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7 painful things that are better than getting OC sprayed

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by MCIPAC Combat Camera Cpl. Allison Lotz)

OC qualifying is one of the most dreaded requirements in the military. Occasionally, you'll run into some people who will try to act tough by saying that OC qualifying isn't so bad but they're lying. It is that bad.

Certain ranks in the military require that the troop first experience the pain of oleoresin capsicum (OC) spray. For the same reasons one might opt to experience the pain of a taser, the aim here is for the person carrying such a tool to understand how it feels so they think twice before using it.


1. Getting kicked in the family jewels

This is extremely painful for any man to experience — but it's still not as bad as getting pepper sprayed and then subsequently having to fight people and do workouts afterward.

At least the pain won't last very long...

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2. Getting a toenail removed without lidocaine

Granted, any type of procedure is going to be painful without a sedative, but no matter how painful that procedure is, it's still not as bad as taking pepper spray to the face.

3. CS gas qualification

This is probably the worst part of boot camp — getting put into a bunker filled with tear gas then being forced to pull the mask off your face. If you've got lungs of steel, no problem, just hold your breath. But, if you take the smallest breath, your entire respiratory system is going to be on fire. Even still, pepper spray is much worse.

Once you get some fresh air, you'll be just fine.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Corporal Ashley Lawson)

4. MARSOC screener

This one will likely stir some debate, but let's be real: At the end of a MARSOC screener, even if you don't get picked, there's the gratification of having completed some of the most grueling preliminary testing the military has to offer. At the end of OC qualification, you're just in pain.

5. Taser qualification

People who have done both taser and OC qualification will debate this all day. You'll hear some may say they'd rather get tasered ten times than be sprayed once and vice versa. The truth, however, is that with tasers, the pain ends when the trigger is released. With OC, the pain lingers long after you complete training.

Some may prefer OC spray over getting tasered but they're probably crazy.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Corporal Christian Robertson)

6. Helo dunker

Training for a helicopter crash in water is fun for some, but a lot of people hate it. For those who don't know, what happens is you get strapped into a simulated helicopter, which then gets dropped in a pool, submerged, and flipped upside down.

Your goal is to escape the grips of death and resurface. Once you get out of the helicopter, you're done — that's it.

7. Reenlisting

The most commonly despised word across the military is "reenlistment." While the option to reenlist is not exciting, some might even choose it over getting pepper sprayed again.

This one might not be worth it in the end, though...

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Dengrier M. Baez)