This manual, SURVIVAL, EVASION, AND RECOVERY: MULTISERVICE PROCEDURES FOR SURVIVAL, EVASION, AND RECOVERY (FM 21-76-1 MCRP 3-02H NWP 3-50.3 AFTTP(I) 3-2.26) JUNE 1999 is available for download here. It is recommended that this be saved and printed as a wide variety of survival topics are covered. Below is the Quick Reference Checklist from the opening pages.


Recommend inclusion of this manual in the aviator’s survival vest.

Decide to Survive!

S – U – R – V – I- V – A – L 

Size up the situation, surroundings, physical condition, equipment.

Use all your senses

Remember where you are.

Vanquish fear and panic.

Improvise and improve.

Value living.

Act like the natives.

Live by your wits.

1. Immediate Actions

a. Assess immediate situation. THINK BEFORE YOU ACT!

b. Take action to protect yourself from nuclear, biological, or chemical hazards (Chapter IX).

c. Seek a concealed site.

d. Assess medical condition; treat as necessary (Chapter V).

e. Sanitize uniform of potentially compromising information.

f. Sanitize area; hide equipment you are leaving.

g. Apply personal camouflage.

h. Move away from concealed site, zigzag pattern recommended.

i. Use terrain to advantage, communication, and concealment.

j. Find a hole-up site.

2. Hole-Up-Site (Chapter I)

a. Reassess situation; treat injuries, then inventory equipment.

b. Review plan of action; establish priorities (ChapterVI).

c. Determine current location.

d. Improve camouflage.

e. Focus thoughts on task(s) at hand.

f. Execute plan of action. Stay flexible!

3. Concealment (Chapter I)

a. Select a place of concealment providing

(1) Adequate concealment, ground and air.

(2) Safe distance from enemy positions and lines of communications (LOC).

(3) Listening and observation points.

(4) Multiple avenues of escape.

(5) Protection from the environment.

(6) Possible communications/signaling opportunities.

b. Staya lert,maintain security.

c. Drink water.

4. Movement (Chapters I and II)

a. Travel slowly and deliberately.

b. DO NOT leave evidence of travel; use noise and light discipline.

c. Stay away from LOC.

d. Stop, look, listen, and smell; take appropriate action(s).

e. Move from one concealed area to another.

f. Use evasion movement techniques (Chapter I).

5. Communications and Signaling (Chapter III)

a. Communicateasdirectedinapplicableplans/orders, particularly when considering transmitting in the blind.

b. Be prepared to use communications and signaling devices on short notice.

c. Use of communications and signaling devices may compromise position.

6. Recovery (Chapter IV)

a. Selectsite(s) IAW criteria in theater recovery plans.

b. Ensure site is free of hazards; secure personal gear.

c. Select best area for communications and signaling devices.

d. Observe site for proximity to enemy activity and LOC.

e. Follow recovery force instructions.

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