To pass a special forces selection stagr and become a member of any special forces unit in the world, you must be in good health, both mentally and physically.
The path to get there is difficult and no one can tell you that it will be easy, but here are some tips that should help you succeed in the special forces selection.
French Army Special Forces have multiple fitness and physiology requirements and their training far exceeds the difficulty of any other Special Forces I know of. So here are the 7 crucial tips you should rely on when selecting and trying to pass the Special Forces selection.
1. Don't give up
We've all met the guy who went to "insert special forces selection here, 1 st RPIMA, 13 RDP, etc. Or the friend who apparently got selected, but decided it wasn't for him because his girlfriend could never keep up with that.
The reality is, unless this guy has a chronic limp from his injury, chances are he just faked it and gave up. I'm not interested in statistics, but of the 60-70% of people who drop out, 100% are not selected.
Chances are if you give up, you won't make it. Take it day by day and remember that the only easy day is yesterday. Unless you're having a tough day today, it's an easy day. Or if you just finished a selection, then today is easy. Or unless you quit, then today will be an easy day. Well ok, forget it, it rings false.
2. Be the gray man
During the selection, there were people from all walks of life and a whole mix of eclectic characters. Most guys who showed up thinking they had it all, didn't.
Nothing will draw attention to you more than showing up like a workhorse in sweatpants on your first day because you can't shut up about how awesome you are.
Leave your "no kidding, I was there" stories for the bars because the people there won't be able to remind you of your bullshit about how you took over Iraq all by yourself and then everyone is happened and ruined everything.
3. Arrive in shape
I know, I know, you say "yeah, no kidding, duh hh hh". Well, first off, stop swearing, this is a public blog. Second, it happens more often than you might think.
In my selection class, we lost 15 students just on the initial test. These strong infidel warriors presented themselves to the selection of the special forces, considered by the green berets as the most difficult selection known to man, without even being able to pass a physical training test.
4. Play the game
Selection is a game, and if Milton and Bradley patented it, they would go broke. The trick of the game is to do whatever the setting asks of you as best you can.
If they ask you to jump out of a plane without a parachute, do a cheetah jump quote ranger creed, you have to touch the ground, do a second cheetah jump and spout ranger creed in English and Japanese because this is exactly what you want.
If the frame tells you the sky is pink, you need to tell it that you can't believe it took you so long to make it and it's a wonderful pink sky.
Selection is easy as long as you don't think too much and just do what you're told. As long as you follow the first three tips, chances are you don't have to worry.
5. Don't cry
For some reason, when men go to tryouts, they think it's okay to shed a few tears. Unless your sore is bleeding and you're looking for a lollipop, crying won't help. You'll see guys crying at draft for all sorts of reasons, whether it's getting hurt or being yelled at by the executive.
Believe me, I don't think an executive is going to sit there and say, 'He cries a lot, but his physical training was great, so let's take it.
Now, if you went to a selection, cried and got selected, then congratulations on passing the internship, it's incredibly difficult.
However, for the rest of us who don't swim FOS, I think a general rule of thumb is to leave the tears of passion, pain, and happiness at home for when you're trying to convince your girlfriend that you are a genuine man.
If you don't cheat when selecting, you are wrong. Running routes, asking other candidates for directions, and removing weight from your ruck during movement are all ways to get to your destination faster.
I know they say you shouldn't sleep when you're not looking, but no one ever says you shouldn't poop for thirty minutes and I'm here to tell you gentlemen that some of the best naps that I made were on the porcelain throne.
Let's be honest, chances are you've been cheating on high school exams and cheating on yourself when you look in the mirror since you were a kid.
Take that mindset for selection and find the easiest way to get to the end. You know the saying "if you don't cheat, you don't try"? That's bullshit, if you're not cheating, chances are you're trying too hard.
7. Don't Get Caught
This point, which follows point 6, is essential for all SOF operators. After selection, you will have to conduct overt and covert operations around the world while potentially using cover.
So make sure you know how to avoid getting caught from the start. I don't want you to come back from selection saying you took it seriously and cheated all the way to get caught and become a 24-day non-selected.
Don't be silly, when you see the lights of the car coming down the road towards you, put your ass in the bushes and make like a tree. Note: These are just a few tips and should be taken seriously.
The author passed the special forces selection, but he did it after shitting himself, crying and with a natural spotlight on him because he is a big, mean redhead. Come to think of it, drop the above and do what AJ and Stew Smith say on their blogs instead.
Selection of special forces
REMINDER : Half of the selection is attitude and mental toughness, not just muscle. It develops with experience but may never be present or come to many people. Do your best in all things.