Special Forces Survival Kits Improved

Special Forces Survival Kits Improved
During the course of my career as a Green Beret, I was issued many things, some I was made to turn back in to the Army and others I was allowed to keep. My Pelican 1020 Survival kit was one of the items I was allowed to keep: originally intended to keep a soldier alive during an escape and evade situation, it was rendered obsolete by a more modern idea, leaving it to a list of items that the [...]

Stop the Bleeding, Save Lives, Carry a RATS Tourniquet

Stop the Bleeding, Save Lives, Carry a RATS Tourniquet
Tourniquets save lives. That’s one of the first things I heard from “Doc,” during my first Combat Lifesaver course in my first year as a Marine. As my time went on we drilled, and drilled, and drilled with tourniquets. We learned how to apply them under stress, with a fighting patient, with one hand, with our offhand, and eventually, everything culminated with live tissue training and some he[...]