Here is a link referencing meditation and mixed martial arts..cage fighting.http://www.articlesbase.com/martial-arts-articles/why-meditation-is-powerful-for-mixed-martial-arts-mma-fighters-our-3-top-tips-2780255.html
. At least one mixed martial arts current champion wihin his weight class uses meditation as a regular daily training regiment. This is not unusual. Thai kick boxers though they do not normally meditate actually do their fighting within a Buddhist religious context (to my dim recollection).
The US military are strictly prohibited from torture. Unofficially as in the Mideast, occasionally individuals or even rarely groups may torture privately on their own, but not at the behest of the military. Inappropriate and illegal as the Abugrab convictions attested to.
The prefered mode of torture at the behest of the other governmental intelligence services that are not military(spooks) is the process called extraordinary rendition(since pres Clinton). Individuals are simply moved to other countries that may torture and have specific intelligence requirements which match ours in a specific, or with a specific individual. Obama immediately stopped the process publically but left a loophole of sorts which allow for the renditions to stil occur. I personally surmise they still are. One canadian citizen received a considerabla amount of money subsequent to litigation from the canadian governments complicity in the program. His suit in the US was thrown out of court to my recollection as its pursual would involve the release of secret information. Many of the countries now involved in the revolutions in the mid east are the countries which participated greatly in the rendition program.
Informally some people refered to it this way....you want a easy bit of torture but reasonable....you send them to egypt. YOu want them tortured and never to appear again...send them to Syria. Various gradients of this thing depending upon need. Interestingly many of the participants are publically at least on a less than favorable status publically at least with the US. Funny hearing public rhetoric against Syria by the politicians while the spooks are working with them on torturing various individuals. Europe had quite a furor over this thing and Italy actually indited about 10 or so CIA spooks. Curiously then arose much US media on the italian judiciary being suspect, (it was the italian judiciary who was the mover on the inditements). One perhaps considered inncoent female murderer, but a US citizen, was the vehcle in this spook push back (which is what I take it absolutely to be). That's how spooks work...indirectly for effect. Indite our people through your judiciary... we will show your judiciary shortcomings for our public to see. Tit for tat.
The spooks help reporters by telling them normally secret governmental things for publications(sometimes with intention).
The journalists being then friends are occasionally "asked" to write certain things that benefit the spooks agenda. A problem with the Italian judiciary or its actions on our agents...you run a story in US media on how the Italian judiciary is apparently just jailing innocent americans for no good reason..tit for tat. The reporter who initiates the story to help the spooks, receives information(secret classified and exclusive) about things which are newsworthy. So the reporter is helped by the spooks.
But absolutely right as the above poster depicts.....US military has in its manual of operations wording which prohibits torture. And it is followed. Spooks their members and agenda are not military. Occasional crossovers...but not a whole lot. Spooks tortureing actually hurts the military. Opponants are much more inclinded to fight to the death knowing they will be tortured. Rappor actually works much much better in this thing of information retrieval.
The government spooks.... are hopeless corrupt, bad at their job, inept bafoons, who like as not do (though rarely) torture and send far more to be tortured by others. Torture is part and purview of peoples in intelligence services who really don''t what they are doing, political appointments perhaps...rank amateurs. It doesn't work. If you know what you are doing as the above poster mentions there is no need for that thing.
Interestingly the Chicago police force did actually employ torture for many years. One senior official was convicted of related charges not all that long ago.
Many innocents jailed as result.
REgardless of your role in the military..... its roll is to kill to protect. As a Buddhist I would join such a thing in any capacity only if absolutely no other option was available for employment. Such could present possibly so I wouldn't summarily discount it, but avoid it if possible I would do. In these hard economic times it may be a only option for some.
"This order considers that progress can be achieved more rapidly during a single month of self-transformation through terrifying conditions in rough terrain and in "the abode of harmful forces" than through meditating for a period of three years in towns and monasteries"....Takpo Tashi Namgyal.