Combat Reporters

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About 60 journalists from around the county are at Fort Benning this week to learn survival skills in combat zones.

The military base has set up workshops for reporters to help them safely cover a possible war with Iraq.

The dawn-until-dusk schedule includes training in first aid, land navigation, mine awareness, direct and indirect gunfire, getting on and off a helicopter and protection against nuclear, biological and chemical attacks.

They'll also learn about military culture with lessons on the organization of the infantry, rank, equipment and insignia. The training will come in handy if there's a real war and reporters have to gather facts in the heat of battle.

Nationwide more than 400 journalists are signed up for the courses.