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Teamwork Skills in U.S. Special Ops Programs

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Teamwork Skills in U.S. Special Ops Programs

When asked recently about the most important "non-physical" trait someone who is about to attend BUD/S or any other Special Ops selection program should have, it took a minute to decide on the "most important." Sure, you need mental toughness, a never quit attitude, and must be hard physically, but I think the most important non-physical trait is being a TEAM PLAYER. Of course, there are individual challenges and tests that you alone must conquer, but no one makes it through any selection program by themselves. You must be a team player and help each other get through training TOGETHER....

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Delta Force

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First of all - if you are not in the military - do not even worry about this yet. You have to be in the military and have served for 4-5 years with stellar service record. So until you have that...keep the dream alive but focus on the acing the basics first.“Delta Force”, officially known as 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1st SFOD-D), is one of the United State’s special missions units primarily focused on the counter- terrorism mission. SFOD - Delta has been through a few name changes over the years. Though it will likely always be known as...

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What is a Ruck? Forced March? Hump?

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For many, the term "ruck" is a new word.  Defining RUCK is difficult to someone who has never moved out with 50+ lbs in a backpack for many, many miles.  The definition can be as simple as walking around with a backpack on a hike or as difficult as moving fast with all your military gear, loaded for bear, over rugged terrain, infiltrating to your objective.  But the terms, ruck, hump, or forced march, all really mean getting your gear from A to B in a backpack.  Here is a question, that prompted this discussion:Stew, I am adding backpacking to...

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Airborne Training

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This week I received an email that brought back a few old memories of Army Airborne training in Fort Benning , GA. This young soldier wishes to become an Army Ranger and wants to know what he needs to do to prepare each step of the way.If anyone is preparing to become a member of any Special Operations Group (Army SF, Rangers, Navy SEALs, Marine RECON, Air Force PJs, EOD units, and others) they all must graduate from the Army Basic Airborne Course (BAC) in Fort Benning. Not only is it a prerequisite for Special Ops, but it has become...

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