I was watching a movie a few days ago, the movie was a military themed movie.

There was a scene in the movie, where a group of recruits were doing training excercise.

The training framework/panel/structure was complicated and elaborate. It consist of crawling activity, swinging, climbing etc.

I have seen such structures in other skill based contests tv shows, where contestants are supposed to perform the above mentioned activities.

What word would describe such elaborate strucutre--maze?

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The term that you are looking for is "assault course". Here is the definition from the Cambridge DIctionary:

an area of land on which soldiers have to run between and climb over or cross various objects, designed to test their strength and physical condition

There is also a more general term "obstacle course" which the Cambridge Dictionary defines as:

a race in which runners have to climb over, under, or through a series of obstacles

As you can see, this term is not specifically about military training: It could be used about an event at a children's party, or about a fun activity for adults at an informal sporting event, and I have also seen it used about something created for squirrels.

  • I did a little bit of research after posting. Obstacle course conveys the same message.
    – Max
    May 14, 2022 at 6:32
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    Not qulte. An obstacle course is usually intended to be a fun activity, for children. An assault course is a challenging and demanding course, to test the soldier's condition.
    – James K
    May 14, 2022 at 7:17
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    Certainly, the meaning of "obstacle course" has been expanded to refer to a children's activity. The comprehensive description at Wikipedia begins with the military usage. May 14, 2022 at 10:06

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