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Arctic Ranger units are specialized in unconventional warfare and guerilla tactics and long range reconnaissance. This takes place deep behind enemy lines, with no support from other units, in all weather and in all terrain, for periods of up to 30 days.

Training takes place at the 22nd Infantry Regiment in Kiruna. Kiruna is located 200 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle in Lappland, Sweden. This is one of the worlds most northern military training locations, in Europes last wilderness. Here, the year-average temperature is -1 C (= 30 F), and winter temperatures average -20 C (= -5 F) with temperature extremes of as low as -45 C (= -50 F).

 
The climate is one of the toughest in the world, and the training one of the toughest in the Swedish Army. This requires a high level of physical strength and endurance as well as the ability to think and act under high levels of stress and fatigue, and under extreme weather conditions. The rigorous and extensive training each soldier recieves includes survival, patroling techniques, explosives and demolitions, land navigation, the setting up of concealed ranger bases, mountain training and lots of ski and sled training.

Specialist training is given to each Arctic Ranger in one or more of the following areas: signals and cryptation, medic, snowmobile, tracked all-terrain vehicle, and heavy weapons such as machineguns, sniper rifles, mortars, grenade launchers and guided anti-tank missiles. Additional training courses that are given mainly to NCOs include Russian vehicle recognition, Russian organization, Russian tactics, foreign weapons training, indirect fire control and resisting interrogation.

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This site is an unofficial site, and is in no way endoresed or supported by the Swedish Army or the 22nd Infantry Regiment.

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Last updated: October 3, 1999 (latest news here).

G.I.'s have gone AWOL here since October 2 1999.