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How hard US service people train...

by grimgraphix / January 24, 2008 2:20 PM PST
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Survival training ....
by Angeline Booher / January 25, 2008 12:23 AM PST

...... is on as realistic a model as possible. I think it is the same for the other services, as well.

It may seem "over the top" to some, but is very necessary as it is geared to save the lives of those who serve.

For those who have the chance to see them, the Air Force often includes a demonstration of its rescue teams (from helicopters) at its air shows.

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Som,e parts...
by J. Vega / January 25, 2008 3:35 AM PST
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Some parts of it aren't too bad, but "resistance" stinks. An old Air Force joke says that "water survival" is an attempt to make up for "land survival". Water survival was done in South Florida and was the most fun I ever had in training.

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by Willy / January 25, 2008 12:54 AM PST

That's not BASIC training for new recruits. Its pretty much after that(boot camp), but yes its very demanding. All services provide similar or intensive survival skills as the needs dictate. However, the Army and USMC do similar training at lower levels as they are more prone to being exposed to the elements. Whiel this all special training it gets even more intense for units that expect the utmost like SEALs, LRP, Rangers, pilots as well as any advance units or behind line units.

over & out ----- Willy (USMC)

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by WOODS-HICK / January 25, 2008 1:09 AM PST
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when I went into the air national guard, in 1966, besides a minimal 6 week basic training including rifle and physical conditioning; breathing was the only requirement. then on to tech school. the pilots and AF special forces did receive more rigorous training. as soldiers and marines know we weren't much good on the ground. they protected us for the most part.

never needed you folks directly but glad you are there

out--w-h ILLANG

"No official USAF motto"

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Nav/Bombs had one...
by J. Vega / January 25, 2008 3:38 AM PST
In reply to: non-grunt

Nav/Bombs had one from a patch- DILLIGAFF. Does It Look Like I Give A Flying "Ahem".

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Pacthes and the like
by Willy / January 25, 2008 5:14 AM PST
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My mentiality was very different when I saw other services in olive drab, as they had all those patches, insignia, name tags, yada, yada. All we ever had was a iron-on patch <USMC> and rank. My favorite interpetion of USMC was "Uncle Sam's Misguided Children". wahhh! -----Willy

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Yeah, it's a hard training program ...
by Bill Osler / January 25, 2008 7:56 AM PST

My father was an instructor at the USAF survival program in Alaska during the Korea era. It sounds like it was pretty intense back then, too, though it has changed some over the years. I didn't realize it was a new training program when he was there.

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