Round Out Your Training

So, earlier today, I saw a post from someone on Facebook asking if anyone was interested in joining their survival group’s next “training session.” I clicked over to their website, out of curiosity if nothing else. My suspicions were confirmed when I read all about their combat maneuvers and such. All sorts of braggadocio about tactics, combat, and marksmanship.

Interestingly enough, not a word about food preservation, water purification, or even basic wilderness skills.

If you’re going to organize or participate in a survival group, your training must be diversified!

Don’t get me wrong, I agree that security and defense are important aspects of a survival plan. C’mon, I even went so far as to write a damn book on the subject! But the reality is security should only one piece of the overall puzzle. There is so much more involved in long-term survival planning.

For example, let’s say you have a core group of eight people. These people are going to need 2,500+ calories a day in their bellies. They are going to need a gallon or more of clean water to drink every day. They are going to need to know:

How to garden
How to hunt
How to trap
How to fish
How to raise animals
How to preserve their food
How to survive if they get lost during “patrol”
How to keep clean without running water
How to treat injuries and illnesses
How to repair broken equipment and gear

And on, and on, and on…

If you spend all your time playing weekend warrior, you’re missing the much bigger picture.

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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

One thought on “Round Out Your Training”

  1. I still find it exceptionally weird when people who are only into combat, guns, and ammo classify themselves as survivalists. They really couldn’t survive on their own without knowing how to purify water, and yet I’m betting about 99% of them really don’t know how to. Anyway, agree with you here wholeheartedly. Should definitely have a round training (not that combat isn’t important of course – just other things are, too, and more important I think).

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