Why do we tell you this? When you show up with grandiose dreams of being a Space Shuttle Door Gunner, why do we tell you to focus on the 25m target and worry about Basic Training? Surely Basic is no match for a future Hall of Fame Superhero such as yourself? You couldn't be more wrong if you were a football coach at Penn State. First, what is the 25m target? It represents the closest threat, one within hand grenade range, one of those arbitrary distances with symbolic meaning. There's the WHAT, now for the WHY: Not only do you have to engage the threat, you have to defeat it. Take it as a real world scenario again where you either kill or neutralize the 25m target or you yourself will become a victim. The 25m rules, it is in front of you, and not just your biggest challenge, but the most immediate. Consider any pipeline: SOF, conventional, college, a job...all of them have multiple steps which must be successfully completed. Basic Training, Airborne, some selection process, that Chem II class you need for a major, a job interview.....all of these are examples of the sort of hurdles you have to face. So, why do we tell you to worry about Enlisting, then Basic, then your tech school, then the selection process, then your first days at your unit? Basic Training isn't a "gimme." We have a distinguished member on this board who injured himself in the last weeks of Basic/ AIT. Book it, done, rock star dreams fall by the wayside. A good friend of mine hyper-extended his knee two weeks before jump school. Goodbye silver wings, goodbye Green Beret.... Stuff happens. How would you like to be the guy who makes it through everything and is peer evaled out of your selection course? It happens. Don't count your chickens before they are hatched. I seriously doubt we have a vetted member here who hasn't witnessed "that guy" who dealt with an injury or some failing before making it to the big leagues and never recovered. "That guy" who was a shoe-in to go on to great things and was then undone by some random, freak event, or maybe bad choice of his own or someone around him (drunk driver, car accident, pick up soccer game gone wrong, etc.). Your "pissiness" when confronted about "Focus on the 25m target" admonitions tells us that you are arrogant and ignorant of the process and what The Process expects of you as an individual. So, focus on the 25m Target, live it almost Day to Day and when all is said and done THEN you can wolf mad shyte about bad ass you are. THEN you can come back and tell us that we were wrong to make you focus on the immediate threat. The SEALs say that "The only easy day was yesterday" and more than that..it is also the only day that is done and over with. That day is on the scoreboard and as long as you live there is more ball left to play. Keep your head in the game. Keep your focus.