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In South Korea, special commando groups are organizing boot camps across the country. Those who enlist participate in eight hours of daily activities to increase their physical and mental endurance... not always an easy task.
Braving the freezing temperatures and winds, South Korean civilians attend a boot camp to get in shape and improve their discipline.
These boot camps are organized by special commando groups from January 18th to the 21st. More than 1,200 people signed up in six places across the country.
The camps are designed to test participants' physical and mental endurance through eight hours of daily activities such as receiving chemical, biological and radiological training, dragging parachutes and performing flying fox exercises from a wooden tower.
Some participants were happy they completed the challenge.
[Kim Myung-jin, Participant]:
"It was very difficult from the beginning, with muscle aches and it hurt a lot. However, I trusted and followed our trainers under the intense situations and sympathized with many of the soldiers' hard work."
Others said the tough training changed their outlook on life.
[Woo Seung-yeon, Participant]:
"Once I get out of here, I will be good to my mother. I will respect my mother and father and willingly help them."
One of the training officers says the camp is an educational ground for national security.
[Lieutenant Colonel Kim Jong-tak]:
"After the training, we expect them to live life with hope and challenge themselves rather than feeling abandoned and frustrated, while thinking about the slogan of the camp - 'make the impossible possible.'"
Boot camps have been running since 2003 with approximately 18,000 participants.