The third separate brigade is the main reserve of the Interior Forces of the Republic of Belarus. The brigade consists of several special-purpose battalions and a group of fast reaction (SOBR).
In the Soviet times, the soldiers of the brigade took part in the elimination of consequences of the accident occurred at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, and also they were involved in peacekeeping operations during the armed ethnic conflicts in the Caucasus.
The symbol of the brigade is the lynx – a dweller of Belarusian forest. It is an agile, fast, careful and at the same time cunning and clever animal.
Obviously, the soldiers of Belarusian special forces pretend to own the same qualities.
In the Special Forces there is a tradition of passing the qualifying exam for the right to wear the dog tag of the detachment – the personal numbered metal plate with the symbol of the unit of special force.
After passing the exam the dog tag is awarded at the grand formation of the whole unit and automatically its owners receive the right to wear a special uniform.
Today the brigade is the only military unit in Belarus on the basis of which the soldiers pass qualification tests for the right to wear the maroon beret.
In Russia, there is also an elite unit of special police force “Rys” (lynx), which symbol is the lynx.
The training of the soldiers of special forces include wielding various types of firearms and bladed weapons, combat fighting techniques, diving, mountain and parachute training.
The soldiers are capable to pass scores of miles loaded with weapons and equipment up to 60 kg (over 120 lb), to carry out combat missions for a long time while in independent mode.
The unit consists of several subdivisions: rope access soldiers, snipers, sappers, extreme drivers, combat swimmers, negotiators, etc.
Since 2000, Special Forces soldiers periodically travel to various regions of the world in the expeditions of survival.Author of the post picture is Farhad Kireev
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Dog tag “Nickolas the Wonderworker” is made of stainless steel with enamel. It represents a relief waist-deep image of Saint Nickolas in strictly frontal grand posture with blessing right hand and the Gospel in the left one (there is a cross on the binder of the Book).
A monastic elder with high templed forehead, small rounded and curly beard is the most widespread iconic image.
Dog tag – “Submarine Force of Russia” is made of stainless steel with enamel.
It is a relief image of a nuclear submarine walking on the waves with a waving St. Andrew’s Russian Navy flag above it.
At the bottom of the tag there is a stylized image of the globe with an overlaid eight-pointed star.
The inscription on the tag says: “RUSSIA”, “SUBMARINE FORCE”.
The dog tag is made of stainless steel with enamel.
It is a relief image of the “dead head” in a beret, with two crossed swords, on the background of an explosion fire.
Above and below the dog tag is framed with the motto: “MERCENARIES NEVER DIE”.
Under the emblem there is the inscription: “They just go to hell to regroup”.