Friday, January 16, 2009

week two: patriot phase

During week 2 recruits begin unarmed combat training, also known as hand-to-hand combat or Ground Fighting Technique (GFT).  The training often culminates in a competition.

Recruits are also instructed in map reading, land navigation, and compass use.  These skills are put to the test at the Compass Course where recruits are divided into groups and must navigate their way to a series of points throughout a wooded area.

Recruits will also tackle other physical challenges including Victory Tower and the Teamwork Development Course.  Victory Tower is an exercise where recruits must navigate through several obstacles at extreme heights, including climbing and traversing rope ladders and bridges.  They must then rappel down a 50-foot wall (back-first, with rope harness).  In the Teamwork Development Course, squads must negotiate a series of obstacles, with emphasis on working as a team rather than as individuals.

First aid training is also given during this period.  Recruits are trained in evaluating and properly treating casualties, ranging from the simple dressing of a wound to application of a tourniquet.  Recruits are also trained in how to evaluate and treat heat casualties such as dehydration.


  1. It seems to me that we paid a lot of money for you and Janne to do these kinds of things at Girl Scout camp! LOL!

  2. I know, and he's getting paid to do them!! :)


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