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While making the rounds of the message boards earlier this year, I stumbled across this introduction from a longtime SEAL who’d joined one of the special forces member groups.In his greeting to fellow members he shares some wisdom and offers genuine insight into becoming a SEAL, and keeping it all together after getting the Trident.
I went through and added links to details of interest that may be clear only to insiders. Like the bar Hot Tuna in Virginia Beach and long haired dictionary, referring to a special forces female friend acquired while on a foreign mission.
I bleeped the handful of curses, and corrected some spelling. Everything else is verbatim and as summer starts and new trainees head off to BUDs we thought it was a good time to post the following advice. If anyone has related stories or advice they’d like to share please shoot me an email.
Here we go:
SEAL from the “Right Coast”
I’ll make my introduction interesting by trying to accumulate some wisdom I have gained through my mentors and experience thus far in the teams. Please feel free to question or comment on any or all points…
Take care of your body…just as many people get rolled out for medical reasons.
It may pay to be a winner but not all the time.. this makes you the bullseye for the instructors. Being first or last all the time is not being the grey man. Pick and choose your victories.
If you passed the screening test then you are capable of physically passing BUD/S.. Barring every excuse in the book it is simple.. if you want it, you will do it. All in your heads gents..
Now it is time to shift from survival mode to putting out mode, I still remember every guy in my STT class and how they performed..instructors included.
This is where you are going to decide what kind of Operator you are going to be. Are you going to be the guy who does the bare minimum… i.e cleans his own gear and doesn’t take responsibility for the team gear, or are you gonna be the one who takes the initiative to do all the little bullshit that is inherent to working in a platoon environment. Your Reputation starts here!
It’s total bulls[***] that team guys throw away the manuals and fly by the seat of their pants.. the rules are there because someone most likely died or got f[*****] up doing during an evolution…Know the rules and keep your brothers safe.
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Drop you f[******] attitude at the door, I know that guys get their tridents now out of SQT. To quote a great movie “Wearing that badge don’t make you right” –Ike Clanton, You had better prove that you earned that trident every day or I will make it my personal mission to tear it from your still bleeding chest. (whoops I forgot we can’t do that anymore). Yes (army) jump school sucks.. don’t be that guy to show up to a team with no jump wings.Figure out what you are good at during this time.. then become as proficient at it as possible. It’s common now for a new guy to be the Dept head in a platoon..so your s[***] better be wired tight when you get there.
Pick the brains of your instructors, don’t be a kiss arse but work these guys and get as much sea story time out of them as possible.
NEVER lie to your chief!!!! He is there to look out and mentor you if you can’t be honest about little shit then you won’t be trusted with anything else. Lol.. this mainly pertains to liberty.. Seriously, s*** gets handled at the lowest level possible. If the Skipper gets a phone call from someone other than your chief and you are involved you are pretty much f*****.
1,000 “Attaboys” are cancelled by 1 “Oh Shit”
Volunteer for EVERYTHING… You have already f[**]ed yourself and got in the teams so you may as well go all the way. Your platoon mates will appreciate the help and that attitude will enhance platoon cohesiveness.
Some guys are going to be bent s[***]cans.. whether legitimately or not their attitude is poisonous, don’t get sucked in.
1st Day/Last day Rule… 99.9% of all the alcohol related incidents happen on these two days..s[***] you not, be wary of them.
Our biggest enemies are Liquor, Women, and Ego… keep all three in check.
Keep a 3 ring binder with all of your certificates inside. Keep copies of all your quals and awards. These things tend to get lost by admin and YOU are responsible for keeping those things in order.
Track your LES’s..read those things and make sure the info is correct, the last thing you want to be worrying about is whether or not your pay is dicked up.
*IMPORTANT* Be wary of having joint bank accounts, joint credit cards!!! I know you love and trust your Wife/Girlfriend/ Frog Hog, However when you get caught downrange with a long haired dictionary cause your wife knows your Myspace/yahoo/hotmail password, that sweet little thing you hide your d[***] inside is going to grow horns and take your new money, Harley, truck, house, kids and that dog she f[******] hates and find some other guy she can give it to!
We no longer have an excuse for not passing the rating exams.
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Chamber rides suck… bring a blanket.
Running with a ruck is stupid…
Don’t be a rock.. learn to use a computer and type.
Make sure the helo is on the ground or 10 for 10 before you jump out…
Beach..Boat..Bad.. Never stand between the Zodiac and the beach.. that f[*****] weighs a ton and comes fast.
Body armour only works if you wear it… ahem.. both plates.
And because I can go on for days I will close with this.. Every time we toast we tap our glasses on the table.. this is to our fallen brethren and EVERY time I do it their faces run through my mind…. They will never be forgotten this way… and because I know you don’t know them, when you check into the east coast get your arse over to the Grp2 QD and memorize every face and name.
This way they can live forever in our memories.
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