Foremost among the many problems that can compromise your survival
ability are medical problems resulting from unplanned events, such as a
forced landing or crash, extreme climates, ground combat, evasion, and
illnesses contracted in captivity.
Many evaders and survivors have reported difficulty in treating injuries
and illness due to the lack of training and medical supplies. For some, this
led to capture or surrender.
Survivors have related feelings of apathy and helplessness because they
could not treat themselves in this environment. The ability to treat
yourself increases your morale and aids in your survival and eventual return
to friendly forces.
One man with a fair amount of basic medical knowledge can make a
difference in the lives of many. Without qualified medical personnel
available, it is you who must know what to do to stay alive.