This is one of those – you will probably lose a few “friends” type of posts. So prepare yourself.
If you take a look around and see what we write, who we are, and what we’re about you’ll notice that Pete and I omit a specific word from our vocabulary unless it is warranted. We only use this word to describe those for whom it truly describes. I will not go into the background of the word and what it truly means, because if you know – you know, and if you don’t then you have no reason to.
What you will never hear us say is that we are or were “Operators”. In fact 98% (very calculated statistic) of self proclaimed “Operators” are not, nor have ever been, or ever will be. If you are an Operator, you know you are and statistically you aren’t writing a blog about it. Some have written books, more haven’t.
There is this ever present cloud of diluted Special Operations vocabulary and far too many take that shit to the next level and it’s irritating. There is a hierarchy of this shit and an Operator is at the top, whether you agree with me or fucking not – its a fact. Below that you have every Special Operations unit, branch and specialty there is. Rangers, Navy Seals, Green Berets… etc. As this is the category that Pete and I have the background to claim, we and all (who haven’t taken a bite of the disillusionment apple) can tell you – we are not Operators.
Rangers are Rangers, Green Berets are Green Berets (or Special Forces), Navy Seals are Navy Seals – There is no such thing as a Ranger Operator.
Some believe that a picture that was “released” gave them free reign to use the term to describe themselves. This picture was conjured up after a CNN article was written about the typical male in SOF. CNN used the catchphrase “Operator” as it is now used about as ambiguously as the word “tactical”. The only ones who are willing to throw down about the subject are those who have no skin in the game (as seen throughout the internet).
It’s a very simple thing to grasp, but far too many do not take enough pride in what they actually do so they freely grab on to buzzwords to describe themselves.
Our category (SOF, but not “Operators”), to be honest, is where the real abuse comes in and that is because of a friendly little bunch called “support”. Plenty of support cats also go for the gold and call themselves operators as well, but usually they will cleverly let the public believe they are who they really only support.
The illusive support personality is usually the most devious and intentional in their version of stolen valor. Let’s use an example of a fictitious personality.. I dunno.. named Chris.
Chris is in the Army and when he joined he said to himself, “I want to learn a trade and not just go shoot people because that will get me nowhere when I get out”. So Chris becomes an Army Mechanic. This is a great thing for Chris and the Army, because not only is Chris doing what he is passionate about, but he’s serving his Country and making sure that all of the vehicles work. Chris is a good mechanic and has a great stint in the Army. The last unit that Chris served in was called, “10th Special Forces Group (Airborne)”.
Chris had never jumped out of a plane before and this assignment meant that he would have to go to Airborne school and learn to jump out of an Airplane. This is because the unit has a minimum requirement for all of it’s personnel to be able to jump out of planes correctly. So Chris goes to and passes Airborne school. Congratulations Chris! Not a lot of mechanics do that, good job. Something changes in his mind however.
Chris becomes a bit insecure about his job. No one knows why because being a mechanic is a great job, and Chris is now in a position to do great things as a mechanic inside and outside of the Army. So now we have a stellar young gentlemen who has a good job fixing engines and jumping out of planes – a dream job for a lot of American men. Chris doesn’t feel like it is enough though after having a taste of the “commando” lifestyle.
Now that Chris is a mechanic in a Special Forces unit made up of Green Berets and support personnel, Chris all of the sudden becomes a hero in the minds of his civilian friends from back home. Chris is in Special Forces! He is a barrel chested, freedom fighting “Operator” who kicks ass and chews bubble gum (although Chris hasn’t chewed gum since junior high). Instead of Chris posting pictures of troubling engine problems and his usual fantasy football league on Facebook, he now shares posts about Special Operations and knife fighting. His occupation simply says, “Special Forces” on his Facebook wall. He liberally uses words like Spec Ops or #operatorsoperating
At work Chris diligently works on vehicles and doesn’t say a word about his secret occupation. He knows very well that if he actually wanted to be in Special Forces that he would have to go down a very long and painful road to get there, and for what? Just to be able to tell stories at a bar? Nah, Chris isn’t that stupid. Chris IS Special Forces. Chris is Special Forces to his friends, family, and anyone who will listen outside of work. Chris is the first one to ask for a military discount at a financially struggling mom and pop restaurant. Chris gets free rounds of beers at the bar once he regaled the bartender and a few locals over some of “his hardcore war stories”. The bartender knew that Chris was in the military, after all he always wears his camouflaged baseball hat with an American Flag on the front and a Spartan insignia on the back. He can easily be seen in town with a “Major League Infidel”, “Professional Door-Kicker”, or “Waterboarding specialist” T-shirt on. Chris is an all round American badass, he’s definitely in Special Forces!
Being a mechanic is a good fucking job. It’s a man’s job and I’m not saying that sarcastically (or literally for you women mechanics). Unfortunately Chris has turned his good job into a joke by pretending to be something that he is not. That insecurity is what gives a job like “Vehicle Mechanic” a bad name in some small circles. Yet this can be seen with all trades.
How many Blue Angels do you know? They may not say they are a pilot but they will quickly tell you “We fly at 2:00 on Wednesday” who is WE, you are a generator technician? My buddy Pete (not PBN – different Pete) was all too familiar with this garbage. He was in the Black Knights which has it’s own selection process. You know who doesn’t go through that selection? The recruiters on the ground with Black Knights T-Shirts on, the guys directing traffic (also with Black Knights T-shirts), the announcer and his buddy (collared Black Knights T-shirt). They do a different job, yet they are willing to say some ignorant shit like “We jump at altitudes never heard of!”. No, they do – you talk about it to a crowd of people and want to boost your appearance to others.
Be proud of what you do. If you think something else would be much cooler, then toe the line and raise your hand. When you claim to do something that you don’t you only end up embarrassing yourself and those who work honestly.
Pete and I were both Rangers. He went on to do some cool shit and I went on to be a Green Beret – we’re not “operators”. We fought war with them, we worked with them, but we were us – and they were them. If you want everything to be equal and give the Army a beret so they feel special, have a blast battle! Make sure you also go start your joint Facebook account with your wife while your at it and make sure your kids don’t play competitive sports. Everyone who works at the company is now the CEO, congratulations! It’s just a term, right!?
I really wonder how many dudes with PHDs in History go around the bar talking about how many brain surgeries they did that day and demand to be called Doctor?
10 Abmat Situps
10 Good Mornings
100 Single / 50 Double (Jump Rope)
2. Structural Work
100x TGU @ 15-25# DB (50 on each arm)
SkiErg or Row (for Calories)
4. Endurance Conditioning
Run: RPE: 8-9 // 3 x (6:00 on/3:00 off – 4:00 on/2:00 off – 2:00 on/1:00 off)
LIFT HEAVY SHIT
30 min Treadmill
10 min Jump Rope
-Snatch 6 × 2
-Clean & Jerk 8 × 1
-Front Squat 5 × 5
-Press 5 × 3
(When lifting heavy give yourself 3 misses and lower weight if necessary to end on a make)
Cool down and stretch for 20 minutes
Orange Triad – Controlled Labs Multi-vitamin with digestion aids, and a solid joint complex
Flow – Progenex Hydrolyzed Salmon Protein (let that sink in). This is tropical flavored protein from Salmon. Feel free to ask the questions if you haven’t heard of it and are intrigued. Its pretty pricey.
Perpetuem – Hammer Nutrition Fuel for Endurance efforts
– Spiz Whey Pure Protein (unflavored)
-Advocare Mass Gain
Training: Weightlifting Made Simple
Coffee: Free Trade Cheap Shit (Gotta hit the store)
Reading: Black Coffee Blues, by Henry Rollins
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1) Squat: 6×2@70% of 3RM
2) 4 rounds of:
7 OHS 95/65#
11 Burpees over Bar