25th ID MPs endure extreme pepper spray training

| May 10, 2013 | 1 Comment
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — 1st Lt. Zachary Kohl, infantryman, Headquarters and Headquarter Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, participates in pepper spray training with 25th ID military policemen at Area X, here, April 24. (Photo courtesy 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

1st Lt. Zachary Kohl, infantryman, HHC, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, participates in pepper spray training with 25th ID military policemen at Area X, April 24. (Photo courtesy 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

1st. Lt. Zachary Kohl
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

Tears, sweat and snot ran down Soldiers’ faces, as military police units from across the 25th Infantry Division participated in pepper spray training at Schofield Barracks’ Area X, April 24.

The training was designed to prepare MPs for difficult future situations, including dangerous riots where tear gas might be used extensively.

“The end state of the training is for them to be able to successfully detain a subject or aggressor using OC spray or the teaser,” said Staff Sgt. Nicholas Jones, S3 section, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 25th ID, referring to oeoresin capsicum, an incredibly high-grade pepper spray.

After getting dowsed, MPs had to perform a series of difficult tactical maneuvers, both individually and with a buddy.

Imagine a pepper 457 times hotter than a jalapeno, blended up and then sprayed into your eyes, and then you will start to get the idea of what these MPs went through.

According to the Scoville Scale, a scientific measurement used for determining the relative heat of a pepper, a jalapeno registers at about 3,500 Scoville units. OC spray clocks in at about 1.6 million Scoville units.

“It makes you feel like you are on fire,” said Spc. David Barreiro, HH Company, 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th ID.

 

A 25th ID military policeman takes a stream of OC pepper spray in the face as he learns nonlethal means of defense during training at Area X, April 24. (Photo courtesy 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

A 25th ID military policeman takes a stream of OC pepper spray in the face as he learns nonlethal means of defense during training at Area X, April 24. (Photo courtesy 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

The weeklong course taught Soldiers to use a variety of nonlethal weapons to bring down a noncompliant individual.

“I feel really prepared,” said Barreiro.

Difficult and unusual training gives MPs confidence in their equipment, and the knowledge of being responsible and effective when using this type of defensive weapon.

“It is important that we know our nonlethal capabilities, so that if we are to employ the OC spray on a subject that we are about to apprehend, that we understand what they are going to go through” explained Pvt. Christopher Patton, HHC, 3rd BSTB, 3rd BCTB.

Overall, the training showed how nonlethal systems could completely incapacitate an individual for a short period of time. The bottom line is, don’t think you will be able to fight with a police officer once the OC spray comes out.

“They don’t have any idea how much damage we can do with a little can,” said Barreiro.

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  1. John says:

    Only the male staff should be used in dangerous situations, because only male subjects are expendable in risky actions, so I hope no one female colleague was submitted to this cruel exercise. On the other hand, pain is always a good training for males.

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