You will never face an environment like that of a battlefield, and when the shit hits the fan you better be mentally prepared to survive any disaster. Whether your group is under heavy enemy fire or just trying to survive in a barren wasteland – lives are at risk. Any survival situation will seriously test your will to live.
Post incident survival situations involving combat will subject you to intense physical, mental and spiritual stress. Those unwilling to fight will not survive. You must be mentally prepared to take a life to protect you and yours. We all hope for the best out of humanity. When you take into account over 3 million crimes were committed during 2012 in the presence of a militarized police force – it might be time to start planning for the worse.
Should your scenario be nothing more than a constant search for civilization through a nuclear wasteland there will still be survivors. You will be up against an invisible threat capable of killing you on a molecular level by breaking up the bonds between your atoms. This post-apocalyptic wasteland won’t be full of boy scouts either.
Prepare your mind for combat
I can not stress this enough – when you do LFX (live fire exercise) – simulate stressful conditions as much as possible. Make every drill count. One of the most common threads throughout ‘tactical‘ training is the absence of stress! If you have a veteran in your group he can explain to you the importance of stress during combat training. Ever had a drill sergeant? While their poetic phrases like… ‘Hey dumbsh#t! Why are you so f#cked – are your parents related!?’ may seem like needless belittling – it has its purpose..
Introducing stress into your exercises trains you to recognize your mind and body’s response by forcing you to overcome it to hit your marks. For this reason mental preparedness should rank high on your to-do list. If you don’t – you will experience; poor judgment, anxiety, negativity, and memory problems at a very bad time.
Simulate stress in combat
In our survival guides we focus on training with small groups while being connected to a larger network, hopefully you’ve linked up with link-minded friends to train with. Make an agreement to ‘talk sh#t’ to one another. Don’t be afraid to push each other. Demand more from each other. If you have the means to do so – introduce smoke grenades, flash-bangs, OC canisters, and barbwire into your LFX. Simulate battle as much as you can while maintaining safe conditions at all times.
If you can’t deal with the suggestions listed above you’re in for a world of hurt. Please note, nothing will truly prepare you for war but this is a good start.