If you are thinking about attending BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training) in your career, you will need to prepare yourself physically and mentally. A great place to start would be reading, “The Secret to Navy Seal Training” by Brandon Webb.

When I went through training back in 1997, it was the hardest thing physically that I’d ever done.  I checked into BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training) fresh off a six month deployment on the USS Kitty Hawk as an Aviation Warfare Systems Operator/Helicopter Search & Rescue Swimmer (H60’s).  After failing the initial physical training entry test (I had one more shot at it) in this order:

  • 500M swim
  • Pull Ups
  • Push Ups
  • 1.5M Run in Boots

I rehearsed it over and over in my head, then pushed myself and was able to pass the initial Pre Training PT test a second time around. By the time I got to 1st Phase of training after a few weeks of “Indoctrination” I was a complete train wreck. Blisters, torn callouses, sore muscles and a bruised ego.  I was targeted by the instructor staff for termination and they threw everything they had at me (just ask anyone in my class and they’ll agree).

They don't count unless you count...
They don’t count unless you count…

You name the punishment or extra duty and I was a participant:

  • The Goon Squad-nasty extra PT work for not keeping up with the head pack on runs. While everyone else stretches and drinks water you and a select chosen few get a extra motivation (use your imagination) a few yards away.
  • Remedial PT-extra PT after morning chow (this is after a 0500 PT session).  Run back early and get hammered times two. Not fun.
  • Ole Misery-this is an over-sized log much larger than the telephone poles used in log PT.  Misery loves company and she had plenty with me under her.
  • “Extra Love”-sorry, you’ll have to sign up for BUD/S and find out for yourself.

Read more- The Secret to Navy Seal Training

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