Approximately 220 South Korean Marines and 220 U.S. Marines pushed through the snow and bitterly cold air together in early December during a joint training exercise. The three weeks of training in sub-zero temperatures happen every year, this time at next year’s location for the Olympic Winter Games. The Marines pushed their bodies and honed their tactical expertise, training in hand-to-hand combat, conventional PT exercises like jumping jacks and push-ups (shirtless) in the snow, team building exercises and even tactical skiing (yeah, I said it — tactical skiing with rifles and balaclavas and everything).
The Marine Expeditionary Force told a South Korean news agency, Yonhap, that, “This exercise has been held with a focus on enhancing the combined combat capabilities of the South Korean and U.S. Marine Corps in winter war conditions under which temperatures drop down to about minus 20 C.”
The Marines, from the III Marine Expeditionary Force, hail from their station in Okinawa, Japan. They provide
the United States with a forward-deployed force in readiness in the Pacific Theater, as a globally responsive, expeditionary, and fully scalable Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF), capable of generating, deploying, and employing forces for crisis response, forward presence, major combat operations, and campaigns.”