Getting down and dirty for jungle warfare training
Marines with Company I, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines maintain security positions while moving through a series of obstacles during the endurance course at the Jungle Warfare Training Center at Camp Gonsalves, Okinawa, Feb. 12, 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.