SERE School sucks, no getting around it, no beating around the bush here. It isn’t fun and isn’t meant to be. That said, SERE is critically important training for any soldier who could find himself (or herself) trapped behind enemy lines, such as pilots and Special Operations personnel. SERE stands for Survival, Escape, Resistance, and Evasion. During the three week block of instruction, you are trained on each of these skills.
The first week of SERE is the survival portion, in which you spend about a week living out in the woods getting classroom instruction and hands on training. For those interested in this type of training, but unable to attend SERE, the curriculum is mostly based off of The SAS Survival Handbook by John “Lofty” Wiseman. This would also be a good book for future SERE students to read and get a leg up on the course. This way, you can have have your questions about the material ahead of time to ask the instructors once you get to SERE.
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