Climbing on the bus to leave for Kasarna Dedice, a military university in Vyškov, Czech Republic, was bittersweet. My classmates and I were disappointed to be leaving behind the colorful alleyways of Prague but were looking forward to new sites and experiences.

The three-hour drive took us away from busy shops and tourist-filled restaurants to sprawling countrysides and quiet streets, making it an interesting choice for the home of a renowned military academy.

K. Klinovsky tells American students about his military experiences abroad and how it has influenced academy courses.

K. Klinovsky tells American students about his military experiences abroad and how it has influenced academy courses.

Kasarna Dedice offers training courses for soldiers and civilians, including a course for journalists preparing to report in third world countries. Journalists apply to the two-week program, which is available three to four times per year depending on demand. In the course, journalists are presented with real life scenarios that include captivity and torture.

Kasarna Dedice’s K. Klinovsky said academy officials take a realistic approach in training journalists for war, even going as far as saying the training courses for journalists are the hardest courses offered.

“If I trained the military the way I train journalists,” Klinovsky said, “I would go to jail.”

His statement became a theme throughout the rest of the day’s lectures, making it apparent that none of us would likely graduate from the course. However, Klinovsky said understanding the reality of war is the only way to survive, and once abroad, a journalist’s “only job is to survive.”

 

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