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SURVIVAL Quick Reference Checklist

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posted on Sep, 29 2011 @ 09:05 AM
Everyone who ever attended the Marine Mountain Warfare School was given this easy memo card… Obviously you are not a combat ready Fire team however it doesn't hurt to learn what the pros do, right???

S - Size up the situation, surroundings, physical condition, & equipment.
U - Undue haste makes waste.
R - Remember where you are.
V - Vanquish fear and panic.
I - Improvise & Improve.
V - Value living.
A - Act like the natives.
L - Live by your wits, but for now, Learn Basic Skills.

a. Assess immediate situation...THINK BEFORE YOU ACT!
b. Take action to protect yourself from NBC hazards.
c. Seek concealment.
d. Assess medical condition; treat as necessary.
e. Sanitize uniform of potentially compromising information.
f. Sanitize area, hide equipment you are leaving.
g. Apply camouflage.
h. Move away from initial site using patrolling techniques.
I. Use terrain to advantage; cover, concealment, and communication advantage.
j. Find a rally point with the following:
-Cover and concealment.
-Safe distance from enemy positions and Lines of Communication (LOCs).
-Multiple avenues of concealed escape routes.
-Has locations for LPs and OPs.
-Protection from the elements.
-Near a reliable water and fuel source.
-Location for possible communication/signaling opportunities.

a. Establish security: treat injuries, inventory equipment, improve camouflage.
b. Assess Commanders Intent IAW ability to execute mission.
c. Determine level of combat effectiveness.
d. Develop a course of action using METT-TSL; establish priorities.
e. Execute course of action...stay flexible!

a. Travel slowly and deliberately.
b. Do not leave evidence of travel, use noise and light discipline.
c. Stay away from LOCs.
d. Use standard patrolling techniques.
a. Only engage the enemy with reasonable chance of success.
b. Use METT-TSL for all engagements.
c. Break contact for all unfavorable engagements.

a. Communicate per theater communication procedures, particularly when considering transmitting in the “blind”.
b. Be prepared to use signaling devices on short notice.
c. Execute signaling per mission order.

a. Select site(s) IAW mission order.
b. Ensure site is free of hazards and enemy.
c. Select best area for communications and signaling devices.
d. Observe site for proximity to enemy activity and LOCs.
e. Follow recovery force instructions.
5 Point Contingency Plan. (GOTWA)
 Going (where)
 Others (who is going with you)
 Time away.
 What happens (you and them)
 Actions taken on enemy contact (you and them)

1. Teams:
 Security. All patrol members should be assigned sectors of fire to include air
 Reconnaissance.
 Assault. (may not be implemented)
 Support. (may not be implemented)
2. Team Tasks:
 Water procurement.
 Food gathering.
 Wood gathering. (construction materials, signal, and fire wood.)
 Shelter construction.
 Pathguards.
 Signaling

3. Individual Tasks:
 Point man.
 Navigator.
 Patrol leader and assistant.
 Flank (left and right) security.
 Two pace men.
 Tail end Charlie.

Please keep in mind in a survival situation even highly trained Marines strive to avoid contact with enemy forces... to do so... puts yourself and everyone with you at grave risk... not a good idea when you lack any type of support and are already dealing with precious few resources at hand...
edit on Thu Sep 29 2011 by DontTreadOnMe because: ALL CAPS

posted on Sep, 29 2011 @ 09:18 AM
Thought I would post this to help your thread.


Thanks for another great read.

posted on Sep, 29 2011 @ 09:47 AM
reply to post by DaddyBare

Fantastic and useful I will print myself a copy and keep it close by only after I memorize the entire thing first. In today's harsh world one can never be too ready for what ever may come our way...Although I'm a typical Lady I get lost so very easy just driving I doubt I will be wondering through the woods unless there is a sign hanging from a tree Shoe Sale this way ------>
Thanks for sharing now I'm going to share with my peeps so we can know what the pro's know...
edit on 29-9-2011 by kreedant because: (no reason given)


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