Phoenix Bird


Many people contact us and ask variations on this same question... "What skills would it be helpful for me, as a survivalist, to learn for Worst Case Scenario/Bug Out Situations?"

Here ya go.... 

Having spent a considerable amount of time in the field, we have come up with many skills that we deem important to learn and practice on a regular basis. Practicing these skills together as a group helps build team unity and allows each member to know what another member will do under any circumstance. I also feel better knowing firsthand the strengths and weaknesses of each member of my team. ANY of these skills can be found in, and learned from, the following Military Training Manuals:

I would recommend getting as many Military Training and Field Manuals as possible for your "Survival Library", as well as an Engineering Field Manual. These can be found at most surplus stores, gun shows, preparedness expos, or on-line from:

Military Field Manuals

Huntress' Book Reviews (Survival Section)

This list is not the "Gospel"! You all should know the motto by now, "Use what works for you"!!! Take this list as a point to start from, and add, subtract, or otherwise modify it, as you see fit. The more time you spend in the field training the more you will be able to realistically determine what your team needs to know! 

Ok, on with it: 

Abdominal Wounds Move A Casualty Using A "Fireman's Carry"
Basic Triage Preventing Shock
Controlling Bleeding With A Field Or Pressure Dressing Spinal Injuries
CPR Splints
Dressing Head Wounds Sucking Chest Wounds
Heimlich Maneuver Treatment Of Burns
Improvised Litters Treatment Of Heat Related Injuries


Break Off Contact Guard Duty
Basic Hand Signals Hand To Hand Combat
Basic Team And Squad Movements Hasty Ambush
Booby Traps High Crawls, Low Crawls
Camouflage Group Items Improvised And Semi-Permanent Shelters
Clear Fields Of Fire:
  • Individual 

  • Interlocking
Improvised Weapons

Individual Camouflage

Move Under Incoming Fire
Construction Entrenched Fighting Positions Navigation
Night Fire
Construction Of Hasty Fighting Positions Noise, Trash and Light Discipline
Deliberate Ambush React To Aerial Flares/Spotlights
Equipment Use And Care React To Ambushes
Evasion React To Enemy Contact
Finding Food Reconnaissance
Finding Water S.A.L.U.T.E. Reports
Fire Building Sanitation
Full Field Gear (see recommended list for field gear) Surveillance


Basic Gunsmithing Point Shooting
Battle Techniques Reloading & Improvising Components
Clearing Jams and Malfunctions Safety
Effectively Engage Targets Snap shooting
Engagements Using Pistol Sniper Skills
Estimating Distances Weapon Care and Maintenance
Zero Weapons For Accuracy


Back Azimuths Orientation Of Maps with Ground
Coordinate Systems Scales
Dead Reckoning Shooting Azimuths
Direction Finding WITHOUT a Compass Terrain Features
Finding A Location Using Terrain Association Topographic Legends
Measuring Distances On Maps Topographic Symbols


Antenna Types Frequency Lists
Anti-DFing Techniques Phonetic Alphabet
Basic Field Repairs Proper Radio Pronunciation
DFing Techniques Radio Security
Tight And Wide Beam Transmissions


  • Bug Out Vehicle Skills:

    • Convoying

    • Security

    • Trail Driving

    • River And Stream Crossing

    • Evasive Driving

    • Night Driving

    • Basic Vehicle Repairs
  • Mountain Terrain Skills: 

    • Rock Climbing

    • Rappelling

    • Hasty Bridges

    • Knots
  • Climate Related Skills: 
    • Cold Weather Skills

    • Hot Weather Skills
  • Searches: 

    • Body searches

    • Prisoner searches

    • Interrogations