Every nightmare for different members of the United States military that go behind enemy lines, either as a pilot or aircrew, or others that serve on the front lines, is to be captured by the enemy.
Not Your Everyday School!
Because soldiers need to know how to survive, SERE training was created. SERE stands for Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape, and the United States Navy holds their SERE training in the remote mountains of Maine.
The course is a model in how to survive, and how to come home with honor. It is a code of conduct course as much as it teaches the practical issues of survival. Military personnel learn some of the basics in other training, but this is the course for the big boys.
?We teach different skills, but more than anything we teach individuals what to do when bad turns to worse,? said Instructor Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Harry Haug.
Haug is a SERE instructor that is assigned to Fleet Aviation Specialized Ops, working in Brunswick, Maine at the U.S. Navy SERE school.
Navy Seals, Force Recon, aircrew members, aviators, and others all are required to take SERE training and become SERE qualified as part of their jobs.
The students that undergo SERE training learn as much from their mistakes as from their successes, according to Haug. ?Students never forget the lessons they learn here, we prefer they screw up here and learn then to screw up in real life,? he said.