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Department of the Army Field Manual (FM 21-76)


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Published by the Department of the Army, October, 1970

Modern combat increases the likelihood of your becoming isolated and having to find water, food and shelter for many days – even weeks – while making it back to friendly forces. Small units fighting in widely disperses formations or on special missions forward of friendly lines are more likely to be cut off than ever before. The ability to evade the enemy and to escape if captured, both basic requirements of the soldier's Code of Conduct, demands every survival skill you can muster. The chances of being exposed to such an emergency are always present, specially when traveling, so survival techniques should be a part of your basic soldiering skills.

This manual has been written to help you acquire these skills. It tells how to travel, find water and food, shelter yourself from the weather, and care for yourself if you become sick or injured.