Our cover artwork for the Basic Training Field Manual resulted from a request by a Special Forces Chaplain distributing our materials to men and women involved in Operation Desert Storm. The symbolism is entirely scriptural. If you cannot see the full version in our PDF viewer below, click on the cover above and download it if you wish.

  • The Bible represents the one and only foundation for spiritual life, which is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ according to the true Gospel of the Word of God (1 Cor. 3:11; Eph. 2:20).
  • The knife is a reminder that every believer is called to be a good soldier of Christ Jesus and fight the good fight of faith (1 Tim. 6:12; 2 Tim. 2:3). Paul, in the original language, describes combat in the spiritual arena to be the most grueling, agonizing, hand-to-hand kind (Eph. 6:12; Phil. 1:30; 2 Cor. 10:3).
  • The compass represents divine guidance. We must not only “stand firm” in battle (Eph. 6:11, 14), but our lives must follow the compass of the will of God, as we grow and serve in faith (2 Pet. 1:5–7; 3:18).
  • The beret is a symbol of excellence through training. Believers must excel in both training (Heb. 5:14; 2 Tim. 2:15) and in practical virtue (1 Thess. 4:1, 10; 2 Pet. 1:5; Gal. 5:22–23). Every believer should strive to imitate the excellence of Jesus Christ through training, enduring, and overcoming.

Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence,
in your faith supply moral excellence …” 2 Pet. 1:5

The heights by great men reached and kept
Were not attained by sudden flight.
But they, while their companions slept.
Were toiling upward in the night.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Today on friendly fields of strife are sown the seeds,
that on other days and at other times,
will bear the fruits of victory.
Gen. Douglas MacArthur

Gene Cunningham
Basic Training Bible Ministries

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