A paratrooper’s life: Boot camp
'Every year hundreds of thousands of young Russian men are called up for military service, but only a few are chosen for the elite paratroop regiment, the VDV.' It's a rite of passage that many say changes them forever.
Join James Brown as he signs on with the new recruits for one of the toughest Boot Camps in the army.
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