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Fort Polk training

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) A combat convoy made its way through Artillery Lane at Fort Polk and encountered several obstacles on the road.

It was training made as realistic as it can be.

News Channel Five's Lydia Magallanes takes a look at how these soldiers are training for deployment.

Fullerton Training Area, or "The Box" is where soldiers get a glimpse of what they might face in a war zone. Units encounter several challenges during the drills.

Double amputee Lawrence Miller plays a civilian injured by a suicide bomb and has been role-playing for two and a half years.

"I never considered myself disabled you know I do a lot," Miller said. "I feel very humbled that I'm able to train the soldiers. My prayers have been answered and I'm serving my country."

Role-players also help teach soldiers the customs of Arabic countries, but for many of them, training soldiers for war is an honor.

"All we wanna do is seem them come home safe and every night when I go to bed I can lay my head down saying maybe I helped save one person today," said six-year role-player Barbara Packer. "And if that's all I can do for the rest of my life, I'm happy."

The goal of a situational exercise is to create a chaotic environment so that soldiers have their worst day at Fort Polk, before deployment.

"Having been to Afghanistan several times you wanna sweat here so that you don't have to bleed when you go forward," said Sgt. Maj. Al Lampkins. "All the dollars that go into this training event is worth every bit of it, because it prepares my soldiers mentally and physically as we go into Afghanistan."

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