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To train for war, there is nothing like getting a real world look
at what it's like to navigate tough terrain in places like Afghanistan.
Michelle Michael has more on an advanced driving course
designed to simulate what it's like to drive in different parts of the world.
What looks like a racetrack for all-terrain vehicles [motors roaring]
is more like the road to war. [motors roaring]
It does train our soldiers in the basics of what they need
and what they will find on the battlefield.
[Michael] These Special Forces soldiers are beyond the basics,
but this is as close to riding the real terrain as it gets.
It's the way to train for places like Afghanistan.
Afghanistan, from a historical sense, the only real man-made road right there
was built by the Soviets during the invasion.
Most of the driving that's done in Afghanistan is dried out riverbeds,
Jeep trails, goat trails, so it is pretty extreme.
[Michael] Because of the special nature of what these soldiers do,
we can't show you their faces.
But they gave our cameras a rare and up close look at what they do to prepare for combat.
This is a mobility course for vehicles.
Basically, it's an obstacle course. [motors roaring]
[Michael] With trails named "The Sand Box," you can imagine where they'll take their training.
There are so many different parts of that course,
from the rocks to sand to the moguls,
that simulate the different terrain throughout the world.
There is not another course like that in the Army inventory.
[Michael] This driving course in Stuttgart, Germany,
is only the beginning of what Special Forces troops do on a daily basis in real battle.
What you walked through right there would be an easy day compared to Afghanistan.
[motor roaring] Michelle Michael, Stuttgart, Germany.