Well, I'm new to this forum, to this website overall. I was actually directed to this website by my brother, who is on the teams, after telling him I was fed up with the Army, and all the ******** I've had to go through. He has given me hope to complete my original dream of becoming a SEAL
A little background to this story.
When I was in High School, I ran into some issues that forced me to make a decision. Long story short, I was accused by my school of a bomb threat (even after the police completed the investigation, found the real culprit, and arrested him). My school actually had half of my teachers give me a failing grade (not an incomplete) for all the school work I had missed after they had put me on an "emergency Expulsion for my safety". Sensing what they were attempting to do,I got my GED, joined up with the National Guard, and from there, went to the Active Army as an Infantry man.
My first choice was always to go SEAL, but since the school pulled that, I took what options I could. I decided if I had to go army, that I would go Special Forces or Rangers. Since coming to the Army however, I have gotten nothing but screwed out of every opportunity I've come close to having for Special Operations. It seems that nowadays, there is an awful lot of bureaucracy that is going along with people moving into the Rangers or SF, and it has become all but impossible to actually get there. I've been in for six years, and I have been told I had to do this that or the other to go to the Selection or the required course to go and be apart of these units. After doing these things, my unit, from company to Brigade would find some way to get it denied. As of now, I have seen only handful of people go to these courses.
I'm not a "*hitbag" as we like to call them here in the Army. I have a great PT Score, I'm early to everything, and I normally get top marks in any course they send me to. I follow orders, and I can take initiative when no orders are present. I am driven and ambitious. But because I wasn't with the "In-crowd" or the "good ol' boys" I was always put to the back of everything. I tried for 2 years to shine, to show I was worth considering for everything... but because I didn't go and drink beer with the boys, I was always at the rear of the line.
I became despondent and had toyed with the idea of getting out of the Army. But I didn't want to leave a partiality of my dream unfufilled (special operations). At this point however, the Army has already started downsizing. So the likelihood of me getting one more shot at Special Operations is next to nil unless I decide to dig up my golden knee pads.
I told my older brother about all of this, and he told me to become a SEAL. I toyed with the idea for a bit, but wasn't too sure if it was the right road to take. Then I started thinking... what has the Army done for me to get me where I wanted to go? They have done nothing but hinder me, if not downright stopped me. So, I asked him to dig up the information for me, and he did. Then I went and talked to a recruiter.
The recruiter basically told me that it was going to be next to impossible unless I absolutely dominated the PST. and even then, it might be an uphill battle for me to get there. I also asked about the buddy program (I have two buddies who were in the exact same boat, and got out because of it.), and he told me if we all dominated it, and got picked up, we could do a buddy program. He still outlined it was going to be next to impossible.
Most people at this point would have just left it at that, and wouldn't have tried. They only want to try the sure things. But when the recruiter told me that, I accepted that challenge. I realized then, that the fire in my soul wouldn't have it any other way, and instead of giving up, or half-heartedly trying, I have been training non-stop to make sure that I get picked up. I may have to wait a while, but I'm gonna make it happen. Impossibility is just a challenge of a norm I'm always willing to take on.
I'm not gonna give up just because someone tells me how challenging it is. I'm going to make it. and I'm not gonna let anything slow my path down