That Annual Military Training Exercise Where Marines Drink the Blood Of Cobras In Thailand Is Underway

It’s that time of year again…

Time for the annual Cobra Gold military training exercise in Thailand where U.S. Marines engage in extensive jungle combat training with our friends in the Asian-Pacific region.

Every year, thousands of soldiers from all over the world participate in this international military training exercise that teaches valuable survival skills in the harsh jungle habitats. According to the Daily Mail, 4,500 members of the US forces will be partaking in different drills on land and sea, along side other soldiers from Singapore, China, Japan, India, South Korea, Indonesia and Malaysia. In total, 28 different nations will be represented.

Ok great, what’s the story?

Well, this training requires soldiers to drink the blood of decapitated cobras, eat tarantulas and scorpions, and choke down some jungle plants in addition to dozens of other land and sea survival exercises.

It’s hardcore shit.

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