The drills might look the same, but the atmosphere couldnt be more different.
Hollywood often portrays Army training in the same light as football tryouts. The movies show recruits running sprints or grinding their way through obstacle courses with a hail of encouraging cheers coming from their teammates and drill instructors who yell at them to keep pushing.
In reality, the Darby Queen obstacle course at Fort Benning, Ga., home of the Rangers and the Army Airborne School, is as quiet as a library. Recruits scurry over walls, shimmy over logs, hop along a maze of stumps, and climb up 20 feet of rope to a wooden platform without so much as an audible grunt. The only sounds are the chirping of birds and the occasional whispered, Come on, from their fellow soldiers.
It is the antithesis of the rah-rah football field with whistles and cheers and the constant banter of athletes bonding as a team.
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