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Schoolhouse Carry

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If you don't mind me asking, are you a retired Ranger?
May I ask why you ask?
I'm very seriously looking into the Air Force Pararescue. I'm just trying to get as much advice on training so that I have a serious shot in indoc. And of course to have it straight from the horse's mouth as they say is the best way to go. Just some advice if possible. I can tell by your different EDCs that you're a very smart and knowledgeable guy. I saw your bracelet and the challenge coin. Just thought I would ask.
I know Rangers and PJ'S are different but there are similarities in training for all special forces units. Just looking for whatever advice you might have.
I never was in BAT. I went through Selection in 97' and got picked up by CAPOC. I served with 5th, 3rd and 20th SFG. The best advice anyone can give you is TRAIN, TRAIN, TRAIN. Run, Swim and Ruck. Find a training SOP for the PJ training and follow it by the book. Train until you get it wrong. Meaning, train until you can't perform your training correctly. Just training till you can't get wrong means you've settled and don't wish to advance any further. Special Operations want self motivators and leaders. Always perform 100% regardless if you are being watched or not. Because guess what.... You're always being watched. That's the biggest thing. We can teach you to run, ruck and swim faster but we can't teach you to be motivated. Example. If a guy rucks 10 miles averaging 9 min miles when he's being watched by Cadre but does the same 10 miles averaging 12 min miles when he's not being watched. He showed that he has to be supervised in order to perform at his best. Don't be that guy.