Why the "safe space" and stress cards are useless in the real world
March 23, 2018

“Safe Space”

“The problem with safe spaces is they dont exist on the battle feild. Furthermore it breds a generation of retards that have never had to face adversity and hardship, thus they dont know how to deal with real life.”

Stress Cards

When I was in basic training, the military came out with stress cards. They were originally created for soldiers because of so many complaints about being over stressed. If a soldier felt that they were being overwhelmed or that the drill sergeants were being overly aggressive to them, they could hold up their stress cards. It would signal the drill sergeant that they had to immediately back off. Thus creating a “safe space”.

I heard about this after my initial basic training. I was about midway through AIT (recon school).

The Safe Space

The safe space was introduced to us while we were being smoked in a sawdust pit. Our drill sergeant began yelling at us, asking if we wanted an explicit ‘stress card’. We were confused by this, (none of us knew what it was).

Once it was explained, we unanimously said, “No, we want it hard!”

What we had already learned (something we had been taught since day 1) was that the enemy was not going to give you a “safe space” if you held up a stress card. That when the enemy attacks you, he is counting on you to weaken and give up.

While overseas, I typically saw our enemy going after larger convoys. Because the larger ones didn’t usually have as many combat soldiers. They were not as prepared for an attack, and they were overtaken easier.

Local Threats


Likewise, here in America, an individual can be targeted because the attacker’s initial impression of them is that they are an easy target (weak, unattentive, generally soft) It is not until they are proven wrong that they will recognize their mistake.

That is why your training has to be as hard as you can physically and mentally make it. Your enemy will give you no quarter, no safe space and stress cards don’t exist in real life. Only the strong survive.

Reality Check

I have learned through my life and career that there is always someone bigger and badder. There is always more to be learned. Anyone that says that they know it all, is a liar or a complete idiot.

The safe space mentality is breeding a generation of stress card kids. It is breeding that mentality of ‘give up’. “Don’t combat it, don’t fight, don’t resist, just give in.” That is not just going to hurt them in their personal life, but it will harm our country as a whole.

If you’ve taken the time to read this article, come to our website, or taken some training, you already see the need to become a harder target. That is one of the most important steps you could take in your entire life.

Live Free, Die Hard, Train Harder

How do you deal with stress without backing down? Share it with us in a comment below.


Arthur has always had a serious passion for shooting and living off of the land. He started his career working with law enforcement and has been an army recon soldier for over a decade. Arthur has dedicated his life to saving others from hardships and war. Most of his free time is spent outdoors training. With the core belief that the only answer to surviving mass devastation is by being prepared & working together. His goal is to teach that concept to as many as possible.