Jungle survival school, 1972 or 1973

Photographs by Michael Broschat

I remember very little that isn’t in these pictures. In general, the experience was a relaxed learning event. We weren’t captured and subjected to torture. It was just a matter of learning enough about the jungle environment not be so afraid that you couldn’t save your own life.

The location was some distance from the base. I understand that this was so that the non-mainstream Negritos could be used to help us, and that the Negrito and mainstream Filipino populations would not be prone to conflict. We were given all sorts of general instruction, and then taken out into the jungle proper to build our little campsite and spend the night. Just one, thank goodness.