17 Apr '18, 5pm

Photos of Marines from the 26th MEU getting OC sprayed are fantastic.

Photos of Marines from the 26th MEU getting OC sprayed are fantastic.

Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship Iwo Jima, had the misfortune of becoming OC spray-certified this week — and the photos are tremendous. Nothing parallels or prepares one for the trauma of being sprayed with oleoresin capsicum — affectionately known as OC spray. You stand on line in front of instructors who each hold an aluminum canister, cracking jokes and boasting of herculean machismo, anything to distract from your imminent swan dive into Dante’s ninth circle of hell. Not all knife hands are created equal: Archaeologists unearth ancient warrior who puts us all to shame The beloved knife hand is as much of a staple of military culture as fighting, drinking and getting married prematurely. By: J.D. Simkins Arms at your side, eyes slammed shut, you inhale deeply before hearing the magic command. “OC! OC! OC!” the ...

Full article: https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/your-marine-corps/2...

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