19 images showing the brutal training for China’s paramilitary police

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A paramilitary policeman crawls under fire obstacles during a drill at a military base in Chaohu, Anhui province.
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China’s paramilitary police training is seriously intense.

The Chinese Paramilitary Forces are made up of three main parts – the People’s Armed Police (PAP), the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), and the reserve force. They act as auxiliaries to the PLA, which is the world’s largest military force, with with 2.3 million troops.

Just have a look for yourself:


They practice repelling down tall buildings — face first.

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During winter training, they are required to take off their shirts and crawl through the snow.

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Some training sessions include sticking their heads in tubs of water for minutes at a time to practice holding their breath.

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Wrestling is also a part of the curriculum.

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Training that involves wrestling and physical combat is also done in muddy water.

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The training isn’t just physical — they also participate in psychological training. Below, paramilitary police take part in an exercise aimed at relieving anxiety.

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They practice deadly choke holds.

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Sometimes sessions involve acting out real life scenarios. Below, a paramilitary policeman knocks down a man role-playing as a plane hijacker during an anti-terrorism drill.

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They do a lot of heaving lifting.

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Heavy lifting also takes place in muddy water.

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They carry boats across flooded grasslands during drills.

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They are also required to jump face first, into the muddy water.

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They practice synchronized jumping.

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Underwater training requires crossing rivers and staying under as long as you can.

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Intense combat is regularly involved in the training sessions.

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They practice fighting off people with special tools.

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They also train as snipers.

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Pull-ups are necessary preparation for real-life rescue tasks.

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Being physically fit is very important. Other than lifting heavy logs, they are required to lift tires and walk long distances.

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