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!!