Training for a Military Career

ROTC cadet performs sit-up during Army Physical Fitness Test.
U.S. Army ROTC cadet Jean-Luc Sambira, a sophomore from Sanford, N.C., studying biology, holds the feet of Evan Murphy, a freshman studying chemical engineering from Gainesville, Va., during the sit-up portion of the Army Physical Fitness Test at Clemson University, Jan. 14, 2016. (Staff Sgt. Ken Scar/U.S. Army Reserve)

Training for a military career? How about Special Forces? This is a one-stop article to better help people search for answers while cruising through the Stew Smith article archive. The first section focuses on pre-military training that will prepare you for Boot Camp or Basic Military Training. The second section of this page will help you learn more about - and train for - each of the services Special Forces and Operations career paths:

Preparing for Military Basic and Other Training

Fit to Serve?

Prepare Yourself for Boot Camp

Getting Prepared for Boot Camp

No Weights at Boot Camp

Pre-Boot Camp Training

Dealing With PFT Anxiety

Pre-Military Training

Push-up System

The Service Academy CFA

Older, Wiser, Ready to Serve!

Preparing Physically for a Second Career

Remedial Fitness for Military

Army PFT Overview

Air Force Basic

Army Advanced Courses and Special Forces

Army Air Assault School Workout

Army Rangers

Weight Gain for Ranger School

Army Special Forces — Green Berets

Army Airborne School

Training for Ruck Marches

Navy Advanced Courses and Special Forces


Navy SEALs training #1

Navy SEALs training #2

Navy SEALs training #3

How to Go Navy Special Ops

Getting Fit for SEAL Training

The Combat Swimmer Stroke

Passing Military Swimming Tests USMC Special Operations Marine RECON U.S. Air Force Special Operations Air Force PJs Coast Guard Special Operations: Helicopter Rescue Swimmers — Saving Lives Every Day

Passing Military Swimming Tests

This article should help you find the standards you should reach before joining the military. Never strive for the minimum physical standards when seeking a profession that requires a fit body to perhaps save your life or your comrades' lives. If you are seeking to get back into shape and want to be as fit as one of the above military members, check with your doctor before starting any fitness program.

Stew Smith is a former Navy SEAL and fitness author certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Visit his Fitness eBook store if you’re looking to start a workout program to create a healthy lifestyle. Send your fitness questions to

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