These Tears Build Confidence
Recruit Training Command's confidence chamber
The fear was real. Recruits have been going through the process since the early 1900s. Yet, that did not ease their anxiety.
Prior to entering the chamber the Fire Fighting Training Team instructed the recruits on how to use their gas masks. The chamber became the vessel the recruits used to test the equipment in a real-life training environment.
The instructors led recruits into the tear gas-filled chamber with their masks on. The gas was visible and it filled the air, fogging the masks. No effects were felt, initially. With each passing moment, the recruits knew the time was coming for them to remove their masks.