A country as small as South Korea can have a lot of fire power, stacking up nicely against the rest of the big boys. And they host exercises like Foal Eagle to prove it. Foal Eagle is a combined field training exercise conducted annually by the Republic of Korea Armed Forces and the U.S. Armed Forces under the auspices of the Combined Forces Command. The primary purposes of the exercises are to demonstrate South Korean-U.S. military resolve to deter war on the Korean peninsula. They also hope to improve the combined operational posture of those forces. It is one of the largest military exercises conducted annually in the world, with over 3,000 U.S. and South Korean soldiers.
Foal Eagle tests the capability of South Korea to defend itself, assisted by the U.S. Armed Forces. It’s also primarily a rear area security and stability operations, onward movement of critical assets to the forward area, special operations, ground maneuver, amphibious operations, combat air operations, maritime action group operations, and counter special operations forces exercises. If that sounds a bit to much to handle for you, just wait until you watch this video. It’s astounding, staggering, startling, and breathtaking. Just watch it.
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