Being prepared at all times is one of the traits you need to practice when you’re in the military or plan to join the military in the future. And since you’ll never know when you will exactly need to start. fire as needed, you must always have this GI Magnesium Firestarter with you – wherever you go. The magnesium fire starter does not require matches or lighters. Simply shave off some magnesium, give it. spark and you’ll have fire in an instant. This military fire starter is also great for camping trips or to keep close by in case of emergencies. It comes with handy key chain so you can easily keep it in your trouser or backpack.