posted on Jun, 19 2008 @ 09:56 PM
It is probably Rangers from the US Special Operations command training in a realistic environment.
They do that.
The glowstick was probably just an accident. As a former military man, I can tell you that accidents do happen. Especially when you have lots of
gear to carry with you.
This kind of training is called MOUT (Military Operations Urban Terrain). Contrary to what some people think, this kind of warfare has been studied
by the military for a very long time, and particularly after the battle of Hue City in Vietnam, where American soldiers had to fight from
house-to-house. Prior to that, a large percentage of battles took place in fields, mountains, and other non-urban environments. In cities,
principles like camouflage and concealment, protection from fire, etc., all take a different approach for one main reason: CIVILIANS.
Since professional military people study these types of things in minute detail, it was decided that the future of warfare in the world could very
well consist of facing stubborn "guerrilla" fighters, from house to house in urban environments, where things like TANKS and BOMBS could not be
used, due to the civilian presence. This is more or less what led to the USA working to develop the capability to conduct MOUT. Obviously the long
chain of events that led to such concepts could fill a library, but that's the "jist" of it.