Any group that joins JSOC is forged in through the hell that is Green Platoon/Green Team. you work your arse off just to get in. It depends on what branch and what group your trying out for. I have found through out my career going through “Two Pipelines” you would think one was enough punishment, but the second was the one I retired from and it was the most rewarding by far.
Going through Green Platoon for the 160th was by far my favorite assignment. You spend six weeks of hell although there is hell and there is purgatory. I had already been through Ranger school (not the 75th ranger regiment) all those guys who say your not a ranger because you did not belong to the 75th relax I went for a leadership school. However I did go all the way through with no recycles. Suck it Batt Boys! Im kidding… Compared to Ranger School Green Platoon was difficult but I had developed a mantra, “as long as you made it through today you can make it through tomorrow” “You made it did everything they wanted today, you can do it all again” and my personal favorite “Your not a quitter, you’ve never quit anything since a mile long swim when you were 14 don’t start now, quiting is embarrassing”
I swam the required 500m swim on the first day. My dad watched me swim, I had never swam that far before, I don’t remember saying this, but my dad said you looked at me tired and worn saying “I was going to finish or they were going to pull me from the bottom”. I worked up to my mile swim on the last day. and the day before I had the devilish “cross chest carry” that as I started working as a lifeguard, getting more and more certifications the BSA was the only one that taught it the, American Red Cross, YMCA deemed it unsafe and better the patient go under than rescuer and the swimmer. I guess better one than drown than two, but I suppose if it is your loved one it is not to risky. Any of us that have had any kind of dive training swim training etc. know what the panicked mind can do, however; look at the Coastguard…. they don’t quit. Neither do I. If I can rescue I guy who outweighed me by over 100lbs had ten years on me and almost a foot and swim him 25m just about anyone can. He did not want me to get my lifeguard. He was going to drown me, I say to you Mike… you made a man out of me at 14. thanks for that!