January 20, 2018 at 11:07 pm #55038January 21, 2018 at 1:41 pm #55046
Why did I post this? It is a gem of a documentary, that touches on a number of aspects that we have been discussing:
1) Selection of personnel, attitudes, and ‘smoke session.’ bear in mind though, that the small group has already been selected through RM Commando training, and probably through recon element training also.
2) Orders and planning process, recon, CTR, raid etc.
3) Arctic training and survival.
The RM Mountain Leaders are very highly regarded, and another ‘Special Forces’ element that you have never heard of.January 21, 2018 at 4:24 pm #55049GreenTipParticipant
On episode one where they jump from a cliff to another rock structure with a 260 foot drop. Would suck bad.
I am only on episode one. Once this course is completed where do these guys go? Back to there original unit? Or some unit associated with this training? They are all Royal Marines when they start right?January 21, 2018 at 6:06 pm #55053JohnnyMacParticipant
I just saw episode 1, and I’m kinda blown away by the lighthearted atmosphere. Is that a function of BBC editing or an accurate reflection of the vibe?January 21, 2018 at 6:48 pm #55058Joe (G.W.N.S.)Moderator
They are all Royal Marines when they start right?
No, there are other branches and even other nations that attend.
…I’m kinda blown away by the lighthearted atmosphere.
Many schools reflect such a attitude, particularly when dealing with more experienced personnel. It’s a time and place thing, plenty of time to be serious when required.
Note: Max’s previous post regarding senseless hazing discussed this.
They started course with the portion with highest drop out rate in regards to heights, better to weed out early, but they worked with those having problems to see if they could overcome issues.
They aren’t trying to drop people for its own sake, but will not lower standards either.
Later the use the land survival portion with an open-ended time in the field as a preparatory to physically and mentally wear down candidates prior to next phase (not depicted). This is an excellent demonstration of knowing how to induce stress for maximum training value. Again serves to weed out those who are not mentally prepared for work as RM Mountain Leaders. Each phase builds on the previous.
Watching and reading about such training and work does not even approach the realities of this. The mental stress is beyond what most have ever experienced. It’s a really big deal!
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