1. Good physical fitness: Cross-train to include weight training and cardiovascular.
  2. Hydration: Put water or non-caffeinated fluids into your body. Good hydration all day long improves performance. Don't just drink water right before you fly.
  3. Proper fit and wear of life support equipment: Follow the technical orders and ensure daily and periodic inspections are performed, as well as refits accomplished.
  4. Anti-G straining maneuver: Master this. Follow the techniques and good habit patterns. Take a big breath, contract all muscles, and every three seconds have a rapid exchange of air.
  5. Accurate awareness of energy status: Know the maneuvering potential of the aircraft.
BONUS TIP: Know when to stand down: If today isn't your best day -- you're not feeling well, you didn't get enough sleep, etc. -- fly another day. Pilots don't like to miss sorties, but they shouldn't push themselves to the danger point.

-- Lt. Col. Jon Counsell
Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas