As negotiations continue for the withdrawal of all foreign troops from Lebanon, the Lebanese army has embarked on a recruiting and training programme.
GVs Troops climbing up rope ladder from river to bridge (3 SHOTS)
GVs Troops jumping into water and crossing river with aid of a rope. (3 SHOTS)
GVs Troops getting into helicopter, helicopter taking off (2 SHOTS)
GV soldiers jumping into water from helicopter.
GV Troops on shore cheering.
GV Helicopter skimming over water and men jumping from it.
GV Troops getting into helicopter.
GV PAN Troops watch as more soldiers continue training exercise.
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Background: As negotiations continue for the withdrawal of all foreign troops from Lebanon, the Lebanese army has embarked on a recruiting and training programme. The present volunteer force has a strength of nearly 24-thousand men, however compulsory military service will be introduced in April and the government's aim is to create a national army of 50-thousand. Among the elite of Lebanon's military are the airborne troops. On March 28 they were undergoing amphibious assault training at Bain Militaires, in West Beirut. In this commando-type role, the paratroops were ferried tot he drop zone by helicopter . These realistic manoeuvres were designed to test mobility and speed in a simulated attack that would take the enemy by surprise. Recently (March 21) a contingent of United States Special Forces arrived in Beirut to help train the Lebanese army. members of the airborne 'Green Berets', the First Air Cavalry and the Airborne Rangers will act as advisors and be of particular assistance tot he Lebanese army parachute regiment.