I’m in the Army National Guard and what a lot of people do not know, even those in the military, is that the NG has two special forces groups, the 19th & 20th.
The ONLY reason I joined the military was hopefully to serve as a special forces soldier.
I’ve talked and listened to a ton of people about this, specifically those who current/precious green berets and those who have gone through the process to become one or know people personally who are green berets or have passed/failed part of the process.
I’m currently deployed and so I’ve been focusing more on getting my body fitter and not sustaining injury.
Some other stuff I want to train further on when I get back home
•Land nav/orienteering courses
•More Ruck march competitions/events
My state happens to be the headquarters for one of the largest special forces-owned ruck company and brand in the country.
They put out events all the time. Also, they sell premium rucks, boots, etc.
I have a GoRuck Rucker from these dudes and MACV-SOG inspired boots.
Great quality and great company
These are guys I went to basic with, talked with, got smoked with, etc.
It’s kind of surreal to be honest.
One of them is 41 and is also going for his state’s guard SF unit.
I’ve talked to these guys about the type of things they do, what events, how to prep, etc.
Just some insight.
You seem to really love the army as you always post about it and even have your goals oriented towards it.
All of my army friends are super proud and post about it constantly as well.
May I ask why you chose guard and not AD?
My goal is to get all my shit together, transition to a civilian and settle back in the lower 48.
I wanted to have a life outside the military, as well as doing specific things within the military at the same time.
So, I’m in the military but it’s not 24/7 to where I can’t really do other stuff until my contract is up.
For me personally, my age and what I have going on in my life, going active wasn’t the right call.
Since it wasn't the right time when you initially enlisted, do you feel things have changed? Do you plan on going AD now?
What are your goals that aren't military related?
Well, it’s even worse now lol.
In other words, it’s less of an opportune time now to go active than it was years ago.
If wanted to go active, it should’ve been before I got my 4 year degree, so pretty much around after high school.
Basically, I wanted my own house wherever I wanted to live, have a career in the civilian world, travel whenever I wanted, do whatever I wanted on my free time, etc.
Active wouldn’t allow me this at all.
So basically a lot more freedom, lol.