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Honest Dogs

By Craig Weller / July 1, 2021 / 0 Comments

Dogsled mushers, the people who race with sled dogs in events like the Iditarod in Alaska, use the term “honest dogs.”   Some sled dogs will put just enough pressure into the harness to appear to be working while they’re actually taking a break. “Honest dogs” throw their full weight into the straps no matter […]

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Visualization

By Jonathan Pope / May 27, 2021 / 0 Comments

Visualization, like segmenting, is exactly what it sounds like – the practice of mentally rehearsing something before you do it.  Researchers use the acronym PETTLEP to break down the components of a visualization exercise that should be accounted for: Physical, Environment, Task, Timing, Learning, Emotion and Perspective [1,2].  Skills are contextual. When you’re practicing something […]

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Stress Inoculation in Practice: Cold Water Exposure

By Jonathan Pope / May 27, 2021 / 0 Comments

“It is according to opinion that we suffer.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca One of the main things setting special operators apart from those with less rigorous training is that they don’t break down as much when things go sideways.  It’s not so much that they possess amazing YouTube trick shooting skills, it’s that they don’t […]

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Self Talk

By Jonathan Pope / May 27, 2021 / 0 Comments

We’ve all got a running commentary in our heads throughout much of the day–scientists call it an “internal monologue”. During intensely challenging workouts or events in selection you’ll find out just how loud this voice can get, and it’s totally inescapable. It can be a force for good or an agent of your destruction. Learning […]

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Reimagine, Revise, Re-store

By Jonathan Pope / May 27, 2021 / 0 Comments

Scientific studies of memory are a little scary, because the evidence is in, and your memory sucks. Memories are not objective recordings of our experiences. They are colored by any number of distortions and biases, even when they’re fresh. Each time we recall a memory and re-experience it, we’re also updating it. Memories that are […]

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Segmenting

By Jonathan Pope / May 27, 2021 / 3 Comments

A little-appreciated fact about selection is that a surprising amount of the quitting happens on a Sunday night or Monday morning, not in the middle of training evolutions. That’s right, GI Jane was a lie. It’s not the immediate prospect of doing push-ups for another hour that really messes with your head, it’s reflecting in […]

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Events, Beliefs, and Consequences

By Jonathan Pope / May 27, 2021 / 0 Comments

“Nothing happens to anybody which he is not fitted by nature to bear.”  Marcus Aurelius  One of the universally desirable traits across selection courses is what psychologists call low neuroticism. This doesn’t mean being dead inside or emotionless. The best translation would be “high emotional stability.” It’s the ability to self-monitor your emotional responses and […]

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Compartmentalization

By Jonathan Pope / May 27, 2021 / 0 Comments

Take away thy opinion, and then there is taken away the complaint, “I have been harmed.” Take away the complaint, “I have been harmed,” and the harm is taken away. -Marcus Aurelius, Meditations Compartmentalization is the practice of mentally setting things aside that are unnecessary or counterproductive to your immediate purpose.  Think of a soldier […]

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Strength Training for Special Operations Selection Prep

By Jonathan Pope / March 5, 2021 / 7 Comments

Strength & Power Training Methods    Strength and power development is one of the primary pillars of SOF prep training along with conditioning (running, rucking, swimming), work capacity, and movement (including breathing) work. This article provides an overview of how to create strength training programs. What is strength?   Strength is the peak force that […]

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A Pair of Boots

By Craig Weller / January 30, 2021 / 3 Comments

I was still 17 when I enlisted in the Navy. My parents had to sign the enlistment paperwork for me since I wasn’t of legal age. This wasn’t without some resistance. I could have become a doctor. Or a lawyer. These are the two jobs that are supposed to be in your future when you’re […]

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