Getting down and dirty for jungle warfare training
By LISA TOURTELOT | STARS AND STRIPES Published: March 3, 2014
CAMP GONSALVES, Okinawa — Marines with Company I, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines recently trained on the endurance course at the Jungle Warfare Training Center at Camp Gonsalves, Okinawa.
The endurance course is a rigorous training exercise that consists of a series of obstacles and tests, designed to mimic the challenges of jungle warfare. The course takes approximately four hours to complete and tests Marines’ abilities to work together to overcome the physical and mental obstacles.
Participants in the course are pushed to the brink by exhausting marches through jungle terrain, up and down mountainsides, through mud and sometimes chest-deep water, beneath yards of razor wire and through dense wildlife, all while instructors test their knowledge of warfare skills, including first aid, rappelling and squad maneuvers.