Friday, July 08, 2005

In the Sandbox...

2-4-7 Cav...and...

Recon Marines
Recon Marines go through much of the same training as do Navy SEALs and Army Special Forces soldiers. They are physical prodogies who can run twelve miles loaded with 100-pound packs, then jump into the ocean and swim several more miles, still wearing their boots and fatigues, and carrying their weapons and packs. They are trained to parachute, scuba dive, snowshoe, mountain climb and rappel from helicopters. Fewer than 2 percent of all Marines who enter into the Corps are selected for Recon training, and of those chosen, more than half wash out. Even those who make it commonly only do so after suffering bodily injury that borders on the grievous, from shattered legs to broken backs.
Recon Marines are also put through Survival Evasion Resistance Escape school (SERE), a secretive training course where Marines, fighter pilots, Navy SEALs and other military personnel in high-risk jobs are held "captive" in a simulated prisoner-of-war camp in which the student inmates are locked in cages, beaten and subjected to psychological torture overseen my military psychiatrists --all with the intent of training them to stand up to enemy captivity.
-Evan Wright, Generation Kill

...girls of the USAF...
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