They teamed with South Korean soldiers to hone their hand-to-hand combat, marksmanship, and more
The demilitarized zone near the 38th parallel that separates longtime foes North Korea and South Korea is perhaps the tensest strip of land on the planet. To avoid an international incident, both governments are handling the high-stress adjacency with stoic diplomacy. Just kidding!
The South Koreans invited the U.S. Marine Corps to a bare-chested training session in the snow, because nothing says intimidation like ripping your shirt off and squaring up mano-a-mano in sub-zero temperatures. We don’t know much about the North Korean military’s collective physique, but we do know one thing: The guys on the South side of the border have been hitting the weights, just like our soldiers from the States.
Yesterday’s training exercise took place in the forests of Pyeongchang-gun, which is about 80 miles south of the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force came from their base at Okinawa to meet up with the South Korean Special Warfare Force for a training session on hand-to-hand combat techniques, marksmanship, skiing while shooting, and the proper way to blow shit up.
And the international fighting force didn’t forget its workout, which is why we’ve been graced with images of smiling, bare-chested dudes who look like they’re frolicking in the snow, but are actually training to rip someone’s face off.
When the DMZ was especially volatile during the Cold War, President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Union General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev exchanged intimidating actions (a.k.a. “power moves”) to make the other side back down. By publicizing the muscle-bound training exercise, the West sends North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-Un a clear message: Do you even lift, bro?