US Marine Corps - MWTC Winter Survival Course Handbook

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SURVIVAL MANUAL WINTER 2002
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UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS Mountain Warfare Training Center Bridgeport, California 93517-5001 WINTER SURVIVAL COURSE HANDBOOK TABLE OF CONTENTS CHAP CONTENTS 1 REQUIREMENTS FOR SURVIVAL 2 SURVIVAL KIT 3 WATER PROCUREMENT 4 EXPEDIENT SHELTERS AND FIRES 5 CORE VALUES AND MOUNTAIN LEADERSHIP CHALLENGES 6 SURVIVAL SIGNALING AND RECOVERY 7 SURVIVAL NAVIGATION 8 TRAPS AND SNARES 9 USES FOR GAME 10 SURVIVAL FISHING 11 FIELD EXPEDIENT TOOLS, WEAPONS, AND EQUIPMENT 12 EXPEDIENT SNOWSHOES 13 WINTER TRACKING 14 SURVIVAL MEDICINE 15 WEATHER 16 INTRO TO EVASION 17 AVALANCHE AND ICE HAZARDS APPENDIX A EVASION PLAN OF ACTION FORMAT B “THE EDGE” GUIDED DISCUSSION C SURVIVAL QUICK REFERENCE CHECKLIST D ANIMAL HABITS E TACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS F GRADING STANDARDS
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UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS Mountain Warfare Training Center Bridgeport, California 93517-5001 WSVX 02.01 02/06/05 STUDENT HANDOUT REQUIREMENTS FOR SURVIVAL TERMINAL LEARNING OBJECTIVE In a cold weather mountainous environment, apply the requirements for survival, in accordance with the references. (WSVX.02.01) ENABLING LEARNING OBJECTIVES (1) Without the aid of references and given the acronym “SURVIVAL”, describe in writing the acronym “SURVIVAL”, in accordance with the references. (WSVX.02.01a) (2) Without the aid of references, list in writing the survival stressors, in accordance with the references. (WSVX.02.01b) (3) Without the aid of references, list in writing the priorities of work in a survival situation, in accordance with the references. (WSVX.02.01c) OUTLINE 1. REQUIREMENTS FOR SURVIVAL a. This mental “mind-set” is important in many ways. We usually call it the “will to survive” although you might call it “attitude” just as well. This basically means that, if you do not have the right attitude, you may still not survive. b. A guideline that can assist you is the acronym “ SURVIVAL”. ( WSVX.02.01a ) (1) S ize up. (a) Size up the situation. 1. Conceal yourself from the enemy. 2. Use your senses to hear, smell, and see to determine and consider what is developing on the battlefield before you make your survival plan. (b) Size up your surroundings. WSVX 02.01 01-1
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1. Determine the rhythm or pattern of the area. 2. Note animal and bird noises and their movement. 3. Note enemy traffic and civilian movement. (c) Size up your physical condition. 1. Check your wounds and give yourself first aid. 2. Take care to prevent further bodily harm. 3. Evaluate condition of self and unit prior to developing survival plan. (d) Size up your equipment. 1. Consider how available equipment may affect survival senses; tailor accordingly. (2) U ndue haste makes waste. (a) Plan your moves so that you can move out quickly without endangering yourself if the enemy is near. (3) R emember where you are. (a) If you have a map, spot your location and relate it to the surrounding terrain.
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