“A lot of time being cold and wet (laughs), especially during the Small Unit Tactics phase. You’re constantly in the field, cold, wet, mentally and physically exhausted. You have to find this extra layer of yourself to make it through those challenges. Everyone is going through “the suck” and a lot of people quit. But the ones that make it through develop an extra gear they can tap into when the are faced with challenges in the future. I had to block out the short-term discomfort and keep my long-term goals in the forefront of my mind. I wanted that Green Beret so damn bad, and I told myself every day I would do whatever it took no matter how badly it sucked. Whether it was a 15-mile road march with 60-90 lbs on my back, or lying in the prone position in a patrol base at 3:00am in 20 degree weather and watching the dew crystallize. These types of things created the mental struggle. We’d get a task and it was up to us to find it within ourselves to push past those barriers and meet our objective. A lot of the guys that didn’t make it let the moment get the best of them. The repeated testing of your mental composure is a big part of what creates a good Special Forces soldier. That testing fortifies the attributes you need to be a war-fighter at the highest level.”—SSG Kyle Daniels (Army Special Operations, OIF Veteran)
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