So, I survived the elements and exercises to tell a tale of brutal training and woe. Yes, woe.
Above 3000 ft. which for me, is a challenge. Not the elevation, but the terrain. I live in the semi-flat lands and moving into an AO that is a bit more hilly, will put the hurt on pretty quick.
Ambushes, fire & maneuver, observation, and long range marksmanship while living out of a backpack for two days. Good times, even better training and PT.
A couple of takeaways:
- Get good clothing this is on par with the elements you will be operating in.
- These are pricy, but nice: GoRuck GR-1
- Cache placement & concealment is crucial.
- Never underestimate how quickly you can dull a good knife.
- Your caloric intake will be twice what you expect it to be.
- Adjustment to the discomfort of the elements takes time, especially for someone who works in a cushy office all day long.
I’m not an expert on combat by any means, but I am learning, slowly. Your bushcraft, trekking, and general outdoor skills will translate well, though I must admit, adding the OPSEC element to being in the woods has been a steep learning curve for me.