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7 Tips For Passing Special Forces Selection

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No one can tell you that it will be easy, but here are some tips which should help you to pass special forces selection. Here are the 7 crucial tips to rely on during selection.

1. Don’t quit

We have all met the guy who went to “insert Special Forces Selection, BUDs, INDOC, Ranger School, etc. here” and made it all the way to the last day but got hurt. Or the friend who apparently got selected but decided it wasn’t for him because his significant other could never go for that. The reality is that unless that guy now has a chronic limp from his injury chances are he was faking it and quit. Now I am not into statistics but of the 60-70% of people that leave 100% don’t get selected. Pretty good odds there that if you quit you won’t make it. Take it one day at a time and remember that the only easy day was yesterday. Unless you have a down day today, then today is an easy day. Or unless you just finished selection then that day is easy. Or unless you quit, then that day will be easy. Well ok, scratch that, it sounds lame.

2. Be the gray man

Going through selection there were all walks of life and a whole mix of eclectic characters. Most of the guys that showed up thinking they had that cat in the bag, didn’t. Nothing will draw more unwanted attention to you than sticking out like a boner in sweatpants the first day because you can’t shut your pie hole about how awesome you are. Leave your “no shit there I was” stories for the bars because the people there won’t be able to call you out on your bull shit about how you single-handedly took over Iraq and then everyone else came in and jacked it all up.

3. Arrive in shape

I know I know you are saying “yeah no shit, duh hh hh.” Well first of all stop swearing this is a public forum. Second, of all, it happens more often that you think. In my selection class, we lost 15 students just on the PT test. That’s right, the PT test. These Infidel strong warriors showed up to Special Forces Selection, considered by Green Berets to be the toughest selection known to man, not even able to pass a PT test. There are a million and one different sites that you can go to besides Jenny Craig that have some excellent tips on how to prepare. If you aren’t sure which ones to visit check out our Combat Fitness Deck, http://stewsmith.com, or http://porntube.com. Maybe forgo the last since chances are you are reading this on your mother’s computer.

4. Play the game

Selection is a game, and if Milton and Bradley patented it, they would go bankrupt. The trick of the game is to do everything the cadre tells you to as best as you can. If they come out and ask you to jump out of a plane without a parachute, do a cheetah flip while citing the ranger creed you should hit the ground perform a second Cheetah flip and spout the ranger creed off in English and Japanese because that’s just how much you want it.

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Members of Bangladesh SWADS during the BUD/s (Photo: Wiki)

If the cadre says the sky is pink, well then you should tell him you can’t believe it took you this long to realize it and what a wonderful pink sky it is. Selection is easy as long as you don’t overthink it and just do as you are told. As long as you follow the first three tips, chances are you won’t have anything to worry about.

5. Don’t cry

For some reason when guys go to selection, they think it’s ok to shed some tears. Unless your boo boo is bleeding and you are looking for a lollypop crying will not help you out. You will see guys cry in selection for all sorts of things from hurting themselves to getting yelled at by the cadre. Trust me; I don’t think any of the cadres will sit there and say “well he cries a lot but his PT was excellent, so let’s take him.” Now if you went to a selection, cried and then got selected, well then I congratulate you for passing BUDs, that is incredibly hard. However, for the rest of us non-swimming SOF goers, I think a general rule of thumb is to leave the tears of passion, pain and happiness back at home for when you are trying to convince your girlfriend you are a genuine guy.

6. Cheat

If you aren’t cheating the selection you are wrong. Running the roads, asking other candidates for directions and taking weight out of your ruck during the movement are all ways to get you where you are going faster. I know they say don’t sleep when we aren’t looking, but no one ever says don’t take a thirty-minute shit and I am here to tell you, gentlemen, some of the best naps I have experienced were upon the porcelain throne. Let’s be honest, chances are you have been cheating on high school tests and yourself when you look in the mirror since you were a kid. Take that mentality to selection and find the easiest way to make it to the end. You know that saying “if you ain’t cheating you ain’t trying?” That’s bullshit if you aren’t cheating chances are, you are trying too hard.

7. Don’t get caught

This follows #6 and is paramount for every SOF operator. After selection, you will be expected to conduct overt and covert operations around the world while potentially using a cover. So make sure you know how to keep from getting caught from the get go. I don’t want you coming back from selection saying that you took this seriously and cheated your way all the way through and then got caught and became a 24-day non-select. Don’t be an idiot, when you see the lights of thecar driving down the road towards you run your ass into the bushes and make like a tree. Note: These are just a few tips and should be taken in stride. The author passed Special Forces Selection but also did it after shitting himself, crying, and with having a natural spotlight on him because he is a great and nasty ginger. So on second thought maybe scratch the above and do what AJ and Stew Smith say on their blogs instead.

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Portuguese Army new Assault Rifle: SCAR-L in 5,56x45mm

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On the 20th February 2019, FN Herstal was awarded a major contract for thousands of assault rifles,  by NATO’s Support & Procurement Agency (NSPA) on behalf of the Portuguese Army.  The contract is for the 5.56x45mm  caliber FN SCAR L assault rifles. Included in this contrat, FN will also supply other guns, namely the FN40GL grenade launchers, MINIMI 5.56 and 7.62 Mk3 light and medium machine guns respectively, and the designated Marksman Rifle SCAR-H in 7,62x51mm.

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The NSPA, is the main logistics and procurement agency of NATO and is able to handle and support procurement for member nations. NSPA described the contract as a ‘major milestone’ for the agency. The contract was signed by FN’s sales director and NSPA General Manager.

NSPA made a short statement:

“NSPA awarded today a contract to Belgium-based FN Herstal, one of the world’s leading designers and manufacturers of small caliber weapons. This is for the Agency a major contract to produce FN SCAR® assault rifles and FN MINIMI® machine guns as new standard issue weapons for the Portuguese Army’s.

The contract includes the manufacture and supply of 5.56mm and 7.62mm NATO caliber FN SCAR® assault rifles, FN40GL grenade launchers, MINIMI® 5.56 and 7.62 Mk3 Tactical light machine guns, and all related accessories.

The Portuguese Army’s standard issue service rifle is currently a Portuguese license produced variant of the Heckler & Koch G3, while the MG3 and HK21 are used in the General Purpose and Light Machine Gun purpose. The exact size of this new contract and its worth have not yet been announced, but In 2017, when the program was released, the acquisition called for 11 000 assault rifles in 5.56x45mm. The value of this weapons package procurement would be €42.8 million ($50.3 million).

This is a major acquisition for the Portuguese Army as the old G3 Battle Rifles are outdated, even in its class, and are obvious not adequate for the assault role. This purchase does not only manage to replace the G3 Battle rifle with one of the best current assault rifles, if not the best, but it will allow that the Portuguese Army to change the fire dynamics of it´s small units, increasing firepower and combat capabilities and being able to have more Hit probability on the enemy.

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The Murph Challenge Workout

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Special operations operators are well beyond professional athletes. SFO’s are in extreme physical conditions. they are prepared to react instantly, in defense of our county. One SFO stands out to me. Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy, Navy Seal. No, I never had the supreme honor of meeting the man, but I have read and followed every piece of information I could find on him. “Lt Murphy” became a Navy Seal in July 2002. After several if not numerous mission combating terrorism, Lt. Micheal P. Murphy was surrounded by Taliban soldiers, along with his three other Navy Seals.

“Murphy was killed on 28 June 2005 after he left his cover position and went to a clearing away from the mountains, exposing himself to a hail of gunfire in order to get a clear signal to contact headquarters for relaying the dire situation and requesting immediate support for his team. He dropped the satellite phone after being shot multiple times but picked the phone back up and finished the call. While being shot, he signed off saying- “Thank You”, then continued fighting from his exposed position until he died from his wounds.” Michael P. Murphy – Wikipedia

Lt. Murphy left behind a legacy of honor and fitness and preparedness that many strive to archive. Lt. Murphy called this workout Body Armour, after his death, the workout was renamed The Murph Challenge.

  • A 1-mile run.
  • Then 100 pull-ups.
  • Then 200 pushups.
  • Then 300 squats.
  • And ANOTHER 1-mile run.

I’m not saying professional athletes couldn’t do it, but Lt Murphy did this for fun.

That being said, I once met an SFO, in Hampton, VA. He was in his late fifties and ran alongside our platoon one morning during pt. , We finished a five-mile run, and he turned to us, and said… that’s it? cmon let’s do it again. The Master Chief was about 6′1 looked like he weighed about 220. It wasn’t until afterward, When I asked him, what was his weight, and almost fell out learning he was 185.

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