PHOTOS: Marines Fast-Rope From Helo

U.S. Marines don’t generally rappel from helicopters, that’s too slow. Instead, they usually fast-rope, a technique that is much like sliding down a fireman’s pole but on a heavy rope. Using this technique, Marines guide their descent with their feet. Gloves (sometimes two pairs of gloves) are worn because of the friction and heat generated during the descent. PHOTOS: Marines with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment fast-rope during a training exercise at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona on April 9th, 2014.

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