Field Survival

Once a long time ago, I was forced to go to the Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape school, or SERE. A good chunk of the experience teaches Boy Scout knowledge to help you not die in the woods β€” important things, like figuring out what mushroom is poisonous, or how to make terrifying-looking water drinkable. Others were a bit more focused, like using 550 cord to get out of just about any situation, or how to use a signal mirror to flag down a helicopter and escape the bear-infested wilderness. Elements of fieldcraft may matter less and less to the average member of the military, but you never know when you, too, could be stuck in a forest with a lack of potable water.

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