Military Life

This is why jungle warfare training is more important now than ever

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(U.S. Army photo)

Jungle warfare is different and more challenging, not because of the wild animals but the environment. Most soldiers find jungle training as it is more intense and comes with different challenges because we spent the last 20 years in the mountains and desert. A basically trained soldier straight from boot camp can barely survive in jungle warfare, but those trained in the jungle can survive pretty much everywhere. While it is not every day that jungle warfare arises, it is good to be prepared for the toughest battles. Perhaps, this is the reason most governments are now focusing on jungle warfare training. Maybe its because there is rising anti-American tensions in the far east. It’s hard to tell based on assumptions.

Builds Resilience

Any form of military training is sure to enhance resilience among the trainees but not as good as jungle warfare training. In the jungle, trainees are more likely to suffer mental and physical fatigue, particularly those not in good physical shape. The humidity alone will make you want to CTRL+ALT+DEL yourself. When a soldier develops resilience, he or she is sure to survive even in the toughest conditions. However, different environments require different training because you train for the extreme, not mild. My dog can survive mild. If you’re in the Marine Corps, prepare to be thrown around America training for every clime and place. It sounded good on the recruitment poster, now you have to deliver. Take these mortar shells up to that peak on foot during a snow storm. ‘Rah!

Enhances Critical Understanding

It’s critical to have a flexible and adaptive force that knows how to operate in close quarters and is experienced in jungle warfare. Training soldiers for jungle warfare enhances their critical thinking and understanding of matter as they constantly have to sort solutions to upcoming challenges during their operation. Understanding the jungle itself is quite a task; hence, mastering tactics to curb the enemy in such zones can be quite tough. This might be even more difficult if the enemy has trained its forces for jungle warfare for a long time. 

Troops need to rethink their existing concept to jungle warfare training in order to rediscover what works from the old days, eliminate what doesn’t, and adapt a 21st-century strategy. This strategy should concentrate on two key areas: a shift into comprehensive jungle training rather than just harsh jungle training and training for all weaponry, not just infantry.

The Communist Chinese are becoming experts in jungle warfare

The biggest threat to the American Way of life is the communist Chinese agenda. Since 2016, they have been training with other countries such as Brazil who trained 6,000 Chinese officers. We need to remember as warfighters that the allies of yesterday may be aiding and abetting the enemies of tomorrow. The future wars in the Pacific are becoming a reality and those who prepare for future wars will dictate the terms in which it is fought. We as a nation have been out of the jungle for decades. Amphibious operations seem like they had their glory days in the second World War. However, tensions in the Pacific via threats from the communist Chinese, and an environment alien to the average American are things that have to be considered by the commanders of tomorrow. Just because today you may not deem it important, the Chinese do. They’re training. Are you?