Join Bradley's CEO Bill McKinney on his first (but not the last!) outdoor adventure where he will survive 12 days living off the land at Stillwater Reservoir and Big Bald Mountain in Upstate New York. In the coming weeks you can experience the journey alongside Bill and join in his quest to survive in the wild.Read More
On August 28th 2015 I will set out on a 14-day outdoors adventure at the Still Water Resevoir in Northern New York. This resevoir is located in a very rural area that's buried deep in the Adirondack Mountain range. Since I haven't experienced any serious field duty since I was in the Army back in 1992, this will be a huge challenge. Currently I am 51 years old, and I'm 50 pounds heavier than I was back in the day. Nonetheless, I'm currently packing my ruck sack and bugout bag. I'm preparing to take videos, photos and create a setting so I can make a documentary called "Military Survivorman." I will use this opportunity to showcase Bradley's product lines and demonstrate some Military survival tactics. The only concerns I have at the present moment is that I pack my bags well, I don't forget anything I need, and I make it back in one piece. To achieve this objective I have formed this packing list.Read More
15 military products that are ideal for civilian camping purposes
Many military related items are ideal for civilian camping purposes. Since soldiers have to train in the great outdoors for much longer than they might like they tend to use the best survival clothing and equipment that’s available. Here are 15 military related products that might be very practical for the average civilian on their next camping trip.
#1. Multi-Purpose Tools
The average soldier places a premium on multi-purpose tools. Gerber Multipliers, Leatherman Tools and Swiss Army Knives are 3 of the most popular models, but there are others to choose from. There is also the military’s entrenching tool that serves many purposes such as a shovel, pick and axe. Then there are some impressive military multipurpose axes that can be used in many different capacities. These multi-purpose tools are critical for military field training, but they’re also very practical for the civilian camper as well.Read More
Army Road Marching Tips
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Limit your carrying load.
Don’t allow yourself to overheat.
Take care of your feet.
The lighter you pack for the field the more comfortable you will be on road marches. As a general rule, I recommend that you bring 40 pounds or less in clothing and equipment. Another rule of thumb is to keep your carrying load ratio at 20% of your body weight or less. As I provide this advice remember that it doesn’t include body armor, carrying weapons, loading up on ammunition and possibly strapping on a radio. All of this equipment only increases your carrying load as well as your misery index. With this in mind, it is wise to travel as light as possible. Typically, those who fall out on road marches tend to carry too much weight.
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Field Training Tips
After completing basic training back in 1982, I was sent to Babenhausen Germany. Only 2 weeks after arriving in Germany my company was sent to the Grafenwoehr Training Area. This happened in the heart of winter, the weather was cold and wet, and I wasn’t fully prepared for this 30-day training exercise. Anyone who has experienced a “Winter Graf” knows what probably took place for a complete rookie. At first I made many mistakes, and I had to learn the hard way. I’m writing this article on field training tips to help you avoid the most common mistakes that many young soldiers tend to make. Take note, I that didn’t say all mistakes only the most common.
Keep in mind that my information is targeted at light infantry soldiers, and those who are required to live out of a rucksack. A significant amount of what I have to say will be irrelevant for soldiers who have the luxury of traveling on vehicles or sleeping in tents at night. Whereas those who work with heavy equipment and self-propelled vehicles will want to bring more clothing, equipment and personal comfort items, soldiers in light units will want to pack much lighter. Nonetheless, all soldiers will want to have a proactive game plan before going to the field. Remember that an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. Therefore, it’s wise to take some proactive measures while you are packing your bags and rucksack. Here are some of the tips I’m going to elaborate on.Read More
Military Enlistment Tips
- Enlisting in the military is a huge commitment. It’s a major life-altering decision.
- Perform extensive research BEFORE speaking with a recruiter.
- Speak with your family first. - Speak with former soldiers for advice.
- Familiarize yourself with commonly used military acronyms, jargon and slang before enlisting.
- Start with the end in mind.
- Concentrate on education, technology and secondary languages.
- Seek a MOS or work profession that will transfer well into the civilian sector.
- Understand many military jobs, training, equipment and technology often does not transfer well into the civilian sector.
- Fully understand what you want and set specific goals before you speak to a recruiter.
- You should go to college first.
- You should enlist for the shortest period possible.
- Understand that recruiters are highly trained salespeople.
- Only speak with a recruiter in the presence of friends and family.
- Give your ASVAB and Physical Fitness testing your best effort.
- Don’t assume anything will take place after you enlist.
- Get all promises and negotiated issues in writing.
- Delay the process, and don’t allow yourself to be pressured.
- Read all paperwork at home before signing anything. Allow yourself a cool down period.
- After signing any paperwork keep and safeguard all copies.
Enlisting in the military is a huge commitment. If you want to excel as a professional soldier it will require commitment and sacrifice. Therefore, you need to understand what you are sacrificing before you enlist, and you need to understand you are preparing to make a huge commitment.Read More
Last year our political leaders put out a message that it intended to reduce our nation’s active duty soldiers from about 570,000 to 490,000 troops. In March of 2015, the local community of Northern New York rallied at the State Office Building in Watertown NY to protest against any troop reductions at Ft. Drum. The rally was unsuccessful, and the 10th Mountain Division scheduled the inactivation of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team. This translates into a loss of about 1,500 soldiers when combined with other unit increases.Read More
Welcome to Ft. Drum
From the Locals of the North Country
So you are coming to Ft. Drum in the near future? Well welcome to Northern New York! I have more good news, there’s a good chance you’re going to love it! The greater Ft. Drum region has much to offer you. Allow me to list some of the attractions you will enjoy:
- Major Tourist Attractions
- City Attractions
- Night Life
- Fine Dining
- Unique Cultural Experiences
- Education Opportunities
- Rural Attractions
- Seasonal Fun
- Outdoorsman Activities
- Sports Activities
- Wholesome Local Traditions
- Modern Military Facilities
THE JERRY CAN
As some of you know, I am a former NCO/SFC in the US Army. That is one of the major reason I love working at Bradleys’. I am still taking care of soldiers and looking out for their well being an also serving our great civilian customers Recently we added a new product to our store; the 5 liter, 10 liter, and 20 liter Jerry can.
I have so many fond memories of my use of the Jerry Can during my time in the service. One of my duties was driving the Jeep.Read More
“Without the brave efforts of all the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines and their families, this Nation, along with our allies around the world, would not stand so boldly, shine so brightly and live so freely.”
“I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them.”
“Every American soldier wants as much public support as he can possibly have. We fight better knowing that our people back home support us, back us, and understand what we're doing. It's hugely important.”
Take Care of Soldiers Part II
In my last article I expressed there is a very real need to protect our soldiers from any source that seeks to exploit our sons and daughters for economic gain. I pointed out examples of how our government can erode a soldier’s personal income by allowing underfunded mandates and inflation to take place. I provided one example of how local law enforcement has targeted soldiers in the past using ticketing as a source of revenue. I provided several examples of how predatory companies target soldiers using unscrupulous business practices, and how parasitic individuals often look at soldiers as an easy mark.
As I brought up this disturbing information I also went on to state there’s no need to become overly cynical. Although there are dark forces that try to prey on our soldiers, there are significantly more people and organizations that are looking out for the troops. I suggested that AUSA (Association of the United States Army) and the private companies that support this noble cause is a good example that demonstrates how much people care. Allow me to expand my thoughts about AUSA and how it benefits the average soldier.Read More