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07/14/04

Rangers Train for Extreme Conditions

Enemy forces are not the only foes our military faces. In the Middle East, the temperatures can get well into the triple digits. Here at home, too, the weather can get pretty hot and sticky. Army Rangers say, while they will take precautions and drink extra fluids to beat the heat, there's a good reason they tough it out against the elements.

"For the most part, we come out and train," said SSgt. Michael Ayala with the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. "Maybe sit down and take a drink of water, let the guys get adapted to the weather because you don't pick who you fight or where you're going to fight. It is always on their grounds. You have to be able to train in extreme cold or extreme heat."

The military always keeps medics on hand when they're training, equipped with IVs, electrolyte drinks and water to make sure soldiers don't get dehydrated.

Reported by: Liz Flynn, lflynn@wtoc.com

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