16
Feb
08

A long jump into the darkness…

Well the Army recruiting thing is just about over. I go to MEPS on Tuesday and will be sworn in if they guarantee me the spot they’ve offered. They offered me a Special Forces slot (18X). It will be tough I know, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to serve my country, with the army’s best men.

The process goes like this:

1) 16 weeks of infantry combat training at Fort Benning, Georgia. This includes basic and advanced training.

2)3 weeks of Basic Airborne Course at Benning.

3)14 days at Special Forces Prep Course 1, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina

4)At this point, there will be a selection process. Not all who make it through the whole deal will be selected; only those that the trainers feel are best suited. Those that remain will be allowed to enter the Special Forces Qualification course. 4out of 5 people remaining at that point will fail.

5)Then to the Primary Leadership Development Course.

6)Special Forces Prep Course II– 10 weeks of SERE (Survival, Escape, Resistance and Evasion) traing, plus hand to hand combat and disarming.

7) Next, I’ll be assigned to one of five specialty Seargent postions, Medical, Engineering, Communicaton, Weapons, SF Officer, depending on what I have shown proficiency in.

8) 8-12 weeks of language school–depending on what language I’m assigned.

9) I will then take place in a large scale unconventional warfare exercise, Codename: ROBIN SAGE. Then I will be awarded the Special Forces tab and the coveted Green Beret.

This will be tough. I’m taking nothing for granted. I’m not assuming I’m smart enough, tough enough, good enough. I must take each portion one at a time. People think I’m nuts, but I’ve never argued with that. It will be, without question, the toughest thing I have ever done. It’s all about pain tolerance, calm under pressure, and mental and physical endurance. Ouch.

Say a prayer for me. Actually, it’s possible I could just fail my physical on Tuesday and it’ll be a moot point….

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