Enlisting yourself in the military and law enforcement means accepting the dangers and assaults you might encounter while performing your duties. This includes the intense ones like ambushes, being showered with bullets, and maybe being surprised by bombing attacks. This also consists of the slightly less extreme ones, like being filmed while receiving hurls of not-too-pleasant words from the civilians for doing your job or dealing with protesters and being splashed in the face with pepper sprays.
The job of the United States Military training is to prepare the recruits to know what to do precisely when these scenarios happen in real life. And since experience is the best teacher, why not experience the much dreaded, painful, unforgettable, and probably traumatizing OC spray training?
Dante’s 10th Circle (OC Spray)
Oleoresin capsicum spray, OC spray, popularly known as pepper spray, is a lachrymatory agent or lachrymator. It is a compound that irritates the eyes, resulting in a burning sensation, pain, and possibly temporary blindness. These are usually used in riot control, crowd control, and self-defense, even against dogs and bears.
How it works is that the inflammatory effects of the spray cause the eyes to close. This temporary loss of vision allows the officers to easily restrain the subjects or give the people in danger some time to run away and escape. In addition, the discomfort and burning of the throat and lungs could cause shortness of breath. Combined with the eye irritation, it would be pretty hard to focus on anything other than the pain. That’s what the training wanted to avoid precisely, for the officers and soldiers to be disoriented and unable to carry out their duty.