Friday, May 20, 2016

BOB Help: Navy SEAL Survival Kit

Putting together a Bug out bag is an individual thing. But there are some basics. This is why I recommend finding a list that you like, and working off of it tweaking your kits to meet your needs and wants. The Navy SEALs are known for their adaptation of their situation and their rugged survivability.
When the SEALs need a survival kit they put out their requirements so that contractors can see what is needed to bid on the contract of making and selling these kits to the Department of Defense. This is a list of what the Navy put out for a SEAL survival kit. It may be of use to you when you build your kit or when you review what you already have.
“The hard case is 4-by-2-by-1.2 inches, weighing six ounces or less, and available in both “Desert Tan” or “OD/Forest Green.”
Beyond those particulars, the hard case shall be:
— Capable of limited cooking without effecting the container finish (i.e. paint bubbling)
— Capable of being used as a limited digging implement without affecting its ability to house contents (simultaneous function of digging and housing not required).
— Shall have a weather resistant gasket able to keep out water during minor water immersion (i.e. river crossings, swimming)
— Shall have a fastening system that is reuseable and secure to prevent accidental openings
— Top surface of kit must have permanently affixed a 2” x 3” piece of loop fastener (i.e. soft side of velcro)
— Ruggedized to take heavy abuse while carried without damage to inner contents
— Case shall securely hold all items below without rattling or other noises.
The soft case, measuring 3.5 by 2.25 inches, will feature a U.S. flag patch (so much for keeping your nationality secret, although one has to believe it’s removable), be “subdued desert in color” and feature a “hook fastener (i.e. hard side of velcro) sewed to back with a slit in order to store and retrieve contents below yet hold contents down while worn.”
The SEAL’s hard-storage case will contain (quoting directly from the solicitation):
1. Mini-Multi Tool with:
a. Stainless Steel
b. Pliers
c. Wire cutter
d. File
e. Awl
f. Packaged so as to not rattle in case
2. Button Compass
a. Quality AA
b. 14mm
c. Liquid dampened
d. Minimum 8 hour luminous
3. LED Squeeze Light
a. Red
b. Continuous or Momentary Switch
4. Fire Starting Kit
a. Ferro cerium rod not to exceed 3”L x 8mm W
b. Tinder tabs (4) packaged in reclosing bag.
5. Water Storage Device
a. 2L capacity
b. Able to hold all contents of the kit
c. Must be sealable and reuseable
d. Must be odor proof
6. Water Purification Tablets
a. 40 tablets
b. Packaged in amber, medical grade borosilicate
7. Electrolyte Tablets
a. 2 tablets
8. Signal Mirror
a. 2”x 3”
b. Non-mirrored side covered with an IR reflective material
c. Mirror side must be protected to prevent scratches. Protective cover must be able to be removed with one hand.
d. Must have an aiming hole
9. Thermal Blanket
a. 21” x 56” x .05mil
b. Polyester, aluminized
c. 1 side silver, other side orange
d. Packaged in plastic with easy tear pre-cuts
10. Kevlar Line
a. Yellow or green in color
b. 188lb test
c. 15 feet in length
d. Packaged in plastic with easy tear pre-cuts
11. Safety Pins
a. Two #2 (1.5” steel)
b. Two #00 (.75” brass)
c. Packaged in plastic with easy tear pre-cuts.
12. P-38 can opener
a. Packaged so as to not rattle while in case.
13. Stainless Steel Wire
a. 2’ of 20ga
14. Duct Tape
a. Brown or Green in color
b. 26” x 2”
15. Fresnel Magnifying Lens
a. 4x power
b. 3.25” x 2”
16. Waterproof Note Paper
a. 4 sheets
b. Desert tan color
c. 3.5” x 2”
17. Ink Pen
a. Pressurized ink cartridge
b. Black in color
18. Broad Spectrum Antibiotic Ointment
a. 1/32oz foil pack
19. Cotton Pad
a. 100% Cotton
b. 2” x 2.5”
c. Packaged in plastic with easy tear pre-cuts.

The contents of the soft storage case will include:
1. Hacksaw Blade
a. Carbon Steel
b. 24tpi
c. 2.75” L
d. Hole in one end for a lanyard
e. Opposite hole end, sharpen down reverse tanto-style end.
2. Ceramic Razor Blade
a. 1 or 2 sides sharpened
b. Packaged so as to not accidentally cut anything or dull
3. Moleskin Adhesive Patch
a. Heavy duty
b. 1.75” x 2.5”
4. Kevlar Thread
a. Green or yellow
b. 100-200lb test
c. 24” in length
d. Packaged in plastic with easy tear pre-cuts.
5. Fishing Leader/Downrigger Cable
a. Multi-strand
b. Stainless steel
c. 50lb test
d. 24” in length
6. Suspended Navigation Magnet
a. Identifiable north painting feature
b. Magnet suspended from thread/string
c. Packaged in plastic with easy tear pre-cuts.
7. Ferro Cerium Rod
a. 1.75” L x .125”W
8. Cotton Ball
a. Impregnated with wax.
b. Packaged in a reclosing bag.
9. Bobby Pins
a. Spring steel
b. 2 small
c. 1 large
d. Black in color
The final two items are worth singling out, because they highlight the optimism bred into every SEAL (and trump the safety and bobby pins):
10. Handcuff Shim (Pick)
11. Universal Handcuff Key
a. Non-metallic resin material
How to pack survival kits for stranded special-operations forces has been a subject the U.S. military has dealt with for at least the past half-century, according to this Army contracting guidance from back then:
An individual engaged in unconventional warfare and counter-guerrilla operations is frequently exposed to possible capture. In counter-guerrilla operations, indigenous elements with which a US soldier is working may be dispersed, causing complete separation of the soldier from the unit. While in an operational area, he must be continuously prepared to initiate evasive action and conceivably to continue evading for an extended period of time. His possession and proper use of a suitable survival kit may be the critical factor in effecting a successful juncture with friendly personnel. Therefore, there is a requirement for an individual aid and survival kit for issue to personnel participating in special warfare operations.”
In my years in the military there was several things I liked about the organization. One was usually the equipment was what you needed and often exceeded good quality. Take this list and compare what you have for your 72 hour kits/bugout bags/get out of dodge kits/everyday carry/survival kits.
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