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Ever wonder what a Navy SEAL has in his survival kit in case he finds himself stranded in enemy territory? | TIME.com

March 4, 2013

The soft case, measuring 3.5 by 2.25 inches, will feature a U.S. flag patch (so much for keeping your nationality secret, although one has to believe it’s removable), be “subdued desert in color” and feature a “hook fastener (i.e. hard side of velcro) sewed to back with a slit in order to store and retrieve contents below yet hold contents down while worn.”

The SEAL’s hard-storage case will contain (quoting directly from the solicitation):


1.    Mini-Multi Tool with:

a.    Stainless Steel

b.    Pliers

c.    Wire cutter

d.    File

e.    Awl

f.     Packaged so as to not rattle in case

2.    Button Compass

a.    Quality AA

b.    14mm

c.    Liquid dampened

d.    Minimum 8 hour luminous

3.    LED Squeeze Light

a.    Red

b.    Continuous or Momentary Switch

4.    Fire Starting Kit

a.    Ferro cerium rod not to exceed 3”L x 8mm W

b.    Tinder tabs (4) packaged in reclosing bag.

5.    Water Storage Device

a.    2L capacity

b.    Able to hold all contents of the kit

c.    Must be sealable and reuseable

d.    Must be odor proof

6.    Water Purification Tablets

a.    40 tablets

b.    Packaged in amber, medical grade borosilicate

7.    Electrolyte Tablets

a.    2 tablets

8.    Signal Mirror

a.    2”x 3”

b.    Non-mirrored side covered with an IR reflective material

c.    Mirror side must be protected to prevent scratches. Protective cover must be able to be removed with one hand.

d.    Must have an aiming hole

9.    Thermal Blanket

a.    21” x 56” x .05mil

b.    Polyester, aluminized

c.    1 side silver, other side orange

d.    Packaged in plastic with easy tear pre-cuts

10.  Kevlar Line

a.    Yellow or green in color

b.    188lb test

c.    15 feet in length

d.    Packaged in plastic with easy tear pre-cuts

11.  Safety Pins

a.    Two #2 (1.5” steel)

b.    Two #00 (.75” brass)

c.    Packaged in plastic with easy tear pre-cuts.

12.  P-38 can opener

a.    Packaged so as to not rattle while in case.

13.  Stainless Steel Wire

a.    2’ of 20ga

14.  Duct Tape

a.    Brown or Green in color

b.    26” x 2”

15.  Fresnel Magnifying Lens

a.    4x power

b.    3.25” x 2”

16.  Waterproof Note Paper

a.    4 sheets

b.    Desert tan color

c.    3.5” x 2”

17.  Ink Pen

a.    Pressurized ink cartridge

b.    Black in color

18.  Broad Spectrum Antibiotic Ointment

a.    1/32oz foil pack

19.  Cotton Pad

a.    100% Cotton

b.    2” x 2.5”

c.    Packaged in plastic with easy tear pre-cuts.

The contents of the soft storage case will include:

1.    Hacksaw Blade

a.    Carbon Steel

b.    24tpi

c.    2.75” L

d.    Hole in one end for a lanyard

e.    Opposite hole end, sharpen down reverse tanto-style end.

2.    Ceramic Razor Blade

a.    1 or 2 sides sharpened

b.    Packaged so as to not accidentally cut anything or dull

3.    Moleskin Adhesive Patch

a.    Heavy duty

b.    1.75” x 2.5”

4.    Kevlar Thread

a.    Green or yellow

b.    100-200lb test

c.    24” in length

d.    Packaged in plastic with easy tear pre-cuts.

5.    Fishing Leader/Downrigger Cable

a.    Multi-strand

b.    Stainless steel

c.    50lb  test

d.    24” in length

6.    Suspended Navigation Magnet

a.    Identifiable north painting feature

b.    Magnet suspended from thread/string

c.    Packaged in plastic with easy tear pre-cuts.

7.    Ferro Cerium Rod

a.    1.75” L x .125”W

8.    Cotton Ball

a.    Impregnated with wax.

b.    Packaged in a reclosing bag.

9.    Bobby Pins

a.    Spring steel

b.    2 small

c.    1 large

d.    Black in color

The final two items are worth singling out, because they highlight the optimism bred into every SEAL (and trump the safety and bobby pins):

10.  Handcuff Shim (Pick)

11.  Universal Handcuff Key

a.    Non-metallic resin material

How to pack survival kits for stranded special-operations forces has been a subject the U.S. military has dealt with for at least the past half-century, according to this Army contracting guidance from back then:

An individual engaged in unconventional warfare and counter-guerrilla operations is frequently exposed to possible capture. In counter-guerrilla operations, indigenous elements with which a US soldier is working may be dispersed, causing complete separation of the soldier from the unit. While in an operational area, he must be continuously prepared to initiate evasive action and conceivably to continue evading for an extended period of time. His possession and proper use of a suitable survival kit may be the critical factor in effecting a successful juncture with friendly personnel. Therefore, there is a requirement for an individual aid and survival kit for issue to personnel participating in special warfare operations.

 
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