Inside Taiwan’s brutal navy frogman bootcamp

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Reuters UK

By Ann Wang and Ben Blanchard ZUOYING, Taiwan (Reuters) – A chill wind whips across the Taiwan Strait as a small group of Taiwanese marines stands shivering on a remote dock in the early hours of the morning, their shorts and thin jackets drenched after a day spent mostly in the sea. “Are you a sleeping beauty? Are you skipping out on class?” a trainer shouts at the wiry men, who have barely slept in days, as they do sit-ups and other exercises on the rough concrete floor, some fading in and out of consciousness from fatigue. Blasts of cold water from a hose brings them to their senses. Entry …

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