Yesterday afternoon after my wife and I got from from a trip to Beaumont Texas, I turned on the Discovery Channel and there was a show on called “2 Weeks in Hell.” The program documents a 2 week test for candidates trying to get into the Special Forces school.
I would like to state that not joining the military is one of the big regrets of my life. Instead of joining the Army, I got married, went to work and had some kids. If I could do it all over again, I would probably serve my nation first, and my own interest second.
At the start of the program, the men the men were put into “The Pit” – where they worked together in teams to lift a log that weighed close to 1,000 pounds. After a few hours of physical training (PT), the candidates were vomiting, suffering injuries, and dropping out right and left – and this is just the first morning of the first day.
After watching the first 15 – 30 minutes, I had to question my own physical fitness. Staying in physical shape while sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day is not impossible, its just going to be difficult.
One of the mental test was a nighttime navigation course. Candidates had to navigate through the woods at night – with no light – and they could not follow roads. For people who were raised in the city, and never been in the woods at night, this must have been a pretty bad situation. Every sound in the woods at night brings up a primal fear that “something” might be out there. For people that have spent a lot of time in the woods at night, they probably would have been more at home.
The teamwork projects show how well people can work together under stress. Do they come together like a jigsaw puzzle, or do they look like a map that has been run through a shredder.
After watching 2 Weeks in Hell, you have to question everything about your lifestyle – everything from your level of physical fitness, to your metal conditioning.