Making life easier in the field - Tips?

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  1. Hi lads

    just wanted any tips on making life easier in the field.

    So far my tips range from -
    Making two brews in flasks before going out
    Taking my own lovely mix of herbs for rat packs
    Using a jetboil kit
  2. Take a caravan?

    Join the Signals?

    oh same thing! ;)
  3. Join the RN, you take your bunk with you everywhere and you have cooks to make the food taste inedbile :)
  4. Don't do it
  5. Dump all your link, spare batteries, water etc. Fill your bergen with pillows or bubblewrap instead, its much lighter and will allow you to enjoy a pleasant stroll in the ulu with your chums.
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  6. The_Duke

    The_Duke LE Moderator


    Make sure you take a nice Gingham check cloth and picnic basket with you. It will make eating your rations a much more civilised experience.

    Alternatively, do exactly what your staff tell you to do, and don't fill your kit up with "luxuries"!. You will only end up carrying them all everywhere, and rocking gently too and fro sobbing softly as you sit on your bergan still packed with your jet boil whilst you cook your scoff on hexy - just like all the other Joes.
  7. Take your bulter with you.

    Sorry, couldn't resist it. Serious suggestion - try to get used to a maximum of 4 hours sleep a day.
  8. exchange "field" for "hotel" by joining the RAF!
  9. ok cheers, i guess?
  10. Ravers

    Ravers LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    Make sure you remember to shake your platoon commander when you get up for stag. He needs to be aware of when the changeover happens for Health & Safety reasons.

    Just a simple ''TPR Bloggs 30012345 going on stag Sir'' is all you need and obviously a ''TPR Bloggs 30012345 coming off stag Sir'' when you have finished.

    He will praise you for your initiative.

    Also make sure someone in your section brings an iron, otherwise you'll be fcuked when they do a spot inspection.
  11. How to Simulate Life in the Army
    1. Dig a big hole in your back yard and live in it for 30 days straight.
    2. Go inside only to clean the house. On weekends, you can eat in the house, but you can't talk.
    3. Pour 10 inches of nasty, crappy water into your hole, then shovel it out, stack sandbags around it and cover it with a sheet of old plywood.
    4. Fill a backpack with 50 lbs of kitty litter. Never take it off outdoors. Jog everywhere you go.
    5. Every couple of weeks, dress up in your best clothes and go the scummiest part of town, find the most run down trashy bar you can, pay £10 per beer until you're hammered, then walk home in the freezing cold.
    6. Perform a weekly disassembly and inspection of your lawnmower.
    7. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays turn the water pressure in your shower down to a trickle, then on Tuesday and Thursday turn it up so hard it peels skin. On Saturdays and Sundays declare to your entire family that they can't use the shower in order to keep it clean for inspection.
    8. Go inside and make your bed every morning. Have your wife tear the blankets off at random during the day. Re-make the bed each time until it is time to go back outside and sleep in your hole.
    9. Have your next door neighbour come over each day at 5am, and blow a whistle so loud that Helen Keller could hear it and shout "Get up! Get up! You are moving too slow! Get down and do push-ups!"
    10. Have your mother-in-law write down everything she's going to do the following day, then have her make you stand in the back yard at 6am and read it to you.
    11. Eat the raunchiest Mexican food you can find for three days straight, and then lock yourself out of the bathroom for 12 hours. Hang a sign on the bathroom door that says, "Unserviceable."
    12. Submit a request form to your father-in-law, asking if it's ok for you to leave your house before 5pm.
    13. Invite 200 of your not-so-closest friends to come over. Have them all dig holes in your yard to live in. After 30 days, fill in the holes and wave at your friends and family through the front window of your home as you set out for a 25 mile walk and After-Action-Review.
    14. Shower with above-mentioned friends.
    15. Make your family qualify to operate all the appliances in your home (i.e. Dishwasher operator, blender technician, etc.).
    16. Walk around your car for 4 hours checking the tire pressure every 15 minutes. Write down on a piece of paper everything you want the shop to fix the next time you bring the car in. Give your wife the list to throw away.
    17. Sit in your car and let it run for 4 hours with the windows down before going anywhere. Tune the radio to static and monitor it while letting the car run. If it is cold outside, don't run the heat. Sleep on the hood or roof of your car.
    18. Empty all the garbage bins in your house, and sweep your driveway 3 times a day, whether they need it or not.
    19. Repaint your entire house once a month. Paint white rings around all the trees in your neighbourhood. Paint all curbs yellow. Paint all rocks red.
    20. Cook all of your food blindfolded, groping for any spice and seasoning you can get your hands on.
    21. Use eighteen scoops of budget coffee grounds per pot, and allow each pot to sit 5 hours before drinking.
    22. Have your neighbour collect all your mail for a month, read your magazines, and randomly lose every 5th item.
    23. Spend £1,000 on a satellite system for your TV, but only watch ITV and the Weather when you are inside to eat. Tune the tint on the TV to green.
    24. Avoid watching your green tinted TV with the exception of movies which are played in the middle of the night. Have the family vote on which movie to watch and then show a different one.
    25. Have your 5-year-old cousin give you a haircut with goat shears.
    26. Sew big pockets to the legs of your pants. Don't use them.
    27. Spend 2 weeks sleeping in holes in your neighbour's lawns and call it a deployment.
    28. Spend a year sleeping in holes in your local area and call it world travel.
    29. Attempt to spend 5 years working at McDonalds, and NOT get promoted.
    30. Ensure that any promotions you do get are from stepping on the dead bodies of your co-workers.
    31. Blast heavy metal music on your stereo and conduct Ranger PT, grass drills, and sprints on your front lawn after your neighbours have gone to bed.
    32. When your children are in bed, run into their room with a megaphone and shout at the top of your lungs that your home is under attack, and order them to man their fighting positions. Don't let them eat or sleep again for two days.
    33. Make your family menu a week ahead of time and do so without checking the pantry and refrigerator.
    34. Post a menu on the refrigerator door informing your family that you are having steak for dinner. Then make them wait in line for at least an hour. When they finally get to the kitchen, tell them that you are out of steak, but you have dried ham or hot dogs. Repeat daily until they don't pay attention to the menu any more so they just ask for hot dogs.
    35. When baking a cake, prop up one side of the pan while it is in the oven. Spread icing on real thick to level it off.
    36. In the middle of January, place a gate at the end of your street. Have your family stand watches at the gate, rotating at 4-hour intervals.
    37. Make your family live with you in your hole for 6 weeks. Then tell them that at the end of the 6th week you're going to take them to Disneyland for "block leave." When the end of the 6th week rolls around, inform them that Disneyland has been cancelled due to the fact that they need to get ready for Individual Skill Certification, and that it will be another week before they can go back into the house.
    38. In your hole (refer to #1), with 200 of your not-so-closest friends (see para. 13), get the flu.
    39. Sleep in a thicket of blackberries or rose bushes. Tie a string to your foot that runs to the house. Have your wife yank on the string about 3 hours after you go to sleep. Crawl out of the bushes and go to the house to see what she wants. She should then shine a flashlight in your eyes and mumble "Just making sure you're okay."
    40. Do not sleep from 1:00 a.m. Monday mornings until 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoons. Tie a branch around your neck and chew on sand to stay awake.
    41. When there is a thunderstorm in your area, dig a trench into your hole so that it fills up with water. During the worst part of the storm, get out of your hole and go for a 12 mile walk.
    42. Don't change your socks for a week. After they disintegrate off with pieces of your feet, put on an unbroken pair of new boots and go for a 12 mile walk.
    43. For mechanized infantry or armour types: leave the lawn mower running next to your hole 24 hours a day. When you get an opportunity to sleep in your house, put lube oil in your humidifier and set it on high.
    44. Have the paperboy give you a haircut.
    45. Set up a port-a-potty in the corner of your yard. Once a week, have the service truck back into your yard and pump it out. Make sure the wind carries the smell into your neighbour’s house. Ignore his complaints.
    46. Every other month pull every single possession you own out of your house and line everything up on your lawn from smallest to largest, front to back. Count everything and write it down to file with your insurance company. Give your wife the list to throw away.
    47. Lock wire the lug nuts on your car.
    48. Buy a wheelie bin, but don't use it. Store the rubbish in your hole.
    49. Get up every night around midnight and stroll around your yard to "check the perimeter."
    50. Run the garden hose to your hole and turn it on. Set your alarm clock to go off at random during the night. Jump up and get dressed as fast as you can. Run out into the backyard and get in your hole.
    51. Once a month, take apart every major appliance in your home and put them back together again.
    52. Build a scale model of your yard. Make your children draw sketches of it including little arrows indicating what they are going to do when they go out to play. Post these sketches on a bulletin board for reference.
    53. Remove the insulation and widen the frames of your front and back doors so that no matter how tight you shut the door, the weather will still get inside.
    54. Every so often, throw the cat in front of your hole and shout "Enemy in the wire! Fire Claymores!" Then run into the house cut off the circuit breaker. Yell at the wife and kids for violating security and not maintaining good noise and light discipline.
    55. Put on the headphones from your stereo set, but don't plug them in. Hang a paper cup around your neck with string. Go sit in your car. Say to no one in particular "Lost-One, this is Lost-Three, are you lost too, over?" Sit there for three or four hours with the engine running. Say again to no one in particular "Negative contact, Lost-Three out." Roll up your headphones and paper cup and place them in a box.
  12. A plastic "racing spoon" in your sleeve pocket so that you are first into any centralised hot food, a foam and scotchbrite kitchen scrubber for cleaning, and a head net or three square feet of micro-mesh in the summer to keep midges and similar away from your face.

    Everything else weighs.
  13. The_Duke

    The_Duke LE Moderator

    Are you planning on keeping your mess tin in your sleeve pocket as well, or are you expecting Joe to eat straight from the norgie?
  14. Serious Tips:

    RFK - Put a Precision screw driver and some cotton buds in, you can clean your rifle to an immaculate standard without however the above plus a few other bits and bobs just makes it easier and quicker on certain parts of it.

    Always take 2 Water Bottles into the field

    Make sure loose straps are taped up

    Take spare boot laces and a housewife kit

    Waterproof -everything-

    A small daysack that fits under the lid of your bergen packed with warm/wet kit will make your life easier

    If you don't know how to pack your Bergen properly ask your Sect Commander or a PTI to show you

    Waterproof notepad, buy three pencils, snap them in half sharpen both ends up, secure together with an elastic band, take rubber and pencil sharpner, bang all the above into a small waterproof sealable bag of some description (the green bags Blank ammunition comes in are ideal), put into smock pocket and make sure it's always there when not in use.

    Take a watch

    Take footpowder and plenty of spare socks, ensure you always have atleast 1 pair of socks waterproofed in daysack (or webbing if you have a billion utility pouches).

    Seal Skins waterproof gloves are ideal for contact gloves in cold/wet weather, the issued leather are fine when you're going firm for any period of time (ie stag) but I find patroling/fighting in them a b!tch due to the lack of dexterity so usually keep them in my daysack with my warm kit

    Mentioning warm kit, always remove warm layers before moving off from your Harbour/FUP/FOB/whatever, when you're on the move smock, t-shirt and base layer (helly hansen etc) are more than enough.

    Don't be the guy that puts Recce Tape across the front of his helmet and writes his name on it, it's gay.

    Do be the guy that puts Recce Tape across the front of your water bottle and write your name on it, it's smart.

    Bored of typing now, pack lube and laminated porn, take Haribo Tangfastic and don't be jack.
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  15. Fcuking hell, mate, thought your service was with the Sappers, not the Waffen SS!