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  • Don't fret the hurry up and wait

    In August of 2011, I first heard about the Navy SEAL. My 8th grade English teacher had my class read an article about how they were the people who were responsible for killing UBL and how difficult the training was. When the article started talking about Hell Week, I knew it was something I wanted to do.
    At the time, I was struggling to do 20 push-ups, let alone the 42 push-up minimum. When I got home that afternoon, I was determined to get my PT in order and meet the minimums. Starting at 15, I kept increasing my reps by 5 until I was doing 40 push ups in a set. Proper motivation got me from doing 20 to 40 all in one night! I knew the minimums wouldn't cut it, but it was a great start. Besides, I still had 4 years before I'd be old enough to enlist.
    For those four years, every ounce of energy when into preparing for a career in the Navy. I studied for the ASVAB, did PT, took NJROTC, and even graduated a year early so I could enlist as soon as I turned 17.
    I was fired up going into the recruiter's office and stayed motivated through my MED Read. It didn't even bother me when they requested I go to a specialist to have more definitive information.
    In July of 2015, I was finally cleared to go to MEPS. Unfortunately, after spending the entire day there, they just had more bad news. They told PDQed me for a codeine Allergy, TDQed me for breaking my foot the previous February. They also wanted me to submit ALL of my medical records as part of my waiver paperwork.
    It took me a couple months to get everything together, but by the time I had everything, my mother refused to sign my paperwork. So now I had to wait until the end of May (when I turned 18) so that I could sign for myself. On my 18th birthday, I returned to the recruiter anxious to get things rolling again.
    A month later, I heard back from my recruiter and he told me I was denied again. I asked what the next step was, but he said there were none; my dreams of becoming a SEAL were over. But that still didn't squash my motivation. I started searching through Google, reading forums, and talking to people with similar experiences. From what I read, even when waivers are denied, you can still resubmit paperwork and try again. I called my recruiter back and asked about what I read. He told me that I had to wait 2 years (so that my physical would expire) before I'd be able to resubmit.
    Nine months later, I was talking to a different recruiter, since he was closer to where I lived, and found out none of that was true. There was no such waiting period and I could have resubmitted immediately. However, he said that I was likely to get the same answer unless I had new tests done to prove nothing was wrong with me. So now, I've passed my new pulmonary function tests and am resubmitting next week.

    Its been 6 long years since I first had this dream, and it's definitely had its ups and downs. There were times when it was very easy to lose hope, but commitment, and a little hard-headedness, has kept me going. Don't let the waiting game crush your motivation, just use that extra time to work on your scores.
    Currently in year six of hurry up and wait.

  • #2
    Hoo-yah! Keep that front sight focus and you will succeed.

    I am 23 and first learned of the SEAL's at aged 15 from a family member. On year 8 currently and am now becoming committed to training my body for war, my mind was ready long ago. Had I known what I needed to do physically earlier I'd be ready by now. But would not have had the experiences I am having.

    Don't rush this operation in regards to preparing for your pipeline. Figure out every detail, eliminate potential fallouts, replan and reapproach and prepare to win.

    I have a motto that guides my spirit in this lifetime: "Life is all about being in the right place, at the right time, with the right attitude."

    Everything happens to you when you are ready, somethings you need to prepare for first and then attack, attack, attack!

    Keep moving forward!
    "Lord, let me not prove unworthy of my brothers."

    "Ace Ventura: If you were me, then I'd be you, and I'd use *your* body to get to the top. You can't stop me no matter who you are!"

    “Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious... and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” - Walt Disney


    • #3
      Hardcore man. Your long and strenuous journey will prove useful when you're sucking it up under a log, remembering what you had to go through to get there. You'll stay strong while some guy who walked into the recruiters office 6 months before and breezed through will quit. Good luck.


      • #4
        Hickman When you go back to MEPS remember nobody there is your friend. They are looking for reasons to DQ you, you know this because you have been there. Stay straight and do not self diagnose. No new friends while you're there, just business, keep that in mind. NOW GET AFTER IT.
        best wishes.