Soldiers know how to pack and deploy survival gear in the field. To non-military persons, “kit” is just gear used for a specific purpose. A carpenter’s kit would include a hammer and a saw. A soldier’s kit would include weapons, ammo and items needed to survive in the field. Those deployed leave behind family members and have a concern for their safety. This is about using one’s advanced training and knowledge of specific gear and tactics to teach family the fundamentals of survival.
Teaching Family How to Survive Dangers at Home
Turn on the news when home on leave, and it will not be long before stories of school shootings, gang violence, convenience store shootouts and home invasions begin to cause a bit of concern. Soldiers who know they will have to go back to work soon, leaving family to fend for themselves, wonder what can be done to make them safer. Teaching family the basics of surviving both natural and man-made disaster situations empowers a family to take personal responsibility for their own safety.
Obviously, it is imperative to teach only well chosen fundamentals of the advanced training a soldier has. It is equally obvious that some military training has no civilian equivalent. However, there are plenty of things a soldier knows that family could benefit by knowing. Even weapons skills can translate into civilian use survival tools and equipment. Many spouses of deployed military personnel keep a firearm at home for self-defense purposes. Taking the time to teach all the rules of gun safety as well as basic marksmanship skills is a prudent thing to do.
Teaching family members to always have a bag of survival gear items packed and ready to go in case an immediate evacuation is ever necessary is good. The bags, often referred to even in civilian circles as Go Bags or Bug Out Bags, may even have military equipment in them such as MREs. The bag itself may be a favorite piece of kit the soldier uses on the job a couple thousand miles away.
Teaching family members how to watch for civilian versions of threats and what to do when danger is near is probably one of the best things a soldier can do to help keep his family safe. Soldiers engage an enemy. A soldier hoping to teach his family how to be safer should concentrate on teaching how to avoid getting into dangerous situations in the first place. Teaching simple observational skills that improve situational awareness can go a long way toward protecting a spouse and children of all ages.
Children who know that their soldier parent regularly faces combat situations may be inclined to develop an attitude of running to the guns, so to speak. That mindset should be discouraged. Instead, impart to them how much it is desired that they remain safe by teaching them skills to recognize how threatening situations develop and how to avoid getting stuck in the middle of them. The best defense for any family is to not actually be put in a situation where they have to defend.
Civilian Counterparts to Military Training and Survival Gear
A soldier packing for a patrol would break down MREs, keeping only what he or she wants. It is done to conserve space, weight and to trade away unwanted items for things the soldier prefers. Go Bags packed for the spouse and children probably will not have the MREs broken down. This is said so the soldier attempting to teach his family how to be prepared at home will know even the small details may be different in how civilians do things.
On the job, soldiers may walk around fully armed at all times. A spouse would have to comply with the state laws for concealed carry. Since 49 states have options to acquire a permit to carry a gun, it is something to think about. It requires specialized training and a commitment to be safe. Obviously, not every spouse will be suitable as a candidate to go about carrying a concealed handgun. Others may take to the idea like a duck to water.