April 28th, 2010
| | Special Operations has all kinds .. tall and skinny, short and thick, tall and thick, short and skinny. There is no typical SOF guy.
Originally Posted by Matthew
Hello guys, i'm new to the forum and this is my first post.
if any of u are in SF or know a lot about it i'd really like to ask something
What are the guys like in SF? put it another way, how would you describe them? big huge guys or smaller more skinny guys. Are they badass or not. Are they more well behaved than normal army? and is it true that in SF Brains is more important than Brawn?
Thanks for all who reply
The term "badass" is relative, no one is a "badass," everyone has a weakness and everyone bleeds when the projectiles rip through your skin. No one is perfect or perfectly trained and EVERYBODY always has room for improvement and something they can learn.
While the stereotype from movies, books and general scuttlebutt (that's for you 03) is that SOF guys are undisciplined don't give a **** types, that's not really true. There is a time to be locked on and there is a time to be relaxed. If a guy doesn't have discipline and professionalism he won't last very long in SOF.
As for your last question, well, I'd say that in almost all careers brains are more important than brawn. In general, a high level of fitness is required for any SOF career due to the nature of the training and missions. There is more of an emphasis on stamina and endurance than brawn, however. Strength is important but a guy doesn't need to be able to lift a VW bug on demand. The super huge muscle guys tend to struggle a lot more than the skinny guys in a lot of ways.
Intelligence is important because you have to be able to think outside of the box, improvise, adapt, etc. You have to be able to learn and retain, apply and assess and you have to be able to do it quickly and efficiently.
Ut ceteri vivant.