10 Most Shocking Military Training Exercises

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From drinking cobra blood to passing live grenades, military exercises are sometimes so brutal it they make people lose their minds, completely. The ones who devote their life to saving others are tested to their limits and the way it’s done is often found to be inhumane and excruciating. We’ve searched around the world to find what practiced armies use to teach their soldiers and in the list below we’ve gathered the ten uttermost shocking military training exercises.

Hot Potato With A Grenade

People’s Liberation Army in China use a brutal way to teach discipline and precision. The commander pulls the pin of the grenade enabling it to give live before passing it to a soldier whose job is to pass it to another soldier and so forth in line until the grenade comes into the arms of the last in line. After that, the last in line has the responsibility to drop the bomb into a hole and then everyone takes cover to save their life. Apparently this particular exercise teaches how to handle live weapons.

Tightrope Walking Over Burning Logs

The Belarus Army in Europe sure has a particularly nasty way of learning their soldiers to walk a tightrope. They do so by telling soldiers to walk over burning logs and to make things more interesting then shoot at their feet from the ground. It teaches discipline and coordination.

Freezing In The Surf

One of the most common practices of the US navy SEAL training program is to make the soldiers lie down and link their arms while waves crash over their heads and they have to endure it for eight minutes without air. After that, they are made to run and go through sand dunes before doing the next set of exercises.

Drinking The Blood Of Cobras

US Marines are obligated to attend an eleven-day survival training in the jungles of Thailand during which they eat the tails of cobras they catch and drink their blood.

Crawling Through A Bed Of Rocks

Taiwan Marines’ last set of training exercises involves crawling through a 50-metre long path that’s completely filled with sharp-edged rocks. The task is known as the “Road to heaven”.


Learning To Take The Pain

Russian Army uses Pain Management Training in order to learn their soldiers how to tolerate pain. It involves smashing a burning concrete slab in half with a sledgehammer on a soldier’s abdomen and later getting beaten by the superior officers while not being allowed to move or produce any noise.

Taking A Shot To The Chest

Russian Special Force expects their future soldiers to be able to take a shot in the chest from a minimal distance while wearing a bulletproof vest. It almost always involves the soldiers getting hurt.

Exposure To Tear Gas

British RAF might have the most brutal training exercise of them all. They ask of their soldiers to get into the gas chambers while wearing gas masks and then to take them off which makes the gas impact them stronger. Afterwards they need to be able to shout their name and number before they faint.

Half-Naked Snow Fights

South Korea sends their future soldiers to a special part of the country that has a temperature of minus 30 degrees Celsius where they have to run a marathon in snow while being dressed only in a set of underwear and running shoes.

Suicide Bombing

Terrorist organization training usually leaves you with no chance of survival and is therefore the worst way of training by far. It is common for soldiers to get trained as to how to handle explosives and also how to be fearless in order to one day go and become suicide bombers.