The following items are contained in the
General Packet of the SRU-3/P kit:
Metal matches. These may cause spontaneous
ignition through oxidation. The match should
remain in its original sealed container (foil
wrapped) until ready for use. All metal matches
in polyethylene and open packets must be
removed from service and discarded in a fireproof
Mirror. This is the signaling mirror described
at the beginning of this chapter.
Water bag. One-quart capacity. Belt loops
provided for convenient carrying.
Signal panel. Silver/orange paulin, imprinted
with the ground-to-air emergency code. It also
may be used as a blanket for protection against
Mosquito headnet and mittens. Provided for
protection against insect bites.
Chiclets. Multi-flavored gum, designed to
Multiflavored candy. Service shelf life is
Flash guards. The flash guards are used in
conjunction with the SDU-5/E light as a signal
device during rescue operations. The flash guards
are blue or red in color.
The packet also contains surgical tape, a water
receptacle, wrist compass, razor knife, tweezers,
You should inspect all the items in the
SRU-31/P survival kit during periodic equipment
inspections and replace them as necessary.
The rations carried by aircrew personnel are
not intended for subsistence but as a source of
quick energy when no other food is available.
The food packet contains two packets of
candy and gum, twine, and an instruction sheet.
When you inspect any item that contains these
rations, you should remove and replace any food
packet that is older than 6 1/2 years (fig. 5-5).
CANNED DRINKING WATER
Canned drinking water (fig. 5-6) is intended
for use in emergencies when no other clean water
Figure 5-6.Canned drinking water.