Last page for update!
First, I would like to prefix what I am about to say that I am NOT a SEAL. I am a senior in NROTC and I earned one of the few spots that they hand out to midshipmen to go to SEAL training over the summer for a month.
The training, Mini BUD/s:
It's one month of them beating the crap out of you similar to BUD/s. Hundreds of miles of running, miles of swimming, and thousands of repetitions of every calisthenics exercise you can imagine. In between getting the crap beat out of me, I might get to do some pretty cool things, anywhere from fast roping out of helos to playing on the Mark V special operations craft (80+ mph speed boat), to doing some small unit tactics. They only selected 35 guys from around the country for anywhere from 15-25 slots, for those that don't quit over the month, they will be making cuts. My competition will be some pretty amazing athletes, studs in the classroom, and generally pretty well rounded.
The selection process started at the beginning of 2012. I submitted an application along with about 400-500 applicants. Out of that, 37 midshipmen were selected to participate in a SEAL Assessment Screener at the Naval Academy, which was basically two days of Hell Week, no sleep, no breaks, and constant physical activity. We ran about a marathon, rucked with 55lb packs everywhere we went, and did a lot of boat and log PT. Over those 48 hours the worst part was definitely "base tour." Base tour is a run around the compound about 5 miles with zodiacs on top of your head with 6 people per boat. We got to do all of the above wet and sandy as well, that sucked. Did I mention the water was 48*? We secured the weekend with 11 midshipmen. Kind of all a blur actually. By the end my whole body hurt. I had to put my mattress on the floor because I couldn't climb into my bed. Went to the hospital the next day and had found out I had stress fractured my hip (most likely from the rucking that I hadn't prepared my body for).
The purpose of this thread is simply motivation. I plan on posting my workouts everyday leading up to the day I leave for CA and what goes on during training everyday (within OPSEC or course). I might even be able to take some pictures! I am sure that by posting and hearing everyone's encouragement I will be successful. I either leave from training with a recommendation for selection or not. If I leave with a recommendation, I have about a 95% chance of being selected to go to BUD/s for the real deal. Not many officers get this chance. I am blessed with this opportunity... and cursed, cause this is gonna SUCK! Gotta embrace the suck!
Here are some pictures: