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Dat remiinds me of my Catholic high school back in da Bronx.  Had to be high school; only semi-automatics were allowed in grammar school.  And, oh yeah, the inoculation took.
 
 How in God's name do they simulate the amputations like that?  I would guess they are using soldiers who have really lost limbs in combat?  If so, good on them - I'll bet the amputees really appreciate being able to contribute to realistic training.
 
I would guess they are using soldiers who have really lost limbs in combat?

Most likely. There are a several former military amputees earning a living playing casualties in the movies -- I think Starship Troopers was the first movie to give most of them their start -- and there are a lot of troops still on active duty with prostheses.

The booms in the vid were just as realistic as the one that went off outside the hootch about halfway through. I was wondering why they'd stick a sound effect in the middle of a voiceover -- until the gravel started rattling off the roof...
 
OUTSTANDING!

It probably costs more $$ than doing training the traditional way.  But it certainly saves blood and treasure and lives [of the good guys/gals] in the long run.

Money well spent!
 
Wonder where I can send in my resume. I would sweep floors and clean bathrooms to work there.
 
"Wonder where I can send in my resume. I would sweep floors and clean bathrooms to work there."

Yeah, you and me both!

Holee Sweet Jeezus, that is scary!

Way more realistic than the "crack-bang" training I participated in at Fort Carson ca 1967/68!

For the uninitiated few here:

Crack: The sound of a rifle being fired, somewhere close to you,

Bang: The sound of the bullet, having been fired, passing over your head.

Fort Carson had any number of suitable locations for this kind of training.

But _this_ is awesome!
 
Moulage (French: casting/moulding) is the art of applying mock injuries for the purpose of training Emergency Response Teams and other medical and military personne
 
I can paint, mold, hammer, cut, dig, drive heavy equoment and did some time in theatrical makeup. I am a natural!
 
Wow...working for them would be like working for Baskin Robbins and being able to eat ice cream all day.

When they started using studio make up guys during emergency disaster training in Calif, women fainted (ok some of the men fainted too) and some guy lost his lunch...it was great. They just didn't put a tag on someone and said what was wrong. You had to actually diagnose. (And you could touch girls in interesting places)
 
Before I retired from a large southern California elementary school (pre-school - eighth grade) district we held an earthquake simulation with some really accurate and scary moulage.  We had about a dozen middle school students playing the parts and they loved getting made up and being useful.  I still remember the look on an administrator's face when I was told by an evaluator we had our first casualty and I went to said administrator and quietly asked which part of the building did he want the morgue in.

Naturally we didn't go to nearly the realism these military simulations do but it was good training.  Thankfully we never had to use any of it, and now I'm in eastern Washington state without an earthquake fault in a big long distance in any direction (one of the things we checked before moving after I retired).

SFC Walter M. Clark, USAR, RET
 
Want to talk about a bunch of really auld pharts, you can remember '67 or '68! A lot of our young people serving today, their parents weren't even born then. These young people are starting new family traditions.

Fish, I would be very careful with the girls, you could wind up with "three adam's apples."
 
First time we brought our moulage kits to a civil disaster drill -- a commuter plane crash scenario -- the airport manager freaked. He thought we'd brought boxes of real body parts from the coroner's office down the road.

We looked like Zombie Apocalypse '85 when show time arrived.
 
Amazing realism
 

Disaster drills are one of my FAVORITE things to do in Red Cross!  We've used chicken and cow bones for compound fractures and all sorts of other ooey-gooey stuff.  Moulage is SO much fun.  I used my skilz to make myself and a fellow church member into lepers for a play.  On the day of our first dress rehearsal, I did my makeup at home and then drove to church.  Boy did I get some GREAT looks from people in the cars around me!!!  

ahhh... the good 'ol days....

 
The one most important thing they can never simulate is amazingly important. If you don't think so, go to your simulation, with all of its blood and gore, they're good, but nowhere near reality. The first time you go to the real thing, you'll know. The one missing thing, when added, you'll never forget. The one thing is called by two names odor or scent. Get's  'em every time.