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The most brutal methods in Special Operations Forces training

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Crawling on sharp rocks. Pshaw! Lying in freezing cold water? Child’s play. Cold is just a state of mind. Ah, breaking the burning slump block on your back with a sledgehammer. Yes! No problem. It’s only a part of Spetsnaz SERE training.

Hey, knowing how to deal out pain is important in wartime, but it’s just as important to be able to take it. The Spetsnaz undergo “pain management” drills where they swim through pools lined with barbed wire, get tied to chairs and beaten with baseball bats, and are dragged behind trucks. The point of this is to make it so they can ignore injuries in combat and strike back hard.

Just to get into a Spetznaz unit to start the training, you have to stand in the middle of a ring of 5 experienced Spetznaz soldiers who then attack you with fists, feet, and bats – sometimes 2 at a time. You must keep getting up and fighting back until you quit (and don’t get in), or they quit or you’re knocked unconscious.

Supposedly Sayeret Matkal (IDF special forces) has some pretty hard methods. They kidnap their recruits, shuffles them into a hut in the middle of the desert, and proceeds to torture them.

US marines stationed in Thailand took part in a practice that included beheading chickens with their teeth, and drinking snake blood.

Because I’m so empathetic( and I have a queasy stomach) I didn’t post any pictures. Though Click on the link (U.S. Marines take part in gruesome survival training in Thai jungle)if enjoy grotesque, nauseating, pictures.

Chinese paramilitary police crawl under fire obstacles. In Belarus, the red berets head butt flaming concrete blocks. The Taiwanese SF practice of crawling on rocks is pretty badass!

In fact, every special ops soldier has starved, been sleep-deprived, made long-distance movements with heavyweight (whether on land or water). It’s needed in order to understand we are capable of much more than we think we are. There are guys who say Ranger School was harder than combat, but I disagree with that because Ranger School is a controlled environment; combat is chaos.

I don’t think training should be brutal. It should be tough with extremely high standards. To all those who are going through SOF training, I hope you survive!!

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Portuguese Army new Assault Rifle: SCAR-L in 5,56x45mm

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On the 20th February 2019, FN Herstal was awarded a major contract for thousands of assault rifles,  by NATO’s Support & Procurement Agency (NSPA) on behalf of the Portuguese Army.  The contract is for the 5.56x45mm  caliber FN SCAR L assault rifles. Included in this contrat, FN will also supply other guns, namely the FN40GL grenade launchers, MINIMI 5.56 and 7.62 Mk3 light and medium machine guns respectively, and the designated Marksman Rifle SCAR-H in 7,62x51mm.

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The NSPA, is the main logistics and procurement agency of NATO and is able to handle and support procurement for member nations. NSPA described the contract as a ‘major milestone’ for the agency. The contract was signed by FN’s sales director and NSPA General Manager.

NSPA made a short statement:

“NSPA awarded today a contract to Belgium-based FN Herstal, one of the world’s leading designers and manufacturers of small caliber weapons. This is for the Agency a major contract to produce FN SCAR® assault rifles and FN MINIMI® machine guns as new standard issue weapons for the Portuguese Army’s.

The contract includes the manufacture and supply of 5.56mm and 7.62mm NATO caliber FN SCAR® assault rifles, FN40GL grenade launchers, MINIMI® 5.56 and 7.62 Mk3 Tactical light machine guns, and all related accessories.

The Portuguese Army’s standard issue service rifle is currently a Portuguese license produced variant of the Heckler & Koch G3, while the MG3 and HK21 are used in the General Purpose and Light Machine Gun purpose. The exact size of this new contract and its worth have not yet been announced, but In 2017, when the program was released, the acquisition called for 11 000 assault rifles in 5.56x45mm. The value of this weapons package procurement would be €42.8 million ($50.3 million).

This is a major acquisition for the Portuguese Army as the old G3 Battle Rifles are outdated, even in its class, and are obvious not adequate for the assault role. This purchase does not only manage to replace the G3 Battle rifle with one of the best current assault rifles, if not the best, but it will allow that the Portuguese Army to change the fire dynamics of it´s small units, increasing firepower and combat capabilities and being able to have more Hit probability on the enemy.

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The Murph Challenge Workout

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Special operations operators are well beyond professional athletes. SFO’s are in extreme physical conditions. they are prepared to react instantly, in defense of our county. One SFO stands out to me. Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy, Navy Seal. No, I never had the supreme honor of meeting the man, but I have read and followed every piece of information I could find on him. “Lt Murphy” became a Navy Seal in July 2002. After several if not numerous mission combating terrorism, Lt. Micheal P. Murphy was surrounded by Taliban soldiers, along with his three other Navy Seals.

“Murphy was killed on 28 June 2005 after he left his cover position and went to a clearing away from the mountains, exposing himself to a hail of gunfire in order to get a clear signal to contact headquarters for relaying the dire situation and requesting immediate support for his team. He dropped the satellite phone after being shot multiple times but picked the phone back up and finished the call. While being shot, he signed off saying- “Thank You”, then continued fighting from his exposed position until he died from his wounds.” Michael P. Murphy – Wikipedia

Lt. Murphy left behind a legacy of honor and fitness and preparedness that many strive to archive. Lt. Murphy called this workout Body Armour, after his death, the workout was renamed The Murph Challenge.

  • A 1-mile run.
  • Then 100 pull-ups.
  • Then 200 pushups.
  • Then 300 squats.
  • And ANOTHER 1-mile run.

I’m not saying professional athletes couldn’t do it, but Lt Murphy did this for fun.

That being said, I once met an SFO, in Hampton, VA. He was in his late fifties and ran alongside our platoon one morning during pt. , We finished a five-mile run, and he turned to us, and said… that’s it? cmon let’s do it again. The Master Chief was about 6′1 looked like he weighed about 220. It wasn’t until afterward, When I asked him, what was his weight, and almost fell out learning he was 185.

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