Summertime and heat injury.
Sucky in peacetime.
Worse during conflict.
Learn to manage it.
That Mountain Dew doesnt help any…
Reblogged this on The Lynler Report.
Good info and thanks for the recipe!
A good preventative for yourself and the troops is to begin hydrating when you wake, and continue to drink water in frequent, small sips, all day and into the evening. The Israelis do this, and have dramatically reduced their hot weather injuries thereby. Yes, Haxo. The. Jews. Did. It. Again. Of course, the US troops have also been doing this for years, as the Sandbox has indicated. Me and mine did it, circa 1971-1986, and no hot weather injuries were sustained. Oy! Came down with heat cramps, in the ‘Nam, 1970, and part of that was the result of being forced to take salt tablets. I guess forcing you to take something that makes you vomit almost uncontrollably doesn’t work out preventing what you were trying to prevent in the first place, not only proves it doesn’t work, and is contra indicated, but shows you’re really in the Army now. They only stopped salting the Lister Bags in the Army, at training posts, around 1983 or so, because some wag figured out that trainees weren’t drinking enough water to prevent heat injuries, because IT TASTED SO FUCKING BAD. Something I had complained about since 1969. I understand they’re fooling around with that women in combat thing again, so it should be fun to watch. If they skip the training, and just toss them a rifle and ammo, and tell them to hit it, the results will be about the same, and produce a savings of training funds, too.
When we were working on the flight line at Fort Hood, Texas in July and August; we were required to have a one gallon thermos jug with us and expected to consume it all in four hours or less. There were acres and acres of concrete, large enough that we had three wheeled bicycles with baskets on them to pedal out to the helicopters with our tool boxes and water jugs.
We had one pilot in our company, attack helicopters, who had heat exhaustion severe enough to fall down and begin speaking nonsense. He was medivaced out of the field via one of our Blackhawks. That just about finished him medically.
A Camelbak makes sipping much easier. Just clean it every once in a while.
Salt tablets will make you barf if you just toss them back. I made guys chew on the little salt packets from the mess hall. One way to check is to look for salt rings on uniforms: Armpits and tops of boots. Never had a heat casualty in combat in 100+ deg wearing body armor.
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