Discussion in 'SOF Mentor Program' started by cback0220, Mar 30, 2011.
There are a few obstacles I'd pay money to see you run on the O course at that height!
Im sure WARCOM doesn't keep stats for things like this but....if he were to make it, at 6'9 could he possibly be the tallest SEAL ever?
EDIT: Reminds me of a similar-sized DI over at Parris Island (http://www.marines.mil/unit/tecom/m...ruits, trains at a whole different level.aspx)
Couldn't find the un-edited image but you get the idea.
IIRC, the SEALs have a height limit due to needing to be able to fit into tight spaces when locking in and out of subs, or utilizing the SDVs. I want to say 6'5" or 6'6" is the cut-off.
Just slouch when you're measured!;)
230 lbs right now. I've got work to do on my running for sure. My last APFT two mile time was 13:56. I've been pretty blessed to have never suffered any major injuries to my knees through high school and college sports. I'd like to gain weight, but with the running and swimming I'm doing it's not happening. I'm thinking it's more beneficial for me to cut my run times than to gain weight anyways.
I was told by the Navy recruiters and by Don Shipley that a height waiver was possible. The Army recruiter just told me they make uniforms in all sizes. haha.
13:56 isn't too bad. It's not great, but there are definitely guys that make it that run slower than that.
I suppose I'll start this with a brief bio. My name is Andrew, I'm 21 years old, 6'1/6'2 depending on the day, 165 lbs. I enlisted about two years ago in a 35 series job, did one deployment to Afghanistan for 10 months and some change with 1st ID. I went on patrols and did all the fun shit with my infantry buddies, endured the suck, did a little time sitting behind a desk too. Now I am looking at making my SGT and going to some advanced MOS schools.
Why SF? I have been interested in the military since I was a child. Plastic army men snipers can still be found in random spots in my room I'm sure. The infantry drew me in first, I wanted to be walking with my rifle and my buddies like I had seen in movies and pictures growing up. Then in high school we watched The Great Raid in my U.S. History class and I learned about the Rangers. As I began to ask questions my teacher who also happened to be my football coach gave me his copy of Inside Delta Force by Eric Haney. That was the spark that got me interested in SOF. I wanted the option 40 contract when I first spoke with recruiter but than I found out about the 18X option when I was at MEPS. I was told that I could not have an infantry contract so I would have to pick another job. I was too young to get 18X so I got what I could with the plan of going to SFAS and Q Course down the line. I went home and did as much research on SF as I could and everything I found appealed to me. I wanted the fraternity, the job cross training, the tight knit community, but most of all I wanted a job that would allow me to fight the bad guys and stand up for the little guys. I could be a warrior and a teacher. Plus there are perks that SF gets that are pretty sweet haha. All in all I just want it. The life style and everything.
My name is Sean. I'm 17 years old and going to be a Junior in High School. I understand that I have a long way to go before it's even possible for me to consider becoming a member of the SOF community, but I figure that if I start now it will improve my chances. My 25m target right now is to work on my physical fitness during the summer before school starts. I have always wanted to join the military at a young age. I have always felt that it's my duty to serve my country and write that blank check so that my family and friends can continue their lives with the freedom's that so many before us have paid with their lives. I have family that has served, My grandfather was in the Army Air Corps during WWII, My uncle was an intelligence commander in the Navy. I also have a cousin who was in the Air Force. I have always looked up to them and have planned on going down the same path. I have set my goal to become a Marine. Ever since I read the stories of Chesty Puller, The Frozen Chosin, and The Battle Belleau Wood I have thought Marine's are badass. I want to become a Recon Marine because their mission seems so different from what the other units of SOF do. SEALS are DA and SF are FID while Rangers are also DA. Recon Marines job (please excuse my lack of full knowledge) is to hump a 100 pound ruck deep into enemy territory and observe the enemy as well as send them to their maker. I would be lying if I said I didn't want to do all the high flying ninja stuff. But I've come to realize by reading this forum and others that there is a lot more suck involved.
I want to become apart that brotherhood that I read about in all those SOF books. I want to fight the enemy, I want to defend my country, and
I want to earn the title of United States Recon Marine.
I don't remember hearing about very many Marines in the during the initial phases of the invasions, or during the SCUD hunts for that matter.
My SOF goal is to join the NSW community as SEAL or SWCC. I am a CM2 and currently SELRES. It is likely that I will mobilize in approximately 6 months. After that mobilization is when I would like to take the PST. I am currently 32 years old and do not think I can get an age waiver for SEAL, so I am focusing my efforts toward SWCC until or unless I learn that 34 year olds can get a shot at a SEAL age waiver. I have been following the NSW PT Guide on the sealswcc.com website as much as is practical considering my work schedule. I have also studied the video and forums on that site as well as several threads on this site. I want to join the NSW community because I feel I can do something much more than what I'm doing. I enjoy pushing my limits to find they weren't where I thought they were. I'm looking for advice on how to improve my packet to increase my chances of receiving an age waiver. I am working and steadily progressing toward the "optimal" PST scores and estimate I am 5 months away from getting there. I know that my age is working against me, but it serves to fuel my passion to accomplish my goal all the more. Thank you for any advice you would give.
Good luck. Don't rush the training and hurt yourself, but don't be a bum either.
Most guys quit in the pool. As has been said here many times, there's a difference between being a good swimmer and being comfortable in the water.
The 7 guys from my class (from my div in boot camp) who got their pins were/are all stellar men. They all had their weaknesses just like everyone else, but they didn't fucking quit.
Thanks for the reinforcement and encouragement. I was on the swim team in highschool until a broken arm during the season ended my "swiming career." Currently (and ironically,) swimming is my weakest part. I'm trying to spend as much time in the pool as I can which is a challenge in and of itself. I'm now plotting to suplement pool time with some light to moderate swimming in Lake Michigan.
Where exactly are you located now?
Chicago (north side)
Good morning gents,
I am currently an active duty Marine. Three plus years in so far. I have just about completed my MARSOC package. My reason for wanting Special Forces are:
First, fraternity and comraderie, just like the "regular" Marine corps, but also the knowledge that the guy next to you is giving just as much as you and has trained just as hard as you. You know that you can trust your life to him with no reservations. Second, I want to reach my full potential. If I go to MARSOC and give A&S everything I have and I don't get selected, I'm okay with that. As long as I left every ounce I had "on the mat." but I intend to prove to the cadre, and to all of you gentleman (via words and posts), that I belong, or have the capacity to belong, among you and next to you. I also love to train and teach people. I am a marksmanship coach for the Marine Corps and I am more proud of that than my actual MOS. I can't really think of much else to say, I'm not the greatest at speaking about myself, but hopefully this shows that I have the capacity, desire, and the understanding of what it will take. Please share any positives or negative words you have for me. It will only help me. S/F
Did I say something idiotic?
Do you choose both?
There are Special Operations Forces, and there is Special Forces.
I apologize, I meant special operations forces. It's hard to see I my iPhone when I type lol. I do understand the difference. Sf is green berets only, and sof is all special operators for other branches, correct?
Correction: it's hard to see my iPhone when I type.
Other branches and other army units.