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Militia Tips and Tricks 2

  • Single out enemy leaders and officers. They will usually be identified by carrying pistols,binoculars, older and grayer, men looking to them for orders and saluting, near the radio operator
  • When moving on a hill,walk on the military crest of the hill. That is just below the crest so you do not stand out and give yourself away.
  • Carry 'wash and dry' towelettes for quick clean up
  • Rub inside of boot socks (side next to skin) with soap prior to road marches to prevent blisters
  • Attach velco fastners to underneath side of LBE harness to avoid slipping,scratching, or scraping the shoulder area (particularily useful for thin shoulders).
  • Apply vaseline on the bottom of feet before a raod march to cut friction to prevent blisters. Also good for feet and between the toes before long runs.
  • On long road marches, carrying something in your mouth, such as gum, a small pebble, etc., to prevent dry mouth
  • Use the budy system to avoid both heat and cold injuries. Teach one another to observe for signs of injury to each other
  • To aid in fire starting, light a sugar packet under kindling
  • To make the ire on kindling wood flare up, sprinkle MRE cream substitute on the flame embers
  • To keep matches dry in wet weather, paint wooden matches with fingernail polish or dip in warm wax
  • Mix MRE peanut butter with liquid mosquito repellent to make an expedient fuel for cooking
  • Use a small can for a stove by removing both ends and then punching air holes around the rims with a P-38 can opener. Fuel can be either heat tabs or cardboard or wax.
  • If the canteen cup is used for heating meals, soap the outside of the cup before placing on the fire. This will aid in the removal of soot and carbon deposits.
  • Utilizing empty No.10 cans, a small stove and frying pan can be constructed. These items can be used several times before throwing them away
  • Cheese spread can be added to spaghetti, bean or meat entrees
  • Cream substitute and sugar can be added to hot chocolate to improve consistancy and flavor. Cream and sugar or hot chocolate can be mixed into a thin paste to make icing for cake or nut roll
  • To make a fruit cobbler,divide fruit between two cans, break up crackers into each, heat and add sugar to offset the salt on the crackers
    To make fruit cobbler, add several packets of sugar, a couple packets of cream substitute, and tw crushed crackers to hot fruit and stir
  • To aid in applying camouflage,rub mosquito repellent on your face first
  • Tie a knot in the end of a boot lace to use i cleaning rifle bore. Cleaning patches can be used by threading onto the lace
  • Two sticks can be stuck into the ground and boots sliped over them at night to keep out insects and small animals
  • If usin a sleeping bag without a tent, set up bag under low hanging vegitation to prevent dew and condensation from forming on your bag
  • When crossing streams, observe first for activty, then sendoint man across to checkrea. Then cross the rest of the patrol, with each man taking water as he crosses. If in a danger area, have all personel cross befre taking water. Treat all trails (old and new), streams, and open aea as danger aeas.
  • During rest halts don't take off your pack or leave your weapon alone. During long breaks, such as noon chow, don't take your packs off until your perimeter has been checked for at least 40-60 meters out for 360 degrees. During breaks throw nothing on the ground. Either put your trash in your pocket or spray it with CS and bury it.
  • While on patrol, don't take the obvious course of action and don't set a pattern in your sctivities, scuh as always turning to the left hen "button hooking to ambush your own backtrail."
  • A dead enemy's shirt and contents in pockets,plus pack,if he has one,are normally more valuable than his weapon
  • Practice proper RON (remain overnight) procedures when your team is training, even if you are on the rifle range. Take advantage of all training opportunities.
  • Select a tentative site for your RON, from your map, at least 2 hours in advance
  • After passin a suitable RON site "fish ook" and move into your selected position so that you can observe your own backtrail
  • Packs should not be taken off until after dark
  • When deploying the team for RON, place the point man in a position opposite the most likely avenue to approach to lead the team out in case of emergency
  • Do not send radio transmissions from your RON site unless they are necessary. Beprepared to move ifyou send radio tranmissions
  • Prior to dark,the team leader should tell each man the primary and alternate rally points
  • One half of the team should have their compas set to the primary rally point and the other half to the alternate. If the enemy comes from the direction of the primary rall point, the man with the azimuth of the alternate rally point set on his compass can lead the team out
  • A budy system should be established in case casualties are taken at night. Each man will take care of another man and his equipment if one is wounded,injured or killed
  • The pack or daypack can be used as a pillow,however,ensre that the carrying straps are in the "up" position for easy insertion of the arms in case of rapind withdrawal
  • Know what your next days plans are before settling down for the night
  • All team members should be awake,alert and ready to move,prior to first light
  • Another check of the perimeter should be made 40-60 meters for 360 degrees prior to moving out of the RON
  • Nver eat chow or smoke cogarettes from your RON position. The oder of food and tobacco gives your position away
  • Be alert when leaving your RON. If seen,you will probably be attacked or ambushed within 300 meters
  • Do not always move into RON or take chow at the same times everyday. If the enemy has seen you,he will take note and plan an ambush for you


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