Preparing soldiers for combat requires that trainers attempt to replicate the emotional and physical intensity of actual combat. Exercises are geared toward making skills second-nature and developing the discipline required to perform flawlessly on the field. Here are 10 military exercises that take combat preparation to the extreme to make sure soldiers are tough enough for modern combat, and ready to face death if the situation requires.
1. Playing with Grenades:
The People’s Liberation Army of China has soldiers perform an exercise that requires them to play “hot potato” with the hottest possible item: a live grenade. After the pin is pulled, soldiers toss the grenade back and forth until the final soldier throws it down a hole. Then, the soldiers take cover and cover their ears before the explosion.