London, Aug 31 : Britain's Prince William will face live ammo fired by Special Air Service (SAS) - a Special Forces regiment within the Army - in a dangerous anti-terror exercise.
The 26-year-old will adopt the roles of both hostage and rescue team hero as he trains with the Special Forces - whose motto is Who Dares Wins.
Troopers will shoot at targets-which represent terrorists, just inches from the future King's head when he is held captive in a notorious building called the Killing House.
"Prince William doesn't want to be seen as a toy soldier. He has been adamant there would be no compromise," the News of the World quoted a senior royal aide, as saying.
"During the planning stages he made it clear if the SAS did change their normal ways he would walk away and not take part. "The Prince will one day lead the armed forces and wants to get as much hands-on experience as possible of what they do in an everyday situation.
"You couldn't tell William to do all his RAF training in an air simulator. It has to be the real deal and this is no different," the royal aide added.
The second in line to the throne will shadow an SAS trooper, likely to be a senior NCO, as part of the hostage rescue team.
Stun grenades will be thrown into the Killing House, officially called the Close Quarter Battle Building, at SAS HQ in Hereford.
The troopers follow instructions to rescue the hostages by blasting plastic dummies or metal targets, which represent terrorists, using the live rounds.
William will tail SAS men and watch them open fire as the real hostages bury their heads.
The building has rooms designed to recreate a different situation, like an office, cellar or jet cabin.
The troops storm in through doors, windows or skylights and have just seconds to blast the terrorists and rescue the victims.