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Are You Just Interested OR Actually Interested in Hard Work?

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Many Are "Interested in Special Ops" But Few Want to Work Hard to Get There...

Many just fail to understand the level of preparation required. It is not just the fitness test, it is a lifetime of hard work in school. sports, and tedious jobs to earn some spending money or help your family with bills. Team work, building resilience / mental toughness, and creating a never quit mentality IS all part of the type of life long preparation needed to succeed in ANYTHING you are interested in doing.

If you are interested - WHY are you interested? Do you have a good answer when your will is tested? 

Are you just "interested" in becoming a special operator or actually working hard to become the most qualified candidate to apply? I use this term specifically because too many candidates are just interested in becoming special ops, but not interested in (nor fully understand) the hard work and preparation required to get there. Most do not understand the level of fitness and mental / physical toughness that is needed to just get TO the training much less get THROUGH the training. Nor do they understand just how bad you have to want it - you cannot just be interested in these professions as there is much to endure - not just in training but in the daily grind of the job as well. 

You will be cold, hot, wet, parched, tired, hungry, and in pain, and find yourself in uncomfortable situations in the dark, underwater, and at heights. These are just a few of the situations where you will have to become comfortable being uncomfortable. Then you have the steep learning curve of tactical training that requires not just working hard to get it right but working even harder so you cannot get it wrong. 

I find one of the major issues with recruiting for special ops is that the candidate population is full of people interested in becoming a ________ (name spec ops job) and not the most qualified. Being just interested in the unconventional is the quick way to find yourself serving in conventional ways for your years of service. 

The military recruiting departments do a fine job finding people to serve in these conventional roles which are the backbone of our military. Thank you for serving in these jobs as you are part of a big team that needs to work together. However, the recruiters do not do a good job finding the most qualified people for the special ops jobs that boasts over 50% attrition rate. (some branches are better than others). Unfortunately, that is where most of you are going if you do not take responsibility for your preparation long before you join the military.

It is easy to find people interested in the job but most of those people wind up serving their 4 year enlistment in a job they were not interested in a matter of a few weeks of selection. That is YOUR fault - not the military's.

It is on you. 

We all have to be initially interested in a future goal. However, your interest to be something does not prepare you for the level of fitness, durability, work capacity, and resilience needed to endure the specific events of your training.
Can you do these events and score in the recommended zones for most of them (all of them)?

Are you really ready or just interested? Do you even know your weaknesses and strengths? If not assess them then get to work as your weaknesses will be exposed in the first days of spec ops prep and selection immediately.  

Are You Interested in Hard Work?

There is ONLY One Way to Reduce Your Weaknesses: Train Them Specifically! 
You Cannot Wish Them Away...

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The Military / Special Ops Physical Fitness Workouts 

Navy SEAL Workout Phase 1
Navy SEAL Workout Phase 2 - 3
Navy SEAL Workout Phase 4  Grinder PT
Navy SWCC Workout

Army PFT Workout (Prep For Rucking, OPAT, ACFT)
Army Special Forces / Ranger Workout
Army Air Assault School Workout
Army Airborne Workout
Air Force Special Warfare (IFT / OFT / Selection Prep)


Advanced Running Program - Special Ops Supplement Plan
USMC OCS / TBS Workout


The Combat Conditioning Workout
The UBRR Upper Body Round Robin Workout / Spec Ops version


The Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer / Navy SAR Workout
The Service Academy Workout (West Point, Navy, Air Force Academy)
The Navy, Air Force, Marine Corp Boot Camp Workout


The Law Enforcement Physical Fitness Workouts

The FBI Academy Workout  |   FBI Workout Vol 2  
The DEA Workout
The FLETC Workout - Ace the PEB
The PFT Bible: Pushups, Sit-ups, 1.5 Mile Run
The Fire Fighter Workout - Ace the CPAT



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