Last week, I listed the seven training packages candidates for Force Recon need to master. Today, we’re going to learn a bit more about each of these packages.
The long-range communications training includes satellite communication (SAT/COM), Morse code, and multiband radios. (For a woman who is still struggling to learn to use her i-phone, this is remarkable.)
In amphibious training, the warriors learn how to conduct hydrographic surveys and how to launch from submarines and other vessels. In advanced dive course, they fine tune infiltration and extraction techniques.
Advanced parachuting demands that the candidates learn the techniques of HAHO (high altitude, high opening) into drop zones from 25,000 feet.
Foreign weapons training teaches the men to identify and fire weapons from other countries while arms training teaches how to call for close air support.
Finally, the field exercise demands that the candidate combine everything they’ve learned, including amphibious infiltrations and extractions, hydrographic surveys, mountain and desert patrols at bases around the United States, a parachute jump.
After they have completed all of these exercises, they are assigned to bases around the world for another six months, where the focus is on direct action missions, including hostage rescues, takedowns of ships and oil platforms, and helicopter deployments.
Are you bursting with pride, as I am, in these courageous warriors who put everything on the line to protect the United States of America and our way of life? I hope so.
May God bless you and the United States of America,