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Decisions — Which Service to Choose?

Talking to Army Recruiter

Questions like these make me appreciate the younger generation more and have hope for the future of our country. This young man wants to serve this great country of ours, but yet is struggling with the decision of the Army or Navy. Here is his question: Sir, I’m currently a junior in high school, and I’m having some trouble deciding upon a bran... more

Workout Failure — Motivate or Discourage

Pfc. Anthony Muratore, scout sniper screener candidate, conducts a max set of push-ups after completing a 1.5 mile ruck run at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Oct. 20, 2015.  (U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Kirstin Merrimarahajara)

Workout Failure — Motivate or Discourage Every so often I get an email from a future Special Ops student who is preparing for the challenges of some of the toughest training programs in the world (SEALs, Special Forces, AFPJ/​CCT, RECON /​ MarSOC and foreign groups for SAS, SBS, and the Foreign Legion): Here is the question: Stew, I have been ... more

How to Swim the Combat Swimmer Stroke

The Combat Swim

When people first try the combat swimmer stroke, a fancy nickname for what is really a modified side stroke, they can often look silly. Even swimmers have issues with this stroke. Athletes and non-​​athletes both share a few weeks of difficulty getting the timing down of this common stroke used by Special Operations communities. The first video ... more

It is Special Ops, not Average Ops

Running Distance vs. Timed Run Fitness Test

People often ask about my saying I use with the Heroes of Tomorrow organization — Train to Compete — Not Just Survive. I have been using this one for years — even when I went through training. I've found that there is a big difference in going through life merely surviving and trying to compete at everything you do. My first experience was when... more

Special Forces - Special Operations Fitness Test

New Special Operations Fitness Test

There is a new Special Forces / Special Operations fitness test making its way around the Team areas and creating a fun and competitive event for many of our Army, Navy, Air Force, USMC Special Operators. It is called the Upper body Round Robin (UBRR). The test consists of seven upper body exercises, a speed and long distance run. The UBRR provi... more



Marine RECON and MARSOC – Changes in Structure / Operations Since the early years after September 11, 2001, the United States has ramped up its battle against terrorists worldwide and the special operations community has grown and changed to better prepare our special operators to do their mission. The Marine Corps has also changed the way t... more

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