Check out this interview with BUDS dropout Charlie Golf (named protected) as he explains what to expect and what went wrong as he failed out of Navy SEAL training.
SGPT: Tell us about yourself:
CG: I am 26 years old and live in a small town with just farms and coal mines. I got out of there right after high school . First one in family to finish college and wanted more. I played sports all through high school, football, basketball, and track .
I played college basketball for 4 years.
I had always wanted to serve, from where I am from there is a lot of pride and respect.
The opportunity that was given to me I wanted to pay my dues for the next generation to have that same opportunity. I learned in sports about teamwork and wanted to have that bond.
SGPT: What inspired you to try out for Navy SEALs?
CG: Navy SEALs had me from the get go , the teamwork , one goal, where working hard actually pays off . Like minded individuals
SGPT: What BUDS class did you start in?
CG: I started in BUDS Class 316 . I had a couple of stress fractures and went through a few other classes but it ended 321.
SGPT: How did you train to get ready for BUDS?
CG: Was never crazy good at anything, I was a grinder, each evolution was tough… the easy ones and hard ones were all the same . I worked with mentor and scout, endurance was my goal, a lot of sandbag work , running variations of LSDs (long slow distance) and sprints. Still used some free weights.
SGPT: What was your PST going in?
CG: I had a 8:45 swim, 90 push-ups, 90 sit-ups , 15 pulls up and 10:10 run.
SGPT: What was a typical day like?
GG: A typical day: tough one , depends on mood of instructors, you can show up do your work and move on or it turns to a shit show real quick. Usually 4 mile beach runs before chow , then o-course , pool skills, and after lunch could vary . Log pt Tuesday and what rhymes with Friday… “boats on motherfuckin heads”. It was worst greatest time I have ever experienced.
SGPT: What was the hardest part of training for you?
CG: Hardest part was waking up in morning , just a couple hours of sleep and already next day, being injured and watching my classes move forward was difficult .
SGPT: Why did you quit training?
CG: I rang out in the same day that I had already done 2 times. I was drained in all aspects and did not want to do it all again.
SGPT: If you go through training again what would you do different?
CG: I would work on preventative measures, getting injured twice for same injury during BUDS turned out to be a year instead of 6 months . Increasing leg strength and flexibility would be my only change. Everyone hits muscle failure , that’s when you start grinding.
SGPT: What advice would you give to a prospective BUDS trainee?
CG: The best advice would be to stay healthy and stay positive . It’s only a couple hours till breakfast or lunch they can’t keep you forever.
I would condition your ankles for swimming in fins if you have not, get some slow boot runs in, it’s different and we do not have sand where I am from , big surprise .
But leg endurance/strength with running and trying to stay healthy as possible . Injuries are always going to happen but try and keep them Minimal . You don’t have to be a big muscle guy , they usually quit first.
SGPT: What boots and socks do they issue you at BUDS? What about BDU pants?
SGPT: Can you keep any supplements in the barracks or take them during training?
CG: No supplements or creatine, large protein tubs , pre-workout , monsters , Tylenol . That is all banned. They allowed vitamin C and a 1 a day daily multi-vitamin.
CG: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, the alchemist . Your mind can be your greatest asset or your biggest enemy .
SGPT: Thanks for the interview CG:
CG: I typed on my phone , apologies for any grammar or issues , I appreciate the opportunity and I can say that being at BUDS for a year changed my life and improved me as a person and the way I see the world and surroundings .
It didn’t work out but I learned more then I can explain in words . Hope I can help that one person just a bit. Hopefully one day I can give back a slice of what I have gained . Keep up the hard work on the bike rides. Let me know if I can ever help
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Questions from SGPT Athletes
Question: How hard is Navy SEAL training?
Answer: I personally thought it was extremely difficult. I got kicked out the first time through Buds after failing a math test. I was over half way through the program and had finished Dive pool comp.
Question: How do I not get dropped at buds?