Part of our value-added professional format series, the Afoot in the Desert, Desert Survival, Deserts of the World Marine Corps Field Manual (FMFRP 0-53) provides information about individual survival in desert theaters of operation.
This manual explains some scientific theories on how plants, animals, and humans adapt to dry climates. It deepens understanding of how individuals may live, travel, and conduct themselves with others they may meet in the deserts.
A survival expert once said, "The Arabs don't know much about survival in the desert." Of course not! They just live there! You can live there too if you get rid of fear, forget the superstitions and popular fallacies you learned from desert adventure romances, and know a few of the facts of life about deserts. Respect the desert but don't be afraid of it.
Don't keep water in your canteen and weaken yourself when you can drink that water and maintain your efficiency. Would you be so foolish as to sap your strength by purposely cutting an artery just so you could practice using a tourniquet? Of course not. Learn the facts about your body needs of water and practice the horse sense those facts will give you. Separate truth from the old wives' tales about the lands of little water. If you do that, you may get to like the desert instead of fearing it.
As a bonus, this reproduction includes FM-1, The Army Field Manual, a capstone manual containing the vision for the Army - sold separately for $5.99. FM 1 establishes the fundamental principles for employing Landpower. The most important of these are the Army's operational concept and the fundamentals that support it. They form the foundation for all Army doctrine. All Soldiers should understand and internalize them. FM 1 describes the American profession of arms, the Army's place in it, and what it means to be a professional Soldier.
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