https://www.dvidshub.net/news/355057/ny-army-national-guard-soldier-graduates-tough-brazilian-jungle-warfare-course NY Army National Guard Soldier graduates from tough Brazilian jungle warfare course…
NY Army National Guard Soldier graduates from tough Brazilian jungle warfare course
New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Thomas Carpenter knew it would be sink or swim when he showed up at the Brazilian army’s Center for Jungle Warfare Instruction in October 2019. He was enrolled in the six-week long International Jungle Operations Course the Brazilian army runs for foreign Soldiers. But the 38-year old training NCO in the 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry knew he had to pass the initial swimming test or he was going right back home. “It was quite a struggle to get the swimming,” the U.S. Army Ranger School graduate recalled. “It was a nightmare.” For a week after he arrived at the school’s Manaus, Brazil headquarters, he was in the pool working with instructors until he could swim in full uniform, with his weapon, towing a pack. Six weeks later, the Prospect, N.Y. resident, not only earned the coveted jungle warrior Jaguar Badge the school issues, he was also the third honor graduate for the international course.
NY Army National Guard Soldier graduates from tough Brazilian jungle warfare course - "'Most jungle military experts consider the Brazilian army Jungle Warfare School to be the premier jungle school in the world,' Santamaria said."