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NOT-SO-MORTAL COMBAT

COVERT OPS
Book through Incredible Adventures, 800/644-7382 or 941/346-2603; three-day session, $3,795.

PERUVIAN MILITARY JUNGLE SURVIVAL CERTIFICATION COURSE
The course taken by the special forces who sprung 72 hostages from the Japanese ambassador's house in Lima in 1997. Highlights: trapping animals and the enemy; building a shelter with a machete as your only tool. Randall's Adventure & Training, 42 Air Force Base, Iquitos, Peru; 256/570-0175; six-day session $2,150.

UKRANIAN ARMY MILITARY ADVENTURE
Be all that you can be, Ukranian-style. On land, pay $350 for the chance to fire a tank's cannon. Or perform 30 minutes' worth of death-defying spins and acrobatic loops in a MiG-29UB fighter jet ($6,380). Alaris, 29 Pavlovskaya St., 6th fl., Kiev, Ukraine; 38-04/4246-9731; three-day program from $2,000.

SEAL TRAINING ACADEMY
Any organization whose motto is "Your Pain is Our Pleasure" must be the real thing. Sky-dive from 14,000 feet. Complete the rope course. Run in the sand. Never say never. Odyssey Adventure Racing, 1109 Windsor Rd., Virginia Beach, VA; 757/425-2445; seven-day session $1,800.

AIR COMBAT USA
Want to be "up there with the best of the best"?Learn the ropes from JOker, Spanky, or Mad Dog, top guns who will put you in a flight suit and behind the controls of an SIAI Marchetti SF260. Your flight videotape shows you everything you did wrong. Air Combat USA, Fullerton Municipal Airport, 230 N. Dale Place, Fullerton, Calif.; 800/522-7590; three-hour program from $895.

—Robert Maniaci

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