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Is the US on the brink of another civil war?

In the shadow of potential societal upheaval, the principles of survival prepping that I learned in the military have never felt more relevant.

Preparing for the worst-case scenario involves much more than stockpiling; it demands a comprehensive readiness that encompasses physical, mental, and communal resilience.

Physical Preparedness

Physical readiness starts with the basics: food, water, shelter, and security.

These are the pillars of survival in any situation. In my time in service, we operated under the assumption that supply lines could be compromised at any moment.

This mindset is applicable to civilian prepping. Ensuring you have a water purification method, a sustainable food supply, whether through stored goods or the ability to produce your own, and a safe, secure shelter can make the difference in a crisis.

One personal anecdote that stands out involved a training exercise in a remote location.

Our unit had to rely on our supplies and the land around us for sustenance. This experience underscored the importance of not just having supplies but knowing how to use them effectively and sustainably.

It’s a lesson I’ve carried into my approach to prepping, emphasizing the importance of skill development alongside stockpiling.

Mental Readiness

Mental resilience is perhaps the most crucial aspect of preparedness. The ability to stay calm, think clearly, and make informed decisions under pressure is what often separates those who manage to navigate crises from those who don’t.

My military training focused heavily on developing this mental toughness, preparing us to face any challenge with a clear head.

One tactic that proved invaluable was scenario planning.

By thinking through various potential crises and their implications, you can mentally prepare yourself for the stress and decision-making required in real-world scenarios. This approach has direct applications in survival prepping, where envisioning potential scenarios can help you prepare more effectively and remain composed if they come to pass.

Community Cooperation

Finally, the importance of community in survival situations cannot be overstated.

In the military, the concept of brotherhood and unit cohesion is fundamental. You learn to rely on each other, understanding that strength comes from unity. This principle is equally vital in prepping for societal unrest.

Building a network of like-minded individuals who can share resources, skills, and support is essential. During my service, I witnessed how groups that worked together, leveraging each member’s strengths, were far more successful than those that didn’t.

This lesson applies directly to prepping, where forming or joining a community can provide a critical support system.

Mitigating the Risks of Conflict

While preparation is crucial, equally important is our collective effort to mitigate the risks of societal conflict. Drawing from peacekeeping missions I participated in, I’ve seen firsthand how understanding, communication, and proactive engagement can defuse tensions and foster a sense of shared purpose.

Fostering Dialogue

One of the most effective strategies for reducing societal tensions is fostering open and honest dialogue among disparate groups.

In my military experience, many conflicts stemmed from misunderstandings or lack of communication. By creating spaces where people can express their concerns and perspectives, we can begin to address the root causes of division.

Community Building

Building strong, interconnected communities is another vital step. These communities can serve as microcosms of what a united society can look like, demonstrating the power of collaboration across differences.

During my time in the service, it was the strength of our unit’s community that often saw us through the toughest times. This same principle can be applied to our larger societal fabric, reinforcing the bonds that hold us together.

Proactive Peacekeeping

Finally, the concept of proactive peacekeeping—taking steps to prevent conflict before it erupts—is something I’ve seen work effectively in military operations.

This can take many forms in a civilian context, from community policing initiatives to programs aimed at addressing the underlying issues of economic inequality and racial injustice. By tackling these systemic problems, we can reduce the tensions that might otherwise lead to conflict.


The thought of another civil war is a sobering one, yet it is a scenario for which we must prepare, even as we work tirelessly to prevent it. My experiences as a soldier have taught me the value of readiness, resilience, and unity.

These principles, applied both to individual preparedness and our collective efforts to forge a more cohesive society, can guide us through uncertain times.

As we stand at this crossroads, let us choose the path of preparation and peace. By fostering community, engaging in open dialogue, and building resilience, we can face the future with strength and unity.

Let this be our call to action, a commitment to ourselves and each other, to ensure that our nation remains a place of stability, peace, and prosperity for all.