An essential ingredient in surviving in any situation is mental attitude. Having the skills to survive is important but having the will to survive is essential. When facing a difficult or life threatening situation you will instinctually revert to flight or fight responses. With proper training and planning you can make the right decisions that can and will save your life in times of distress. One of the pitfalls in times of duress is your mind being overloaded with negative thoughts. You might find yourself frozen up and indecisive. This can happen to anyone and I’ll share with you when it happened to me.
I was 21 years old and I was in the US Army stationed is South Korea. I was out with my mechanized unit doing field exercises for two weeks. I was part of S3 which overseas Training and Operations and I was on the radio from midnight to 8 am. As part of my duties I was to make radio checks every hour. It’s an uneventful shift most of the time. About a couple of hours into my shift one of our units M3 Bradleys was going up a steep hill and has an accident. The driver turned to one side on a steep hill and the vehicle rolls down the hill. The soldiers inside are alive but badly hurt. My commander barks an order to call for a medevac to their location. I was completely shaken by the incident and I didn’t know which channel on the radio was the medical unit. Time slowed down and I felt like a complete idiot telling a Captain that I did not know which channel the medical unit was on and I didn’t know what to tell them even if I did. Luckily for the injured soldiers a Sergeant new exactly what to do and pushed me aside.
I felt terrified that I froze up, to this day it haunts me and I vowed never to be in a situation unprepared again. I try to get up to speed in many different areas just so I can be like the Sergeant who helped me in the past.
On a side note the physical training is going well and my cardio is getting much better.