What Rank Will You Earn in the Navy Based on Your Wilderness Skills?

By: Teresa McGlothlin

What Rank Will You Earn in the Navy Based on Your Wilderness Skills?
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About This Quiz

As far as we're concerned, it's tough enough to survive everyday life! For some, escaping the rat race and getting out into the wilderness is a treat. For others, it's an absolute nightmare. During this quiz, we're going to put your outdoor and survival skills to the test. Once we're done with you, we'll know how high you could rank in the Navy. Every ounce of toughness you have will be required!

You might be wondering what your outdoor skills have to do with being in the Navy. Of course, there are jobs aboard ships in the branch, but there are also a lot of posts that could use some wilderness training. The SEALS, for example, find themselves in all sorts of situations. It's not uncommon for them to need to know how to start a fire or find a water source. 

As you go through the obstacle course of questions we've given you, pretend that you are in their shoes and answer in a way that sees you making it out alive. Whether you're hoping to be a Navy SEAL or hoping to guide fighter jets on to the deck, you'll need to know how to make it on your own to get a good rank.

How high in the Navy will you climb? It all depends on how well you survive the wild!


Lost Wilderness It seems you've gone off the trail. How do you find your way back?
I would use my compass.
Retracing my steps always works.
It's important to stop and think before going back.
I would scream until someone heard me.

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Shoe in Water If you lost one of your shoes in the river, would you go without it?
I would make one from sticks.
I could recover it further down the river.
Old tires make great shoes.
I guess I'm going barefoot.

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Camp Fire How would you start a fire without matches?
A lighter
A fire starting stick
Some foil and an old battery
A magnifying glass

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Storm There's a storm coming and you need to take shelter now. How do you do it?
I would get the tarp out of my backpack.
I'm sure there's a cave here somewhere.
I'll hide in that old tree.
I guess I'm waiting it out in my raincoat.

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Lost Thinking You've lost your compass. How do you find north again?
The moss on the trees
The stars at night
The direction of the water
The position of the sun

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Mountain Rescue How would you signal to rescue aircraft?
Mirror
Signal fire
Shiny blanket
Arrow made from debris

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Deserted Island You wake up on a deserted island. What's the first thing you would do?
I would look for water.
It's time to find shelter.
I'm going to climb that hill and observe the land.
I would build a fire first.

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Squirrel You're starving! Would you eat the dead squirrel you found?
I'll pass.
If it's not injured, I'll eat it.
No, but I'll take its nuts.
If it's not stiff yet, I'll eat it.

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Wilderness Supplies Which item is a must-have when heading out into the wilderness?
Satellite phone
Water purification tablets
Garbage bag
Binoculars

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Wilderness Supplies1 Out of these weapons, which is most important in a survival situation?
My brain
A machete
A pistol
A baseball bat

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Thirsty If you couldn't find a water source, how would you hydrate?
I would catch the rain.
Collecting dew works in a pinch.
I guess I'm drinking my urine.
I would follow some animals to water.

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Rattlesnake You've encountered an angry rattlesnake. What's your first move?
Freeze
Run
Have a heart attack
Back away slowly

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Abandoned Car You find an abandoned car. What do you take from it?
I would stay and use it for shelter.
I can use some wires and gasoline.
The mirrors will come in handy.
The carpet would make my shelter a nicer place.

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Thinking Campfire If you had to eat it, which wild animal sounds the tastiest?
Opossum
Groundhog
Sea cucumber
Snail

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Mouse Which kind of trap would you use to get mice out of your shelter?
Deadfall trap
Snare
Bottle trap
Squirrel pole

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Fishing Net Do you know how to make a fishing net?
I can make one from anything.
No, but I carry one.
I prefer to use a hook.
No, but I can make a fish basket.

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Survival Which of these survival shows could you win?
"Alone"
"Survivor"
"Naked and Afraid"
"The Colony"

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Red Berry Bush There are red berries on a bush next to you. Do you eat them?
If I know for certain what they are, I will.
Never eat the red berries.
I'll try a couple and see what happens.
Sure, it can't hurt anything.

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Wet Earth In a wet climate, what would you do to keep your feet dry?
I'm sure I would be wearing waterproof boots.
I wouldn't jump in puddles.
I would wrap them in plastic.
I would dry them by the fire every night.

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Spear Which of these things would you use to make a spear?
Obsidian
Pop can
Sharp stick
Broken glass

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Water Which water purification method do you trust the most?
Iodine tablets
Water purification straw
Boiling it
Charcoal filter

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Mosquitos The mosquitos are terrible! How do you keep them from biting you?
I would cover myself in mud.
I would wear bug spray.
There are plants that repel them.
I would cover myself up.

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Raft What material would you prefer to use to build a raft?
Bamboo
Plastic bottles
Dead logs
Old life jackets

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Jungle Shelter If you were in the jungle, where would you place your shelter?
Near a river
In the trees
On top of a mountain
Near a food source

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Plant Medicine How much do you know about plant medicine?
Tons
A little
Enough
Zero

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Shin Pain Oh, no! You've broken your shin bone. How do you brace it until you get back?
I would make a splint from sticks.
I'll wrap it up really tight with a bandana.
It will have to wait.
I would make crutches instead.

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Brushing Teeth How would you brush your teeth out there?
I have a toothbrush in my kit.
Chewing on bark works.
I would use my bandana to wipe them off.
It can wait until I get back.

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Map Do you still remember how to use a map?
I use them all the time.
It's been a while.
I think I could figure it out.
No. That's why I have GPS.

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Snow Trek When surviving in the snow, how would you stay warm?
A snow cave
Fire
Extra layers
Movement

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Wilderness Cooking What would you use as an improvised cooking vessel?
A rock
A plastic bottle
A banana leaf
A stick

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