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  • Force RECON Overview

    US Marine RECON

    In 2001, there were roughly 500 RECON billets within the USMC.  Today, there are more than 2,000 RECON Marines, which demonstrates the necessity for RECON units within the USMC in today's warfare climate. When MARSOC was created it left a hole in the USMC Special Operations Capable forces as two Force RECON companies were changed into MARSOC. Force RECON have since rebuilt and are fully operational with the Marine Expeditionary Force. The majo... more

  • Swimming Without Water

    Swimming Without Water

    A young Navy airman requested information on working on swimming while not having access to a pool. I get this one often as many people like to do the running and PT sections of my workouts, but lack swimming abilities or facilities. Here is what he writes: "I am deploying in June to Afghanistan. I want to go to BUD/S when I get back. What should I do about swimming? 6-8 months in the desert. I don't think I will be getting in a pool during ... more

  • Cold Water Training

    Navy Seal Cold Water Training

    There is an argument as to whether some people are genetically wired to handle colder temperatures, or whether one must build stamina for lower temperatures by training in colder environments (water or land). I believe it is a little bit of both. When I was attending SEAL Training, the water off San Diego was brutal to new recruits. Typically, water temperatures were (at best) 69 degrees during the warmest part of the summer and dropped to in... more

  • Advantage of Adversity

    Advantage Of Adversity

    Teammates, with all this talk about tough times, I want to discuss the benefits of adversity with you. HUH? Adversity and Benefits -- since when do those two words co-exist!?! Hear me out ... When I use the word adversity I mean it defined as: an overwhelming challenge -- a seemingly insurmountable obstacle -- a wall so thick that you have no idea how you're going to get through it, over it, under it or around it. For most, adversity is not a ... more

  • The Complete Guide to Navy SEAL Fitness

    The Complete Guide to Navy SEAL Fitness

    The Complete Guide to Navy SEAL Fitness, Third Edition So what if you don't want to blow stuff up or burn stuff down. Every man - and maybe a few women after the 1997 action movie "G.I. Jane" - have dreamed about being a Navy SEAL. The Navy SEAL - which stands for sea, air, land - has reached mythic stature among young and old. While only a few hundred people in the United States qualify, you can bite off a small piece of SEALness by practi... more

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