Selco: Skills, Training, & Mindset — The Real Thing Will Suck More Than You Think

Short and to the point.

Keep bashing away at what you need to learn and practice.

8 responses to “Selco: Skills, Training, & Mindset — The Real Thing Will Suck More Than You Think

  1. You don’t have to train to be miserable.
    But sometimes, a little misery helps nail the lesson down, and wash off the sugar coating.

    But if you’re going to do that, the only ways to do it is right off the bat, briefly, for the shock value and attention-focusing; or else, at the very end, after you’ve already trained others/learned yourself how to crawl, walk, and run, before you make the run through simulated shell fire, smoke, screaming, blood, gore, and stress, at night, uphill, in a cold, rainy, muddy winter’s test while hungry, tired, and bitchy.

  2. Here’s my suggestion to make the training more realistic and relevant to mankind’s future:

    There is ONE pig for the entire course and attendees are split into three groups. Everyone is told there will be return tickets on the mountain. The tickets are only good for extraction on Day 7. There will not be another opportunity before or after that. There is no help line to call for someone from the outside. The next remnant of civilization is 14-30 days away depending on the direction. Maybe they would help you, maybe not. The ones most likely to help are 30 days away.

    There are no maps or compasses, but the mountain is plainly visible and pointed out in advance.

    Potable water is really not a problem anywhere in any direction. I’m taking that factor off the table.

    One group is initially given the responsibility of trying to get the pig up the mountain to a fire pit. They stay at the drop location and the journey to the mountain fire pit will take 3 days. The other two groups are immediately whisked away and dropped at two other locations: one at half way in the valley, the other part way up the mountain.

    There is no more food on hand prior to this for any of the groups. The pig is only big enough to fully feed 2/3rd of the people in attendance for one meal.

    The return tickets are only at the mountain location so it doesn’t matter if the students choose to have a cook out in the valley or not, someone still has to go up the mountain. The return journey will still take 3 days.

    Now let’s see how those 3 groups interact.

    Bracken comes up with an entire book based on the above scenario a few months from now and posts an excerpt on WRSA. It instantly races to #1 on the NYT best seller list. Before he collect his first royalty check, civilization collapses. He puts out to sea.

    To be continued.

  3. if you’re not cold, wet, hungry, tired, and under pressure- it’s not training.

    • You’re almost right.
      But people have to train under ideal conditions first, before they tackle realistic conditions. For the same reason you start seedlings in a windowsill, coldframe, or greenhouse, and don’t leave infants to sleep in the yard.

      Selco’s point was to have a clear rationale for the hardships, rather than just doing it for its own sake.

      • Grey Ghost

        I’m throwing the BULLSHIT flag on you Aesop. No one has to train initially in “ideal conditions”… that just isn’t so nor does it produce a better warrior or whatever you are training for. You train initially and advanced in whatever conditions are present and in fact, in advanced training you intentionally make it increasingly more difficult.

        For all this initial training under ideal conditions pablum… you get the participation trophy for last place.

        There is always a good reason to train in difficult conditions even initial training, because when presented with the real situation you’ll fall back on your level of training and ultimately that was selco’s point.

        Tfat is exactly right… and I’ll add “your not doing it right” if you aren’t cold, tired, wet, hungry and under pressure. And the “under pressure” is the most important part.

        Grey Ghost

    • SemperFi, 0321

      One moment that always comes back to me, 43 yrs later clear as yesterday. Huddled under an old heavy rubber VN issue poncho, clothes so wet they were like stepping out of the ocean, about day 5 of a constant rainstorm, and I’ve got a soggy C-Rat cigarette cupped in my hands, doing everything I can to soak every last little bit of heat from that glowing ember, before it burns out, my fingers were so wrinkled from immersion I thought the flesh was going to fall off my bones. And that was during my Recon training, getting ready to move out on another leg of our constant patrolling, can’t remember a time ever since when I was so wet and cold.

  4. Folks would be amazed at how little they can get along with if necessary. Sadly, we as a society have been conditioned/trained and otherwise programed to expect a certain level of comfort, entertainment and consumeable items. ‘Going without’ is not part of our mindset and the very idea that there could be/will be/might be a crash (pick your favorite flavor) just does not resonate with most – which I say is good because in the end, if ‘it’ does come, we need smart, hard and well equipped folks to make it in the end. As another who posts here spews, we would be (IMHO) much better off with far less people and most of the (perceived) necessities of life. Have I ever had the experience? Yes and once adapted to it did just fine while keeping my humanity and in the end learning to appreciate the small things that life can bring.

  5. Alfred E. Neuman

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