Instructions on How to Set Up Army Tents

Written by jeremiah blanchard
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The typical Army tent, otherwise referred to as a pup tent or shelter half, was issued to service members for many years. Two men carried one shelter half each and the poles for setting up this field shelter in bivouac sites. Each shelter half was buttoned together and set up by two men. done right, setting up the Army tent should only take five minutes or so.

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Things you need

  • Complete Army shelter system
  • Hammer
  • Assistant

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  1. 1

    Lay the two shelter halves flat on the ground. Button the shelter halves together at the centre. Tie one guy line to the front and one to the rear of the tent using the grommets provided. Stake down the four tent corners using the provided stakes and a hammer.

  2. 2

    Connect the front and rear poles together. Both of these fit together in three sections, one on top of the other. You will have two complete tent poles when done, one for the front and one for the rear.

  3. 3

    Instruct an assistant to prop up the front of the tent using the tent poles. Fit the tent grommet onto the top of the pole and hold the pole vertical on the ground.

  4. 4

    Stretch out the guy line until its taut. Stake the guy line down in front of the tent. Repeat this process for the tent rear.

  5. 5

    Stake the tent down at the centre on both sides using the provided stake grommets. This includes one centre stake on both sides of the tent.

  6. 6

    Button the front and rear tent flaps shut until you need to use the shelter.

Tips and warnings

  • You may also choose to leave the front and rear flaps open for ventilation.
  • Do not bivouac in an area prone to flooding.
  • Ensure that you have permission to camp using the shelter on private property.

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