We can see Cpl. Anthony Skon as he closes his eyes and braces himself against the weight of a Marine climbing over him to scale a wall during the endurance course at the Jungle Warfare Training Center, Okinawa. The U.S. Marines ran in 12-man squads over roughly five miles of Okinawa jungle and through 30 obstacles in JWTC’s culminating event, which helps to build upon what the Marines learned through the previous week of jungle warfare training.
Below we have another honorable mention in the Combat Training category with a picture called: “Pull,” by Sgt. Matthew Callahan, USMC.
A Marine purses his eyes and lips shut as he is dragged from a mock booby trap in the “Pit and Pond” obstacle during the endurance course April 19 at the Jungle Warfare Training Center, Okinawa, Japan. The endurance course is the final event Marines participating in jungle warfare training must face, trudging through roughly five miles of Okinawa jungle through 30 obstacles. Marines got creative in shuffling their squad mates beneath loose Plexiglas, avoiding contact with the “booby trap” at all costs. If any portion of the pane is touched, all Marines in a five-meter radius are considered casualties and have to go back through the Pit and Pond. The Marines are with Company L, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment. The Hawaii-based battalion is attached to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force as part of the unit deployment program.
All pictures found via the Defense Information School.
Hawaii sounds like Heaven to me, but there are obviously places and instances where the opposite might be true. Have you ever been to a similar training, or worse?