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Top 10 Things to Know Prior to Army Special Forces Training

Special Forces candidate critique

Getting ready for Army Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS), the first step to attending the Special Forces Qualification Course, requires commitment and a near life time of preparation. I recently spoke to a Special Forces operator and we discussed the top ten things a SF candidate needs to know before they take the SFAS challenge.   ... more

Tactical Fitness: Mixing Power Lifting with Tactical Fitness Training

Tactical Fitness: powerlifting in the Army.

Mr. Smith, I have a few questions regarding my current training and future preparation for a life of military service.  I have over a year to train before I enlist, so I would like some advice please.  –Jim 1. In my powerlifting program we do a lot of power cleans and my coach says it's a great exercise for powerlifters, bodybuilders,... more

Tactical Fitness with Stew Smith: Getting Army Special Forces Fit

Green Berets

Hi Stew, I'm a 16 year old student, currently homeschooled, but I will most likely be graduating early with a 4.0 GPA. I'm interested in joining the Army. I'm really interested in possible opportunities with the Special Forces, specifically the 18D MOS. My biggest concern is fitness. I've always played sports, but I was involved in a car ac... more

Training for Ruck Marches

Training for Ruck Marches

I often get emails from soldiers and civilians who are training for Ranger or Special Forces courses on how to prepare for the Ruck Marches. Many civilians training to join the Army ask more specific questions concerning how the Ruck Marches are performed. For example here is a Ranger / SF hopeful: "I'm currently a civilian and about to join t... more

Weight Gain for Ranger School

Weight Gain For Ranger School

Here is a question from a Soldier who is attending Army Ranger Training in two months: "I am pretty lean now with about 5% body fat. I think I need to gain few pounds before I go to Ft. Benning. I cannot afford to lose much weight as it is and I know people lose 20-30 pounds during Ranger School sometimes. - help!" If you have the weight to l... more

Preparing for Army Ranger School

US Army Ranger School Training

Ever wanted to put on the Ranger Tab on your Army uniform? As with any of the Special Operations units in the U.S. military, to become a Ranger takes endurance, stamina, intelligence and mental toughness. The training is broken up into three phases: Fort Benning Phase, Mountain Phase, and Florida Phase. The Benning Phase is executed in two par... more

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