Six Useful Tips and Tricks You Will Learn Only in the Military

Whether you belong to a military family or not, you should be familiar with some of the disciplinary responsibilities that they practice. Some of these practices are already followed in a lot of households, like making your bed after waking up in the morning. However, there are many others that we may not be familiar or comfortable with. These are the ones that we will focus on. So, here are six tips and tricks that you’ll learn only in the military. These have all been proven to be useful.

1. Eating to beat jet lag.

The military has an anti-jet lag diet called The Argonne Anti-Jet-Lag Diet. Developed back in the 80s at the Argonne National Library of the United States Department of Energy, this diet will have you alternating protein-and-carbs days with fasting days. A 2002 study proves that the diet works as a jet lag antidote. Nowadays, it is not only popular among military personnel, but also among civilians who do a lot of traveling.

2. Lesser shower time = more water saved.

The military has a way of showering: turn on the shower to wet your body, turn it off when already wet, soap up, turn on water to rinse off and then turn off. It may not sound fun, especially for those who love to stay under the shower, but you have to admit that it saves a lot of time and energy. As such, you do not only conserve water; you also help lower your water bill. You can use this technique when you’re in a hurry but need to shower before leaving.

3. The military teaches you to be comfortable even when you’re not. And you’re okay with it.

There are a lot of situations in the military that are uncomfortable (understatement of the day!). But members of the military do not complain and are actually okay with it. They have already learned how to be comfortable doing it. One example is crawling in the mud. Who likes to do that? But if you are a member of the military, you have to train yourself to be comfortable with it because it is essential for your survival and for the success of your mission. In the case of civilians, one good example would be walking for five blocks to get to your apartment in the middle of rush hour. It’s not comfortable, especially if it’s in the middle of summer of is snow is blowing hard, but you have to be comfortable with it if you want to beat the traffic and get home in one piece!

4. Doing all that you can to be fit.

You see military men looking fit and healthy, and you decide to be like them. So you go to the gym to take a fitness test and start exercising. It is definitely not your usual routine, but you do it anyway because you want to be fit. Furthermore, you can try the Marine Corps fitness test and find out your level of fitness. All you need to do is complete a two-hour routine consisting of crunches, pull-ups, and a 3-mile run. You may not have cared too much about fitness and other related stuff before, but now that you’ve been exposed to how things are done in the military, you want to level up, so you start exercising regularly. This will not only make you feel good, but you’ll also look good!

5. How to pack light.

Yes, some of us already know how to pack light even when traveling for several days. But the way the military does this is interesting and unique. They developed their own ways of folding clothes (including socks). For example, the Ranger style of rolling socks: One sock is placed on top of the other and then the top one is moved down a little. You then roll the socks up tightly by using the elastic of the bottom sock. After you roll the socks, they become smaller (palm-sized), and you’ll be able to save space in your luggage. This is called the Army Ranger Roll. In addition to this, there is also a military way of folding tour shirt to make it look like a very tight burrito. You can also use the Army Ranger Roll for your pants.

6. How to survive in dangerous, unpredictable, and harsh situations.

The military has a guide or manual for survival. It can be downloaded for free, so you can bring it with you wherever you go. The US Military Survival Manual is actually an app for Android and iOS phones. It has 19 chapters filled with tips, some of which are about what to do when you meet a dangerous animal and how to start a fire.