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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

Joining the Military — Talk With Parents

New recruits are sworn in during the Army Reserve Mega Event in Whitehall, Ohio. (U.S. Army photo)

Every now and then this email is received from a young man or woman seeking some advice on preparing for service in the military. This one is a little different as this young high school graduate needs some information on preparing his parents on his desire to serve. Since many of our readers are future service members and we have many veterans ... more

What Are Some Group PT Ideas — Advanced Level?

The Five Day Pre-Boot Camp

Here is a commonly asked email from military members who are placed in charge of their command’s group PT program, but this one is a request for more advanced workouts for his hardcore group at his command. See his request: Stew, Thanks for your numerous articles /​ books as I have used them since I was a civilian several years ago. Now, I am p... more

Don’t Get Confused by the SEAL /​ SWCC Draft

Sailors taking a physical screening test. Sailors interested in applying for SEAL or Special Warfare Combatant– craft Crewman (SWCC) training must complete a timed swim, run, push– ups, sit– ups and pull– ups. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Dominique M. Lasco)

A new system used by Naval Special Warfare has been helping to screen recruits before they get to SEAL or SWCC training. It is called the Spec War Draft. Please do not get this confused with Vietnam era draft. It is more like the NFL draft process and the PST is now considered the Spec War version of the combine. See email from a young man confu... more

Special Ops Selection Preparation: Top Three Tips to Compete

Special Operations Weather Team

Every year people prepare for military, police, fire fighter and special ops selection programs, and every year there are failures due to someone not mastering certain events. As the long list below details, the reasons can range from injury to lack of mental toughness:  Extreme hot / cold temperatures Being comfortable with discomfor... more

Military Swimming — How Good Should You Be?

Passing Military Swimming Tests

People all shapes and sizes with varying backgrounds join the military each year. Many are great swimmers, most are average swimmers, some cannot swim at all. Here is an interesting question that prompted a longer explanation in order to accurately describe “How Good at Swimming You Should Be?” “Stew, I am a three sport athlete about to finish ... more

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