The Army has several basic survival kits, primarily for issue to
aviators. There are kits for cold climates, hot climates, and overwater.
There is also an individual survival kit with a general packet and medical
packet. The cold, hot, and overwater kits are in canvas carrying bags. These
kits are normally stowed in the helicopter's cargo and passenger area.
An aviator's survival vest (SRU-21P), worn by helicopter crews, also
contains survival items.
U.S. Army aviators flying fixed-wing aircraft equipped with ejection
seats use the SRFU-31/P survival vest. The individual survival kits are
stowed in the seat pan. Like all other kits, the rigid seat survival kit (RSSK)
you use depends on the environment.
Items contained in the kits may be ordered separately through supply
channels. All survival kits and vests are Common Table of Allowances 50-900
items and can be ordered by authorized units. Figures A-1
through A-6 describe the various survival kits and their contents.