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    A friend of mine, going through Q-school right now, shot me an email today, after hearing about some of the questions here.

    Basically, today, they had a surprise pft.
    2 mile run
    max push-ups in 2 minutes
    max sit-ups in 2 minutes

    20 candidates in his class and 2 Medics. 8 failed the run, including both medics. They are being recycled. The cut-off for the run was 15:56. That is really slow, especially since that's the time you need to score to get into the army to begin with.
    If you're unfamiliar with what my buddy has gone through to get to where he is - its
    14 weeks of OSUT
    3 weeks Airborne
    about a month of PLDC
    SOPC (about a month)
    SFAS (24 days of hell) before you start the Q course. Apparently he's pretty far along, as he mentioned that his class is prepping for Robin Sage, their culminating exercise. These are not a group of green recruits. They've already made it further than at least 75% of the men who've tried, and you can still get bounced for not having something simple and basic in line.

    I like to refer to this as the "Law School" phenomenon. Basically, if you're a liberal arts major in college, the default professional school is Law School. Everyone sees it as their meal ticket, something elite to proud of, and the "best" that they can be.
    You can guess their career aspirations too -"I want to practice National Security Law" or "I'll be at an investment bank" or "I'm going to be the next Vincent Bugilosi/Ari Gold/Insert Colorful Legal Character Here."

    Well, guess what. You know how many of my friends/acquaintances wanted to go to law school? I'd conservatively guess 500. Do you want to guess how many are there now? I would say 150 took the LSAT, 100 applied, 50, at most went, and out of them, I know for a fact that 10 are dropping out after 1L and 10 won't pass the bar. and of the 30 that do graduate and pass the bar, they will be pretty happy with themselves if they can get a job, let alone one of the "sexy" legal jobs that pays an exorbirant amount.

    My point with Law School and SFAS (or BUD/S or FORECON pipeline or RIP or PJ pipeline - whatever) is that it is set up to weed out people who are not focused on their goals, and that if you are serious about finishing and succeeding, you had better be able to meet the minimum they require -easily- FIRST before thinking "sexy."

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    is that run naked or with gear?

    not making 15:56 in the 2 mile is pathetic. My best 2 mile time in HS was 9:42 . I'm sure I could pull 6 min miles right now not having run for 10 years.
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    I believe it was "naked" but honestly that's ancillary to the larger point so I didn't ask.
    And to be fair to the ones that were recycled - I have no idea what kind of training load they had been under recently so far be it from me to pass judgement on otherwise skilled operators. Likely, they just lost focus, but that's the entire point of their training isn't it?
    Rant over.

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    I wont profess to know a thing about q course, but from what I have heard from some of my friends who have passed ranger school, these schools can be really physically demanding and provide little rest and food for recovery. Let's face it, the army's approach to training is to smoke the hell out of the soldier as often as possible. I am sure the people who failed the PT test passed one before they started q. It may have been the weakest few who failed, but I think this says more about the army's approach to pt than the failures. These courses are meant to be exclusive, to break the soldier down, not to train them to their peak conditioning, they should have already done that themselves.

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    I won't profess to knowing what goes on there now but I do now that the academic workload during the mos phase is quite high. As an example, in the SF medic course the first class that they get is Anatomy and Physiology, which in college is a semester course, they get it in 6 days. But then the whole medic course is like this, they are in class all day and then they study all night.
    As far as the pt test its taken in shorts, shirt, and running shoes. When I did the commo course we ran three days a week and then rucked the other two. Before we went out to robin sage we not only had to pass the pt test but we also had to do the 12 mile road march in 3 hrs.
    As far as the guys who didn't pass the pt test, I don't know, I wasn't there so I can't pass judgement. For all I know those guys could have been on med profile during all or part of the mos phase and did not have time to prep for the pt test.
    You figure the Q course is a little over a year long, and it usually takes the medics 2 yrs to get through. Thats if they don't recycled. Thats a long time gentlemen, anything can happen to you in that time period.

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    Right and this all is less of a judgment of what they have achieved than to admonish some young comrades to keep their focus and priorities in order. To be frank, those guys who are getting recycled have already achieved more than most men ever will - they deserve our respect.

    Without divulging into a Jordan V-esque meltdown, the take-away message is work the hell out of the basics (running, sit-ups, push-ups, swings and get-ups) before thinking of getting sexy.

    Like Alwyn Cosgrove says "You have to earn the right" to train with weights in his gym, and if you're still on the path to your primary goal then you haven't earned the right to get sexy. Like it or not there are tests in the way, and you have to overcome them before doing the sexy stuff.

    Typically, any base-level conditioning program that incorporates progression and specific event practice will get you to that level. But that's not what they want to hear. They want to hear "Oh you've got to do reverse lunges stepping off a 6" block with a twist to hit your quadros lumbdrum for 3 sets of 24 reps every 8th day" or some such nonsense.

    Practice your events and work the program minimum!

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    I don't know the first thing about Q, SFAS, etc.

    But I do know for a fact that these guys would have already had to do better than that to clear abn and pldc- that much I can say with certainty (unless a LOT has changed in the intervening years)- And frankly, even to clear OSUT.

    In fact, at most of these kinds of army schools (NOT talking about the elite ones- I wouldn't know), at least in my day, you got to have a current passing apft to get orders, and you take another apft when you show up- if you fail, you go back to your unit (or wherever you came from).

    So I can only assume that we are talking about some SERIOUS accumulated fatigue, etc. from the training load at Q.

    I just didn't want readers without military backgrounds (or, heaven forbid, guys from other services) getting the idea that there are folks making it that far along who have trouble passing basic apft requirements under any normal circumstances- 99% sure that isn't the case here, or thinking less of these recycles than they deserve; to get that far, they've already come through a hell of a lot, as I understand it.

    As I say, the SOC world is one I know nothing about; but the really useful take home for aspirants that I would glean from the thread is that being able to pass minimum requirements under favourable or ordinary conditions isn't anything like enough for any of the more demanding schools/billets in the military (SOC or otherwise)- these guys would have already proven that they could do that very easily many times.
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    that's the logical extension, inarchetype. What I'm getting on about is people who have not proven themselves wanting to get way ahead of themselves.

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    That was my point too. To be fair, physical conditioning is far from priority #1 in courses such as these.

    I think it is a shame when people idolize "navy seal workouts" or other types of military fitness. The APFT is a test, and a poor one at that. It is not a total conditioning plan. I have known many guys who can do 80 push ups, but can't put up 200lbs on the bench. Having a very refined groove and good elastic strength in your tendons does not translate to any real power.

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    Brian, trainees at some schools lose unhealthy amounts of weight, If you go in with a low body fat % the loss has to come from somewhere.

    I know what you are talking about, I recently had a conversation with a cop buddy about how everybody wants to go straight into SWAT or SF, yet few realize it is very tough to be an infantryman or regular cop.

    Lets not take anything away from those who failed their PT, they were very successful to get as far as they did and likely a few of them had minor medical conditions that had been accumulating that they had not gone to sick call for. Guys will roll their ankle landing bad in jump school, and keep on rucking, eventually they may break down though.

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