Soldiers learn hand-to-hand combat at old Army Hospital

Soldiers learn hand-to-hand combat at old Army Hospital

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Things got a little physical Friday on Fort Benning.

The Maneuver Captains Career Course Combatives Program teamed up with the U.S. Army Combatives Course to provide junior captains with some realistic training in hand-to-hand combat as part of the Tactical Combatives Exercise.

This training started eight weeks ago. It began with hand strikes that progressed into kicks, take-downs and detainee operations.

The physically demanding course is designed to enhance a warrior's agility and lethality by testing their endurance and mental toughness.

"When they get back out into the force they can instill it into their programs and provide their soldiers with the confidence that they'll need to engage the enemy if something was to go wrong with their weapon and have the confidence to know that they can defeat the enemy in a hand-to-hand combat scenario," said Captain Lazaro Oliva, instructor for the course.

The warriors trained in the old Martin Army Hospital building.

Organizers say the building provided a real-life scenario because in a foreign country you never know what to expect going into an abandoned building that could or could not be occupied by hostile enemy.

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