About Me

Hi, my name is Matt. Welcome to my blog.


I am one of three Navy brats who grew up living all over the world. I was raised by parents who taught me the meaning of hard work, and a common sense approach to life. After graduating from college, I was commissioned in the Marines after ten weeks of Officer Candidate School. Then, I attended The Basic School (where all Marine Corps officers go to learn basic infantry and leadership skills), and went on to become a Logistics Officer in the United States Marine Corps for 10 years, attaining the rank of Captain.



I am writing this blog because I noticed that the Internet was lacking good, consistent, and reliable information when it comes to prepping and survival. I have been prepping since 2008, and have amassed a good amount of knowledge on the subject. I want to use this blog to help preppers and non-preppers alike get the best, most reliable information when it comes to survival skills and gear. Although much of the information on my blog will be useful in a doomsday scenario, I hope that it will be useful to anyone in a SHTF situation. From natural disasters, to North Korean nukes, or the fall of government, I think everyone can be a little more prepared in this day and age.

In addition to survival skills and tactics I will be covering on this blog, I will also review and recommend my favorite gear and weapons. My goal is to make the best possible recommendation based only on the gear I’ve used and like.

Why should I listen to you?

I was a Logistics Officer in the Marine Corps for 10 years, where my job was to plan large-scale military operations, and for unforeseen situations that may arise. This experience has given me a unique ability to plan for the future, especially when it comes to planning for long and short term survival of groups of varying size, needs, and in varying locations. I was deployed over a dozen times to multiple nations throughout the world, some of those being Afghanistan, Thailand, Phillipines, Australia, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Romania, Kuwait, and Khazakstan. The value of these experiences was not that I learned how to overcome specific logistical challenges, but that I learned how to approach ANY logistical challenge, and break it down into easily surmountable steps that make an unpredictable future predictable.

In addition, I am an avid backpacker with experience in land navigation, emergency first aid, and wilderness survival.

How do you choose what you recommend?

Actually, the majority of this blog is not, and will not be product recommendations. I hope that my readers gain an understating of how to think about prepping and logistical challenges, and my take on surmounting some of those challenges. That being said, the products that I do recommend, through Amazon or otherwise, are products that I own and have tested, and products that I rely on when SHTF.

There is a saying I heard when studying logistics in the Marine Corps, and that I think applies to prepping, “Amateurs talk tactics; professionals study logistics”. You don’t need to be a Navy Seal to defend yourself, you just need to have enough knowledge to use your weapon effectively, and make sure that you have prepared for any foreseeable circumstance. This encompasses my purpose for this blog.

If you have any suggestions for articles you want me to write, products you want me to recommend, or want to ask a specific prepping question, you can reach me at matt@leatherneckprep.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

Semper Fi,