Hey all, I joined the Marine Corps in 2012, my own ignorance lead me to sign a supply contract, little did I know. Now, I have finished my contract and moved home. I miss the military and I've decided to go back. This time, without ignorance. I've decided to join the Army this time. So, now to my questions. I have two, Starting from the top: Since I've started in the military I've wanted to be on the ground and in the fight. I do have combat experience, but not much. I want to be a part of the Special Operations community. My plan was this: to sign an 11b contract, work my way to selection, and see how it goes. I have a friend that was an 18D and he advised me to NOT go that route. He told me to sign an 18x Contract to cut the BS and guarantee a spot. He said that because I'm prior service and I'll show up with rank, they wont be able to tell me apart from the guys who were working their way up. I've read (mostly on here) that 18x is a joke. I don't want to be weeded out of selection because an instructor finds out I'm an "X-ray". What are your thoughts? My next question is this: I'm in fairly good shape, I've been running triathlons for years and I typically with frost my workouts with a calisthenic routine. I think that physically, I will be okay. I'm worried about land nav. I did land nav for a couple weeks through basic and SOI but that was years ago and if I recall, I could see every other student around me going to the same spot. That helped. I'm not in the military right now, I don't know how to practice land nav before I arrive. Any advice here is appreciated.