I can define two distinct classes of soldiers training up for the Delta Force Selection and Assessment (S&A) tryouts in West “by God” Virginia:

1. Those who insist that their training regime is the best and only way to adequately prepare for a successful run at S&A

2. Those who quest to discover from others the exact regime that will see them through

I found myself in the second class. I had no mentor in the form of a friend who had successfully made it through, and who could put and keep me on a training path that made sense. I fell somewhat prey to speculations and second and third-hand advice from men that had friends and friends of friends who had made it through S&A.