7 Valuable Lessons The Marine Corps Can Teach You About Prepping

Prepping, and survival is a different world because it’s filled with people who a lot of things don’t get a lot of practical experience. A few of those people have had a chance to actually put their knowledge to the test in a survival situation.

It’s one thing to store food, learn to shoot a gun, and practice bushcraft skills in today’s society, but it’s a very different thing when your life is in real danger

That’s why we wanted to share some of the things an ex-Marine discovered about prepping while in the Marine Corps. We think you will find them and find them quite helpful.

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13 Valuable Lessons The Marine Corps Can Teach You About Prepping

Article Source: HowToSurviveIt.com


1. You always need a plan

The difference between being proactive and reactive in a crisis is often the difference between living and dying.

What do you think will happen when your family are split up when a crisis strikes; for example, you and your spouse are at work and the kids are in school as a hurricane approaches or civil unrest breaks out—without the ability to communicate, how will you ensure that you are able to rendezvous with them at a safe location?

If you try to react on the fly, you’ll make poor choices and each member of your group will make different choices, so in the Marine Corps, we planned for damn near everything: what to do in an ambush, what to do if separated from the unit while on patrol, what to do if communications went down, etc.

You should do the same thing. Do you have a plan for when a natural disaster (hurricane, tornado, flood, wildfire, earthquake) strikes your area? How about is your house catches fire? Job loss? Civil unrest?

Develop a set of contingency plans, starting with the most likely events working your way down to the least likely. It might be a lot more exciting to imagine a Mad Max-style apocalypse, but you’re far more likely to become unemployed or be forced to deal with storm damage to your home.

2. Things will rarely go according to that plan

No matter how well-trained you are and no matter how thoroughly you plan, something will always go wrong.

Despite extensive planning for a movement to contact drill in the mountains of Korea, my unit managed to get lost en-route to the objective in the mountains of Korea, arriving about six hours late around 0200. Now, I could say something about a 2nd lieutenant and a compass, but that’s largely irrelevant because anything can go wrong. You could get lost, a vehicle could break down, you could suffer an injury…the list goes on.

3. So, you always need a backup plan

The solution is to have a backup plan, and if possible, a backup plan to your backup plan. For example, prior to stepping off for a patrol, we would plan for what to do if separated from our unit. Depending on the circumstances, you might establish radio communication, rendezvous at a previous rally point, rendezvous at a new location, utilize a signal flare, etc.

4. Be early for everything

Have you ever arrived at an LZ (Landing Zone) after the helos have already left? I have, and it sucks because it means that you have to either extract on foot, which means walking an obscene distance with 50-100 pounds of gear, or posting security and waiting hours or even days for the next extraction window.

As a result, Marines are early for everything.

5. You can’t rely solely on yourself, so value and trust your team

I don’t care how bad-ass you are, you are not a one-man army. Whether covering overlapping fields of fire, splitting watch shifts, or managing the daily workload, prepping and long-term survival is a team effort.

You might be a weapons and tactics expert, have extensive medical training, or decades of experience growing your own food, but I’ve never met anyone who can do everything at the highest level.

I am very effective with all sorts of weapons, but my first aid skills are average. I can do amazing things with a radio, but I have no clue how to build a backup power supply. The point is that while you should continually work on improving all of your skills, you should also build a network of people who complement your weaker areas.

A book I highly recommend on the subject is MAGS: The People Part of Prepping, by Charlie Hogwood.

6. Discipline matters

If I had a dollar for every time I heard some deadbeat say “I could have been a Marine,” I would have a nice cabin in the mountains already.

No the fuck they couldn’t. If someone wanted to be a Marine (or SEAL, Ranger, or SF, for that matter) and they were capable, they would have done it.

Look, being a Marine take a lot of discipline. It’s cute to think you’re “operator as fuck” when you play airsoft in the woods for an hour then drive to Taco Bell to cram a chalupa into your pie hole before firing up the Xbox, but it takes a very different person to trudge through the swamp in the middle of the night, then lay motionless in the mud for hours being devoured by mosquitoes the size of pigeons while awaiting the opportunity to ambush the bad guys.

Discipline allows you to put your personal wants aside to focus on the mission at hand.

7. You learn the most when you’re at your worst

When everything is going to shit, you have more opportunities to learn something about yourself and others.

You learn very quickly about being a true team player during boot camp when your entire platoon is punished for your mistakes. Your first hump in full gear will teach you more about your own will than you could ever imagine. And retention from formal classroom learning is dwarfed by those conducted during a field operations when you’re cold, wet, and tired.

We learn more from our adversities and failures than we ever could from our successes, so don’t shy away from them. To get 6 more tips like these read the rest of this article. CLICK HERE


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