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I went last year for my very first MILSIM event ever and this is what I learned.

If you are not already training for this OP you are wrong. I was not in the greatest of shape and I was worn out and dying after the first 4 hours, I was one of the last guys off the field the first day though so I made it. The terrain and heat will take it out of you and if you are assaulting like UFS was then you will be dragging by about half way through the day. Do a lot of leg workouts and cardio because no matter how much you do it will not be enough.  Even when I was in shape after basic this op would have stressed me. The terrain is tough in spots and downright killer in others so be prepared.

 

Just to give you an idea on UFS we had about an 80% fall out rate for our platoon by the end of the first day. We had guys falling out within the first hour due to the heat and terrain. 80 degrees seems nice until you put on all your stuff and hump up and down 40 degree inclines for a few hours.

Secondly WATER ,WATER, WATER and if you didn't hear that WATER if you do not have a camel back bring two canteens. AMS was amazing for having clean non sulfur water in multiple locations for you to refill. Without water you will be wiped out and possibly suffer a heat stroke or severe dehydration on this op. It is a huge field and you will be sweating a lot. I sucked down around 3 or 4 full camelbacks during the day and most likely should have drunk more. You also need to hydrate at least a week prior to the op, which means you drink nothing but water for a week straight at least one liter over the recommended amount.

 

A good pair of boots, I don't mean a kind of ok pair of street boots, combat boots with good ankle support. You will be in an AO with a ton of loose rocks and hills. Saw a few twisted ankles and knees during the op, simply because people were moving to cover during contact and stepped wrong. Do not skimp on a good pair of boots for these ops. Military issue combat boots will be great as will any of the better pairs such as Oakley or Underarmor. Along with the boots get a good pair of hiking socks, your feet will thank you as will your ankles.

 

Weight, your kit not your beer gut, this is a huge field with a lot of movement to contact so make sure you do not overload your kit. There will be opportunities to reload in the field at your respawns so make sure you do not carry more ammo than you need. I personally carried way too much weight on this op and it drug me down due to the constant movement.

 

Your gun is important as well, I saw no less than 3 guns that were broken in half, literally, because people fell on them or dropped them. If you are running a polymer gun or a lower end gun you need to be extra careful because as I said before it is rough on this field and you will either fall or drop your gun at some point. If you can afford it shoot for a full metal gun they tend to hold up a bit better.

 

Eye protection is paramount; not only for protecting your eyes but for ensuring you can actually see. This op will fog up the many of the goggles out there and the amount of sweat you will have on them will be an issue as well. I had a great pair of goggles for running weekend games and such but as soon as I came to this Op my vision was destroyed because I couldn’t keep the sweat and fog out of my goggles.

 

First aid kit will be important, if you have any first aid training carry a small IFAK with you, it would help immensely. We had a guy last year slice up his knee on a pipe and ended up doing field medic care on him until we could get him off the field. I would prefer to add a few pounds to my kit for helping someone than to not have it and not be able to help.

 

Knee pads will be great since you will kneel down a lot and there are a ton of things for you to smash your knee on. Read the above statement for an indication of how great knee pads are.

 

Once again WATER, WATER, WATER, I cannot stress enough how important water is on this OP. Do not be that guy who passes out because they brought a small bottle of water for 8 hours in the field.

 

Camping gear, if you plan on camping out during the op make sure you bring something warm for the night time. I never expected it to get as cold as it did at night there so I came a little less prepared than I should have been but with a decent sleeping bag you should be great.

 

Food, go ahead and plan on eating in the field because you will not want to walk from one end of the field to the other in order to grab your food in your tent. MRE’s or power bars are great for this but even a PB&J would be nice after a long morning of running and gunning.

 

A small backpack will be great as well, had I known what I know now I would have tossed my BB’s and reloads into a bag and carried it with me to the first respawn. Once you take your first objective find out where the respawn is and drop your stuff there as it will be the only place to reload. We left our stuff at base and spent almost 45 minutes out of the game because we were out of ammo and the base was almost a mile away. AMS is great about running a truck between the bases and respawns but taking it with you will get you back into the fight very quickly.

 

Snap cold towel, OMG if you get one of these you will be the happiest person on the planet. I bought one right before Rebel Yell and I can promise I would have passed out from the heat had it not been for this little miracle. If you do not own one of these things you have to get one. You put water on it, snap it and it gets cold. This will help keep your temp down during the op and will gain you friends for life. Rebel Yell, for those who did not suffer with us, reached well over 100 degrees during the day and this thing was a life saver. You can find them online or in any sporting goods store. They are amazing.

That is all I can think of for the moment, if anyone has anything else to add please do so. This op is killer and the most amazing op I have been on so far. AMS does great work with the helo’s and everything else at this op. Just remember to hydrate A LOT and you will do fine.
 

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A lot of truth here. I can speak to how ridiculously hot RY2 was, and having been to D-day back in my paintball days, I can attest to how hot that AO get's in the summer as well. Depending on where you are on the field, you may or may not have access to overhead tree cover. I was assigned to defend the airfield for hours, which had very little shade. I'll shamefully admit I came away from that OP with the worst sunburn of my life. 

 

So my additional brief advice would be the following:

 

1. Sunscreen. Nuff said.

2. Really take a look at your gear. If there is weight that isn't absolutely critical, get rid of it. And maybe consider replacing that weight with additional water.

3. Layers are a no go. I had a BDU on for a full... maybe hour. And it was gone for the rest of the day, along with the sleeves of my shirt which were promptly torn off. You'll need ventilation. If you wear a long sleeve, make sure it's very thin, or the sleeves are rolled up.

4. Ticks... prepare for em.

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You might not like it but wearing a long sleeve combat shirt with a wicking shirt under it works wonders for keeping you cool, you just have to open up your carrier from time to time and get a breeze going. I didn't have a single tick when I was done and spent almost all day in the woods.

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I would also advise everyone to keep a couple benadryl pills and a small tube of antihistamine cream with them. I carry them in my ifak, but you could just dump em in a pocket. So much foliage, you never know if you're going to be allergic to something. We had to use it last year, and will probably have to use it for someone else this year.

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This is very true. Also play smart people. If someone goes running down into a ravine do yourself a favor and DO NOT do the same. this AO is extremely rocky and tearing internal parts in you knees/ankles is not fun. Nothing like a 6pm trip to the hospital to ruin the next few months.

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I've played a few big games at this park. All of them were the d-day games they have. It was hot and humid beyond anything I had ever experienced. Couldn't drink enough water, the water they have in the tanks for everyone is horrible sulfur water and drinking that nasty water out of your camel back when its been sitting on your back heating up to just short of boiling is worse. Camping sucked because nothing would ever dry. Running in the heat all day then trying to nap on damp sleeping stuff in an oven of a tent isn't fun.

The park is a lot of fun though

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I can back it up for new comers that have deployed to Iraq/Kuwait during the summer months. Remember, that is DRY heat. The humidity will drain you a lot faster. Do not take this as a joke! once you become a heat casualty, you're only more vulnerable. Be smart and prepare for a hot humid hell

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If you camp and the showers are still sulphur water take a shower there, the sulphur water will help repel ticks and chiggers. Also remember to bring something to take care of chaffing. Played at the D-Day park for many years of Oklahoma D-Day and seen numerous people cutting out early for chaffing. I would also consider throwing another pair of socks in that small backpack to rotate out if your one pair gets really bad I know it has saved my feet more than once. Gunthar mentioned drinking water but drink more water and eat, make sure you eat especially something with salt so you retain your water better and don't flush out your electrolytes.

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Also, beware of snakes. Last year, there was a large black snake that could have either been a black ratsnake (non venomous) or a Western Cottonmouth (venomous).

 

Beware of wildlife in general. Respect them and their homes. The AO is home to a lot of animals.

Probably a good idea to report any potentially dangerous wildlife you see to Staff as well.

 

Good to know Sulfur repels ticks. That would explain why I didn't get any until the morning we left.

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Above all remember WATER WATER WATER. If you bring one bottle of water and run around all day you will either drop or die. Saw way too many people with only a small bottle of water on the field. I enjoyed the "rule" of having at least 1 liter of water on you during other ops as a requirement to play.

 

As for accomidations, if tents are not your thing then there is a casino less than 5 or 10 minutes away at the main highway. Food such as fast food is around 20 or 30 minutes away as is a walmart.

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To piggy back on the hydration, energy drinks/soda in the field are a fast road to dehydration. Avoid them, eat a good meal and load your carbohydrates for energy.

 

Bring 2+ sets of uniforms, then you'll have the ability to rotate out of the sweat drenched ones on day 2. When I RSO, I don't break brush like the players and I still have to rotate uniforms because of the sweat and humidity.

 

All in all great information from players on the field.

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As someone whom works all day in the heat and cold, I will say that those Gatoraide packets are life savers; sometimes water just won't cut it, and you need those electrolytes. 

 

Also, say NO to the energy drinks before the op gets underway. Those things will dehydrate you as bad as soda pop will. I can say that after the high from an energy drink wears off, I am so lethargic and tired I can hardly stay awake. 

 

Columbia brand clothing is expensive, but, they work. Their water whicking clothes cool you as you sweat. It is the only clothing I wear when fishing, and it keeps me going and going and going.

This will be my first big op; I am super excited!

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Been hoping to make it to a large op like this since i started airsofting I've been out of airsoft for about a year now and and debating on jumping back in just to experience a large scale milsim thanks for providing this insightful info on how to be ready. I am however curious on how many spare aegs I should bring and as a first time milsim participant am I locked into a riflemen role or am I allowed to be a support gunner? 

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You are allowed to play whatever role you like. Sometimes you may be assigned a role (medic mostly) but it is up to you. As far as spare guns goes, I would at least bring one. That being said, don't put yourself in a financial bind to try to pick up spare weapons. Guns will go down, and its good to have a back up, but I would suggest spending your money on quality gear that won't falter or fail and carries weight well. Having 15 backups doesn't do you any good if you get heat stroke because your pc doesn't breathe or your water carrier ruptured. Just a thought. Hope you can make it. You won't regret it.

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Off the topic of safety, what are the face protection rules for those under 18? (16 and 14 to be precice)

I'll wear a paintball mask, but surely aren't looking forward to it. I'm looking into those low pros, but don't want to spend $100+ on eyewear I won't be able to use.

Also, this being my first ams event, does anyone have any advice as to needed gear for the op? I'm not going on any idam or dams. My current setup is as follows:

Jpc repro with bfg ten speeds

Headset and comms (talkabout style)

Sling

Extra batteries and spare

An mre, in my mbss with a hydration pouch (1.5-2 L)

Protien bars in an admin pouch

Speedloader and ammo in mbss

1911 and extra mags

Helmet

Gloves

Bug Spray

Combat shirt, short sleeved ua shirt underneath

Waterproofed boots and socks (camp dry is gold)

Please, any suggestions are welcome, especially when they come while i have time to act on!

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