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Contents

1. Introduction
2. Psychology of survival
3. Survival planning and survival kits
4. Basic survival medicine
5. Shelters
6. Water procurement
7. Firecraft
8. Food procurement
9. Survival use of plants
10. Poisonous plants
11. Dangerous animals
12. Field-expedient weapons, tools, and equipment
13. Desert survival
14. Tropical survival
15. Cold weather survival
16. Sea survival
17. Expedient water crossings
18. Field-expedient direction finding
19. Signaling techniques
20. Survival movement in hostile areas
21. Camouflage
22. Contact with people
23. Survival in man-made hazards

A. Survival kits
B. Edible and medicinal plants
C. Poisonous plants
D. Dangerous insects and arachnids
E. Poisonous snakes and lizards
F. Dangerous fish and mollusks
G. Clouds: foretellers of weather
H. Contingency plan of action format

Survival Gear

Handheld GPS
Specialty Outdoor Gear
Digital Compasses
Survival Books
Hunting and Fishing Magazines

SURVIVAL KITS

The Army has several basic survival kits, primarily for issue to aviators. There are kits for cold climates, hot climates, and overwater. There is also an individual survival kit with general packet and medical packet. The cold climate, hot climate, and overwater kits are in canvas carrying bags. These kits are normally stowed in the helicopter's cargo/passenger area.
An aviator's survival vest (SRU-21P), worn by helicopter crews, also contains survival items.
U.S. Army aviators flying fixed-wing aircraft equipped with ejection seats use the SRFU-31/P survival vest. The individual survival kits are stowed in the seat pan. Like all other kits, the rigid seat survival kit (RSSK) used depends on the environment.
Items contained in the kits may be ordered separately through supply channels. All survival kits and vests are CTA 50-900 items and can be ordered by authorized units.

  • Food packets
  • Snare wire
  • Smoke, illumination signals
  • Waterproof match box
  • Saw/knife blade
  • Wood matches
  • First aid kit
  • MC-1 magnetic compass
  • Pocket knife
  • Saw-knife-shovel handle
  • Frying pan
  • Illuminating candles
  • Compressed trioxane fuel
  • Signaling mirror
  • Survival fishing kit
  • Plastic spoon
  • Survival Manual (AFM 64-5)
  • Poncho
  • Insect headnet
  • Ejector snap
  • Attaching strap
  • Kit, outer case
  • Kit, inner case
  • Shovel
  • Water bag
  • Packing list
  • Sleeping bag

Cold Climate Kit.

  • Canned drinking water
  • Waterproof matchbox
  • Plastic whistle
  • Smoke, illumination signals
  • Pocket knife
  • Signaling mirror
  • Plastic water bag
  • First aid kit
  • Sunburn-preventive cream
  • Plastic spoon
  • Food packets
  • Compressed trioxane fuel
  • Fishing tackle kit
  • MC-1 magnetic compass
  • Snare wire
  • Frying pan
  • Wood matches
  • Insect headnet
  • Reversible sun hat
  • Tool kit
  • Kit, packing list
  • Tarpaulin
  • Survival manual (AFM 64-5)
  • Kit, inner case
  • Kit, outer case
  • Attaching strap
  • Ejector snap

Hot Climate Kit.

  • Kit, packing list
  • Raft boat paddle
  • Survival manual (AFM 64-5)
  • Insect headnet
  • Reversible sun hat
  • Water storage bag
  • MC-1 magnetic compass
  • Boat bailer
  • Sponge
  • Sunburn-preventive cream
  • Wood matches
  • First aid kit
  • Plastic spoon
  • Pocket knife
  • Food packets
  • Fluorescent sea marker
  • Frying pan
  • Seawater desalter kit
  • Compressed trioxane fuel
  • Smoke, illumination signals
  • Signaling mirror
  • Fishing tackle kit
  • Waterproof match box
  • Raft repair kit

Overwater Kit.


Survival kits



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