Military All US Military Training Programs, Ranked by Difficulty  

Aaron Edwards
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When you think of the military, one of the first images that probably comes to mind is boot camp. Otherwise known as "basic training," it's the military's way of preparing you mentally and physically for life in the armed forces. And how hard is basic training? Well, it depends who you ask... because a lot of military training is anything but basic.
 

The most difficult military training programs test everything a person has... but which one is the most difficult? Everyone thinks they know what to expect from the Army after seeing a few movies, but most people don't know just how insane some of these programs can get.
 

So, you might think you know what it's like to train for the Army, but getting a taste of what Delta Force goes through will be more than enough to make you think twice. These are the hardest training programs the US Military has to offer.

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Delta Force Training

Delta Force Training is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list All US Military Training Programs, Ranked by Difficulty
Photo: Spc. Joseph A. Wilson/Wikimedia Commons

To be considered for the most elite counter-terrorist and direct action unit in the US military, you pretty much have to be a world class athlete and a master of another special forces branch. Their training consists of executive protection, espionage, marksmanship with 100% accuracy, HALO drops, creating and diffusing explosives, and live ammunition simulations for building and aircraft hijackings. Oh, and their fellow trainees play the parts of the hostages.

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Navy SEAL Training

Navy SEAL Training is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list All US Military Training Programs, Ranked by Difficulty
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The SEALs aren't interested in getting you in shape. If you don't meet their grueling standards, they don't want you. If you do pass, you're put in a seven-month training program designed to teach you underwater demolition, SCUBA operations, parachute training, and advanced weapons training.

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Force RECON Progam

Force RECON Progam is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list All US Military Training Programs, Ranked by Difficulty
Photo: Sgt. Chris Stone/Wikimedia Commons

An elite section of the Marines, RECON candidates are expected to complete a nine-week program consisting of high repetition PT, obstacle courses, helicopter rope suspension training, communications, mission planning, amphibious reconnaissance, and nautical operations.

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Special Forces Training

Special Forces Training is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list All US Military Training Programs, Ranked by Difficulty
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If you pass your basic Army training with certain qualifications, you'll have the option of training for their special forces division. First, you need to pass airborne school where they teach you the ins and outs of parachuting into combat zones. After that, you're sent to Fort Bragg for an intense 19-day physical training program. If you succeed there, you're sent to a qualification course where you're taught unconventional warfare, guerrilla tactics, and foreign languages/cultures so you can blend in around the world.

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