You didn’t hit your head hard enough! Roll again!

February 26, 2011


Blog Guy, you write a lot about Krasnoyarsk, that place in Siberia that you like to call Wackytown. But what I find interesting is, you haven’t given many details about their military training over there.

RUSSIA/Rest assured, it’s as goofy as everything else in Krasnoyarsk.

Look at this photo above, showing students in a military club being deployed by a pick-up truck. They learn to roll out of the back onto their head.

Ouch! That’s gotta hurt! Do they learn marksmanship, too?

Of course. In an unusual twist on normal sharpshooter training, they try to hit some guy’s fingers when he holds them over a traditional target. I’m pretty sure not a lot of people want his job.

wackytown pistol 320I see they learn to use pistols, too. I can’t help noticing that the kid shooting in that photo has an abnormally large head. What’s that all about?

Think about it. That’s what happens when you…

Ah. When you roll out of a moving pickup truck a lot of times.

Bingo. You may be ready for a visit to Wackytown….

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Top: Students of the Scorpion youth military club participate in an on-the-run jump exercise from a pick-up truck as they take an exam on the Defender of the Fatherland Day, south of Russia’s Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, February 23, 2011.

Right: A former paratrooper officer points at a shooting mark during an examination session.

Right: A student of the club shoots as he takes an exam.

REUTERS photos by Ilya Naymushin

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Hmmm, is he shooting? Or taking an exam? That’s one tough school if they make you do both at the same time.

Posted by Dave_not_dave | Report as abusive

Abnormally large head and abnormally large hands. You know what they say about men with large hands…

Posted by knit_nurse | Report as abusive

The Airborne often jumps low, but this is ridiculous.

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

knit_nurse: It’s hard for them to find gloves that fit?

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

knit_nurse: That they should become basketball players?

Dave: Maybe it is on the order of the winter biathlon sport of skiing and shooting. They go to the classroom, answer a few questions, run to the range and take a few shots. Repeat until all questions answered and all ammo gone.

I wonder if the question about large hands is on the exam? And what about the guys looking to get the ends of their fingers shot off? Hard time finding them gloves!

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Maybe Gloves for Freaks isn’t such a bad business model.
Discounts for fingerless gloves; less yarn.

Posted by knit_nurse | Report as abusive

@Dave, you know those ScanTron tests that you have to fill in A, B, C, or D with a #2 pencil? In Krasnoyarsk they do examinations with ScanTrons also just instead of #2 pencils they use #2 pistols.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

I have big hands; I should have become a surgeon. (The bigger the scar, the higher the fee.)

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

I see, ifly, the russians are still using punched card readers, are they?

You could just tell them that you’d done lots of work laparoscopically, Doc. They’d never notice if you used plenty of inflation gas.

Posted by knit_nurse | Report as abusive

I can think of a million and a half things that could have gone wrong with the 1st pic… that was before I saw the 3rd one and realised that around a million had already gone wrong…

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

2nd picture:

“You see this spot? Aim there, and shoot ok?”

(Student shoots, hits finger).


Posted by Malteser | Report as abusive

maybe they should rethink the current order of training so that ‘stop’ training becomes a part of the ‘drop & roll’ training. Heck, if they stop fast enough, it would actually help with the drop & roll part!

@Malt – that instructor is really patient…he’s already down to just his index finger. Most people would have quit way before then 😉 MEDIC!!!

Posted by GeorgiaPeach | Report as abusive