Having completed one of the toughest selection courses in the world – the Delta Force Assessment and Selection Course – and having been a Delta Force Operator for almost 10 years, I have a pretty good idea what kind of mental and physical condition a man has to have to be a member of the most elite counter-terrorist and Direct Action unit in the U.S. Military.
Delta Operators are selected because of their mental acuity, above average IQ scores, flexibility, adaptability, and fitness.
They are not necessarily shaped like body builders nor do they look marathon runners.
They tend to be a good mix of both.
Their focus is on functional fitness or as some would say tactical fitness.
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Their mission requires them to have a lot of endurance, stamina, and lower and upper body strength to carry heavy loads on their backs for extended distances, to ascend and descend under combat loads, to swim for extended distances and meet any other physical challenge with a more than reasonable chance for success.
This book will give you a good inside look at Delta Force and their training.
It talks about daring missions and what these guys go through to knock off bad guys.
The “Unit” as it is often referred to has/had world-class athletes in its ranks. In fact, almost every Operator is a world-class athlete by virtue of the job that he does. I was a professional boxer, kick boxer, MMA fighter (1996) while in service and I can honestly say that my military athleticism was far more rigorous and demanding than my training to be a pro fighter. That is not to say that training to fight on a pro or national level is not tough; in fact, it was extremely demanding. The difference was that my military (Delta) fitness was more asymmetrical whereas fitness training for fighting was more linear and one-dimensional.
I just read this book and it is amazing story about their hunt and nearly bagging one of the worlds real bad guys.
I like how it tells the story behind the scenes and gets inside the mind of these operators.
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About the Author:
Dr. Dale Comstock a retired Master Sergeant from the U.S. Army having served 10 years in 1st SFOD-D (The Delta Force) as an Assaulter, Breacher, Team Leader, and Troop Sergeant, and acting Troop Commander, 3rd Special Forces Group (Green Berets), and the 82nd Airborne Division 325th Infantry. He worked 9.5 years as a paramilitary operative for USG and concurrently worked as a contract security specialist, COO, Vice President, and President for various security companies applying his skills and knowledge on myriad of security challenges around the world for various clients. Additionally, he also has worked in the Hollywood industry as an Actor, Stuntman, and Reality TV personality (see more on Facebook)
Dale has a has a Master of Arts Degree in Business and Organizational Security Management and a Post Graduate Degree in Alternative Medicines and Therapies. Since his retirement he has started several security companies specializing in nuclear, petrochemical, personal, and K-9 security. If the day isn’t long enough, he was formerly a professor for Henley-Putnam University in San Jose, California where he taught Psychology of Violence, Technical Surveillance, Area Study Analysis, and Special Weapons. He has studied the Martial Arts for 36 years with 6th degree Black Belts in American Karate, Extension Fighting, and a 1st degree Black Belt in Ju-Jitsu. Some of his achievements include: Professional Boxer; Tough Man Championships; Vale Tudo Championships; and PKC Kick-boxing Championships. He is also an avid Body Builder along with his wife and son.
Dale authored two publications: “The 3rd SFG (A) “Combatives Manual” (1998) and “American Badass” a motivational/autobiography that was be published on the 4th of July 2013.
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