"The fighters of the National Guard will, as before, be tested for the right to wear honorary symbols: a maroon beret for special forces and a dark green one for intelligence officers," said a center representative.
Candidates are pre-selected in their military units, and its conditions become more complex every year.
"The tests are very complex and are designed to test not only the physical training of the fighters, but also volitional qualities. Taking into account what sergeants and officers we currently serve, everyone has a chance to receive this honorary symbol," said the Rosguard.
The krapovy beret as a distinguishing feature of the Special Forces of the Internal Troops was first adopted at the end of the 70 troops in the Dzerzhinsky Moscow Region Division. Ten years later, the tradition to pass the test for the right to wear a beret has spread among the troops, and with 1993 officially recognized and the requirements for candidates have increased significantly.
Fighters who have served in special forces for at least six months, have a positive response from the command, have passed the combat training items for a grade not lower than "good", and special fire, physical and tactical training - are excellent.
First of all, the physical training of applicants is checked: cross three kilometers, pulling up and test 4х10, which includes push-ups from the floor, crouching, lying down, exercise on the abdominals, jumping out of a squat. The test is carried out seven times.
Then, an 10-kilometer combat march is carried out in combat gear with the overcoming of water obstacles, battle, introductory and provocations aimed at eliminating psychologically unstable candidates. The march must be completed in two hours; those lagging behind the main group by more than 50 meters are removed from the distance.
Those who arrived in time immediately after the forced march are sent to the obstacle course, which has to be overcome under the breaks of noise grenades and smoke bombs. Past lane check weaponmaking one idle shot. Those with automatic misfire are not allowed to further testing. The rest pass fast shooting.
The next stage is the storming of a high-rise building using mountaineering equipment. Sliding along the rope from the fifth floor, the fighter should give a short line to the fourth window, prepare the grenade for the third and throw it into the window after knocking out the frame, then go down to the ground. All given 45 seconds.
After the assault, candidates for the maroon beret are dealt acrobatics: lifting with a bend from the supine position, kicking the silhouette with a roll, some forward somersault from the bridge. Exercises are performed one after the other without stopping. After acrobatics, the subjects demonstrate several hand-to-hand combat complexes. The quality of strikes and blocks is evaluated.
The last and most important stage of the test is a duel. It lasts for 12 minutes with the change of four partners, one of which is necessarily the owner of the maroon beret. A fighter is considered to have passed the test, having stood the duel without a knockout and was active throughout its length. There are cases when they could not withstand the sparring partners and were deprived of the spotted beret.
The right to wear berets are also received by servicemen who were injured or injured in combat operations and are not allowed to pass the test.