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I'm not sure if I spelled it right, but my daughter is almost finished with "a"school and then goes on to sere school in Maine.
She has heard that at this school she will be prepared as if she may be in a hostage situation and needs to know how to keep military secrets.
I was told that in sere school she will be physically and emotionally beaten up with the possibility of broken bones. Can someone please clarify this for me? I
I'd like to know how much truth there is in this. I know details can't be discussed but I'm just nervous for her to go to this school. 

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They won't break her bones.  She'll be in good hands, they want them trained, not injured.   One of those things where there just isn't information.  You're probably going to be more of a wreck than she will be!

SERE stands for Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape and she will be at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine.  You aren't going to find out a lot about it as Anti M says and as you also indicated.  I know it is very grueling as the name implies.  When you realize that SEALS, SWCC, and aircrew (I probably missed some) go through it, you can understand why not much is going to come out about it. 

If you go to the Groups tab and then put SERE into the Search box and then do the same in the Forums, you will find a little information. 

Yikes! Didn't know they had this for women. Teaching them to keep secrets? Is it too late to send my wife?

The Navy has been training people for a long time. Its a very needed training training which makes them emotionally, physically, and mentally tough. Its "life like" training exercises. They can't talk really about it they sign a military version of a NDA (non disclosure agreement). I would think the likely hood of injury is the same as running through a forest after dusk, you may get a sprain. They are not purposely trying to handicap or disable military members.  For some jobs its mandatory so I would say pray she finishes the first time.


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