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United States troops have been preparing for War with Iraq. Military sites have prepared soldiers physically and mentally for what might be expected.

Capt. Eric Puls leaving for Kuwait

Soldiers are preparing for a war and are not sure how long it may last. According to Craig Gilbert, President Bush explained to the nation that the War with Iraq could be harder and last longer than some have predicted.

Also, new technology has been created and the U.S. military has been learning how to properly use the equipment.

Steven Gutkin, from the Associated Press, said “Members of the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division - based in Ft. Stewart, Ga. – are engaged in an extraordinary and dangerous exercise that would never be permitted were there not threat of war.”

He said exercises to prepare the troops include live fire, tanks and replications of how to “storm” a city in Iraq. Gutkin said after each drill, an evaluation is given from commanders on how they performed.

Spc. Nathaniel L. Johnson is a member of the Army National Guard. He is a member of the 3rd Battalion, 124th Regiment of Infantry. He said his training includes not only rigiorous physical training, but also emotional training.

 

Spc. Johnson firing weapon at Ft. Stewart, Ga.

Because Johnson is an infantryman, his training has allowed him to shoot weapons of various sorts. Also, he has learned how to properly put his gas mask on in case of chemical warfare. Johnson's battalion has spent many hard days at Ft. Stewart, Ga.

Military men and women are required to know how to act quickly to any situation.

Part of the training for the U.S. soldiers is first-aid. This allows the troops to treat others if caught in a critical situation.

For example, if a fellow U.S. soldier was wounded on the battle field, the other troops would be able to treat the soldier by basic first-aid, or even prepare an I-V for the wounded.

According to an article from MSNBC, called "Chaos stymies aid work in Iraq," the U.S. military has already began treating civilians at hospitals and other aid stations.

The article explained the feelings of David Wimhurst, a spokesperson for the U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, who said, "The collapse of civilian authority in the two largest cities in the country must be addressed by the occupying military forces, which have responsibility under international humanitarian law to maintain a secure environment for the civilian population."