Current (UN, coalition) operations or missions may be conducted in geographical areas with hot and dry circumstances e.g. savannahs or desserts. In order to mitigate the risk of perishing in such a theatre during an isolation event an adequate hot & dry weather SERE Exercise and Training program is required to prepare potential ISOPs for this contingency. Despite several countries having established such training, the demand for it is such that more opportunities seem to be required. Being the focal hub for PR in Europe, the EPRC is analyzing this issue and observed a desert survival program in the period 11 – 25 June 2016 at the Arizona Army National Guard, Arizona USA, hosted by the SERE branch of the Danish Air Force training school. The EPRC’s aim of this activity was to compare programs, promote standardization, share experience and investigate possibilities to support nations to cover their training needs. Some topics, which were addressed covered: hazardous Flora & Fauna, Tracking and Counter Tracking TTPs. For the latter assistance from a local county Sheriff’s Office with two professional SWAT team members and a police helicopter was provided. Despite temperatures reaching approx. 52°C in the shade (new record), hostile terrain and hazardous flora & fauna, the training ended successful and without accidents. Job well done by the Danish SERE Branch.
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