Militaries all around the world put their service members through extensive and extremely rigorous drills to prepare them for the horrors they might face on the battlefield – and some go to extremes.
Take a look at some of the most intense military training programs from around the world.
Taiwan Marine Cops
To pass the final stage of a nine-week Amphibious Training Program, trainees in Taiwan’s Marine Cops have to crawl on a 150-foot path of jagged coral and rocks on their bellies.
China’s Paramilitary Police
Along with hand-to-hand combat skill training sessions, the paramilitary policemen in mainland China have to crawl under fire obstacles during the drill.
China’s Paramilitary Snipers
Paramilitary snipers in China are required to dunk their heads in basins of water. The members have to hold their breath underwater for as long as they can as part of a psychological drill.
The United States Marines
As a part of the jungle survival exercise, U.S. Marines have to excel in various tough tasks, which includes drinking cobra’s blood. The photo posted above features a Marine during “Cobra Gold 2013” – a joint exercise with Thai Navy.
South Korean Special Welfare Force
Members of the South Korean Special Warfare Forces have to complete their winter training sessions in frozen waters.
Shiite Fighters In Iraq
Shiite fighters in the Iraqi army waging war against the Islamic State take part in a series of rigorous exercises including close quarter, knife-wielding combats and tough field trainings in deserts.
In Gaza, militants taking part in the anti-Israel military drill have to jump down from bridges and cliffs as part of their trainings. The photo posted above features Palestinian militants from the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades – the armed wing of Fatah movement.
Kurdish People’s Protection Unit
The members of the Kurdish People's Protection Units have to make their way across a fire loop while hanging from monkey bars as a part of their annual drill.
Soldiers in Chinese army are required to complete their winter drills in temperatures as low as -22 F.
Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force
As a part of their annual training session, soldiers from Japanese Ground Self Defense Force have to hang on by a rope from cargo helicopters.
The United States Army
U.S. Army soldiers have to jump off the ramp of fighter jets and helicopters during the water training drill. The picture posted above features a soldier from 10th Special Forces Group jumping off with his military working dog as a part of exercise Emerald Warrior.
Red Beret Unit
Servicemen in Belarus have to pass a number of hard tests – including walking on a rod while the instructor fires below their feet – before being awarded entry to the country's elite “Red Beret” unit.
As for other Belarusian soldiers, they have to break flaming concrete slabs with their heads for their annual display of skills.
Operation Atlantic Resolve
Canadian soldiers deployed in Latvia for NATO's Operation Atlantic Resolve have to partake in an ice plunge training during joint military exercises. As evident from its name, the drill takes place in extremely cold weather.
Israeli soldiers have to complete a 43-mile march to complete their advanced training, at the end of which they receive their brown beret.
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