V alue living
A ct like the natives
L earn basic skills
S Size up the situation by considering yourself, the
country, and the enemy.
In considering yourself, hope for the best, but be
prepared for the worst. Get to a safe, comfortable place
as quickly as possible. Once there, look things over,
think, and form a plan. Your fear will lessen and your
confidence will increase. Be calm! Take it easy until
you know where you are and where you are going.
Part of your fear may come from being in a strange
country; therefore, try to determine where you are by
landmarks, compass directions, or by recalling
intelligence information passed on to you by your
In considering the enemy, put yourself in the
enemys shoes. What would you do? Watch the enemys
habits and routines. Base your plan on your observation.
Remember, you know where the enemy is; the enemy
does not know where you are.
U Undue haste makes waste.
Dont be too eager to move. That will make you
careless and impatient. If you begin to take unnecessary
risks, you have a good chance of being captured. Dont
lose your temper; doing so may cause you to stop
thinking. When something irritating happens, stop, take
a deep breath, relax, and start over.
Face the fact that danger does exist. To try to
convince yourself otherwise only adds to the danger.
R Remember where you are.
You may give yourself away because youre used to
acting in a certain way. Doing what comes naturally
could be the tip off that you dont belong there.
V Vanquish fear and panic.
To feel fear is normal and necessary. Its natures
way of giving you that extra shot of energy just when
you need it. Learn to recognize fear for what it is and
control it. Look carefully at a situation and determine if
your fear is justified. When you investigate, you will
usually find many of your fears unreal.
When injured and in pain, youll have difficulty
controlling fear. Pain sometimes turns fear into panic
and causes you to act without thinking. Loneliness can
also cause panic. It can lead to hopelessness, thoughts of
suicide, carelessness, even capture or surrender.
Recognizing these signs helps you overcome panic.
You can always do something to improve the
situation. Figure out what you need, take stock of what
you have, and then improvise. Learn to put up with new
and unpleasant conditions. Keeping your mind on
SURVIVAL will help. Dont be afraid to try strange
V Value living.
Conserve your health and strength. Illness or injury
will greatly reduce your chances of survival and escape.
Hunger, cold, and fatigue lower your efficiency and
stamina, make you careless, and increase the possibility
of capture. Knowing that will make you especially
careful because youll realize your low spirits are the
result of your physical condition and not the danger.
Remember your goal of getting out alive. Concentrating
on the futureon the time when you will return
homewill help you value living during your survival
A Act like the natives.
At a railroad station, there were German guards,
one World War II male escapee related. I had an urgent
need to go to the rest room. The only rest room was an
exposed one in front of the station. I felt too
embarrassed to relieve myself in front of all passersby. I
walked throughout the entire town, occasionally
stopping and inquiring if a rest room were available.
This man was detected and captured because he
failed to accept the customs of the natives. When you
are in a foreign country, accept and adopt native
behavior to avoid attracting attention to yourself.
L Learn basic skills.
The best life insurance is to make sure you learn the
techniques and procedures for survival so thoroughly
that they become automatic. That increases the chances
that you will do the right thing, even in panic. What you
know about survival could save your life. Be inquisitive