I had the pleasure to host SOFREP’s Question and Answer session on Sunday afternoon where our readers posted in the “Team Room” and I was their sounding board. I just want to thank everyone for the fun back and forth session and hope that we can do it again sometime soon.

We got some good overall questions about Selection which followed after the session was over with some good email and social media questions about the Selection course and some of what I’ve written about it.

First, let me be the first to say, I am just one former cadre member from there. I don’t claim to be the all-knowing expert on all matters of the course, nor to know the “only” way to do things. Frequently my opinions will differ vastly from what other cadre members will say about a given subject. That’s fine, we are all shaped by our own experiences and what worked well for me may not work for you or vice versa.

I encourage all of our readers who are aspiring Special Operations members to read everything that is out there and then YOU decide what is best for you. After all, when all is said and done, it will be you in the arena facing the music. Our time is done. As much as we wish we could turn back the clock and do it all over again, we can’t. Be as prepared as you possibly can be and then go all in. Don’t hold back anything. And then, even if you fail, you do so knowing that you emptied the tank in your attempt. The alternative is too bitter to contemplate.

So with that in mind, here are some email questions I’ve gotten and will attempt to answer them for everyone.

Why is the Special Operations Forces PT Preparation articles preparing candidates for the UBRR (Upper Body Round Robin) Test when we’re still taking the 3-Event PT Test?

This is an excellent question and I’ll answer it the best way that I can. First, the military, even the conventional units have come to realize that the old 3-Event PT Test is a joke. And it is far from a true barometer of functional physical fitness that Special Operations Forces require doing the job.

SOF is going to switch to the UBRR sometime soon and there is no sliding scale for age. Which is a good thing. You don’t get an alibi for age in Special Ops. You can either still do the job or you can’t. That’s why when I was at Selection, our commander graded us all regardless of age at the 17-21 bracket for the PT test.