Upon receiving orders and arriving at Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL (BUDS) training in Coronado your whole life will begin to change.
You will hear things that you have never heard before.
You will be taught things that no one has ever showed you. You will be pushed to the outer limits of physical and mental boundaries.
One of the mythical creatures you will hear about in your first week is the “Gray Man”.
Who is this mystery man? If he is truly that color… he must be hard to see?
That is the very point. No one knows his name. We cannot recall what he looks like. He is truly a man of mystical qualities.
At that moment you are being taught an important lesson. In BUDS training..You never want to stand out in the crowd.
You never want to let an Instructor know your name.
If you stand out for your loud mouth or actions.. you will draw attention to yourself from the Instructors and that can become very painful to you. Being the “Gray Man” helps to fly under the radar and avoid many a beat down.
The opposite of the “Gray Man” were the guys that talked smack… had an attitude. They only thought of themselves and not the group. I remember a guy.. lets call him “Dew”. This guy was 6 ft 2 inch of chiseled steel. All of his life he had been told what a bad @ss he was. He got to BUDS and he got beat down just like everyone else. He was told how bad he sucked. This was hard for Dew to take. He puffed his chest out and defied an Instructor to beat him down with burpees and surf torture.
Well… we can all guess who won that battle and Dew was shortly shipped off to the Navy fleet and was chipping paint and washing dishes.
Everyone thinks they are a tough guy until they are sitting in the cold dark Pacific ocean. After that you learn to shut your mouth and keep your head down and do the hard work.
Later in the SEAL Teams that translates in different ways.
“The Teams are all about breaking regulations and seeing what you can get away with.” – Chris Kyle
You always want to be the Gray Man.
Questions from our readers online.
We like the book Breaking BUD/S: How Regular Guys Can Become Navy SEALs.
This book gives an accurate description of BUDS so that you can at least know what to expect.
You will of course have to get out there and do the hard work and not quit.
I am not looking to put on a bunch of excess weight and get all bloated. I want to be lean and mean. Do you know of a protein powder that is good and clean?
Answer: Yes; I personally use Ascent Protein and have been using it for my gym workouts (dead lift, squat, bench and shoulder press) and also long distance off road bike rides.
It is easy to mix an goes down well and does not break the bank for how good a quality it is.
Question: What is one thing a Navy SEAL would never say? I loved BUDS so much I want to go out and do it again.
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