Getting pepper sprayed right in the face is not fun, but I would argue that looking at photos of it happening to Marines doing it in training certainly is.
Marines assigned to the Barracks at 8th & I in Washington, D.C. as guards recently went through a Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) spray evaluation course, and while it looks like it was absolutely terrible for the Marines involved, the photos are a riot.
I mean, seriously:
“The annual OC spray course consists of a series of self-defense tactics and methods of detainment while battling the effects of the spray,” the unit said on its official Facebook page.
Training started off as it usually does, with a briefing on what was to come.
You can even see some smiling faces in the crowd:
And then, it was game time:
As the Barracks noted in its post on Facebook, “OC spray causes inflammation of the eyes and mucous membranes, making it difficult to see, breath, and function in any coordinated manner.”
That seemed like an understatement:
Getting knocked in the face by OC spray, however, was only the beginning:
From there, Marines were required to beat the crap out of a punching bag (while struggling to see it):
The non-lethal weapons instructor sure looks liked he was having a blast:
They also needed to battle a suspect with a baton:
Take him to the ground:
And finally, arrest him:
But after it was all over, the loving embrace of a garden hose was there to wash away the awfulness:
“This test ensures that the Guard Marines are able to function under pressure, even in the most uncomfortable or painful situations,” the unit said.
Mission accomplished, and thank you for the photos.