Modern combat is chaotic, intense, and shockingly destructive. A soldier will experience confusing and often terrifying sights, sounds, smells, and dangers—and he must learn to survive and win despite them. This field manual, containing the essential philosophy and combat skills the U.S. Army teaches its soldiers, is the Army's completely updated 2008 edition, which replaced the previous, 1984 edition. Distributed to all soldiers, this is the essential guide for those who want to know how U.S. Army soldiers are trained to prepare for and perform during combat. It includes photos, illustrations, and diagrams throughout depicting weaponry, combat maneuvers, warrior drills, survival techniques, fighting positions, camouflage, and basic field medicine.