I've been wanting to begin prepping for the past 8 years now, but at the time I was AD Military, and when you're always out of country and never get the chance to do so, it's hard to start. Got out last year and have been working (OCONUS again) a lot and saving money so I can buy land and start my preps when I get back CONUS next year. I'm still in the process of getting my Retreat, and I have been planning and budgeting for some time now, and I will be able to be done getting everything set up within the next 5 years. I plan on looking at several large plots of land next year and once I find the right place, I plan on setting up shop for at least a year while I set everything up. make sure I know my land well and that I know where all the access and egress points are as well as any choke points that I could make a stand at. I do have plans for several people to join me at my retreat, all of which are aware of the amount of work and effort that will have to go into things. Most of the places I am looking at are over two hours from any major city, but have a small town of less than 300 people that are mostly self-sufficient within a 30 min drive or a days walk. Everyone that I have invited to join me are prior AD Military (All of which I served/worked with for an extended period of time) with the exception of any family members they may have, and I know they can handle themselves if a fight were to happen. I just joke that I'll be fine, as long as the world waits 6 years to go to shit. Give me enough time to get my land set up and have an understanding of how it does things. Prepping is a funny thing to me, the more I learn the more I feel like there is no end to it. You can never be too prepared. I've already got the basic BOB with one week worth of necessities and the stuff I would need to get more food and clean water, I just need to know how far is too far or if I've hit the tip of the Ice Berg of my prepping.