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 “Airborne Troops of Russia” (Lightning) is made of stainless steel with enamel. It is an eagle prepared to attack, soaring on a background of white open canopy over three red lightnings.
At the top of the medal there is the abbreviation “VDV” (Airborne troops) on a blue field, at the bottom – the motto: “STRENGTH, SPEED, ATTACK.”
Dog tag “The Cossack Troops” is made of stainless steel with enamel.
It depicts a hobbler Cossack dressed in a sample 1915 uniform with a lance and a Cossack sword.
In the background there is a distinctive V-shaped Cossack sleeve-patch, painted in the colors of Russian national flag.
At the top edge of the tag there is the motto: “For Faith and Fatherland”.
The motto describes the basic commands that must know each Russian soldier: soul – to God, heart – to the people, life – to Fatherland, honor – to no one.
The dog tag is made of stainless steel with enamel.
It is a stylized image of the national flag of the United States – a rectangular cloth with seven red and six white alternating horizontal stripes. In the upper left corner is the azure dark blue rectangle. In the rectangle there are 50 white five-pointed stars.