Over Thanksgiving I was looking with friends and family at the webpage of GoRuck. One of my friends was looking for a challenge to push himself for this upcoming spring, so I recommended that he check out GoRuck’s events. 

“Why in the world would someone do this for fun? And why would you ever sign up for this stuff in the military? Do people actually volunteer for this?”  

Someone else asked.

Trying to be as diplomatic as possible, I tried to explain that if you ask such questions, then those events — and life in any Special Operations unit — probably isn’t for you. And it isn’t for everybody.

But you reader, you are here because these thoughts don’t enter your mind. That’s why you visit this website. Chances are that if you’re not already a Special Operations member, you aspire to be one soon. And if the second part of that describes your situation, then the following advice is for you. 

In this website we’ve already covered certain tasks like rucking and land navigation. But this piece will address the mindset.

The person at my Thanksgiving dinner persisted and wanted to understand the thought process that goes behind how we do what we do. While I can’t speak for everyone, the answer for me is that we do these things because we can’t envision ourselves doing anything else — and because we also feel compelled to. We also exist for the challenge: pushing the envelope to see how far we can go; how good we can be. 

Whether you are a competitive athlete or a tactical one, the ultimate goal may be different, but the manner in which we arrive there is very similar. And that is through thorough preparation. In getting ready to go to Special Operations Selection, regardless of the branch of service or the unit, the onus is on the individual to be ready to go and meet the selection criteria established by the cadre. The only obstacle that can hold you back is yourself.