>During the final stages of his U.S. Army Special Forces Qualification Course in December 2005, Gene Yu was in the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) phase of the program. In accordance with the requirements of the training, Yu only carried his military ID card and a knife. Yu and his classmates were also expected to learn to live off the land, and as such, ate very little. In the final days of the evasion portion of the school and motivated by hunger, Yu left the boundaries of the exercise and came upon a group of Guatemalans in the North Carolina forest. Using Spanish skills acquired during extensive foreign travel, Yu was able to convince them to give him a ride to the nearby town of Aberdeen. After reaching Aberdeen and being rejected by a convenience store, Yu directed the group to a Papa John's Pizza's location he knew he could pay of and he then ordered pizzas and other food at the restaurant. He knew he could pay without an actual physical credit card, and with a memorized credit card information and his ID card because he had done it in the past at other Papa John’s restaurant locations. Yu returned to his classmates with the food. Though they destroyed the evidence of the pizzas, Yu was later found with the receipt during the resistance phase of the school during a strip search that was part of the training. Yu was initially forced out of the U.S. Army Special Forces Qualification Course, despite only being short one day of graduation, but was later able to repeat the class and receive his Green Beret. While some saw the incident as a typically creative Special Forces-type of solution to the SERE challenge, and his story is still reportedly told as a cautionary tale to incoming students to the SERE program by its cadre (albeit without Yu’s name and with the consequence of having been being forced out of the school).
TOP KEK. I have an opportunity to goto SERE, should I do it?
>guy successfully survives, evades and escapes
kek in some sf selections you are supposed to cheat
I remember a test for some danish sf where the guys would start out on foot, but the test was actually impossible to complete on foot and you were expected to steal a bike in order to move faster. No one told them that you were supposed to steal a bike though, just figure it out yourself.
>can't burn receipt, need to balance my bank account
I'm hiring an Asian accountant to to get the IRS off my back, I realize my mother might have cancer and is an expert accountant but I want a guy who leaves no Papa John's paper trail.
They usually have seasonal workers out there. Companies buy the rights to collect pine straw and then contract Mexicans or Guatemalans (which are abundant in Fayettenam) to go harvest it.
When I was 82nd LRSD we'd go out there for training and see them. Stalked them, played tricks on them, spook them a bit; training related shit. Good times.
Still get out every once in a while.
>a group of Guatemalans in the North Carolina forest
I love NC. Traveling in similar areas i even ran into a sizeable community of Hmong smack in the middle of farming land/rural NC. The CIA / SF had got a bunch of them to NC post Vietnam and they never left the state.
A bit irrelevant but at BRC I was stalked by a mountain lion during night land nav. Felt like Jurassic Park 2 with the tall grass and raptors. Except instead of a gun I had glow sticks and a rubber rifle. Never been so paranoid before in my life.
we need the big gun to compensate for our tiny penises
not gonna lie, mine is like a five inch breakfast sausage
it's in proportion with the rest of me but that's because I look like I belong in high school
Was a smillar story in the IDF SF;
> The unit was participating in a "war week" (preparation training for local equivalent of SERE)
> Stopping the exercise in an area with no wild life, the unit (that was split into several teams), was expect to remain hungry through the night until they get a chance to hunt in the next day.
> Emmanuel Moreno's team was the first one to get inspected by the unit's commander to check their camp's quality and concealment.
> Upon the commander's leaving, Moreno realized that the CO's vehicle was parked on the bottom of supposedly unscalable peak not far below them.
> Quickly dissembling the camp he and his friends build, Moreno used the ropes and tools to climb down the mountain, steal the food belonging to the commanders and climb back up and feed his buddies.
> Upon returning and realizing they got no food, the commanders returned to the first camp- only to find the soldiers feasting on their food
> As being screamed upon as to what were they thinking, Emmanuel stood up and said that as part of the exercise, he spotted a wild Jeep and he used the hunting skills passed to him by his commanders to hunt it down.
Few years later, upon receiving an honorary rank of lieutenant colonel for his excellency, he was described by the Chief of Joint Staff as "the best soldier in the IDF".
And yea- if you think that you got BOTH mental and physical capacity, you should do it. It's an experience of a lifetime that only few have the chance to go through. Embrace the suck, and it'll be one of the best things you'll ever do.
I actually kind of get why they failed him, he circumvented the survival skills that that portion of the training was supposed to build, even if what he did was pretty rad.
I think the fact that they let him retake the class and get his beret is a sign that they appreciated what he did.
Yes and no.
"Out of the box adapt to every situation don't stop at any problem there are no rules" is the kind of mentality they seek in people, but the army (any army) is riddled with bureaucracy, procedures, template behavior and ego. Lots of ego.
Yu had it rougher because (I assume) he fell to the spot where his CO's were too buthurt that he "broke the rules" of "their exercise" and from there it got into the flow of bureaucracy that kicked him out (yet, through same bureaucracy and by beating someone's ego, he got his second chance).
On the other side of the spectrum, Moreno's case shows that his CO, despite being mad at him for the same reasons, knew to swallow his "pride" and let it slide because he knew that this is what he's looking for.
>Red, commanded by retired Marine Corps Lieutenant General Paul K. Van Riper, adopted an asymmetric strategy, in particular, using old methods to evade Blue's sophisticated electronic surveillance network. Van Riper used motorcycle messengers to transmit orders to front-line troops and World-War-II-style light signals to launch airplanes without radio communications.
>Red received an ultimatum from Blue, essentially a surrender document, demanding a response within 24 hours. Thus warned of Blue's approach, Red used a fleet of small boats to determine the position of Blue's fleet by the second day of the exercise. In a preemptive strike, Red launched a massive salvo of cruise missiles that overwhelmed the Blue forces' electronic sensors and destroyed sixteen warships. This included one aircraft carrier, ten cruisers and five of six amphibious ships. An equivalent success in a real conflict would have resulted in the deaths of over 20,000 service personnel. Soon after the cruise missile offensive, another significant portion of Blue's navy was "sunk" by an armada of small Red boats, which carried out both conventional and suicide attacks that capitalized on Blue's inability to detect them as well as expected.
>Afterward the war game was restarted, its participants were forced to follow a script drafted to ensure a Blue Force victory. Among other rules imposed by this script, Red Force was ordered to turn on their anti-aircraft radar in order for them to be destroyed, and was not allowed to shoot down any of the aircraft bringing Blue Force troops ashore. Van Riper also claimed that exercise officials denied him the opportunity to use his own tactics and ideas against Blue Force, and that they also ordered Red Force not to use certain weapons systems against Blue Force and even ordered the location of Red Force units to be revealed
The only way around it is being a socially incompatible computer genius. Than they throw you into a unit with people just as psychologically unreadable as you and ye'all live happily ever after.
He is smaller so their for the muscles in his body can grow easier and he can have more of a compact posture compared to his counter parts allowing his center of mass to be more bigger thus allowing for him to take more force.