Courtesy of a Fed solicitation for new kits for the “Personnel Recovery and Survival Kit,” for the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, we get a glance of what SEAL Team 6 needs, just in case.

Via Time.

SEALs aren’t supposed to find themselves in trouble that they can’t get out of. That’s why the Navy is seeking to buy 300 new survival kits for the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, sometimes known as Navy SEAL Team 6…

“The Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG) has a requirement to procure personnel recovery and survival kits (part number 0293-D) on a brand name or equal basis,” it says. “The brand name is SOLKOA. If quoting an equal product, vendor shall provide all salient characteristics in order to be considered for award.”

The hard case is 4-by-2-by-1.2 inches, weighing six ounces or less, and available in both “Desert Tan” or “OD/Forest Green.”

Beyond those particulars, the hard case shall be:

The SEAL’s hard-storage case will contain (quoting directly from the solicitation):

1. Mini-Multi Tool with:

a. Stainless Steel

b. Pliers

c. Wire cutter

d. File

e. Awl

f. Packaged so as to not rattle in case

2. Button Compass

a. Quality AA

b. 14mm

c. Liquid dampened

d. Minimum 8 hour luminous

3. LED Squeeze Light

a. Red

b. Continuous or Momentary Switch

4. Fire Starting Kit

a. Ferro cerium rod not to exceed 3”L x 8mm W

b. Tinder tabs (4) packaged in reclosing bag.

5. Water Storage Device

a. 2L capacity

b. Able to hold all contents of the kit

c. Must be sealable and reuseable

d. Must be odor proof

6. Water Purification Tablets

a. 40 tablets

b. Packaged in amber, medical grade borosilicate

7. Electrolyte Tablets

a. 2 tablets

8. Signal Mirror

a. 2”x 3”

b. Non-mirrored side covered with an IR reflective material

c. Mirror side must be protected to prevent scratches. Protective cover must be able to be removed with one hand.

d. Must have an aiming hole

9. Thermal Blanket

a. 21” x 56” x .05mil

b. Polyester, aluminized

c. 1 side silver, other side orange

d. Packaged in plastic with easy tear pre-cuts

10. Kevlar Line

a. Yellow or green in color

b. 188lb test

c. 15 feet in length

d. Packaged in plastic with easy tear pre-cuts

11. Safety Pins

a. Two #2 (1.5” steel)

b. Two #00 (.75” brass)

c. Packaged in plastic with easy tear pre-cuts.

12. P-38 can opener

a. Packaged so as to not rattle while in case.

13. Stainless Steel Wire

a. 2’ of 20ga

14. Duct Tape

a. Brown or Green in color

b. 26” x 2”

15. Fresnel Magnifying Lens

a. 4x power

b. 3.25” x 2”

16. Waterproof Note Paper

a. 4 sheets

b. Desert tan color

c. 3.5” x 2”

17. Ink Pen

a. Pressurized ink cartridge

b. Black in color

18. Broad Spectrum Antibiotic Ointment

a. 1/32oz foil pack

19. Cotton Pad

a. 100% Cotton

b. 2” x 2.5”

c. Packaged in plastic with easy tear pre-cuts.

The contents of the soft storage case will include:

1. Hacksaw Blade

a. Carbon Steel

b. 24tpi

c. 2.75” L

d. Hole in one end for a lanyard

e. Opposite hole end, sharpen down reverse tanto-style end.

2. Ceramic Razor Blade

a. 1 or 2 sides sharpened

b. Packaged so as to not accidentally cut anything or dull

3. Moleskin Adhesive Patch

a. Heavy duty

b. 1.75” x 2.5”

4. Kevlar Thread

a. Green or yellow

b. 100-200lb test

c. 24” in length

d. Packaged in plastic with easy tear pre-cuts.

5. Fishing Leader/Downrigger Cable

a. Multi-strand

b. Stainless steel

c. 50lb test

d. 24” in length

6. Suspended Navigation Magnet

a. Identifiable north painting feature

b. Magnet suspended from thread/string

c. Packaged in plastic with easy tear pre-cuts.

7. Ferro Cerium Rod

a. 1.75” L x .125”W

8. Cotton Ball

a. Impregnated with wax.

b. Packaged in a reclosing bag.

9. Bobby Pins

a. Spring steel

b. 2 small

c. 1 large

d. Black in color

The final two items are worth singling out, because they highlight the optimism bred into every SEAL (and trump the safety and bobby pins):

10. Handcuff Shim (Pick)

11. Universal Handcuff Key

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  1. TX Soldier254 says:


    All this in a 4″x 2.5″ case, just wow!
    And I thought my OCS & Combat loads were impossiblly tight.

    Rock the Hell On!

  2. dennisl59 says:

    Item #12?…The P-38 Can Opener. Would you believe I still have mine from when I served ‘back in the day’?

    posted 2/22 755pm Texas[C-Rations w/a 3 pack of Luckys]Time

    • ancientwrrior says:

      Have a P-38 tucked into my wallet for many years. Never know when you’ll have to open a can when nothing else is available. Will never go hungry as long as I have my wallet and a can of food.

      • Cernunnos81 says:

        Got one hangin’ on my key-chain. Learned to use it on C-rats when I was about 8 and the Army was beginning the transition to MREs. Dad’s CO let it be known, through the NCO grapevine, that the Massive store of C-rats was gonna be destroyed and no one was gonna be counting them. Dad grabbed several cases. I have tried the spaghetti, peaches, crackers, bread, peanut butter, jelly, “beef stew” and other tasty things. Nothing gets your attention like the oil on top of a can of 25yr old peanut butter…

  3. TX Soldier254 says:

    LoL Lucky Strikes for when the army was The Army!

    • dennisl59 says:


      This one has a 3 pack of filtered ‘Newports’…I usually traded those for ‘Pall Malls’…

      posted 2/22 840pm Texas[3 on a match]Time

    • Cernunnos81 says:

      Dad was an equal opportunity smoker. He didn’t care What came in his ration pack, if it burned he’d smoke it.

      Any of you Navy folks should get a giggle out of this: Have a buddy who was Navy in the late ’70s (post-Nam) and while he was on a float he got ordered to inventory the life boat kits. He found cartons of Viceroys that were from the late ’50s. He replaced one and hung onto the old one, smoked them on a dare and was sick for 3 days.

  4. Southrider says:

    Shoot, we had a much better kit back in the day ….

  5. aardvark says:

    You could get all this and carry it — but would you know what to do with it under pressure?

    • TX Soldier254 says:

      Oh yes Aard, through training, training and then alittle bit more training to the point of it becoming 2nd nature over any pressure.

    • Cernunnos81 says:

      Ma’am, I am not even, technically, trained in an official capacity and I can think of multiple uses for everything on that list. In my case it is a combination of being a “country boy”, a “survivalist” and 2/3 nuts. I have 10 of those e-blankets in a nice bag of “stuff” and 200′ of para-cord, a fire starter, arm powered chain saw… my kit is a bit more “elaborate”. Those e-blankets make great insulation/waterproofing in the back of a lean-to reflects the heat of your fire down onto your sleeping area. put another under your sleeping area, reflects your body heat back up to you.

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