50 Mile GoRuck Star course: After Action Report (AAR) - Advice on how to train, complete and get after it

50 Mile GoRuck Star course: After Action Report (AAR) - Advice on how to train, complete and get after it

For those of you who are not familiar with what a Star course is, it is by definition the culminating rucking exercise of Special Forces Selection. You show up with your ruck and you get a list of waypoints. You plot your route, then you start rucking: point to point, mile after mile.

For a lot of miles.

Most Special forces candidates don’t make selection. Not because they aren’t tough or didn’t quit, but because it is just a highly challenging, rigorous endeavor. Anyone who even attempts Selction is a badass in my mind. They are following their dreams and at least take a shot at them. 99% of the population wouldn’t even try.

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GORUCK Heavy: The after action report of D-Day 2018, in Chicago with Cadre Shredder. Water, Mosquito's and endless physical training

GORUCK Heavy: The after action report of D-Day 2018, in Chicago with Cadre Shredder. Water, Mosquito's and endless physical training

This is the AAR for the GoRuck Heavy D-Day memorial that I had the privilege to be a part of on June 1, 2018. Before this event I had only participated in one other GoRuck event which was a custom GrowRuck Tough associated with F3. I knew this would be a significant undertaking however I had no idea just what this amazing event would entail.

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GORUCK Tough Challenge: Learn how to train, how to pack, and what you can expect to experience during the event

GORUCK Tough Challenge: Learn how to train, how to pack, and what you can expect to experience during the event

In other words, you can't do it alone, there are no accolades, and you get to suffer.

Who wouldn't want to sign up?

The reality is that the GORUCK Challenge is one of the funnest and most fulfilling things that I have done. It reminded me a lot of those first few days at boot-camp. Everyone is disoriented the Cadre are shouting out commands, some guys have the deer in the headlights look, it's chaos.

When they don't  get the response they desire, then they punish the whole team.The whole event is designed to do one thing. Take a huge group of people from all walks of life and have them go from not knowing each other, to functioning as one unit.

It doesn't happen automatically, it takes a couple hours before everyone starts to see the big picture, and the cadre do a great job of channeling everyone in that direction.

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