“The mission for the Jungle Warfare Training Center is to train Marines for combat operations in a jungle environment,” said Major Tim Kao, the camp commander for Camp Gonsalves, Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler, Marine Corps Installations Pacific.

The jungle is vastly different from the desert terrain many Marines have been training in for the past decade, according to Kao, a native of Vancouver, Washington. The jungle does not allow for significant mechanized or motorized movements, which forces Marines to hone their dismounted warfighting abilities.

The endurance course spans several miles and requires the Marines to traverse an array of obstacles, which physically and mentally challenge the participants.

This video production highlights the training at the U.S. Marine Corps’ Jungle Warfare Training Center at Camp Gonsalves, Okinawa, Japan. This training included the Jungle Endurance Course and Jungle Leaders’ Course.