It was almost 10 years ago that I started my SWAT experience, and since then I’ve added dozens of new terms and sayings to my vocabulary. Perhaps one of the most enduring, and broadly applicable, is the saying, “two is one and one is none”.
The Boy Scout motto is “Be Prepared”, and that is the basic premise to this saying. Specifically, the premise is that you need a back-up to all your critical gear. With a back-up you have the assurance that in a time of need, you have the ability to carry on the mission without interruptions or without exposing yourself to unnecessary dangers. Without that back-up you might as well not even consider that you’re prepared, because more than likely “Murphy” will visit you and your primary equipment will fail.
What I hope to accomplish with this article is to spur conversation about what critical duty gear you think falls within this mindset. Here are a few of my ideas.