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"A PERSON THAT SAVED AT LEAST ONE LIFE WAS NOT BORN FOR NOTHING"

TRAINING MILITARY AND POLICE COMMANDOS

               

My old friend, former colonel of the airborne forces, used to say that training a soldier is very easy: first you teach him how to shoot and then you explain to him at whom to shoot.

                     

 

But actual training of assault troops is an extremely difficult didactic task, as apart from combat, soldiers have to learn to safely and quickly cope with all types of terrain. However, as long as there is gravitation on Earth, traversing vertical obstacles, whether uphill or downhill, will always involve risk of accidents and such places will intuitively be avoided.

Still, there are examples of military leaders in history who moved their army across the mountains and because of that won in battle ( Napoleon Bonaparte unexpectedly attacked Italians from the Saint Bernard Pass, Polish king Jan III Sobieski took Turks by surprise when his army traversed the mountainous terrain before the battle of Vienna).

Training that enables soldiers to cope with all kinds of terrain and to transport equipment and supplies, and if such a need arises also the injured and the sick, is a field in which experience of mountain rescuers is invaluable.

As an old military saying goes, any problems should be reported only after the order has been carried out. But that requires soldiers to be properly trained.

Mountaineering trainings carried out in caves and on rocks are part of such training.