The United States Navy has launched a training class that teaches new recruits about how to become a nuclear war survivor, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.
The first class of recruits is expected to start training in mid-November, Navy officials said.
It’s one of several new programs the Navy is launching this year to prepare its troops for the possibility of war with North Korea.
The class, the first for the Navy, focuses on how to avoid and prepare for nuclear conflict.
It also teaches how to deal with the fallout from nuclear weapons.
“Nuclear war is a real and very real threat,” said Rear Adm.
Chris Cates, a commander of the nuclear-armed Pacific fleet.
“The reality is, the nuclear threat is growing every day.
There’s an increasing likelihood that we will have a nuclear conflict, which is the worst kind of war.”
The program was launched to counter threats posed by nuclear-capable ballistic missiles.
North Korea is also a member of the group, but it’s not clear if it would participate in the program.
“Our mission is to be ready for any scenario, anytime, anywhere,” Cates said in a statement.
“We are not preparing for war, and we are not prepared to be at war.”
It’s not known how many troops will be trained, although officials say it could be as many as 20,000.
The program comes as the Navy and the Air Force have begun testing ballistic missile defenses, known as THAAD.
The military is concerned about the missile defense system’s ability to detect and defeat North Korea’s ballistic missiles, which are capable of flying over Japan and reaching the U.K. and U.P. It says the system could be used to intercept and destroy a North Korean missile in the event of an attack.