The red beret is a uniform cap of special mission units of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine. It is a boast and pride of each special squad soldier. Only those who manage to stand special tests, have a right to wear the red beret. Besides, it can be granted to soldiers who show courage performing a mission.
The main purpose of the test to win the red beret is to identify soldiers with best performance.
Before the test, they organize a pretest, which lasts for one or two days and includes a three-kilometer race, chin-ups, push-ups, sit-ups and other exercises.
The actual test includes a ten-kilometer quick march, followed by an extreme assault course, hand-to-hand fighting, high-rise building storming, and acrobatics.
The soldier gets disqualified after three mistakes.
No more than 30% of all the participants will make it to the finish. They make the test more and more complex until the necessary number of people is left. Thus, a 12-kilometer quick march may turn into a 15-kilometer one.
In the picture you can see a soldier running along the pipe with another soldier shooting at the ground.
The soldiers are crossing the lake.
Special mission units training is a cult.
The test to earn the red beret varies in each country. However, its essence is common for all: a soldier has to stand certain physical and psychological tests on the verge of the human’s potential. In all the countries they have a long-distance quick march, a hand-to-hand fighting and a shooting.