Heat Exhaustion and Dehydration

by Darren

Heat exhaustion, where do I begin?

When I joined the army, and went to basic training, they sent me to Fort Benning, Georgia.

In my time at Fort Benning, I encountered people with heat exhaustion or some other kind of heat casualty almost everyday.

It was so bad that we even had drills for it. The leading cause for heat exhaustion seemed to be dehydration.

That was the one thing that was stressed the most on us. Always hydrate.

But some people wouldn’t listen, thought they’d be fine, and then boom. They went down.

This always led to an IV and rectal thermometer. But I won’t get into that.

So, I guess what I’m saying is to prevent a heat casualty, make sure to hydrate properly.

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