7 Most dangerous and arduous military training on the planet

The army is an important part of a country's defense. But for it to be respectable, military training must be intense and heavy. To prepare soldiers for any challenge, preparatory activities focus on physical, endurance, and psychological development.

During training, soldiers learn to handle focus weapons, survive extreme situations and environments, save lives, withstand torture, undergo deprivation from fatigue, hunger, fatigue, and other physiological needs.

And for you who think it's easy, here I have selected the most difficult military training courses ever created. Get ready to drink snake blood, get shot in the chest, and swim across frozen rivers.

1. seals (USA)

The United States Navy SEALs (Sea, Air and Land Teams), the US Navy's main special operations force, is one of the most famous tactical groups in the world.

To become a member of the team, you must go through over 30 months of training, with the training peaking early on in the dreaded Hell Week. During this 7-day period, recruits sleep only four hours a night and spend five and a half days in the cold and completely covered in mud while undergoing extreme training.

They perform activities such as floating for five minutes in the open ocean, swimming to the shallow end of the pool and turning around without touching the bottom or going back to the bottom, doing a backwards, forwards and underwater somersault with their hands clasped and the key to free themselves stored deep inside.

The baby SEALs still have to face two more years of training to become part of the special operations group.

2. SASR (Australia)

The Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) was created at the end of World War II as the Australian Army's Special Forces Regiment. To join the group of about 100 men and women, recruits must go through the toughest selection process on record.

One of the stages of training is to undergo interrogation and resistance practices similar to those employed by the CIA. The candidates are stripped completely naked, have their heads covered by a bag, and are thrown into cells where they are forced to stay in stress positions for hours on end without eating or sleeping.

The SASR has the two best training camps in the world. The SASR is so difficult to enter that in 50 years, 48 soldiers have died during the selection process.

Special Services Group (Pakistan)

Founded in the 1950s, Pakistan's Special Group is the country's main elite operations force. To join the elite, soldiers must serve at least two years in the regular army and have earned a perfect score on the entry aptitude test.

The training lasts eight months, and the recruits are required to cover areas of almost 60 kilometers in 12-hour periods on several occasions, as well as run 8 kilometers (carrying all equipment) in forty minutes. After this time, the midshipmen must complete seven parachuting missions, five during the day and two at night.

And to top it all off, the "survivors" still have to go through a special training course lasting a year and a half. Those selected then sign a term with their own blood and cannot leave the unit until they are discharged for health reasons.

4. spetsnaz (Russia)

The Russian Special Purpose Unit is an elite force created by the Soviet Union after World War II. For security reasons, they do not disclose the number of combatants, but to enter the select group, you have to go through a five-year training program.

The first five months of the program are aimed at "destroying" the candidates physically and psychologically. In the next stage, the soldiers are "reconstructed" and trained to execute missions with completely unexpected situations.

One of the insane exercises is the chest shooting exercise, where two soldiers shoot each other and the only target is the chest. The objective is to prepare the soldiers for the moment of shock that he may be shot by the enemy, having a reaction at the same instant, with precision and very fast.

During training, soldiers become experts in the use of various types of firearms, sabotage actions, guerrilla warfare, and urban operations. The Spetsnaz's greatest specialty is in hostage rescue operations, and they are one of the world's leading anti-terrorist offensive groups.

5. shayetet 13 (Israel)

The Shayetet 13 is the Israeli Navy's Special Forces unit that specializes in counter-terrorism operations, hostage rescue, and interception of vessels on the high seas.

During the period, recruits become experts at diving in extreme cold and unsightly conditions, skydiving, and even demolitions. Before candidates are accepted as members of Shayetet 13, they are sent to participate in actual assault missions at sea.

The highlight is the training which involves side rappelling and jumping from the top of one of Tel Aviv's tallest buildings. The goal is to keep the focus only on the window and wait for the command from the boss so that the soldiers can move. Only then do the aspirants qualify to join the team.

Republic of Korea Special Forces (South Korea)

The special troop is part of the South Korean army, and to join the team, soldiers must at least be a black belt in Taekwondo. And this is the most relaxed part of the training.

In one activity, conducted during the intense winter period (when temperatures fall below -22 °C), the recruits spend 10 days doing activities where they run around shirtless, fight in the snow, ski with heavy weapons, and swim across frozen rivers. If you survive all this, the commanders still select the best ones to join the unit.

7. SAS (Great Britain)

The Special Air Service is a special unit of the British Army. It was the first special operations force and is among the most respected in the world. Its training process is called Endurance, and is considered one of the most arduous on the planet.

Among the challenges, the recruits are dropped off in the middle of nowhere and have to cover a distance of almost 65 kilometers in twenty hours. And the going is not easy. Only the toughest guys can finish the training to join the SAS.

The soldiers must cover this distance while carrying about 25 kilos of weight and a rifle. In addition, they have no access to any food, carry only a bottle of water, and must wear boots that do not fit properly on their feet. What's more, while completing the mission, they cannot be captured or are immediately disqualified.

And if you think that's all? No! If the recruit still reaches his destination he still has to run almost 6.5 kilometers in half an hour. There are reports that 125 midshipmen died between 2000 and 2015 while trying to join the SAS.

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