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Like some others, I didn't give to thoughts about SHTF or how to deal with it when I was young, but I've been in the military since 1997. We often have to live and work in austere environments with very little creature comforts and these experiences made me think a bit. There's nothing wrong with enjoying creature comforts but my eyes have been opened to two facts:

1. Most of western society is completely dependent upon creature comforts (municipal water & sewage, power, grocery stores remaining stocked, etc). People take them for granted to the extent that their primary concerns are on things that are ridiculously trivial.

2. Society's ability to continually provide those things isn't as stable as people would like to think.

I was halfway through my first deployment when I realized that I'd better be able provide for my family and myself if SHTF. I've been prepping for a long time. I still have a lot of knowledge/skills/things to acquire, but I try to be a little better off each day.
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My dad showed the greatness that we call Red Dawn when I was 9 or 10 years old and that got the wheels turning. I was in the seventh grade when in gym class we all stopped playing basketball to run to the coaches office and see 9/11 happening on the tv.
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I grew up in a family that was frugal, careful, and planned for the future.
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Grew up in Minnesota, so we were always prepped for winter, tornado, car break-down, accident/injury/sickness, seasonal unemployment, etc. We always helped our neighbors/family/friends, and they always helped us. It was simply the way things were, and since it worked well and the right thing to do, I continue to prep for the most likely *regular* S (NOT TEOTWAWKI) and continue to help/cooperate with neighbors/family/friends
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Spent a long period of time in the jungle of Guatemala, saw how the bandits took over entire villages as the locals were trying to rebuild and protect themselves from being raped, murdered or food stolen. McDonald’s in the major cities were 2-3 days by road from where I was located they were frequently held up and everything on people’s backs including their clothing were stolen. Years later I spent a good period of time in El Salvador saw the same. Things never change if you think you’ve experienced hell. Imagine if you aren’t prepared.

People without morals or faith will do ungodly immoral acts beyond imagination. As the left continues to push godlessness and little to no morals , half the teens are on Prozac or anti depressants, this world will turn to a **** show faster than we can even imagine.

Bug out fast or live at your BOE.
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My dad showed the greatness that we call Red Dawn when I was 9 or 10 years old and that got the wheels turning. I was in the seventh grade when in gym class we all stopped playing basketball to run to the coaches office and see 9/11 happening on the tv.
What a coincidence, I was in PE in 7th grade on 9/11 where we watched the events unfold on the coaches tv also. We hadn’t dressed out yet when a teachers aid told him what was happening and not to turn on the news for us to see. He of course turned the tv right on.
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My dad showed the greatness that we call Red Dawn when I was 9 or 10 years old and that got the wheels turning. I was in the seventh grade when in gym class we all stopped playing basketball to run to the coaches office and see 9/11 happening on the tv.
What a coincidence, I was in PE in 7th grade on 9/11 where we watched the events unfold on the coaches tv also. We hadn’t dressed out yet when a teachers aid told him what was happening and not to turn on the news for us to see. He of course turned the tv right on.
The world did indeed stop turning that day. It is a day that I will always remember.
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I grew up on a farm in the Midwest , with a family that was full of combat vets from WW1 , 2 , Korea , Vietnam , raised to be a farmer/hunter/woodsmen. My first overseas deployment in the Corps as a young LCpl watched the Former Yugoslavia disintegrate, many deployments to Eastern Europe , Africa , Central/South America later was in Kosovo when 9/11 happened one would have to be an idiot , coward or fool to not be prepared after that. And that ladies and gentlemen is why my GAF is permanently broke. No Government or law will ever save you , put your FAITH in Jesus , be a What Would Joshua Do Christian when faced with EVIL , Harden your Heart Conviction on what needs to be done ! And trust in the Constitution , and the Prophets , John , Moses and Samuel. Samuel Colt , and John Moses Browning that is. JMHO and S/FI!
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I started many moons ago and without knowing it was a survivalist / prepper.

I've dabbed in 10+ martial arts, was camping and collecting knives and the next thing you know survivalism and prepping became a thing. I've been reading this site for more than a year and decided to join today to start the new decade off right!
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