2) Use fires at dusk. and oxygen. or during inclement weather. (2) Boughs. b. Fires CAUTION: Weigh hazards and risks of detection against the need for a fire. etc. (b) If using porous material like parachute. (4) Sheet of plastic or plastic bag. (9) Sand and rocks. ground using— (1) Raft or foam rubber from vehicle seats. (8) Snow. (2) Vehicle or aircraft parts. or dry moss. e. or parachute material. The 3 essential elements for starting a fire are heat. fuel. Evasion considerations: (1) Use trees or other sources to dissipate smoke.

and fuel.) (a) Tinder. VI-9 . or knife. • Plastic spoon. Chapstick. • Candle (shred the wick. fork. carry a fire-starting device with you. not the wax). insect repellant. kindling.) Examples of tinder include— • Cotton. etc. (f) Friction method (Figure VI-11). aircraft fuel. saturate with Vaseline. this method is difficult to master and requires a lot of time to build the device. • Foam rubber. Tinder must be very finely shaved or shredded to provide a low combustion point and fluffed to allow oxygen to flow through. (2) Fuel is divided into 3 categories: tinder. Without prior training. (To get tinder to burn hotter and longer. Figure VI-11. Friction Method Note: If possible. (Gather large amounts of each category before igniting the fire.

and provide coals for cooking. Gradually add larger kindling until arriving at the size of fuel to burn. to dry out wet wood. VI-10 . (1) Tepee fire (Figure VI-12). Tepee Fire (2) Log cabin fire (Figure VI-13). •Gun powder. Figure VI-12. •Dry bark. (c) Fuel. Use the tepee fire to produce a concentrated heat source for cooking. c. or signaling. Examples of fuel include— • Dry hardwood (removing bark reduces smoke). •Dry grasses. • Dry dung. lighting. Use the log cabin fire to produce large amounts of light and heat. • Bamboo (open chambers to prevent explosion). (b) Kindling. Types. Kindling must be small enough to ignite from the small flame of the tinder. etc. Fires are built to meet specific needs or uses. •Pitch. •Petroleum products.

CAUTION: DO NOT use porous rocks or riverbed rock—they may explode when heated. Sod Fire and Reflector VI-11 . Figure VI-13. Build fires against rocks or logs. Log Cabin or Pyramid Fires (3) Sod fire and reflector (Figure VI-14). Figure VI-14. Use fire reflectors to get the most warmth from a fire.

Improvised Stove VI-12 . Dakota Fire Hole (5) Improvised stoves (Figure VI-16). These are very efficient. Figure VI-16. Use the Dakota fire hole for high winds or evasion situations. (4) Dakota fire hole (Figure VI-15). Figure VI-15.

(3) Subsurface (wells and cisterns). • Causes minor cold injury to lips and mouth. (4) Sea water. (b) Drainages and low-lying areas. snow. Water Procurement a. (5) Alcohol. Minimum 2 quarts per day to maintain fluid level. Note: Pale yellow urine indicates adequate hydration. (5) Snow or ice. (2) Precipitation (rain. injury. VII-1 . heat. • Lowers body temperature. (3) Blood. or an illness increases water loss. (4) Ground water (when no surface water is available) (Figure VII-2). lakes. (2) Fish juices. (a) Abundance of lush green vegetation. • Induces dehydration. Exertion. b. 2. (c) “V” intersecting game trails often point to water. and springs). dew. Chapter VII Water 1. (e) Bird flight in the early morning or late afternoon might indicate the direction to water. sleet) (FigureVII-1). DO NOT drink— (1) Urine. (a) DO NOT eat ice or snow. (d) Presence of swarming insects indicates water is near. Water Requirements Drink extra water. Water sources: (1) Surface water (streams. (6) Melted water from new sea ice.

Water Indicators VII-2 .Figure VII-1. Water Procurement Figure VII-2.

• Use waterproof container. • DO NOT place next to the skin. (a) Water available in survival kits. (c) Old sea ice or icebergs (Table VII-1). Water Generator (6) Open seas. Table VII-1. • Stir frequently to prevent damaging container. (d) Use a water generator (Figure VII-3). (c) Melt with body heat. • Speed the process by adding hot rocks or water. • Collect dew off raft. • Place between layers of clothing. Figure VII-3. • Catch rain in spray shields and life raft covers. Old Sea Ice or Icebergs OLD SEA ICE NEW SEA ICE Bluish or blackish Milky or grey Shatters easily Does not break easily Rounded corners Sharp edges Tastes relatively salt-free Tastes extremely salty VII-3 . (b) Precipitation. • Drink as much as possible. (b) Melt with fire.

• • For evasion situations. • • Pour into hand to check smell. cut off 6 inches of opposite end. cut as large a piece of vine as possible (cut the top first). (a) All open sources previously mentioned. •Plants with hollow sections can collect moisture. VII-4 . • Old bamboo. • • Produce most water at night. • • Cut bark (DO NOT use milky sap). bore into the roots and collect water. • • Tap before dark. • •Bore hole at bottom of section to obtain water. • Vines (Figure VII-5A). Let sap stop running and harden during the daytime. Leaning Tree •Banana plants. • •Shake and listen for water. • • If juice is clear and water like. color. • • When water flow stops. (7) Tropical areas. Cloth absorbs rain running down tree and drips into container (Figure VII-4). • • DO NOT touch vine to lips. •Water trees (avoid milky sap). and taste to determine if drinkable. (b) Vegetation. Figure VII-4. water will flow again. •Leaning Tree.

Water Vines and Green Bamboo CAUTION: Liquid contained in green coconuts (ripe coconuts may cause diarrhea). obtain water by digging a beach well (Figure VII-6). • •Filter and purify. Beach Well VII-5 . Along the coast. • •Cut out entire section to carry with you. •Beach well. Figure VII-5 A and B. Figure VII-6. • Green bamboo (Figure VII-5B).

Solar Still Figure VII-8. VII-6 . Vegetation Bag (c) Transpiration bag (Figure VII-9). (b) Vegetation bag (Figure VII-8).(8) Dry areas. •Water will taste like the plant smells. (a) Solar still (Figure VII-7). Figure VII-7. •Water bag must be clear.

Filter through porous material (sand/charcoal). VII-7 . Purification. (d) Seepage basin (Figure VII-10). (2) Purify all other water. Figure VII-9. b. (a) Boil at least 1 minute. Transpiration Bag Figure VII-10. Filtration. CAUTION: DO NOT use poisonous/toxic plants in vegetation/ transpiration bags. (1) Water from live plants requires no further treatment. Water Preparation and Storage a. Seepage Basin 3.

d. (1) Trash bag. covered or sealed container. use a clean. (b) Pour from one container to another to improve taste to aerate. (3) Section of bamboo. (2) Put in clear container and expose to the sun’s ultraviolet rays to kill bacteria. cold. (1) If water cannot be purified. To prevent contamination. c. Follow instructions on package. clean. (c) Water purification tablets. and fast running source (if possible). (2) Prophylactic. VII-8 . Storage. obtain water from a clear. Potable Water. (4) Flotation gear.

lakes. and bedding areas. Sources and location. and slow moving streams. Food Procurement a. (b) Droppings or tracks look fresh. (5) Insects are found— (a) In dead logs and stumps. (b) At ant and termite mounds. and roosting areas). (c) On ponds. VIII-1 . b. Figure VIII-1. Procurement techniques. (1) Snares— (a) Work while unattended. watering. Chapter VIII FOOD 1. (2) Birds can be found by— (a) Observing the direction of flight in the early morning and late afternoon (leads to feeding. (1) Mammals can be found where— (a) Trails lead to watering. Fishing Locations (4) Reptiles and amphibians are found almost worldwide. feeding. (b) Listening for bird noises (indication of nesting areas (3) Fish and other marine life locations (Figure VIII-1).

•Use funneling (natural or improvised) (Figure VIII-5). and bedding areas. Figure VIII-2. • Make noose opening slightly larger than the animal's head (3-finger width for squirrels. • To construct a squirrel pole (Figure VIII-4) use simple loop snares. (d) Placement of snares (set as many as possible). feeding. the wire locks in place. fist-sized for rabbits). preventing reopening. •Use materials that will not break under the strain of holding an animal. Snare Placement (c) Construction of simple loop snare. and the animal’s escape. VIII-2 . •Avoid disturbing the area. • •Once tightened. •Mouth of dens (Figure VIII-2). •Use a figure 8 (locking loop) if wire is used (Figure VIII-3). (b) Location: •Trails leading to water.

Locking Loop Figure VIII-4. Funneling VIII-3 . Squirrel Pole Figure VIII-5.Figure VIII-3.

(c) Slingshot. (f) Trap. line. Procurement Devices (4) Hunting and fishing devices. binding the animal's hide in the fork. Figure VIII-6. (2) Noose stick (easier and safer to use than the hands). (b) Twist the stick. and hook. (3) Twist stick (Figure VIII-6). (See Figure VIII-7 for fishing procurement methods. (b) Spear. (a) Insert forked stick into a den until something soft is met. (d) Pole. (d) Be ready to kill the animal.) (a) Club or rock. (c) Remove the animal from the den. it may be dangerous. VIII-4 . (e) Net.

•Pale. (c) Kill animals before handling. (g) DO NOT eat fish eggs or liver (entrails). •Sunken eyes. (h) Avoid all crustaceans above the high tide mark. (b) Avoid reaching into dark holes. VIII-5 . slimy gills. Figure VIII-7. (e) Kill fish before bringing them into the raft. •Flabby skin. (f) DO NOT eat fish with— •Spines. •Flesh that remains dented when pressed. Animals in distress may attract the enemy. (d) DO NOT secure fishing lines to yourself or the raft. Procurement Methods (5) Precautions: (a) Wear shoes to protect the feet when wading in water. (i) Avoid cone-shaped shells (Figure VIII-8). •Unpleasant odor.

(k) Avoid poisonous insects. the hairs could cause irritation or infection. for example: •Centipedes. swelling. •Scorpions. paralysis. Cone-Shaped Shells of Venomous Snails (j) Avoid hairy insects. Terebra shell Figure VIII-8. blindness and possible death in a few hours. •Ticks. such as— •Flies. VIII-6 . •Mosquitoes. Cone shell Warning! These snails can sting and cause acute pain. (l) Avoid disease carrying insects. •Poisonous spiders.

(b) Spines. (c) Remember that eating large portions of plant food on an empty stomach may cause diarrhea. nausea. (2) Avoid plants with the following characteristics: Note: Using these guidelines in selecting plants for food may eliminate some edible plants. stems. (e) Bulbs (only onions smell like onions). Each part of a plant (roots. Prickly pear and thistles are exceptions. (a) Before testing for edibility. Bracken fern fiddleheads also violate this guideline. (c) Mushrooms and fungus. etc. DO NOT waste time testing a plant that is not abundant. or seeds inside pods. bark. bulbs. Plant Foods.) (k) Almond scent in woody parts and leaves. (d) Umbrella shaped flowers (hemlock is eliminated). Two good examples are green apples and wild onions. fine hairs. (b) Test only 1 part of 1 plant at a time. (a) Milky sap (dandelion has milky sap but is safe to eat and easily recognizable). (1) Selection criteria. these guidelines will help prevent choosing potentially toxic plants. and thorns (skin irritants/contact dermatitis). Before using the following guide use your evasion chart to identify edible plants: Note: If you cannot positively identify an edible plant and choose to try an unknown plant. or black spurs.) requires more than 24 hours to test. these guidelines may help determine edibility. c. (i) Plants with shiny leaves. (Aggregate berries such as black and dewberries are always edible. (h) Old or wilted leaves. or cramps. purplish. Even after testing food and finding it safe. (j) White and yellow berries. ensure there are enough plants to make testing worth your time and effort. (f) Grain heads with pink. test all others before eating. eat in moderation. (g) Beans. leaves. VIII-7 . however.

test the part raw before eating. (9) If after 3 minutes there is no reaction on your lip. roots. (1) Test only 1 part of a plant at a time. Some plants have both edible and inedible parts. (8) Before placing the prepared plant in your mouth. (2) Separate the plant into its basic components (stems. swallow the food and wait 8 hours. (7) Select a small portion of a single part and prepare it the way you plan to eat it. Test procedures. (5) During the 8 hours you abstain from eating. Remember. If no ill effects occur. (4) DO NOT eat 8 hours before the test and drink only purified water. (12) If no ill effects occur. eat ¼ cup of the same plant prepared the same way. (11) If nothing abnormal occurs. place the plant on your tongue and hold it for 15 minutes. (3) Smell the food for strong acid odors. If any ill effects occur during this period. rinse out your mouth with water. d. thoroughly chew a pinch and hold it in your mouth for 15 minutes (DO NOT SWALLOW). CAUTION: Test all parts of the plant for edibility. (6) During testing. buds. Wait another 8 hours. The same part or plant may produce varying reactions in different individuals. and flowers). Usually 15 minutes is enough time to allow for a reaction. smell alone does not indicate a plant is edible or inedible. VIII-8 . take NOTHING by mouth EXCEPT purified water and the plant you are testing. (10) If there is no reaction. The sap or juice should contact the skin. If any ill effects occur. the plant part as prepared is safe for eating. touch a small portion (a pinch) to the outer surface of your lip to test for burning or itching. NEVER ASSUME a part that proved edible when cooked is edible raw. induce vomiting and drink a water and charcoal mixture. test for contact poisoning by placing a piece of the plant on the inside of your elbow or wrist.

you may not be able to cook. tongue. Cook unripe fruits and discard seeds and skin. 2. Food Preparation Animal food gives the greatest food value per pound. •Avoid rupturing the intestines. and eyes. (1) Mammals. and kidneys) and all meaty parts of the skull. (d) Unused or inedible organs and entrails may be used as bait for other game. (a) Remove the skin and save for other uses. 2. •Open the abdominal cavity. •Remove the intestines. and above ground ripe vegetables not requiring significant preparation. rather than color. liver. Ripe tropical fruits should be peeled and eaten raw. Butchering and skinning. Cook underground portions when possible to reduce bacterial contamination and ease digestion of their generally high starch content. During evasion. Concentrate your efforts on leafy green plants. remove it from the bones. is the best indicator of ripeness. brain.CAUTION: 1. 3. Softness. a. •Save inner organs (heart. Small Game Skinning VIII-9 . Figure VIII-9. (c) If preserving the meat. (b) Wash when ready to use. (a) One cut skinning of small game (Figure VIII-9). ripe fruits.

(3) Fish. CAUTION: To kill parasites. mussels. thoroughly cook all wild game. DO NOT save. freshwater fish. (b) Protect from flies. (6) Fruits. (c) Remove entrails. (a) Make metal cooking containers from ration cans. head with 2 inches of body. snails. (4) Birds. (5) Insects. b. CAUTION: Dead insects spoil rapidly. (a) Gut soon after killing. (d) Skin scavengers and sea birds. Saltwater fish may be eaten raw. (b) Discard skin. VIII-10 . and most nuts can be eaten raw. (b) Drop heated rocks into containers to boil water or cook food. clams. (a) Remove all hard portions such as the legs of grasshoppers or crickets. (1) Boiling (most nutritious method of cooking—drink the broth). (c) Skin or pluck them. and scavenger birds. (a) Skin. (a) Scale (if necessary) and gut fish soon after it is caught. (a) Wrap in leaves or pack in mud. Cooking. berries. (d) Remove gills to prevent spoilage. (b) Insert knifepoint into anus of fish and cut open the belly. (The rest is edible. crawfish. and internal organs.) (b) Recommend cooking grasshopper-size insects. (2) Baking. (2) Frogs and snakes. (b) Bury food in dirt under coals of fire.

repeat process until palatable. pour off water. (a) Food buried in snow maintains a temperature of approximately 32 degrees F. (a) Food wrapped in waterproof material and placed in a stream remains cool in summer months. (3) Remove fat. VIII-11 . boiling water is sometimes best. and taste the plant. Keeping an animal alive. (b) Frozen food will not decompose (freeze in meal-size portions). Food Preservation b. c. they produce soot giving the meat an undesirable taste. (3) Leaching. (2) Cut or pound meat into thin strips. (2) Short term. 3. (1) Use salt to improve flavor and promote drying. however. Refrigerating. is cooler than the surface. •Crushing and pouring water through. •Discarding water. •If bitter. (b) Second method: •Boil. Some nuts (acorns) must be leached to remove the bitter taste of tannin. (a) Shake shelled nuts in a container with hot coals. particularly in shady areas or along streams. (4) DO NOT use pitch woods such as fir or pine. Use one of the following leaching methods: (a) First method: •Soaking and pouring the water off. (c) Wrap food in absorbent material such as cotton and re-wet as the water evaporates. c. (b) Earth below the surface. (b) Roast thinly sliced meat and insects over a candle. (1) Long term. Cold water should be tried first. (4) Roasting. Drying and smoking removes moisture and preserves food.

(c) Place meat inside the pack for carrying. Protecting meat from animals and insects. (a) Wrap before flies appear in the morning. (3) Packing meat on the trail. (a) Use clean material. (d) Carry shellfish. (1) Wrapping food. (b) Place meat in fabric or clothing for insulation. DO NOT store food in the shelter. Soft material acts as insulation helping keep the meat cool. (a) Hang meat in the shade. (b) Wrap pieces individually. (d) Wrap soft fruits and berries in leaves or moss. d. e. VIII-12 . it attracts unwanted animals. crabs. (b) Cover during daylight hours to protect from insects. (2) Hanging meat. (c) Ensure all corners of the wrapping are insect proof. and shrimp in wet seaweed.

BIOLOGICAL. Immediate Action Shelter IX-1 . Chapter IX INDUCED CONDITIONS (NUCLEAR. AND CHEMICAL CONSIDERATIONS) 1. and shielding. Protection. Nuclear Conditions CAUTION: Radiation protection depends on time of exposure. (a) Seek existing shelter that may be improved (Figure IX-1). a. Figure IX-1. (1) FIND PROTECTIVE SHELTER IMMEDIATELY! (2) Gather all equipment for survival (time permitting). (3) Avoid detection and capture. distance from the source.

•Cover with available material. Improvised Shelter IX-2 . (b) If no shelter is available. then enlarge for comfort (Figure IX-2). dig a trench or foxhole as follows: •Dig trench deep enough for protection. Parachute or other suitable material Wind Enough room to work 3 Feet Minimum Figure IX-2.

Substance: (1) Water. b.3 inches radiation dose by 1/2. (2) Storm/storage cellars (6) Foxhole 4 feet deep (remove topsoil (3) Culverts. •Snow (6 or more inches below the surface during the fallout). within 2 feet radius of foxhole lip). wells. Rinse and /or shake wet clothing. No Water: Wipe all exposed skin surfaces with clean cloth or uncontaminated soil. 8 Brief exposure (1 hour maximum) Figure IX-3. DO NOT wring out! PERSONAL HYGIENE: Wash entire body with soap and any water.3 inches Snow 20. Bad Weather: Shake strongly or beat with branches.7 inches Cinder Block 5. IX-3 . Radiation Shielding Efficiencies (5) Leave contaminated equipment and clothing near shelter for retrieval after radioactive decay. (a) Water sources (in order of preference): •Springs. SHELTER SURVIVAL: Keep contaminated materials out of shelter. or underground sources are safest. Brick 2. Cover exposed body parts. Good Weather: Bury contaminated clothing outside of shelter (recover later). 3 or more feet of earth. Keep handkerchief/cloth over mouth and nose. RADIATION SHIELDING EFFICIENCIES Iron/Steel . NUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS: Fall flat. give close attention to fingernails and hairy parts.2 inches Wood (Soft) 8. (5) Abandoned stone/mud buildings. (6) Lie down.0 inches Ice 6. Improvise goggles. as soon as possible. keep warm. and rest. (4) Radiation shielding efficiencies (Figure IX-3). DO NOT smoke! DAILY RADIATION TIME TABLE for NO RATE METER 4-6 Complete isolation 9-12 2-4 hours exposure per day 3-7 Brief exposure (30 minutes maximum) 13 Normal movement. 5 minutes unsheltered is maximum! Priority: (1) Cave or tunnel covered with (4) Basements. DO NOT look at fireball! Remain prone until blast effects are over.8 inches amount of thickness reduces received Earth 3.8 inches Additional thickness added to any Concrete 2. •Water in pipes/containers in abandoned buildings. Fallout/dusty conditions--keep entire body covered. Allow no more than 30 minutes exposure on 3d day for water procurement. sleep. SHELTER: Pick.3 inches One thickness reduces received radiation dose by 1/2. Present minimal profile to direction of blast.

leaving at least 1/8 inch of meat on the bone. turnips. •Filtering through earth removes 99 percent of radioactivity. •Cook all meat until very well done. or above ground plants that are not easily peeled or washed. Wash and remove skin. •Avoid animals that appear to be sick or dying.). (d) Plant foods (in order of preference). •Aquatic food sources (use only in extreme emergencies because of high concentration of radiation). ponds. apples. •Discard all internal organs. •Purify all water sources. •Smooth skinned vegetables. potatoes. (a) Processed foods (canned or packaged) are preferred. •Streams and rivers (filtered before drinking). etc. •Milk from animals. •Lakes. (b) Water preparation (Figures IX-4 and IX-5). (c) Avoid. •Edible portions growing above ground that can be washed and peeled or skinned (bananas. pools. IX-4 . etc.). fruits. carrots. •Before cooking. (b) Animal foods. •Shells of all eggs (contents will be safe to eat). etc. (2) Food. •Water from below the surface (DO NOT stir up the water). wash and wipe containers before use. cut meat away from the bone. •Use a seep well. •Plants whose edible portions grow underground (for example. •Skin carefully to avoid contaminating the meat.

Figure IX-4. Filtration Systems, Filtering Water

Figure IX-5. Filtration Systems, Settling Water


c. Self-aid:
(1) General rules:
(a) Prevent exposure to contaminants.
(b) Use personal hygiene practices and remove body
waste from shelter.
(c) Rest, avoid fatigue.
(d) Drink liquids.
(2) Wounds.
(a) Clean affected area.
(b) Use antibacterial ointment or cleaning solution.
(c) Cover with clean dressing.
(d) Watch for signs of infection.
(3) Burns.
(a) Clean affected area.
(b) Cover with clean dressing.
(4) Radiation sickness (nausea, weakness, fatigue, vomiting,
diarrhea, loss of hair, radiation burns).
(a) Time is required to overcome.
(b) Rest.
(c) Drink fluids.
(d) Maintain food intake.
(e) Prevent additional exposure.

2. Biological Conditions
a. Clues which may alert you to a biological attack follow:
(1) Enemy aircraft dropping objects or spraying.
(2) Breakable containers or unusual bombs, particularly
those bursting with little or no blast, and muffled explosions.
(3) Smoke or mist of unknown origin.
(4) Unusual substances on the ground or vegetation; sick
looking plants or crops.
b. Protection from biological agents follow:
(1) Use protective equipment.
(2) Bathe as soon as the situation permits.
(3) Wash hair and body thoroughly with soap and water.
(4) Clean thoroughly under fingernails.
(5) Clean teeth, gums, tongue, and roof of mouth frequently.


c. Survival tips for biological conditions follow:
(1) Keep your body and living area clean.
(2) Stay alert for clues of biological attack.
(3) Keep nose, mouth, and skin covered.
(4) Keep food and water protected. Bottled or canned foods
are safe if sealed. If in doubt, boil food and water for 10 minutes.
(5) Construct shelter in a clear area, away from vegetation,
with entrance 90 degrees to the prevailing wind.
(6) If traveling, travel crosswind or upwind (taking
advantage of terrain to stay away from depressions).

3. Chemical Conditions
a. Detecting.
(1) Smell. Many agents have little or no odor.
(2) Sight. Many agents are colorless:
(a) Color. Yellow, orange, or red smoke or mist.
(b) Liquid. Oily, dark patches on leaves, ground, etc.
(c) Gas. Some agents appear as a mist immediately
after shell burst.
(d) Solid. Most solid state agents have some color.
(3) Sound. Muffled explosions are possible indications of
chemical agent bombs.
(4) Feel. Irritation to the nose, eyes, or skin and/or moisture
on the skin are danger signs.
(5) Taste. Strange taste in food or water indicates
(6) General indications. Tears, difficult breathing, choking,
itching, coughing, dizziness.
(7) Wildlife. Presence of sick or dying animals.
b. Protection against chemical agents follows:
(1) Use protective equipment.
(2) Avoid contaminated areas.
(a) Exit contaminated area by moving crosswind.
(b) Select routes on high ground.
(c) Avoid cellars, ditches, trenches, gullies, valleys, etc.
(d) Avoid woods, tall grasses, and bushes as they tend to
hold chemical agent vapors.


(1) If a chemical defense ensemble is available— (a) Use all protective equipment. Self-aid in chemically contaminated areas. etc. Tips for the survivor: (1) DO NOT use wood from a contaminated area for fire. Warm water. (3) Keep food and water protected. or animals). c. •Destroying. •Neutralizing. IX-8 .). (2) Look for signs of chemical agents around water sources before procurement (oil spots. Pinch-blotting. (e) Decontaminate body and equipment as soon as possible by— •Removing. Burying. fabric. foreign odors. (c) Improvise a breathing filter using materials available (T-shirt. (4) DO NOT use plants for food or water in contaminated areas. handkerchief. (2) If a chemical defense ensemble is not available— (a) Remove or tear away contaminated clothing. (b) Rinse contaminated areas with water. (b) Follow antidote directions when needed. d. dead fish.

A-1 . Strengthen your will to survive with— (1) The Code of Conduct. carelessness. c. death. responsible for my actions. (2) Pledge of Allegiance. 1. Group dynamics of survival include— (1) Leadership. forgetfulness. good organization. (3) Working as a team. (5) Thoughts of return to family and friends. guilt. hunger. boredom. (3) Faith in America. (b) Attributing normal reactions to existing stressors (fear. Psychology of Survival a. illness. (4) Anticipate fears. and propensity to make mistakes). anxiety. and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. anger). (b) Creating strength and trust in one another. (c) Favoring persistency in overcoming failure. depression. (d) Facilitating formulation of group goals. Appendix A THE WILL TO SURVIVE ARTICLE VI CODE OF CONDUCT I will never forget that I am an American fighting for freedom. (4) Reassuring and encouraging each other. (4) Patriotic songs. (2) Taking care of your buddy. (3) Develop a realistic plan. and cohesiveness promote high morale: (a) Preventing panic. Preparation— (1) Know your capabilities and limitations. environment. I will trust in my God and in the United States of America. b. isolation). (2) Keep a positive attitude. fatigue. (c) Identifying signals of distress created by stressors (indecision. (5) Combat psychological stress by— (a) Recognizing and anticipating existing stressors (injury. withdrawal.

(2) Give thanks that God is with you. 2. or hymns. e. (2) Discuss what is important to you. Worship without aid of written scripture. Meditate. and rescue. g. strength. repeat them to yourself and to your God. h. Remember scripture. (1) Faith and trust in your God. Use self-control. (5) Try to have worship services. Spiritual Considerations a. A-2 . With other survivors— (1) Identify or appoint a religious lay leader. k. (b) Organizing according to individual capabilities. (3) Ask for God’s help. Praise God and give thanks because— (1) God is bigger than your circumstances. verses. (c) Accepting suggestions and criticism. Identify your personal beliefs. (2) Love for family and self. (2) God will see you through (no matter what happens). wisdom. b. j. (5) Influencing factors are— (a) Enforcing the chain of command. f. l. (4) Pray for protection and a positive outcome. (4) Pray for each other. (1) Talk to your God. Pray for your God’s help. Forgive— (1) Yourself for what you have done or said that was wrong. clergy. or others. Trust. (2) Those who have failed you. (3) Share scriptures and songs. (3) Hope comes from a belief in heaven and/or an after-life. i. c. d. (4) Never give up. (3) Never lose hope. Collect your thoughts and emotions. Remember past inner sources to help you overcome adversity.

A-3 . (6) Write down scriptures and songs that you remember. remember— (a) Your God loves you. (7) Encourage each other while waiting for rescue. (b) Praise your God.

2. evasion. and procedures publication is designed to assist Service members in a survival situation regardless of geographic location. US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). Distribution is in accordance with the Department of Army Form 12-99-R. and recovery information. 3. and curricula as follows: Army. and recovery information. 4. Implementation Plan Participating Service command offices of primary responsibility (OPRs) will review this publication. techniques. Purpose This publication provides Service members a quick reference. evasion. regulations. B-1 . validate the information. pocket-sized guide on basic survival. weatherproof. Appendix B Publication Information 1. The Army will incorporate the procedures in this publication in US Army training and doctrinal publications as directed by the commander. and reference and incorporate it in Service and command manuals. Scope This UNCLASSIFIED multiservice tactics. Application The target audience for this publication is any Service member requiring basic survival.

Distribution is in accordance with Air Force Instructions 33-360. facilities. US Marine Corps Combat Development Command (MCCDC). This publication reflects current joint and Service doctrine. Distribution is in accordance with Military Standard Requisitioning and Issue Procedures Desk Guide and Navy Standing Operating Procedures Publication 409. ALSA will review and update this publication as necessary. appropriately reflected in joint and Service publications. Air Force units will validate and incorporate appropriate procedures in accordance with applicable governing directives. Send comments and recommendation directly to— B-2 . The Navy will incorporate these procedures in US Navy doctrinal and training publications as directed by the commander. Navy. User Information a. b. Marine Corps. personnel. 5. Air Force. The TRADOC-MCCDC-NWDC-AFDC Air Land Sea Applica- tion (ALSA) Center developed this publication with the joint participation of the approving Service commands. The Marine Corps will incorporate the procedures in this publication in US Marine Corps training and doctrinal publications as directed by the commanding general. c. and procedures. Key your comments to the specific page and paragraph and provide a rationale for each recommendation. Distribution is in accordance with Marine Corps Publication Distribution System. We encourage recommended changes for improving this publication. will likewise be incorporated in revisions to this document. Navy Warfare Development Command (NWDC). command and control (C2) organizations. Changes in Service protocol. responsibilities.

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