NavElite, a Palm Harbor, FL company got its beginnings in October of 2010 when two former SOF operators decided to reinvent the wrist magnetic compass. Their experience in Afghanistan and Iraq highlighted the need for a wrist worn compass that was easy to read, operate and visible in low or no light conditions. What emerged from that experience is the patented NavElite Backlit Magnetic Compass (BLMC).The NavElite (BLMC) is not just a better mousetrap, everything from its Indiglo back-lighting to the markings on the face and shape of the needle was designed to make the compass fast and easy to use under any combat condition.During an interview with Andy, a retired SOF NCO and former DELTA team member, I had an opportunity to swap stories with him. I was dismayed to hear from Andy that teams leaving for an op may not have a single compass among them; relying solely on GPS. Which begs the questions, what happens if batteries die or you’re in a cave, building or dense forest? Andy’s view, one that I whole heartily agree with, is that a wrist compass should be part of every soldier’s or Marine’s kit. It’s as basic as MRE’s, socks and skivvies.R E A D E N T I R E A R T I C L E . . .