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Talk about heroes if you want to Wear a green beret and be part of the US army special forces be warned it takes a lot more than just -- and a bunch of push ups.
The training process is relentless in our next guest knows all about it.
Retired lieutenant colonel Tony swan is the author.
Of the book in this is a good when the guerrilla factory the making of special forces he joins us right now from our nation's capital.
Colonel a real pleasure to have you today.
Thank you for having me you know I I think a lot of people are probably gonna go to the zero dark thirty movie tonight over the weekend ago when -- special ops guys they're tough I'd love to be one.
It's not easy to be a member of the special operations in particular the green berets.
No that's not something you -- -- wake up and think you gonna do over the weekend.
You start off with a three week crucible and if you make it through the selection course they needed to get through six months of a lot of high adventure training high adventure training that's -- that's tonight's waited to say it what does that mean.
Specifically it's a lot of it is a lot of -- as you know it's a lot of climbing ropes it's a lot of walking through swamps.
The difference an army special forces is the ambiguity.
Around all of the very difficult things.
One of things -- I try to highlight in the book is that.
It it's like taking.
A difficult literature class while trying to achieve a personal best in.
Some athletic event -- and the the selection courses specifically designed to be.
And -- -- -- ambiguous.
And a lot of people quit because they don't know what's gonna happen next here and that's what happens when you're on these types of missions you you don't know what's gonna happen next.
Because -- and you were -- for awhile.
A long period of time.
You you keep changing you -- you keep moving the goal post so that you know if somebody haired Kate at this stage are gonna do this but then those darn trainers they changed everything.
Right and it's it's just to see if we can make you quit and first we've all made it.
So you know really we're we're not playing the defenders of the gate.
We've all made it.
And we all know what's gonna be expected so when when we go back in the training portion.
What we're looking for that character flaw that's going to come out you know when you're on a mission that lasts longer than a couple of minutes.
-- and we need someone who's got the emotional endurance.
First -- -- -- who knows who he is.
When you finished his training you know who you are probably better than.
I can't imagine another profession.
Rate and -- colonel in reading your book it it details how many people drop out in each of the many stages.
Of the number of people who try out from the beginning.
Who checked the box and say I wanna try how many make it.
It's about 25 to 30% washout rate.
From -- a thousand guys raise their hands.
Maybe to 5300 will make it across the stage of the green beret turned.
Great new book it's called -- factory.
Lieutenant colonel tarnish on the thank you very much -- -- flight today.
And thank you for having me -- and thank you for your service sir.
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