Free Manuals: Military Manuals & Books About Knot-Tying

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Here are some free downloads of various books on knots and military manuals that you may find useful. You may want to consider downloading them to an older laptop and sticking it in a Faraday Bag. This will let you keep them handy, even in a worst-case scenario, without the expense of printing them.


Essential Fishing Knots

Pioneering Knots and Lashings


Knots, Splices, Attachments and Ladders

Knots, Splices and Rope Work


Free military manuals

Arctic SubArctic SurvivalB-GL-323-003-FP-001

Basic Food Preparation

Canadian Military Field Craft

Marine Land Navigation

Mountain Operations FM3976

Pressure Points Military Hand to Hand Combat Guide

TC 31 – Special Forces Caching Techniques 

Terrain Analysis

Topographic Operations

US Army fm31 70 Basic Cold Weather Manual

US Army Combatives hand to hand combat FM-325-150

US Army Field Manual FM 3-19.15, Civil Disturbance Operations 

US Army Map Reading and Land Navigation

Army stp21-1 Soldiers Manual of Common Tasks Warrior Skills Level 1

US Army stp21-24 Soldiers Manual of Common Tasks Warrior Skills Level-2-3-and-4

US Marine Corps Hand to Hand Combat

US Marine Corp Pistol Markmanship


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Ryan Weldon PTSD Awareness and Camp Hope

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I first heard about Ryan Weldon because of the radio station that I listen to in the Houston area. 94.5 TheBuzz brought up the story of when Weldon was doing the 5000 mile walk across the United States for PTSD awareness.

Ryan is an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran, who served in the Marine Corps from 1999 -2003. He started in February of 2015, walking from the east coast of Delaware across the United States on the Great American Discovery Trail to the coast of San Francisco, CA. Along the way he stayed at homes of other veterans or slept in a tent. This little walk took over 400 days.

He was able to get a huge amount of press for PTSD awareness:

He also was able to raise over ten thousand dollars personally on a GoFundMe page.

What is PTSD?

PTSD definition from the PTSD Foundation of America:

PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of a life-threatening events such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or physical or sexual assault in adult or childhood. Most survivors of trauma return to normal given a little time. However, some people will have stress reactions that do not go away on their own, or may even get worse over time. These individuals may develop PTSD. People who suffer from PTSD often relive the experience through nightmares and flashbacks, have difficulty sleeping, and feel detached or estranged, and these symptoms can be severe enough and last long enough to significantly impair the person’s daily life.

Some staggering PTSD statistics:

  • One in three returning troops are being diagnosed with serious Post-Traumatic Stress symptoms. Less than 40% will seek help.
  • In 2009, a record breaking year for suicides in the service. 245 soldiers killed themselves.
  • On average, FIVE active-duty troops attempt suicide EACH DAY.
  • 11,00 troops have taken their own lives since 2006.
  • For troops suffering from combat trauma, two out of three of their marriages are failing, 200,000 military marriages have been broken, and more than 27,000 in 2009 alone.
  • Veteran homelessness is on the rise with 1/3 of our nations homeless being veterans.
  • In 2008 suicide deaths began to surpass combat related fatalities.
  • In 2008 one in every four were diagnosed with PTSD, and some experts believe this could increase to one in two by 2011 years end.

PTSD symptoms

  • Re-experiencing Symptoms – Flashback to the traumatic event. These memories can come back when they are not expecting them. Reliving the event may cause intense feelings of fear, helplessness, and horror similar to the feelings they had when the event took place.
  • Avoidance and Numbing Symptoms – Individuals may try to avoid situations that trigger memories of the traumatic event. They may avoid other sights, sounds, smells, or people that are reminders of the traumatic event.
  • Arousal Symptoms – They may feel emotionally “numb” and may isolate from others. They may be less interested in activities they once enjoyed.
  • Other conditions to occur with PTSD, are depression, anxiety, or substance abuse.

What is Camp Hope?

Camp Hope

The facility opened in 2012 and is located in a quiet and safe setting in Houston, Texas whereby veterans and their immediate family members can find healing, help, and hope while benefiting from an intensive peer support and mentoring program for Post Traumatic Stress. In addition to temporary housing, Camp Hope offers a 4-6 month PTSD treatment program in which residents: attend group lessons and support sessions with other combat veterans; conduct individual mentoring sessions with certified combat trauma mentors; participate in off-site small group interaction activities (fishing, hiking, local activities and events); and get involved with local churches, businesses and volunteer organizations to assist in their personal healing and educating the community on the invisible wounds of war.

Camp Hope
PTSD Foundation of America
9724 Derrington Rd
Houston, TX 77064

Send donations and mail to Camp Hope’s Mailing Address
P.O. Box 690748
Houston, TX 77269

PTSD Veteran Line: 1-877-717-PTSD (7873)

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Remembering Those We Lost

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REMEMBERING THOSE WE LOST With a never ending cycle of 24 hour news, it can be easy to miss key events. This never-ending inundation of propaganda is further confused by the need for every person, group, and organization to be validated in one way or another. Most often, this is achieved by giving months, weeks, … Continue reading Remembering Those We Lost

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Marines inspecting contents of Jungle Survival Kit

MARSOC (Marine Special Operations Command) SERE (Survive, Evade, Resist, and Escape) school, is the Marines elite Special Operations. This is their current required gear list for their in house SERE school. This list outlines what Marines are using to survive their SERE school and what they most likely carry on their person when going into combat. This list can be used to develop your personal survival kit or Bug Out Bag. 

Required field gear:

(1) Issued survival kit or
possess equivalent kit (A period of instruction will be given

during course and student will
be afforded opportunity to build kit, all students will be required to have

one before field training)

(1) Fire starting device
(Magnesium block/striker, matches or lighter allowed)

(1) Signaling device (Signaling
Mirror or Camouflage paint kit w/mirror)

(1) Bottle water purifying
tablets or chlorine tablets if allergic to iodine (Will be issued)

(1) Wrist compass

(1) Whistle

(1) Fixed blade knife or
Multi-tool (Only 1 knife or 1 multi-tool is allowed not both!)

(3) Water carrying devices (3
quarts of water minimum)

(1) Issued Digital Poncho or
Tarp with liner

(1) Pair gloves (Leather, Nomex
Flight gloves or green cotton/wool or unit issued)

(1) First Aid Kit

(1) Pair eye protection
(Optional or can be issued)

(1) Pen or Pencil

(1) Paper or notebook

(1) Fleece watch cap

(1) Headlamp w/red lenses or
(1) Flashlight w/ red lenses

(1) Canteen cup (Regardless of
type of water carrying device)

(1) LBE/LBV or equivalent

(1) 5 foot length of 550 cord

(1) Ruck Sack or ILBE pack

(1) Package of map pens (1)

(8) Pair socks, (2) t-shirts,
(2) pair underwear

(1) Bottle of foot powder

(1) Camouflage paint kit

(1) Boonie cover

(1) Gore-Tex top

(1) Gore-Tex bottom

(1) Warming layer top-Seasonal

(1) Warming layer
bottom-Seasonal Dependant

(2) Boots (Marine Corps issued
or MARSOC issued, desert colored boots)

(1) Entire modular sleeping
system with storage compression sack and Gore-Tex bivy.

(1) Set of appropriate civilian

(1) E-tool