By: Fuchi

Try practicing half of your training at night, so that you will be able to operate effectively in both day and night operations.

Before you go out for a field training exercise take your E-Tool and either sharpen it yourself or find someone who can do it for you. Why? Think about the possibility of using it to cut down brush and small trees.

When using chem lights for night maneuvers, make sure you remember:

Never turn your back towards the direction of a possible enemy.
What you can see, so can others.

Extra canteens carried on your ruck sack should always be drunk first. It will lighten your ruck, and if you have to leave your ruck behind you will still have two full canteens on your web gear.

Basic items such as extra rations, pocket knives, first aid kits, parachute cord, maps, cigarette lighters etc. should be kept in your BDU pockets. Why? If you have to drop your ruck, weapon and LBE, you will still have something to fall back on.

If your worried about having to dump your equipment (ruck and LBE) you can attach a survival knife to your pant's belt. That way if you do lose your equipment, your survival knife and kit are still with you.

The best place to attach your ammo pouches on your web belt, is slightly off to the sides. Not all the way, or this will interfere with your other equipment. By attaching your ammo pouches this way, it will leave the front of your web belt clear and will let you low crawl a lot easier. Any other items should be attached as far to the back as possible.

Remember what works for one person may not always be the best way to go, for you. So get out and try it. If this does not work for you, then try this, unhook your belt once you hit the ground prior to low crawling, then fasten before getting up.