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Subject: military training techniques
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Asked by: hasch-ga
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Posted: 15 Oct 2002 23:35 PDT
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Question ID: 77158
I am trying to find literature on military training techniques.  Such
as why they buz their hair. basicaly why the US chooses to train
troops the way they do.
Subject: Re: military training techniques
Answered By: johnny_phoenix-ga on 16 Oct 2002 06:22 PDT
Hello Hasch, 

That's a pretty open ended question but lets start with the specific
question first before the general one.

Q: Why do soldiers wear their hair so short?

A: There are several reasons for this. Firstly but my no means the
most important is that it looks smarter and more uniform to have a
platoon of soldiers that look more or less the same. Secondly and more
practically soldiers are less likely to be distracted by short hair,
which could get in the way. Last but not least, it is a lot easier to
treat a soldier with a head wound if they have short hair. Being
treated in the field there is less chance of infection from dirty
hair, particularly if the soldier has been exposed to chemical or
biological weapons traces could be retained in the hair.

Some of this answer was derived from the following site. 

Wide Angle

General Question
As far as the more general question is concerned, "Why are troops
trained in the way that they are?"

Well this as I said is a much wider question. Military training is
always evolving, improving, adapting. The aim of military training is
to ensure that the soldiers are prepared and functional in a war or
battle scenario.

Therefore military training techniques are always adapting in response
to a number of different factors, technology available, enemy
technology, enemy tactics, experience, history, etc.

So the answer is that troops are trained in the way that they are in
order that they will have the best chance of survival and ability to
execute their mission.

For example, it is standard practice to enclose recruits in a sealed
room and expose them to CS Gas whilst they put on their NBC suits
(Nuclear, Biological and Chemical). This is not an exercise in cruelty
- (although some recruits may playfully argue the point) but it is a
valid training technique that prepares soldiers for conditions that
they may encounter.

So if the worst were to happen and we were attacked by chemical or
biological weapons, the rest of us could run around screaming and
panicking but the military would be prepared, cool headed and

So the answer to your question is The reason that the US trains its
troops in the way that it does is simply because it is the best way to
train them to ensure that they remain prepared, alert, capable and
most of all alive.

Some other general questions

Q: Why do soldiers wear boots?
A: Because experience relates that because they march a lot sometime
carrying burgeons weighing almost their own bodyweight or more, the
ankle needs support, not for any soft reason, but because it will
allow them to run further and faster and therefore make them more

Q: Why do soldiers go to the toilet in a bag whilst behind enemy
A: If you are trying to infiltrate behind enemy lines, if you leave
even a trace that you have been there the element of surprise is lost.
The smell of urine or faeces may as well be a big american flag
announcing your arrival. So they take all their waste with them in
sealed bags, flasks, etc.

Search Keys "Why do Soldiers", "US Military" Training Techniques 

I hope this helps

Johnny Phoenix
Subject: Re: military training techniques
From: animalguy-ga on 01 Nov 2002 05:17 PST
I don't have proof of this from any particular source, BUT: Lice and
other crawleys were a problem in the trenches during WWI. Shaving the
head was a treatment for lice in that era. (I have pictures of my
grandmother during that time with a shaved head due to lice).
Therefore, keeping the hair closely cropped was a pre-emptive strike
against the lice; nits (lice eggs) need a hair shaft to attach to.
Another interesting tidbit: Soldiers going ashore on D-Day (Normandy)
were told to shower and put on clean uniforms. That was intended to
reduce the infections in the inevitable wounds.
I'm in the Army right now, writing to you from Afghanistan. I'm a
Veterinary Corps Officer so I have some wierd little bits of medical
lore from the military. Hope you found my comments entertaining. :)

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