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what skills

Discussion in 'Survival Skills' started by Matt, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. Matt

    Matt Administrator Staff Member Site Donor

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    OK guys I'm interested in what skills have come in useful to you when you,ve got your selfs in a sticky situation ...

    let us know how you got in it ...and how you got out (we like a good read:))

    tell us your camp fire storys
     
  2. elliott92

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    swimming is the skill that i have in mind believe it or not...
    my old man owns a carp lake in france, and a few years ago the family and a few friends were holidaying there for a week in summer. down one end of the lake my dad and i were bivvied up fishing with my brother and stepmum in the cabin. down the other end was big mark and his girlfriend bekta. it must of been about 5 p.m and we'd just lit the bbq down our end of the lake. so i hopped on the allaminium punt and shot down to pick mark and his misses up (boating it across the lake is much quicker than them walking round). as i rocked up to the other end big mark and bekta were waiting on the bank for me. i was at the back of the punt, bekta hopped in the middle and big mark into the front. to cut a long story short i'd gotten a bit cocky on the boat over the last few days and was a bit throttle happy. so i went to pull off at full throttle. i had pulled off at full throttle many times in the boat, when ive been in it on my own, and the front end raises out of the water and speeds off no problem. not this time... big mark lived up to his name. as i pulled the throttle down,the front end, instead of raising up out of the water, careered straight down because of the unbalanced weight of me in the back and fat boy in the front. in a split second the punt filled with water, capsized and we were thrown over. as i surfaced i saw the prop of the engine roaring a few inches from my face. i managed to swim off just before it mangled my face. i dropped the fattest log in my pants. we all made it to the bank safely. situation over right? na! i then spot my dad running round the lake screaming at the top of his lungs saying he was going to kill me for all the petrol pollution i could be causing to his 50lbs carp haha. i then jumped back in the water and swam to a gravel barge in the middle of the lake and waited a good half hour until he had cooled down. and now every time i go to the lake, i am only known now as "captain pugwash". great.

    anyway the point im making from the essay is tha,t had i not been able to swim, the prop would of chewed my face off. and had i survived that, then my dad would of chewed my face off haha :ms-wink:
     
  3. fishingwalkies

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    Moral of the story......................make big mark walk next time!
     
  4. Gazo

    Gazo Administrator Staff Member Site Donor

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    I think my best skill is keeping calm in a bad situation. I don't tend to panic.
    Another good skill I have is my attention to detail, I tend to notice things others don't, Also very street wise and plenty of common sense, some of the best skills to help you through life.
     
  5. Shady

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    That is a good skill to have.... as it was drilled into me by my Sergeant "No need to panic when others around you will panic for you" So basically what he was trying to say i think is a bunch of people panicking together is useless to a surviving situation unless at least one keeps a cool head and calms others down.

    Another good one i was taught is "take care of your Battlefield Taxi as it is the most important thing you can have, even more important than your rifle"..... now who knows what a "Battlefield Taxi" is??
     
  6. Matt

    Matt Administrator Staff Member Site Donor

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    your feet mate ( mine said the same to me )... he also drummed into us the 6p,s

    Perfect
    Planning
    Prevents
    Piss
    Poor
    Performance
     
  7. Shady

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    It really did my head in when i was at the barracks.... they issued us with 2 pairs of boots and 2 pairs of socks.... now on excersise we were encouraged to change socks at every rest break and change boots if they were wet..... now how can this be done?? we used a bar of soap and water from our canteens to wash the first pair of socks then hung them on the bergen whilst tabbing to the next checkpoint, by then they should have been at least dry enough to put on (usually 3 hours or so later in high winds makes them smell nice too) then repeat the wash/change process...... handy tip to care for your feet >>> another handy tool is either nail clippers or a pair of scissors for your toenails (should be found on your multi-tool) this is important to stop feet problems when out in the field, check for cuts and blisters on a regular basis and ensure that in your first aid bag there is padding and plasters to prevent infection and/or further rubbing and discomfort. Always pack moisturiser to rub onto cracked soles and then wrap a carrier bag over your sock to keep them from the elements.
     
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    I got jungle survival under my belt done 6wks in Belize but there's not much jungle in the uk lol
     
  9. Rob

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    ya like wise 12 wks jungle then 12 weeks desert skills you learn you can adapt and apply even in the uk
     
  10. HillBill

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    They add an extra P every decade or so lol.

    My partners dad is a retired W/O He knew the 5 P's Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance.

    You have 6 P's

    When i was in it was 7 P's Proper planning and preperation prevents piss poor performance. :)



     
  11. rick812

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    I got about 2 years desert skills with included incoming lol and artic warfare
     
  12. Matt

    Matt Administrator Staff Member Site Donor

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    Ive not got any specific military training other than the norm (6yrs in the RAF regiment)......ive lernt more in the last few years getting out there and getting on with it
     
  13. stephenjames213

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    I have skills bringing up two girls i think thats harder then artic warefare and many other crafts :D
     
  14. HillBill

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    If we are talking military skills then this list may take a while :)

    Never did much with the brit army, pretty boring standard stuuf in the tankies.

    Foreign legion on the other hand.. where do i start.

    Arctic/jungle and desert commando trained and jungle commando instructor.
    Unarmed combat instructor
    Tireur d' Elite ( independant sniper)
    Parachute trained

    I suppose i've rolled everything into these 4. But they can be split down some more into more specialist stuff, but i may get into the deep stuff for pointing them out.

    Stories are many and varied from that place. Fought in Djibouti, the Ivory coast, french guiana, afghanistan. 5 years non stop scrapping. And ya know what. Typing all this out has made me realise how much i miss it. Still got 8 years left before i'm too old to apply, ya never know . I'd have to go back in as a ranker now tho, i was a seargeant when i left, black kepi, the lot :(
     
  15. stephenjames213

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    foreign legion as all ways been one i would like to join but being a single parent would be hard now to even think about
     
  16. HillBill

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    Mate, if you didn't have a kid and were fully commited to joining, my advice to you would be, and i quote the advice i give to everyone who expresses an interest

    "Don't be Fecking stupid"

    From the western world there are only 2 types of people who join. Walts who never make it past selection and folk who really have nothing in their life thats worth living for and want something that is. From the outside it has an air of romanticism to it, a world of adventure. WRONG. Its a world of strict regime, back breaking work, beatings, fighting, half starved men, 18 hour working days with 2 days off after a 6 week shift if your lucky. You cant come home, you cant leave until your contract is expired
    you do what your told when your told or its gonna hurt. You cant really put the legion into words. All this sounds harsh, and it is, but out of it come men with pride, men who can move mountains, men with such strong ties of comradeship that they would die for each other without question, the esprit d corps is second to none. Men who do not surrrender no matter the odds, its part of legion legend that this is so. A bar set by capatain Jean Danjou on the 30th april 1863 where he and 63 other legionaires fought off over 2000 mexicans. Every man but 3 died Those 3 opened the gates and charged the mexicans with bayonets as they were out of ammo. The mexicans surrounded them and asked them to surrender. The legionairres refused and in turn demanded that batista surrender his army. Batista (mexican general) looked the men and said " i can refuse nothing to such as you, for truly you are not men, you are devils" He then surrendered the field ( not his soldiers) to the legionnaires allowing them to bury their dead and walk away. The 3 who lived walked away free men there mission a success, since then, this is the standard expected. It nearly killed me a few times too, i have the scars to prove it.

    "Gentlemen, welcome to the legion. You are a legionnare to die..... i am going to send you where you can die. But first, i'm going to try kill you myself"

    This was the speech that was given to us by the CO at Aubagne on our first day.:) Cheerful bunch eh
     
  17. stephenjames213

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    sounds like something i would be good at , i got turned down by the army etc because of tattoos etc maybe one day i could join ,, beatings and hard back breaking work sounds good to me
     
  18. HillBill

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    Then your as daft as i am :D


     
  19. Matt

    Matt Administrator Staff Member Site Donor

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    sounds like a day at the bushy site:D
     
  20. stephenjames213

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    Yeah and matt can we change to the burch whip now as the thorns are starting not to hurt any more , thanks mate