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I’m in the navy, my original contract was for SO. Went to boot, then to prep, then to orientation then bud/s. Washed out. While in prep they had about 10 former/current seal/swcc working as instructors/mentors. All the instructors had things to share from their experiences to help us live our lives in more meaningful ways and I still apply these concepts to my daily life even though I didn’t have the grit to make it through bud/s.
When we finally met chief goggins for our LSD run he just walked out in a pretty bad-ass fashion and was like “let’s go mother fuckers”
I’m thinking this is going to be dope. He ran like a fucking 6:30 mile pace for 6 miles then for the last 4 miles he was blazing at a 5:30 mile pace. Dude was a fucking monster. Pushed us, it was great. it’s 13 degrees out we’ve got icicles on our ears from our sweat freezing before it leaves our bodies. A few of the extremely fast runners were able to keep up with him(unfortunately they make the cut out in Coronado either).
After the run he starts talking to us and it was the most uneducated rant i’ve ever heard in my life about how fucking good he is. He was nothing like he talked in those cool little youtube videos he has about his accomplishments and how to push through it all. He fucked up bad on his last deployment so bad they sent him home early. I’m not wearing a trident so i’m not going to dive into the details of what happened because he is still(or was at the time) a chief in the navy and by navy law I respected him for this and the fact that he made it through the pipeline. He still payed his dues to the navy and his country and is an AMAZING athlete but I just wish I had never met him and kept this idea of awe I had about him.
So when you read on the internets that he is an asshole, this isn’t people just bullshitting you and trash talking because they’re behind a keyboard, they have some valid points. That being said, the SO rate is a job, although in my opinion the hardest in rate to make it into in the military it’s still a job and you have to do it. Many people do it and do it quietly and don’t brag every time they run a marathon really fast.
On the other side of the coin he has raised hundreds of thousands for his fellow teammates who died in afganistan and this is not to be ignored, it is a big deal and a huge help.
That’s really all i have to say, good or bad is how you judge I guess.