Basic Training Unit 49 – Week 3: Nav-Meds
This week was Nav-Meds week for Basic Training. Nav-Meds is the short name for the Navigational/Medical exercises the men have been participating in this week.
Each activity is designed to help promote teamwork, thinking outside the box, and leadership, as well as giving the men a chance to put to use all the skills they’ve learned so far in the classroom.
There are multiple different scenarios, and each squad gets a chance to try each one. At the end of each scenario, one of the men in the squad will be chosen as the “victim”, giving the men a chance to practice some basic medical skills.
The men are issued lunch, given basic instructions, and a team leader is picked for each squad. Then, it’s up to them to figure things out.
Each squad has a different location for their gear, and the site of the scenario. They must use careful map-work to navigate to the right place.
The necessary gear for each exercise is placed around campus, and the men must use navigational skills to locate each piece before they can begin.
Charlie Second carries their logs to the proper location.
Once the logs have been brought over, the men set up a roper system, and prepare to move the logs across a large ravine.
Once the system is set up, it’s time for Charlie Second to begin transporting the logs.
Bravo First is preparing to build a platform using logs, and rope lashing.
The work on getting a frame built for a tarp roof.
Once finished, the men must place all of their gear on the platform, and stand on it, to ensure it is strong enough to support them.
Charlie First carries Recruit Samuel Reinmiller in a stretcher for their medical scenario.
Once the entire activity is finished, the men must form back up at the Basic Training area, and report in.