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Five Military Units Whose Training You Couldn't Handle
1. Special Ops in the Philippines: Toss Another One Back
Both the Philippines’ Coast Guard Special Operations Group (CGSOG) and their Naval Special Operations Group (NAVSOG) feel that you really don’t know a soldier until you’ve gotten them rip roaring drunk and forced them to run six miles. In an attempt to answer the questions, “What would our soldiers do if they were hammered…and really nauseous…and half asleep…and dizzy?” the CGSOG and the NAVSOG get their guys and girls drunk and put them through Hell Blast, which is basically their regular training regime, complete with target shooting, running and swimming. Not only do the soldiers learn how to perform even when their minds are failing them, but the unit’s commander gets to figure out who the biggest jerks of the group are.
2. North Korean Storm Corps… If They Actually Exist
So this is pretty crazy: the Storm Corps probably exist, but the first rule of the Storm Corps is that you don’t talk about the Storm Corps, so who really knows. Seriously, this regime is only known because of rumors; there’s practically nothing that’s ever been officially confirmed by North Korea. However, there once was a captured and tortured soldier who spilled a few beans about the Storm Corps training. Apparently, soldiers are trained to handle up to 15 opponents at one time. A Storm Corps defector said that soldiers have to punch a tree trunk 5,000 times in a row for a month. Assuming they still have knuckles left, they then have to then punch a jagged tin can and then a pile of salt.
3. Live With the Green Berets
In order to specialize in unconventional warfare and counterterrorism, the Green Berets (U.S. Army Special Forces) undergo a month of training called Exercise Robin Sage. The point is for the soldiers to learn how to blend into a foreign country and train guerrilla units in order to liberate the country. Since most countries aren’t cool with American troops hanging out for a month and stirring up trouble, though, the U.S. created its own “country” within the country. The People’s Republic of Pineland takes up fifteen counties in North Carolina and the year-round residents become part of the Army’s training during the month-long exercise. It’s like a big role playing game, but one that’s super serious and important.
4. Navy SEALs: Welcome to Hell
During the Navy SEALs’ Hell Week, 50% of recruits drop out - or maybe they just snooze through roll call and get kicked out, which is entirely possible, because they’re forced to run on just four hours of sleep a week. Yes, per week. When they’re not dreaming for those lovely 240 minutes, the SEALs are carrying logs up sand dunes, wading through a freezing ocean and maneuvering through a simulated combat zone.
5. The Russian Spetznaz: Blood and Guts and More Blood
Throwing hatchets and doing back flips is just the start of the wild and crazy training the Spetznaz puts its soldiers through. Basic training includes a distinctive martial art that teaches how to kill quickly and use two guns at one time. Oh, and then the soldiers have to beat each other up to make sure they’ve all been good learners. Not cringing yet? Okay, tough guy, how about this: soldiers are woken out of their slumber in the middle of the night, dragged through the dark, thrown into a tiny corridor and forced to decide between wading through waist-high blood and rotting organs or getting attacked by a vicious dog.
Image by: United States Navy
Ashley Jenkins is a professional blogger that shares tips and advice on health, training and nutrition. He writes for Fitness 19, a leading fitness facility with affordable month to month memberships.