I don’t want you to come here and
survive. I want you to come here to compete. You’re looking at 730 days of
training in front of you, and it’s no joke. Every one of those days… it’s quite
honestly… we’re gonna crush you. The training is physically challenging.
The mental training, mixed in with the academics, you have to have your mind right. And you definitely can’t quit. You definitely
can’t quit. We’re preparing men and women. We’re
preparing them to eventually go out into combat. It might seem very intense,
but it doesn’t compare to what they’re gonna be going through when they’re
downrange. From six in the morning until four
o’clock in the afternoon you’re doing nothing but working out. Your push-ups,
your sit-ups, your swims and your runs– you should be able to do that all day long.
You’re going to hit physical walls. Being able to complete an exercise when you
feel like you are about to die is huge. Pushing past those boundaries where you
didn’t believe that you could go is part of your mental training. I’ll be honest,
most of our individuals have that mental and physical block in the pool. Lots of
people think that they’re out of breath when they still have about 60 seconds
left. It’s getting yourself to flip the switch of being
underwater and being uncomfortable. Every training objective we do has a
real-world application. The first time I went to Afghanistan, I didn’t realize I
was gonna be walking up thousands of feet of mountainous terrain with hundred pound
packs on our back. One of the craziest scenarios I’ve been in, getting a
Canadian force out of Afghanistan… we had the fast rope into the objective. There
was IEDs throughout the field. He had bilateral amputations about the knee
level, but you have to learn what’s in front of you, attack it, and go on to the next. When
you’re in an actual firefight and bullets are flying and people are dying,
it’s a reality check. These courses are meant to break you down. All week I’ve been in pain. It hurts.
Everything you do hurts, but nothing hurts as much as ringing that bell. This is
painful. This hurts. I don’t want to be here anymore.
I felt the push-ups. The run kind of hit me harder than usually does. I had two
shallow water blackouts, to just where you don’t have enough air under water. I
was running and I just kept vomiting the whole time. I called it quits.
I kept failing my team. I just couldn’t fail them anymore. Whatever your
motivation is, it has to be able to carry you beyond your physical limits, that’s
beyond your mental fatigue. You can’t want it just because you want to
be a badass. You gotta have your mind set on a bigger picture. My family is my
motivation. I had a lot of people relying on me, all the people who have given
their lives… Everyone has the will to win. It’s not the little win we’re looking
for– it’s the will to prepare to win. Train five out of seven days of the week.
Running, calisthenics, high intensity workouts, spending a lot of time in the pool…
Lifting weights isn’t gonna do a whole lot for you. We have a saying: “Exceeding
the standard is the standard.” They need to be so far above the standards that
there’s no questions are gonna make it through. We are put into the most dangerous
places in the world. We’re surrounded constantly by people that want to kill
us. Everything that we do here applies the battlefield.
And during the “suck,” as we say, is part of your life, and it becomes your new normal.
And if you think that that is as hard as it’s going to get, you’re wrong.
And it’s strenuous, it’s long, but you just push through it. You have to tell
yourself that it’s worth it, I’m doing this no matter what, but I will never