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