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"Cobra Gold" military drill starts in Thailand

02-14-2014 00:25 BJT

Troops from seven countries have begun the annual military exercise in Thailand called "Cobra Gold". Over 9,000 personnel are involved. This year, for the first time, a small Chinese contingent is taking part.

Deep in the jungles of Thailand a military drill is taking place. This is all part of an annual exercise called "Cobra Gold," with over 9,000 personnel in attendance. One of the largest war games staged in the region- it includes troops from from 7 nations.

Here, troops train in infantry tactics, share medical advice, and figure out the best way to stay alive in the middle of the jungle.

"I think it’s awesome getting to train with the Thai and getting to see how they do everything. It’s a great training exercise. A lot of new stuff that we get to learn and hopefully we get to pass it on to our junior marines as well," said Lance Cpl. Matthew Long, US marine.

It is here; in the jungle logical reasoning is key to survival. The class involved learning to live off the land from the various types of food sources available in the jungle. That includes everything from scavenging for insects to eat, finding water, avoiding poisonous snake.

Special Forces members demonstrated successful ways of attaining drinking water, many in unexpected places. US Soldiers were given the opportunity to participate in a local Thai custom of drinking cobra blood. Instructors explained that this is also a source of liquid when no other water source is available.

"A lot of the things they taught us today with hydration of cobra blood; you know picking up different vegetation on the ground and stuff like that, knowing what you can eat and what you can’t, that’s all stuff that’s very practical to what we do," said Lance Cpl. Jonathan Cavanness, US marine.

For the next week, soldiers will also participate in field training drills, humanitarian projects, and mock-combat exercises, including a staged amphibious raid on a beach. Already in its 33rd iteration, the objective is for participating nations to learn from each other’s unique experience and better prepare for a unified approach to future contingencies.

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