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Long War metaphor?

 

By lex, on February 9th, 2008

From the time of the Spanish Armada until today, naval warfare has been about firepower and mobility: Put the most firepower you can on the largest ships that will hold them and row, sail or steam them as fast as you can into harm’s way.

Where weight and accuracy were matched, tactics held sway – Drake used fireships and the weather gage to sink what Spanish ships he could before their survivors dashed themselves to bits against the rocks of Ireland. Hundreds of years later battleship sailors conjured the ghosts of Jutland and Tsushima by maneuvering to “cross the T” at Cape Esperance and the Surigao Straight.

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Survivors

By lex, on July 22nd, 2007

BUD/S Class 266 chatting with CNO at the end of Hell Week –

Cleared for Release by CNO PAO

I’d bet a paycheck that, huge honor that it might have been? They’d have rather been sleeping.

Click on the pic for hi res, if it do ya’ – and then look at the exhaustion on their faces. If history is any judge, for each of the dozen or so guys you see there taking a knee (the smiling gents in back are SEAL instructors) two to three of their original classmates either “rang the bell” to drop on request or were removed from training for medical reasons. Historically, only 30% will make it through.

I’m glad these few were up to the challenge. We will need them.

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It is to weep

Coming as I have come to know Lex, if only vicariously, and who he admired, I believe this is what he would have said upon  getting news like this:

“I feel like I’m watching our foundation, our culture erode in front of our eyes,” commander of Naval Special Warfare Group 2 Capt. Jamie Sands said in a closed-door meeting as part of the standdown, according to video obtained by CBS.”

 

H/T to one of the Lexicans for finding this.

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Gloves off

Posted by lex, on September 11, 2008

 

Why has the President authorized special forces to cross the border from hard-pressed Afghanistan into Pakistan *  in pursuit of terrorists?

The new orders were issued after months of debate inside the Bush administration about whether to authorize a ground campaign inside Pakistan. The debate, first reported by The New York Times in late June, at times pitted some officials at the State Department against parts of the Pentagon that advocated aggressive action against Qaeda and Taliban targets inside the tribal areas.

Details about last week’s commando operation have emerged that indicate the mission was more intrusive than had previously been known.

According to two American officials briefed on the raid, it involved more than two dozen members of the Navy Seals (sic) who spent several hours on the ground and killed about two dozen suspected Qaeda fighters in what now appeared to have been a planned attack against militants who had been conducting attacks against an American forward operating base across the border in Afghanistan.

Because that’s where you find them.

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Mark Metherell

Posted by Lex, on April 16, 2008

 

A guy you should maybe know. Killed by an IED while training Iraqi security forces.

Here’s what his SEAL platoon commander said about him.

And here’s the rest, from those who knew him best.

An untimely death, but a full life, and friends who mourn him left behind. A man could do worse.

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So you say you want to be a SEAL?

By Lex

Posted on May 15, 2006

 

It’s not so very hard to get in –

Qualifications

General: A U.S. Navy SEAL candidate must:

– Be male.

– Be age 28 or younger (servicemen can be 30).

– Have good or correctable eyesight.

– Score well on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery tests.

Physical: A screening test requires that candidates:

– Swim 500 yards using breast or sidestroke (or military underwater recovery stroke) in 12.5 minutes or less, then rest 10 minutes.

– Perform at least 42 push-ups in two minutes, rest two minutes.

– Perform at least 50 sit-ups in two minutes, rest two minutes.

– Perform at least six pull-ups (hands face forward), rest 10 minutes.

– Run 1.5 miles in boots and BDU trousers in less than 11.5 minutes.

Staying in, now that’s a bit different. That can be harder. From the linked SF Chron article:

Seal class No. 259 entered Phase I training with 177 members fresh from Indoc and then added 11 more members. These 11 were recycled from previous SEAL classes — usually due to their need for time to recover from injuries sustained amid training. Of this total of 188 recruits, 121 remained in class by the start of Hell Week. When Hell Week ended May 5, only 75 members were left.

Still, you get to wear that ginormous warfare pin. Other benefits include travelling to exotic, far-away climes, where you get to meet fascinating people. And kill them.

Oh yes, and dental. They also get dental.

 

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Get Your Frogman On

By lex, on January 25th, 2012

Your host is back on the Crossfit track, the time which he has for such activities having been expanded by his more frequent absence from domestic duties. Also, something really had to be done about our creeping senescence, and this is after all a new year – a time in which it is customary and usual to start beneficial things anew, or renew good things once abandoned, or abandon things malignant. I’m rather too fond of my vices to give them up entirely, so getting back in the gym seemed a reasonable compromise. The combination of which inspired has inspired me to various and divers loaded functional movements over the course of the last cuppla, which have left me aching and sore in all the usual places, reminding me no doubt about why I had given the whole thing over in the past, not once but several times.

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