Thought I'd share this with you. It was posted on a forum dedicated to the technical aspects of guns and ammunition. Anyway, this poster (a certain Stewart Davies or Shooter20000 - try googling either for a taste of this mans genius . . .) is a rabid anglophobe and a paid up member of the "US is best no matter what" brigade so without further ado I give you this, a dirrect 'cut and paste' of one of his latest posts; Outside of the US Army, there are no large compently trained Conventional Armies. If you define "Trained" to mean at least 50% as good as we are. The Brits come close, because they are all volunteer and very profesional, but they just do not have the budget to buy and use MILES and it's bretherine. Simunitions are more than three times the cost of real bullets and are to dangerious to use for any but the best. Paintball is a good substitute for close quarters run and gun drills, but it is not realy a very good simulant. The gist of this is that costs have driven everyone else from the field of "Ultra-realistic" training. As proof of this let me point out that all the better Armies/Nations send their elite opps and trainers to the US to train! All of them. I have first hand expiriance with the Brits; SAS-SBS-Royal Comando and some others, the German's GSG-9 and CTU, Israelis, KSA's Body Gaurds, Several Japanise Military units, Ruski "Special Gaurds" for "Nuclear Instalations" and more than a dozzen minor National players. The time has come where the side with the dough can buy a very significant advantage, not only in terms of equipment, but in training and perifial resources too, that make engagement with those well heeled forces suisidal. The various US Forces fire between 8 and fifty times as much ammo as their next nearest competiter in basic training. Soldiers going on to combat arms will shoot much more and Infantry or Marines will shoot much more than that. Then Spec Opps guys will each shoot more ammo than a typical company durring the course of their training year. (Over 500 rounds/week!) The so called "Short Course" or "Quick Qual" is forty rounds on a fixed target for score, but the minimal basic course is 80 targets at 50-350M with 96 rounds! Thirty hits on pop-up targets are required for minimal passing score. This is harder than it looks, 45 hits gets a "Sharp Shooter" Badge and 60 hits will get you an "Expert" medal. Since the time available to shoot at any one set of targets is restricted, it is harder than it sounds, even if the targets are huge! 14X44" the bottom couple of inches of which are behind cover. The 50 and 100M targets are 14" high by 22" wide, also with some of the bottom edge hidden. All of the above on just over five minutes of gun time.