Link – Guide to Military Survival Kits

I thought this link was rather interesting. It’s educational to see how the contents of the kits, as well as the materials used, have changed over the years. It’s kind of hard to think that there are places in war zones where you could be stranded long enough that you’d have to worry about things like fishing for food, but then again sometimes you wind up stranded in wartime in some places where no one will ever find you.

Given the technology and materials available nowadays, I would think you could put together some amazingly compact and effective kits. Pencil flares, small radios, water purification…all that stuff has come a long ways.

Of course, no mention of military survival kits is complete without:

5 thoughts on “Link – Guide to Military Survival Kits

  1. Hey commander Z, I read the original line was Shoot a fella could have a pretty good time in Dallas”. That line was dubbed over after the J.F.K. assination. Only weeks before. Joe.

  2. You never know. In 1995, Scott O’Grady was living off of grass and ants, and drinking condensation sponged off of leaves during 6 days behind enemy lines. Patrols made fishing impossible, but had he the chance to snag so much as a handful of minnows, I doubt he’d have passed up the meal.

    Military kits are always a good place to start though.

    In the late 1980s I constructed my own equivalent (upgraded) of the SRU-21 issue vest kit using military surplus and commercial equivalents, packed into a sporting goods store tan fishing vest. It was my original car emergency/earthquake kit and dayhiking companion before BOB/GHBs were chic.

    I upgraded it regularly until replacing it entirely, but in sorting through some other gear a few months ago came upon it packed and stocked as last left sometime in the 1990s. There were only two minor fails: the stored dry cell AA batteries had succumbed to >15 years of storage, going off safely in their ziploc, but functionally useless; and the Thompson “survival snares”, even in the uber low-humidity climate of SoCal, and stored in sealed ziplocs, had turned to a ring of pure worthless rusty junk. The former was understandable, the latter was bordering on criminal on the manufacturer’s part.

    OTOH, the hard candies, M&Ms, and trailmix bars were all still quite tolerably tasty even after 15+ years of stored neglect, again clad only in ziploks and their commercial wrappings. As an added bonus, I found the good-as-new and no-longer-commercially-available PolarPure water purification bottle I originally stocked instead of perishable purification tabs.

    After upgrading the flashlight to an LED light running on lithium CR123s, and replacing the crap snare with a rustproof and much higher utility roll of 24g brass wire, and replacing the food items, I repacked all the components back into the vest, now redyed a darker green color. Once I seal all the components up with a Foodsaver, it’s going back into regular service, since clearly it survived the test of time better than one might have expected. Stuff like that is also a lot of the reason you won’t ever be posting my “found dead in a broken down vehicle with no preps after severe weather” story.

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