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Old October 2, 2010, 12:04 PM   #8
Bartholomew Roberts
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Those are South African contractors training. The SAS/SBS and other organizations have used similar style training in the past. I don't know whether they still do it; and I'm not educated enough on the subject to speak as to whether it can be done safely.

My WAG would be that the training can be done safely with top quality instructors and facilities - otherwise these organizations wouldn't have used that type of training since they expend considerable resources to even identify likely candidates and can't afford to occasionally shoot the promising ones in a training accident. Of course, for all I know they no longer use that type of training because that is exactly what did happen - so I could be all washed up about that.

I think it goes without saying you'd have to have an immense amount of trust in an instructor to undergo anything remotely similar to that.
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