Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape (SERE) Operations

by U.S. Air Force

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Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape (SERE) Operations describes the various environmental conditions affecting human survival and describes isolated personnel activities necessary to survive during successful evasion or isolating events leading to successful recovery. It is the fundamental reference document providing guidance for any USAF service member who has the potential to become isolated and needs to survive in the wild while evading the enemy.

This publication provides considerations to be used in planning and execution for effective mission accomplishment of formal USAF Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) training, environmentally specific SERE training, and combat survival continuation training programs. You will learn about what it takes for your body and mind to survive in adverse conditions behind enemy lines. Food, clothing, shelter, ropes, knots, navigation, everything that could make the difference between death and survival is covered. Know what it takes to escape capture and return to safety.

The tactics, techniques, and procedures in this publication are recognized best practices presenting a solid foundation to assist USAF service members to maintain life and return with honor from isolating events. This handbook also applies to US Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard units and members.