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26Aug
26Aug

        

        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.

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04Aug
04Aug

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.

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20Jul
20Jul

Army Road Marching Tips

0 Comments| Posted in h By Kelly Mason

Army Road Marching Tips

 

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”


― Benjamin Franklin

 

Key Points:

Limit your carrying load.

Don’t allow yourself to overheat.

Hydrate

Take care of your feet.

 

Travel Light:

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.

Don’t Overheat:


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22Jun
22Jun

US Army Field Training Tips

0 Comments| Posted in h By Bill McKinney

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.

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10Jul
10Jul

Financial Tips for Soldiers Part II

0 Comments| Posted in h By William McKinney

Financial Tips for Soldiers

Part II

Introduction:

 

                In my last article I strongly advocated that soldiers should adopt 2 financial strategies that consisted of consistently maintaining a 10% investing plan and a 10% emergency fund.  I also advocated using direct deposit to fund these plans.  In this article I will discuss what investments are ideal for investing and emergency plans.  As I do this, I will focus on young soldiers who probably lack knowledge about investing.  With this in mind let’s start with the basics.

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06Jun
06Jun

Insider’s Tips on Clearing CIF

Part III

 

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In this article I will discuss how to read and understand your clothing records.  I will confess up front that this aspect of clearing CIF is not my strongest attribute.  I have more knowledge about military gear, CIF’s standards and tips on cleaning equipment.  Over the years I have muddled through the process of helping my customers read their clothing records.  By reading equipment descriptions, asking my customers questions and comparing NSN numbers, I have been able to guide people in the right direction.  In some respects I have figured out clothing record information through a process of elimination.  If you want expert information in this area you can find it in official military sources such as “Common Table of Allowances 50-900.”  The information in this source is extensive, but it’s also time consuming to read.  For most soldiers, the information you can find at NCO Support.Com will be more useful.  Although I’m far from being an expert on this matter, I’ll provide you with some succinct tips.  Hopefully, this information will make it easier for you to understand your clothing record.

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30May
30May

Insider’s Tips on Clearing CIF

Part II

 

In my last article I gave many proactive tips about clearing CIF.  In this article I will shed light on CIF’s standards.  Knowing these standards will increase your chances to clear CIF on your first attempt.  Here is some of the basic concepts to keep in mind:

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