Lessons from the Navy SEALs

Today at Ground Zero, President Obama is remembering those who tragically died in the September 11th attacks on our nation. In the past few days, our nation has been listening keenly to news of Bin Laden’s death, and those brave Navy SEALs who carried out the mission. According to a New York Times infographic, the general public views Bin Laden’s death as both positive and significant.

The reputation of several individuals and organizations are enjoying a halo effect from the news:

  • Obama, and the role of U.S. Commander-in-Chief: With this achievement, our leaders demonstrate that goals and objectives are passed from one leader to the next, and that the U.S. has the ability and commitment to follow through.
  • The U.S. Military: After 10 years, the U.S. Military has not only found, but brought down, the individual behind one of our country’s most significant tragedies.
  • The Navy SEALs: Last but not least, this event has peaked curiosity around this elite group responsible for executing this complex initiate.

Official U.S. Navy photo

So what does it take to become a Navy SEAL, and how have they earned their reputation of exception and excellence? To start, here’s their fitness test:

  • Swim 500 yards in less than 12 minutes, 30 seconds (but, to be competitive, it should be done in 8 – 9 minutes). Rest 10 minutes.
  • 42 push-ups in two minutes (note that 100 is the target for an average score). Rest two minutes.
  • 52 sit ups in two minutes (again, 100 is the target for an average score). Rest two minutes.
  • Eight pull-ups with no time limit, but you should be able to do 15 – 20 to be competitive. Rest 10 minutes.
  • 1.5 mile run wearing boots and pants, in less than 11 minutes, 30 seconds. Competitive time to run this distance is nine to 10 minutes.

A few more interesting facts about the SEALs:

  • Only about 25 percent of trainees make it through training to become SEALs.
  • A SEAL has never been left behind on a mission.
  • A SEAL has never been taken prisoner.
  • There are currently about 2,290 active-duty SEALs.

According to the U.S. Military’s website, there is very little difference between the type of person who joins the Army Green Berets, Marine RECON, Air Force Pararescue Jumpers, or Navy SEALs. But, there is one thing that all of the Special Forces units have in common: Minimum standards are ignored, and they always push themselves to their maximum physical effort.

Imagine if we all expected the same from ourselves. What could we achieve, and how could we change or grow our existing reputations? I challenge anyone reading this to try it for the next month – push yourself beyond your comfort zone, to work smarter, better, faster, or whatever that means for you. There’s no time like the present.

I’d also like to take a moment to acknowledge the incredible bravery and sacrifice that members of the U.S. military demonstrate every day to protect our country, its citizens, and democracy. Thank you.

Read more about the SEALs at: http://www.darkgovernment.com/news/navy-seals/#ixzz1LVOVlTUz

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