Understanding U.S. Army Survival Protocol

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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.”

Survival Actions

The following sections expand on the meaning of each letter of the word “survival.” Click on the link to each section to study further and remember what each letter signifies because you may some day have to make it work for you.

  • S – Size Up the Situation
  • U – Use All Your Senses, Undue Haste Makes Waste
  • 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, But for Now, Learn Basic Skills

Pattern For Survival

Develop a survival pattern that lets you beat the enemies of survival. This survival pattern must include food, water, shelter, fire, first aid and signals placed in order of importance. For example, in a cold environment, you would need a fire to get warm; a shelter to protect you from the cold, wind and rain or snow; traps or snares to get food; a means to signal friendly aircraft; and first aid to maintain health. If injured, first aid has top priority no matter what climate you are in.

Change your survival pattern to meet your immediate physical needs as the environment changes.  Keep in mind the keyword “SURVIVAL” and the need for a survival pattern.

Information courtesy of the U.S. Army Survival Manual.