Marine Training Takes A Colorful Spin At Camp Lejeune
Posted December 7, 2001 9:10 a.m. EST
CAMP LEJEUNE — Marines in the newly formed anti-terrorism brigade at Camp Lejeune continue to prepare for their future mission. This week they trained with simulated bullets that put a new spin on combat.
In a simulated battle, two groups of Marines were pitted against each other, firing paint-capped rounds that cover 400 feet per second.
The paint caps have two big advantages in training: They allow the Marines to see who has been hit and they teach the Marines to be careful. That is because the paint bullets really hurt.
"It hurts pretty bad. It's made out of the 9-millimeter casing, so coming out of the M-16, you can feel it definitely. I can feel it already starting to swell out a little, but you definitely know if you've been hit," said a Marine in training.
Since it was created a few weeks ago, the group has been training hard. In today's world, they said that it could be just a matter of time before they are called to action.
One of its first missions could be keeping watch over the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.