Making Up a Military-Style Overnight Training Bag

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You may be a civilian but making up an overnight bag for camping trips away can make the difference between a fun-filled excursion or a nightmare situation. Readying yourself with some military-style gear will kick your preparation off with a bang. See below some easy and effective military-style overnight gear.

LED Night Light

These can be used for so many different things on an outdoors trip it’s incredible. You can use them for seeing in the dark, hanging up in your tent (in no way should you use a flame for this!) and for checking out your map as the light gets dimmer. LED light bars are an incredible handy – and easily packable – alternative than having to use the torch on your phone. If you’re looking to buy these handy bars, you can find out some more information about the top rated LED lightbars here.

Swiss Army Knife

Swiss Army KnifeThis is the ultimate in outdoor kit, the trusty Swiss Army Knife. Actually, used to this day by the Swiss army and other people in the military, this fantastic tool has been used by outdoor enthusiasts everywhere for decades. Available for a decent price, you get a whole array of different pieces on this little pocket gadget: from knife, to bottle opener to tweezers. It’s all you’ll need for a life in the wilderness.

Roll Mat

Roll MatGet one of these and treat it like your best friend, because when you’re trying to get your head down for a few hours of sleep, this is what will come between you and the grass beneath your back. Cheap and cheerful, these can usually be bought from any megastore for a really good price, but will be used so much that you will consider it priceless by the end of the trip. A big win on a little budget.

Flask or Thermos

Personal FlaskUnderrated in many circles, a decent flask or thermos will keep your warm food/drink warm and your cold stuff cold. If you’re going on a trek or hike, this will be the only thing to keep you fresh for hours at a time, so you’ll want something that holds a decent amount of liquid, is light but also does the job of keeping things hot or cold. This is something worth doing your research on. There’s plenty of companies who claim to be able to make the best thermos, but you’ll often pay too much for something that you can find cheaper elsewhere. Keep your eyes peeled.

Compass and Map

Compass And MapHow is this not obvious? The most basic of items but the two things that will keep you from getting lost. Invest in a couple of these things and you’ll be good as gold. Learning how to use a map is also paramount, but it’s not hard if you pay attention. So, pay attention!

So, are you feeling ready yet for an outdoor excursion? Well, these are the main things you can get anywhere, but don’t forget a tent, waterproofs and an overwhelming sense of adventure. That’s the most important thing!

Keeping Your Family Safe While You’re Gone

Whether you have already been deployed or know you will soon be headed off far away from your loved ones, you likely feel a heightened sense of responsibility to them. After all, they have likely become accustomed to your presence, and there are certain areas where they’ll be left to fend for themselves. There are some things you can set in place now to prevent problems from happening later so you can more easily defend the country with your valiant efforts.

Protection From Wildlife

country-homeEspecially if your home is located in a country setting, it’s important to be prepared in the event someone you care for encounters wildlife. Animals such as bears, wolves, mountain lions, and more are on the prowl, and they have the power and ability to inflict serious harm or even death on even the strongest of humans. One of the best tools you can have at hand is bear spray. It only takes one squirt to incapacitate the animal long enough to seek shelter. At http://www.bushcraftpro.com/best-bear-spray-reviews/, you can check out a variety of products as well as read reviews to help you determine which will be best for your personal needs.

Keeping Intruders Out

According to SGI Canada, a break-in occurs once every 90 seconds in Canada, and in excess of 80 percent of these occurrences take place in broad daylight. These statistics can be scary, but there are some safeguards you can put in place to significantly reduce your chances of your family becoming another unfortunate case including:

  • Making an agreement with everyone in the family that blinds and curtains will be closed during the evening hours
  • Locking all doors and windows before leaving the home
  • Making your home appear occupied at all times by using tools such as light timers and the television
  • Making the investment in a monitored alarm system. There are even products on the market that will allow you to receive video footage of your home in the event the alarm is triggered no matter where you are

Protective Network

social mediaCommunication has never been easier to achieve than it is now. Today, we can chat face-to-face with someone on the other side of the world with ease, and social media sites such as Facebook have enormous numbers of users. While you’re away, create a network base that will be used to keep everyone on the same page. When things just don’t seem right, you can quickly be informed. You can even download apps geared toward keeping families and friends in the loop with satellite tracking that keeps tabs on where each member’s phone is at as long as it’s turned on. You can find several of these useful tools available for download here.

Protecting Home and Country

Our country would not enjoy the many freedoms it does if it weren’t for the brave men and women like you who fight to protect it. However, this doesn’t mean those in your household have to suffer with a compromised sense of personal security and safety. By employing these suggestions, you can protect both your home and your country.

Rifle Scope Buyers Guide

Buying a rifle scope should not be just about walking into a store and choosing the first one you see. When you are looking for a new rifle scope, whether it is for target practice or hunting, you should make sure that it is something that you are going to be happy with and not something that you are going to spend a fortune on and only have for one season. You are going to want something that is affordable and that is going to last you a few years or more. In this buyerís guide, there are going to be five quick tips to help you choose a rifle scope.

#1 Find The Right Tool For The Job

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You are going to want a scope for what you are using your gun for. If it is just for target practice, you arenít going to want something that is going to blow your target to pieces. You are going to want something that is going to do the job that is needed, so something that is standard and affordable. If you are using your scope for deer or turkey hunting, then this is when you are going to want to get technical.

#2 Figure Out The Magnification Needed

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The magnification defines the scopeís usefulness. The higher the magnification, the more difficult it is going to be to use from unsupported positions, the lower the magnification, the faster and more accurate the shot is going to be. Scopes lower than 10x are going to be better for offhand shooting and shooting at 500 yards or less. Scopes that are greater than 10x are best suited for rifles that are shot at supported positions.

#3 Selecting An Objective Lens Size

This lens transmits the ambient light in order to focus it into an image. If the objective is larger, the lens is going to transmit more light into your eye which means that you are going to be looking at a brighter and clearer image. This may sound like a walk in the park but really, sometimes it isnít. It may seem like a great choice from a brightness and clarity standpoint, but large objectives have a few problems. If you are working with a large objective lens, you are going to need to have it mounted higher over the barrel and action. This will lead to issues with maintaining a proper cheek weld, this will negatively impact your shooting ability.

#4 Pick Out Your Reticle

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There are many different patterns that go from simple center to complex grid patterns. There are duplex reticles that are the most common and are designed to naturally focus your eye towards the center of the scope. The mildot reticle is based off the duplex reticle pattern but has more powerful enhancements. The BDC reticle is more popular than ever these days. This reticle allows for accurate shooting over different target ranges without making scope elevation adjustments. You can find a lot more on reticles here.

#5 Figure Out Your Price Range

If you now have an idea of what you are looking for, now is the time to find a scope that fits your budget. Premium scopes from Leupold, Nightforce, and Schmidt and Bender can cost upwards of $3000 and more. If that is not in your budget, keep looking, There are scopes that are as cheap as $75 that can offer you some of the same things that the more expensive scopes can.
Hopefully these rifle scope comparisons will help you with finding a rifle scope that will suit your needs. Rifle scopes range in quality and price, so make sure you are paying for what you are going to get.

War Story 4: Victims of War

Most people easily associate war with that of a soldier. How brave soldiers are, how noble it is for them to offer their lives for the service of their country, how touching and heartwarming their stories are, of their loss and their survival.

However, there is more to a war than just the heroes. There are also the villains. Although, one side always claims that the other side is the villain. Simply put, terrorists believe they are the ones wronged, while government and its soldiers believe that wars are provoked by terrorist. No one can ever win this debate, because two opposing parties amidst a war, will fight for what they believe is right, regardless of how far the damage would be.

Of course, there is a third view point to the story. Everyone should start realizing that wars are not just about a match between two powers, it is also about the victims – the innocent children whose houses were destroyed because of a bombing, the mother’s who risk their lives to try and save their young ones, the farmers, the teachers, the people who want nothing to do with war, but are caught up in it anyways, because people of power forgot they mattered, or are so blinded into thinking they are waging war for them, when in fact the war is only hurting and killing them.

A lot of philosophies and opinions on war will surface, and not one will be declared the most rightful reason to start a war, but these things happen, and they are there to stay if people do not back down.

I am one of those victims, and while it was one of my most traumatic experiences, it also helped me help myself. How? Because it made me realize that my life could end anytime, anywhere. Hence, I should not leave room for regrets and I should do whatever it takes to enjoy the life I have.

After surviving a time of crisis that was brought about by war, I relived my life. In my new life, I feel like a new person. I changed my views on life, I changed perspective, heck, I even changed lifestyle and eating habits.

Right now, I may be far from any war, but my fear has never left me ever since. The fear of death makes you want to live life longer, that is why I have changed myself completely. Before, I eat what I can and drink beer and get drunk, abuse myself and my body, thinking that I won’t die anytime soon anyways. But now, I keep a caveman diet shopping list in order to make sure I only buy healthy and organic foods that a Paleo diet suggests. I have changed lifestyle completely, because I have been in the brink of death, and I don’t want that anymore.

While war may happen and people may die even when they live a good life, it is still different because at least, you can say, that while you live, you have given your best to live the good life, and not waste life on things that could only hurt you and make you regret.

War Story 3: The Life of A Soldier’s Daughter

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Being a daughter of a soldier has never been an easy thing to live with. Other teens my age see me as someone to fear, not just because my mother is in the army, but also because they believe that I would fight back because I have the genes of a warrior. They even see me as a privileged person because I receive special treatment from the government since my mom happens to serve the country. Some even go as far as envying me.

Now, I know that what my mother does is her duty to the country, but still, my situation is not something to be envied of. Everyday, I come home to our house, hoping that my mom has come and will tell me she is not going to leave me again. It’s difficult to live with the idea of your mother and the possibility of her never coming back. Yet, I have to.

There was even a time when I got into a hit-and-run accident. Good thing the driver was not really driving that fast. Turns out he was just learning how to drive. But he hit me and I was injured, and we had to hire an injury lawyer so that my hospitalization could be compensated.

All the time I was in that situation, my mother never knew about it. She cried when she finally did, and I was already okay then. I told her there was nothing to worry because our relatives and the lawyer was a very big help.

It is a good thing that I have friends who are in the same situation as I am. All our parents or at least one of them, are out in the battlefield. We live in the same neighborhood and we have the housing programs for soldiers to thank for. This is not a compulsory thing. This is just an option for those soldiers who wish that their family be in a location where access is easier. Also, we never were really financially well before my mother joined the army so this was like a bonus for us. The houses in the program are well constructed. As soldiers risk their lives for the country, they expect the people they leave their families behind to provide utmost safety and security for the love ones they had to leave.

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Image Credit: mass.gov

My friends, who are also daughters and sons of soldiers, are grateful for how we are all treated here in the area. While we all agree that none of us wanted this luxury for all we wished was that we had our parents with us, we are still thankful for the care they provide us.

I don’t mean to be selfish when I said I wished my mother won’t go back to her duties, someday. But it is an honest dream. After all, life is so much relaxed and happier if you have your loved ones nearby. But it really does not mean I hate where I am today. In fact, when I finish school, I plan to train for the army as well. It’s just a matter of serving and giving back what has been given to me and my family. It may be a lonely path to take, but it is a brave and humble path, nonetheless.

 

War Story 2: Losing a Loved One

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By Christana Gammell After my husband was sent to the battlefields of war because of his duty as a soldier, our house has never felt lonelier and emptier. Worse, during his first months of leaving also made it much more complicated for me to live and handle all daily responsibilities. Now, I not only have to be a mother, I also have to be a father. Indeed, it was not an easy feat, and it was the reason that I kept asking my husband to leave the army and allow our family to live a normal life. However, some men are just destined to become soldiers, and my husband is one of those few, brave men.

As if it was not difficult enough to deal with the sorrow of seeing my husband leave for his duty, the news of losing him in war was beyond imaginable pain and agony. I already felt alone when he went to fight, imagine the loneliness I felt after hearing the news that he died in his service. Sadness could only overpower you so much. At those moments in my life, I was so scared and petrified that I had an emotional breakdown. Good thing there were organizations that showed support for families like ours; for families who had to suffer the inevitable loss of a loved one because of service for the country.

Years has passed since that tragedy and now I have come to live in a more relaxed pace. I became stronger in the thought of my children, and how my husband asked me to take good care of them for his sake. I continue to be the best mother that I could be for my children. I show them all undivided love and attention, to compensate for their loss of a father.

While I could manage to do all tasks that mothers naturally do, I also do some tasks that normally done by fathers. I did not want my children to feel sad about that fact always so I make it a point to do manlier things without complaint.

My family and I continue to live our lives, for my husband’s sake. What keeps us going on is the fact that we may not have him with us anymore, but at least we could all be proud that he died a hero.

War Story 1: The Man that was once a Soldier

 

What yoImage Credit: terrific-top10.comu see in movies and read in books about soldiers losing their psychological stability after being exposed to war, are true experiences of most soldiers. The mental stress that war brings upon soldiers is overbearing that after years in battle, they may have survived, but their mental state has long been gone.

This is the reason why some families find it hard to cope up when a member of the family who has been to war is been relieved off his duty to the country. While there is tremendous happiness because, finally, their love one will be coming home, there is also a moment of sadness, especially when they see their loved ones suffer so much from the trauma. At times, it would seem that the person that came back is no longer the same person that left.

I however, escaped the battlefields with my mental state intact. The downside – I went home to my family, missing an arm.

My arm had to be amputated after it got severely hit by a bomb. The doctor assigned to our platoon was left with no choice. It was either to amputate me or leave me to die.

Now, even though I have come home to my family, I cannot even do anything for them. I can’t play with my daughter, nor can I help with the house chores.

Some chores require the strength of a man, and as I sat there and see my wife do all the work, I feel so much pain for not being able to do anything. Whenever I try to help even through the littlest possible way, she would either tell me she can handle it or she would tell me that she would just hire a service company of sort to do the job. Now, not only is she doing all the work, she also has to spend money for things that do not need paying for if only I was still whole and able to do the work.

At first it was difficult for me to accept the situation. I’m not a man without my capability to work for my family and even help them in simple tasks. But my wife told me she is more than happy that I am back, because it does not matter if I am missing an arm, as long as I am back at home, alive. She is just happy that the man he loves is back for her to care for and thank for the wonderful life my bravery has given her and our children. She also said that being a soldier is enough work for any man. Risking your life for the good of people you do not even know, is one of the bravest thing anyone could do.