USAF Survival School
TSgt James J. Thede
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DIVE MED TECH
MISSION, PURPOSE, AND PHILOSOPHY
Combat Survival Training is established to provide aircrews and
other designated personnel procedures and techniques in the use of equipment and
336 TRAINING GROUP MISSION
Aircrew survivability anywhere through SERER training.
336 TRAINING GROUP VISION
The worlds best SERER trainingGlobal survivability for Americas warriors.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Look at a typical class schedule for Survival School.
1. STUDENT & SURVIVAL SERVICES:
L. BX Annex
SURVIVAL DINING HALL:
The Survival School Dining Hall (Bldg 1258) is available to all personnel. The following is their serving schedule:
BREAKFAST LUNCH DINNER
0530-0730 1100-1300 1630-1830
It is not necessary to wear a uniform to the dining hall, but you are to dress sensibly in civilian clothing.
FOR ALL TDY AND TDY ENROUTE PCS PERSONNEL:
You are to pay the per diem or TDY rates at the dining hall for the days you are on station. You are not on per diem while undergoing field training. Officers and enlisted should receive $9.00 per day for meals, reimbursement is made upon processing of travel voucher. It is not necessary to retain receipts from the dining facility as this is a fixed rate applicable to all.
PIPELINE PERSONNEL: (Enlisted personnel enroute to first duty station & identified as pipeline on orders)
You are not eligible for per diem rates, and are NOT to pay for your meals. Advise the cashier of your status and carry a copy of your orders with you for verification of your status.
Billeting office hours, valuable turn-in hours, and check out procedures are posted in individual rooms. (A) The entire facility is a non-smoking area. (B) Students are responsible for paying their bill prior to departure. Bounced checks will cost students an additional $15.00 and their unit commander will be notified. (C) Rooms will not be rearranged. Any damage to the room will be reimbursed by the student prior to departure. (D) Do not use billeting towels for cleaning off camouflage, or for cleaning boots. Students will be charged for towels used for these purposes. Note: TSgt and below may be required to share a room.
Student Admin (MTF) is your liaison for processing all new ticket requests (government and leave), ticket changes, and Port Calls. HOWEVER-you must come to Student Admin by the end of Day 5 of SV80A, with four copies of orders, for new travel requests (both port calls and regular travel). Changes can be made anytime, but it is advised to make them also by the end of Day 5.
To receive mail while you are attending Survival school, use the following address:
Rank & Name
USAF Survival School, SV80A Class (your class #)
1000 W Survival Loop, Suite 165
Fairchild AFB WA 99011-8645
Mail received for students can be picked up at Student Administration (Bldg 1252, Suite 165). Student Admin. will forward personal mail received after graduation to your next duty station. Books of stamps are sold in the BX Annex.. An outgoing mail slot is located adjacent to room 150, larger packages can be dropped off at Student Admin. For information on mailing large packages or using Fedex or UPS, see Student Admin. No mail deliveries or pickups are done on Saturdays, Sundays or holidays.
Advice on regular pay, travel, per diem and billeting pay services is available at Student Administration.
For those personnel NOT on direct deposit for their military paycheck, bring pay records to Student Admin on Monday (Day 1). Special arrangements must be made to obtain cash payments as check services are not available.
--TRAVEL, PER DIEM, & BILLETING PAY:
To collect advance payments for travel, per diem, and local billeting fees, report to Student Admin on Monday (Day 1 of training). Bring four copies of your orders (including amendments) to process these types of payments. NOTE: If your orders indicate that an advance is not authorized or that you have been issued an American Express card, we cant file for advance payments.
Located in Bldg 1257. Hours: 1000-2200 Sun-Fri (kitchen 1100-1300 and 1630-2100)
Located in Bldg 1252, room 151 . Hours are as posted on the barber shop door.
Available in the Survival Billeting Lobby.
Call ext. 7-2264 for current main base chapel programs. Services are conducted in the Survival Billeting conference room at 1800 on Sundays.
Government transportation is available as scheduled or on a resources available basis to Spokane IAP for arrival and departure of TDY personnel only. Government transportation to the Main Base is accomplished according to the attached shuttle bus schedule. Bus schedule may vary due to travel time, host-base exercises, emergencies, etc.
Located in Bldg 1306. Operating hours are posted on the door. Current hours of operation are 0600 - 1800 Monday through Friday. After duty hours, key to gym is available at billeting desk. Available activities include: Racquetball, basketball, volleyball, steam room, and a complete weight program. Contact gym personnel for particulars.
Located in Bldg 1252. Hours are Monday through Friday 1130 - 1430 and 1530 - 1900. Sunday 1600 - 1900. Closed Saturdays, and holidays. You can cash government paychecks and personal checks, subject to availability of cash. You may cash personal checks up to $150 if they are preprinted with your name and address. If they are not preprinted, the limit is $50. Money Orders are sold at the ANNEX. You may also turn in laundry and dry cleaning at the Annex.
Located in Bldg 1256. The STRL supports the mission and provides library support for all USAF Survival Training Courses. STRL operating hours are Monday through Friday, 0730 - 1615, which is subject to change. Also available for student use is the Fairchild AFB Library, for hours call 247-5556.
Washers and dryers (no charge) are located on the first floor. See billeting/lodging desk for directions. NOTE: Individuals should remain with personal belongings. Billeting office/USAF Survival School is not responsible for clothes left unattended.
O. TELEPHONE NUMBERS: (Call to verify hours and services)
*NOTE: Average taxi price from main base to Survival complex is $12.00. Some companies do not charge for additional passengers. Ask prior to making taxi arrangements on cost and passenger charges.
RIGID SAFETY STANDARDS ARE MAINTAINED BY SCHOOL PERSONNEL DURING ALL TRAINING ACTIVITIES. PREVENTION OF INJURIES AT OTHER TIMES DEPENDS ENTIRELY ON THE COMMON SENSE AND GOOD JUDGMENT OF STUDENTS. SOME SPECIFIC SAFETY POLICIES INCLUDE:
All military personnel are required to use motor vehicle seat belts while on or off-base and on or off-duty. In addition, all military personnel operating or riding motorcycles will wear helmets, whether on or off-duty and on or off-base. In Washington State all occupants of a motor vehicle must wear safety belts. If you are stopped for any violation by the Washington State Patrol or local police, all occupants of the motor vehicle are subject to a fine if they are not wearing a seat belt.
You will not wear rings, earrings, necklaces, or any type of jewelry on any part of your body during field training or resistance training labs. It is recommended you wear your military issued glasses in the field and RTL, not your personal ones. The Survival School will not be held responsible for the loss or damage of your eyewear.
You should rely as much as possible on the shuttle bus for transportation to the main base. The road to Fairchild is narrow and has several sharp curves on which chances for accidents are great. Rambo and Thorpe roads will be blocked during Real World or Exercise conditions for convoy movement. No one, except security police personnel may open the barricaded roads.
Please use the sidewalks. Do not walk on the grassy or rock covered areas. Where sidewalks are not available, all walking and jogging should be done along the left side of the roadway, facing traffic, in single file. Avoid walking/jogging two or more abreast on the roadways. This impedes the flow of traffic and increases the likelihood of an accident. The use of portable, earphones, or other similar devices is prohibited while walking/jogging along the traffic environment.
ANYONE PLANNING TO DRIVE SHOULD NOT DRINK!!!
The road from this station to Highway 2 has a posted speed limit of 15 to 45 MPH. The speed limit is enforced and reflects the treacherous nature of the road. You should drive with special care on this road. (On Highway 2, 40 MPH speed limit in the town of Airway Heights is rigidly enforced.)
If you are unaccustomed to driving on ice and snow, the best course of action is to leave your car at billeting. The roads in this area are routinely covered with "black ice." This is ice which you cannot see on the road and is extremely dangerous for you and your vehicle. When you must drive, expect the worst and keep your vehicle under control at all times. Many experienced winter drivers have come to grief on roads in the vicinity of the Survival School. Slow to a crawl for turns and brake gradually. Get the "feel" of the road and adjust your speed accordingly.
Students are encouraged to report hazardous conditions or procedures through the use of student critiques or the USAF Hazard Reporting System. Identify problem areas to your instructor or instructors supervisor.
Due to the limited amount of parking slots around training facilities, students are asked to leave their POVs at billeting.
Please use the sidewalks. Do not walk on the grassy areas.
STUDENT SICK CALL:
Monday through Friday, 0700-0900 & 1130-1300 in Bldg 1334. The Survival Flight Surgeons office is also located in this building.
The following categories of students in Course SV80A must report to the Group Medical Division for interview/examination during sick call on Monday (Day 1):
1. Personnel with medical waivers (except vision, hearing, body fat and height).
2. Students taking prescription medication (except females on birth control pills).
3. Students without medical records. (See note below.)
4. Students with a history of any type of orthopedic problem.
5. Students who have had a recent illness.
6. Students with allergies (i.e. bee stings, insect bites, medications, etc.).
Note: Medical records need to be mailed by Federal Express to:
2505 S Denver St., Ste 112
Fairchild AFB, WA 99011
--DURING DUTY HOURS: If you require emergency care during duty hours contact the medical flight at 7-5414.
--AFTER DUTY HOURS: If you require emergency care after duty hours contact the Acute Care Clinic, 92nd Medical Group at 7-5661 for guidance. Hours of operation are Monday-Thursday 0700-2200, Friday 0700-1930, and weekends & holidays 0900-1930.
--FOLLOW-UP: All students who are seen in the emergency room must report to the Medical Flight, with all paperwork, the following duty day at 0700 hours.
KEEP STUDENT ADMIN INFORMED
During field training and resistance training, medical care is provided by Independent Duty Medical Technicians (IDMTs) on a 24-hour basis. Call your instructor to request medical treatment.
The Survival School flight Surgeon must prescribe or approve all prescription medication taken to the field, except birth control pills. This includes medications prescribed by another physician. You may not take non-prescription drugs, including Aspirin, to the field. You are not authorized to take any medication into the resistance training lab.
The stressful nature of resistance training may cause students some psychological problems. Any student with previous bad experiences dealing with sexual abuse, rape, or other forms of exploitation may want to consider the school Psychologist or his staff prior to Resistance Training for counseling.
If you suspect, for any reason, you are prone to injury, you are responsible for taking preventive action based upon your personal knowledge of your physical condition and your past experience. For example, if you have a history of a previous injury, such as sprained ankle or dislocated shoulder, you are responsible for bringing this to the attention of the Flight Surgeon.
It is strongly suspected most serious student injuries are the result of attempting routine tasks while fatigued. Avoid overextending yourself, particularly in the pursuit of off-duty recreation. Even routine tasks become complicated under the influence of fatigue and have caused accidents.
Depending upon the individual, stress brought about by the course may disrupt your menstrual cycle. You are expected to carry your own sanitary supplies during the field and resistance training phases. Sanitary supplies are not used to smuggle contraband (i.e., food, medications, weapons, etc...) and will be searched during the RTL phase.
While in the field portion of training, we suggest female students carry the following items to the woods: (Items are optional)
Moist towelettes -(like Washn Dry)
Plastic zip-lock bags (2) for sanitation.
Birth control pills (no approval necessary).
While in the resistance training laboratory (RTL) you are not authorized to bring in medication of any type. Give your birth control pills to the medics before going into the RTL and they will see you get them during training. You are required to wear all undergarments (i.e. bra and underwear).
All students, regardless of rank, in casual status, that is a non-duty, non-training status must report to Student Administration (Bldg 1252, suite 165) each morning at 0745 (Monday through Friday), except holidays IAW Commanders policy. The only exception to this policy is for students just completing SV80A . The Thursday and Friday immediately following graduation are compensatory days, no reporting in is required. Commanders policy letter is attached, any questions contact SrA Vince ODell at 7-5422.
The Group Commander requires strict adherence to AFI 36-2903 standards. All students will meet those standards or the 336 TRSS/CC will remove them from training. School personnel will conduct periodic checks for adherence to AFI 36-2903 standards and make appropriate recommendations to the commander.
PHYSICAL FITNESS STANDARDS:
Students will comply with Air Force physical and weight standards. School personnel will ensure students enrolled in S-V80-A are within established Air Force weight and ergometry fitness standards (Cat 3). School personnel will evaluate any student whose military image is questionable. Students not meeting standards will be removed through the 336 TRSS, Military Training Flight, and sent back to their respective units.
Smoking or chewing tobacco is not authorized during any phase of training when instruction is actively occurring.
Uniform for all classes is battle dress uniform (BDU) or flight suit.
Students are required to wear standard AFI 36-2903 uniform combinations at all times (i.e. flight jackets and flight cap with flight suits and field/BDU jackets and BDU caps with BDUs). EXCEPTIONS: During Field Training laboratories, actual field training, Resistance Training Laboratory (RTL), or when receiving parachute training students are required to wear the school issued field jacket and their BDU caps; officers will wear subdued pin-on rank on the field jacket epaulets and on their caps; rank is not required during the field evasion exercise or during the RTL. If students are attending classes immediately followed by one of the above four exceptions, they may wear the school issued field jacket and BDU cap to class.
Students will wear long sleeves for all outdoor training. Do not roll-up flight suit sleeves at any time. If BDU sleeves are rolled-up ensure outer material only shows (i.e. "combat rolled"). Students will wear either nonflammable Nomex or leather gloves for helicopter hoist training and the field training signal labs.
Students will wear high top military style combat boots (includes Danners, Chipewas, Redwings, jump boots, or basic combat boots) or noninsulated flying boots for training. The brand, "HI TECH" boots listed at clothing sales as a suitable substitute are not authorized for the field. These boots are not adequate due to the foam liner absorbing water and being difficult to dry. Boots with sewn-in zippers are not authorized (laced-in zippers are acceptable). Jungle boots are authorized 1 May through 30 Sep only.
SUMMER: 1 May through 30 Sep.
-Wear a BDU cap for all outdoor field or laboratory training.
-Wear flight caps with flight suits to academic classes only.
WINTER: 1 Oct through 30 Apr.
-Wear the fatigue/BDU cap for all outdoor field or laboratory training, unless temperature,
weather, or comfort levels require the wear of either the school issued balaclava or a blue or black watch cap (no accouterments are worn on these caps).
-Wear flight caps with flight suits to academic classes only.
-Students must have thermal insulated underwear and wool socks. The school will also
issue a field jacket with a liner. Wear these items when temperatures, weather, or comfort
COURSE S-V83-A, SPECIAL SURVIVAL TRAINING:
Report at 0700, Monday, to Bldg 1255. Pick up reporting instructions at Billeting desk.
COURSE S-V90-A, WATER SURVIVAL, NONPARACHUTING:
In-processing begins at 0730 in Bldg 2249C, Main Base Swimming Pool, on Mondays and Thursdays. Bus transportation is provided from Bldg 1252, Survival Billeting, to Water Survival Training area departing at 0700. Pick up reporting instructions at Billeting desk
PHYSIOLOGICAL TRAINING (ALTITUDE CHAMBER):
A bus is scheduled to pick up students in front of billeting, Bldg 1252, at 0700 Monday -Wednesday. Take your Medical records including AF Form 1042 with you. Pick up reporting instructions at Billeting desk.
READING ASSIGNMENTS: During class on Monday students will receive AFP 64-5. The reading assignments will provide a common background of knowledge for the following day of classes. Return the AFP 64-5 on Friday at testing. Read chapters in the following order:
Monday, Chps. 4, 6, 7, & 8.
Tuesday, Chps. 1, 2, & 3.
Evasion planning resource "Bluebooks" are handed out to each element. Its your responsibility to use this resource to complete your EPA workbook NLT 0700 Friday. This will allow your field training instructor to review and clarify any questions prior to the EPA lab.
RECOMMENDED READING LIST: (FOR LIBRARY USE)
The chain of command in the field is: Student, Student Element Leader, Instructor, 22 TRS Element, NCOIC, and Section Superintendent. Disagreements should be passed up the chain of command.
The student element leader is in charge of the element and is responsible for their conduct. The instructor has ultimate responsibility for the actions and safety of the element.
Regardless of the difference in rank, a student/instructor relationship exists. Your instructor is in charge of all training activities, and safety of the students. Maintain military courtesy. Your instructor will render a hand salute to the element leader at the start and end of the days activities, except during certain role play training situations.
You may take only items required by AFCAT 36-2223, issued by survival supply, or specifically authorized by your instructor, to the field. Students arriving without the mandatory items listed in AFCAT 36-2223 may be required to procure those items locally. All other items, including food or drink discarded by campers or obtained from any source other than the school are unauthorized.
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ARE PROHIBITED!
AFCAT 36-2223 items are as follows:
Battle dress uniform (BDU), long sleeve or flight suits (2 pair). Wear one, carry one. No orange colored items unless issued.
Combat boots (no winter insulated boots or zippers). Jungle boots are authorized from 1 May - 30 Sep only.
Flashlight, 2 cell (batteries must be purchased by the student).
Leather gloves (inserts required 1 Oct - 30 Apr).
Wool or cushion sole socks (5 pairs).
BDU cap or camouflage baseball cap. No organizational caps will be worn.
Thermal underwear (1 Oct - 30 Apr)
Stocking cap (Dark blue or black 1 Oct - 30 Apr).
The following items are optional/suggested:
Personal survival kit (contents approved by instructor).
Basic first aid kit (contents approved by instructor). Items not authorized in the field include aspirin, vitamins, tums, rolaids, anti-biotic creams, and any other medicine unless specifically authorized by the Flight Surgeon.
Small sewing kit.
Small fishing kit.
Nomex flight gloves.
Chapstick or Vaseline.
Toothbrush and paste.
Aluminum foil (for the group).
Personal knife (no double edge).
Zip lock bags.
Tobacco, 4 pkgs. Cigarettes or 10 cigars or 2 pkgs. pipe tobacco, 1 pkg. of chewing tobacco.
Boot waterproofing material.
Camera (only if it does not interfere with training). Due to the nature of Combat Survival Training there is a high probability of damage. Do not bring expensive equipment. (Recommend disposable type of camera.)
Shaving kit (shaving in the field is optional).
Extra flashlight bulb.
Cotton socks are extremely helpful as liners when using bunny boots.
Dickey or scarf (dark blue, black, or gray, 1 Oct - 30 Apr).
Extra inserts for leather gloves (1 Oct - 30 Apr).
Goggles or protective eyewear.
If you are caught with unauthorized food, we will take it along with all your issued rations plus 1/2 of the remaining element members rations. Your instructor will make a written report of the incident. This is a breach of school policy and may warrant removal from training and return to home unit.
You may not take to the field; electrical razors, musical instruments, firearms, playing cards, radios, air mattresses, stereos, literature (other than religious or survival), civilian clothing, or maps other than those issued, or any other item not authorized by instructor.
Instructors, 22 TRS element NCOICs, and training supervisors are authorized to search for and seize unauthorized items. Student leader/SRO should be present during search.
All buildings, vehicles, civilian camps, instructor camps and other element camps are off-limits.
You will maintain all field clothing in accordance with AFI 36-2903 and AFCAT 36-2223 (exceptions as noted on page 7).
Each student will police their campsite area. The element will not leave an area until the instructor approves its cleanliness.
Washing or bathing in or near streams, ponds, or springs is prohibited.
You will not cut trees or boughs without specific prior approval from the instructor.
Mandatory federal and state fire regulations:
1. Do not light a fire until the instructor has approved the area.
2. Do not leave a fire unattended at any time.
3. Do not smoke until the instructor has approved a smoking area.
4. Do not leave the smoking area until all cigarettes, cigars and pipes are
extinguished to the instructors satisfaction.
g. Do not leave the training area without approval of the section superintendent.
h. If you are pulled from training and returned to base, it is your responsibility to ensure all issued equipment is returned to Survival Supply. No equipment (packs, etc.) will be left with student administration. You are responsible for all replacement costs for lost/unaccounted for equipment.
FIELD PRE DEPARTURE AND POST-RETURN DUTIES:
1. Friday evening (Day 5)
Turn in all valuables to billeting no later than 2300. Save enough money
b. Double check and pack all mandatory field equipment and clothing.
2. Saturday morning (Day 6)
If you desire to eat breakfast, the dining hall opens at 0530. On this day,
your instructor departs for the field by 0545. Please allow them to go to
the head of the line.
Turn in room key to Element Leader no later than 0545.
Element leaders turn in elements room keys to billeting no later than 0600. (Element leaders can not delegate this requirement.)
All students form up, in element order with packs, in the parking lot in front of Bldg 1258 (Survival Dining Hall) no later that 0600 for roll call and bus loading.
Buses will depart promptly at 0630. NO FOOD OR DRINKS ARE ALLOWED ON THE BUSES, THE ONLY EXCEPTION IS CANTEENS FILLED WITH WATER. THERE IS A 2 1/2 HOUR BUS WITH NO STOPS (USE LATRINE PRIOR TO DEPARTURE).
Friday morning (Day 12)
For those students who need to see the Flight Surgeon or Student Administration, do so by 0800.
Due the sensitivity of the training you will be exposed to, you will be
required to sign a Non-disclosure Agreement.
Discussing this training outside the classroom, the lab, compromising
information to future students will result in punishment under U.S. Code,
Title 18, Section 798.
DO NOT disclose real world information in the lab.
PREPARATION FOR THE POST ACADEMIC RT LAB:
a. CLOTHING: Special clothing requirements will be briefed.
(a). Battle dress uniform, or flying suit
(b). BDU, or pile cap.
(c). Combat boots
(d). Issued Gloves
(e). Field jacket
(2). REQUIRED DURING COLD WEATHER MONTHS:
(a). Field Jacket Liner
(b). Overshoes or vapor barrier boots
(c). Underwear, thermal
(d). Wool socks
(f). Watch cap
(h). Field Jacket Hood
b. PERSONAL ITEM RESTRICTIONS:
(1). DO NOT BRING VALUABLES (ID Card, Watch, Ring, Keys, Money,
(2). Turn in room key and valuables to Billeting Office prior to 0800 on
(3). The following items are prohibited and may result in withdrawal from
(a).Explosives, pyrotechnic devices such as gun powder, cartridges,
lighters, matches, flints and flares.
(b). Sharp objects, needles, pins, pens, pencils, wire, razor blades,
watches, any sharp tool, metal or glass fragment, knives, files and
metal rank insignia.
(c). Weapons or potential weapons of any type.
(d). Alcohol, drugs, or medicines of any type (including birth control
pills, rolaids, cough drops, turns, etc.). Do not consume alcohol
with in 8 hours prior to entry into RT Training (LAB).
c. MEDICAL PROBLEMS: If anyone has a medical problem, i.e., past injuries, field aggravated injuries, or prescription, etc., you must report to the flight surgeons office at lunch time on (Day 12) and identify the problem to them. Even if you have seen the Medical Flight about your problem, you must re-establish it again for the Resistance Training portion of the program. PROTECT YOURSELF! If you have any doubts about medical problems or any other personal problems, see the flight surgeon.
The Medical Flight must verify all medical matters prior to the RTL Pre-
You should not wear glasses in the Lab unless you can not function
without them. If worn, you must use a safety strap and we highly
recommend you wear military issue glasses. Contact lenses are
unauthorized during operational training, unless approved by the flight
surgeon. If approved, contact lenses will be extended wear type only.
If students wear contact lenses, ensure you have a small case to put them
in if they are removed. The Survival School is not to be held responsible
for the loss or damage of your eye wear.
3. You should not take small partial dentures to the Resistance Training Lab.
RESISTING TRAINING DEBRIEF:
Group SROs and student element leaders must ensure all students are awakened to attend. Specific class start time will be announced at completion of laboratory training.
You should receive the following documents at graduation:
Diploma, ensure your name and SSAN correct.
Course S-V80-A Class Alphabetical Roster. You must file the Alpha Roster with your final travel voucher at your home station. This document is your Per Diem statement and statement of nonavailability of military aircraft departing from Fairchild AFB, WA.
Medical Records (if you brought them).
Thursday after graduation is your scheduled day of departure, unless you have other training at Fairchild. You may depart on Wednesday, after 1815, if airline travel is available.