PLANNING AND PREPARATION: (FMST.07.18a) As in any military operation,
planning and preparation constitute the keys to success. The following principles will help
the leader conduct a safe and efficient operation in any type of mountainous environment.
We find this principle in the acronym “BE SAFE MARINE”. Remember the key, think
about what each letter means and apply this in any type of environment.
B – Be aware of the group’s ability.
E – Evaluate terrain and weather constantly.
S – Stay as a group.
A – Appreciate time requirements.
F – Find shelter before storms if required.
E – Eat plenty and drink lots of liquids.
M – Maintain proper clothing and equipment.

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