This guide, taken from the U.S. Army Survival Manual, is based entirely on the keyword "SURVIVAL." The letters in this word can help you in your
actions in any survival situation. Whenever faced with a survival situation, remember the word "SURVIVAL."
S - Size Up the Situation
U - Use All Your Senses
R - Remember Where You Are
V - Vanquish Fear and Panic
I - Improvise
V - Value Living
A - Act Like the Natives
L - Live by Your Wits
Size Up The Situation
Determine the pattern of the area. Get a feel for what is going on around you. Every environment, whether forest, jungle or desert, has a rhythm or
pattern. This rhythm or pattern includes animal and bird noises and movements and insect sounds. It may also include enemy traffic and civilian
Use All Your Senses
Consider all aspects of your situation (size up your situation) before you make a decision and a move. If you act in haste, you may forget or lose
some of your equipment. In your haste, you may also become disoriented so that you don't know which way to go. Plan your moves. Be ready to move out
quickly without endangering yourself.
Remember Where You Are
Pay close attention to where you are and to where you are going. Do not rely on others to keep track of the route. Constantly orient yourself.
Vanquish Fear And Panic
The greatest enemies in a combat, survival and/or evasion situation are fear and panic. If uncontrolled, they can destroy your ability to make an
intelligent decision. They may cause you to react to your feelings and imagination rather than to your situation. They can drain your energy and
thereby cause other negative emotions.
Our easy come, easy go, easy-to-replace culture makes it unnecessary for us to improvise. This inexperience in improvisation can be an enemy in a
survival situation. Learn to improvise. Take a tool designed for a specific purpose and see how many other uses you can make of it.
All of us were born kicking and fighting to live but we have become used to the soft life. We have become creatures of comfort. We dislike
inconveniences and discomforts. What happens when we are faced with a survival situation with its stresses, inconveniences and discomforts? This is
when the will to live, placing a high value on living, is vital.
Act Like The Natives
The natives and animals of a region have adapted to their environment. To get a feel of the area, watch how the people go about their daily routine.
When and what do they eat? When, where and how do they get their food? When and where do they go for water? This information will be important in a
Live By Your Wits
Learn these basic skills now, not when you are headed for or are in the battle, or en route for an excursion to a remote or harsh environment. How you
decide to equip yourself before deployment will impact on whether or not you survive. You need to know about the environment to which you are going
and you must practice basic skills geared to that environment.
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Along with common sense and basic skills like these anybody can survive. Sometimes all you need is a bit of luck.