John Hudson is Chief Instructor at the UK military’s DSTO, that is the Defence SERE Training Organisation, SERE being Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Extraction. In simple terms John is the UK military’s chief survival instructor.
John has also been involved in TV work, appearing in several Discovery channel shows, including Dude You’re Screwed. In the conversation recorded for podcast 44, we delve into John’s background, how he became fascinated by survival, as well as discussing what his current role involves.
There is lots of survival information out there, there are many survival manuals, old and new. There has been a tonne of survival entertainment TV shows in the last decade and there is no end of people offering survival tips and advice on YouTube, not to mention putting survival in the title of their channels.
John, however, is the real deal. Originally an RAF helicopter pilot and now the survival instructor responsible for training all the survival instructors in the UK military, and by extension responsible for the content of the survival training of all branches of the services.
So, I wanted to learn more about John’s approach, what he thinks is important to impart in survival training and how he teaches people to prioritise in survival situations. Given his background in teaching real survival skills to people who may well have to rely on them, I was also interested to know John’s thoughts on survival TV shows, particularly since he has been involved in the making of some. Towards the end of the conversation I ask John what myths around survival need killing dead. So make sure you stick around to the end.
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