Do You Want to be a Navy SEAL, or Just Say You’re a SEAL?
I have an immense about of respect for Mr. Don Shipley. My friend showed me this video and as I began to watch it I was confused.
Mr. Shipley conveys a lot of reasons why men volunteer to attend the training to become SEALs. As I watched it, I acknowledged all the stuff he listed were “cool” things that everyone would enjoy, but they weren’t the main reasons why I wanted to join an elite fighting force.
I’ve known a lot of men that just “want to do cool shit.”
Mr. Shipley is clearly aware of this and shatters the illusion he’s painted by sharply acknowledging that the attention seekers are the first ones to fail at training.
"Hell week is one of the easiest phases of training…"
I was learning about BUD/s training and read into hell week, the most feared event. I was training to go to SFAS and was just expanding my knowledge about what kinds of things I would face in my journey ahead. Many people who briefly read into BUD/s greatly fear hell week.
I was almost envious of hell week. It’s such a simple evolution with only a pass/fail outcome. There is no skilled task to perform. You just get your ass beat by the elements for 5 days.
Mr. Shipley was the first person to ever echo my thoughts aloud.
Experience has taught me to evaluate and assess. When the unexpected gets dumped on you, don’t waste time. Don’t figure out how or why it happened. Don’t recriminate. Don’t figure out whose fault it is. Don’t work out how to avoid the same mistake next time. All of that you do later. If you survive. First of all you evaluate. Analyse the situation. Identify the downside. Assess the upside. Plan accordingly. Do all that and you give yourself a better chance of getting through the other stuff later.