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* CS3 Gao Xiong, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 7, negotiates a rope bridge during a jungle warfare training evolution hosted by Marines with the Jungle Warfare Training Command (JWTC) in Okinawa, Japan.
"We've got the best corpsmen the Navy, has to offer," said JWTC Commanding Officer, Lt.Col.
The JWTC, established in 1958, grew from the concepts and traditions of the school once known as the Northern Training Area.
The Marines and Sailors of the JWTC live and work at Camp Gonsalves, the central base camp named after U.S.
They may be the "Docs," but at JWTC, corpsmen aren't there just to bandage up a few cuts and pass out something to soothe aches and pains.
And although the majority of the JWTC students are from the Marine Corps, a small number of Sailors, usually FMF Corpsmen and Seabees, go through the course each year.
"They really learn a lot while they're here," said Jason Beard, one of JWTC's three Navy instructors.
"For most students, this part is the hardest," said Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Johnson, a JWTC instructor.
While at JWTC, students must complete three land navigation exercises including one at night.
But Pagasa forecaster Fernando Cada said on Monday that it was too early to tell if Yolanda would become a supertyphoon by JWTC standards, as the cyclone was still too far, about 2,000 km east of Mindanao, or 1,600 km east of the PAR.
By JWTC standards, a weather disturbance should have winds of up to at least 240 kph to be classified supertyphoon.
Pagasa uses a different method in calculating wind speeds, and its numbers tend to be more conservative than the JWTC's.
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