suggestions for pre deployment

1 Wear your boots or shoes a week or more before and practice walking, climbing, sitting down and the rest of the known movements you will be doing.
2. Wear your vest or back once a day and move around with it. Roll, get in and out of the car and so on.
3. Spend more time outdoors and relax. Have your breakfast and the rest at the same times you expect to eat and change the food so your stomach will not get a shock on the first day.
4. Take a good look at your body and focus working on your weakest link. For example if your knees are hurting make sure you spend some time doing extra slow squats and wall squats and generally moving them in a more aware manner making sure the gait is good and relaxed enough to transfer the shock of moving without it staying in the tense areas of the body.
5. Prepare your gear a few days before the deployment and work your mind on how to complete the task without each and every part of your kit in turn.
6. Consider your skill set and again work on your weakest link. If you need to practice silent walking do that. If you need to work on range estimation do that if you need to spend some more time in the dark do that and enough so you feel the tension but are not harmed by it.
7. Question your orders and the task at hand. Think of how to first get out alive and second how to do the job in the best way possible.
8. Make sure you have a few silly bits so you feel comfortable away from your home. For example a soft cover of your favorite book or a mp3 player with the sounds of your children.
9. If you are a rifleman take a heavy stick or a long metal pipe and practice moving with it in the manner that suits your training. Work on silent movement, up and down. Point shooting from the body pointing method and remember to align and breath.
10. Make sure everything is working and in order for your family during the time you are away. Take care of the car, the bills, the small home repairs and you will feel better knowing you have done this.
11. Be thankful for what you have in life and say it out loud. It helps to have something outside yourself to keep you going when the blood sugar levels are low.

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