Figure 2-21.--One poncho used as one-man shelter.
Figure 2-22.--Two ponchos for two-man tent.
the hood drawstring to fit. The helmet is worn over the
hood. Fasten the snap fasteners on the sides to prevent
the poncho from flapping in high winds.
Various types of shelters and lean-tos can be made
by attaching ponchos to trees, tree branches, bushes,
Figure 2-23.--Several ways ponchos can be used for shelter.
sticks or poles. Always dig a ditch around the edge to
help drain off the rainwater. (See figs. 2-21, 2-22, and
2-23.) The poncho may be used as a ground cover for
shelters and as a waterproof barrier between the ground
and sleeping bag.
The poncho may be used as a sleeping bag either by
itself or in conjunction with a poncho liner (fig. 2-24).
Spread the poncho flat on the ground, making sure the
hood opening is tightly closed. If a liner is used, place it
on top of the poncho, fold the poncho and liner in half
lengthwise, and fasten the snaps together. If the poncho
is being used without a liner, snap the sides together
along its entire length and tuck the foot end under to keep
the feet from sticking out.
Figure 2-24.--Poncho used as sleeping bag.
When the poncho is being used as a sleeping bag in
a combat area, DO NOT FASTEN THE SNAP
FASTENERS TOGETHER; THEY CANNOT BE