Service First Story 003: A Dog Named Leia

Service First Story 003: A Dog Named Leia

Veteran transition issues are a big deal these days. We hear about PTSD and TBI and the effects of war. It’s easy to imagine how some might wonder if all Veterans are damaged goods, or broken, or whether we can recover in the civilian world. T…
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Special Forces Lessons Learned

Special Forces Lessons Learned

At GORUCK, we are firmly committed to two things: Rucking and the Special Forces Way of Life. Every single thing we do must be viewed through those two lenses. You’ve heard a lot from us on Rucking (and you’ll continue to), so I’d like to take a f…
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Behind the Scenes of GORUCK Selection, From the Cadre

Behind the Scenes of GORUCK Selection, From the Cadre

It’s not the 80+ miles of rucking, or the lunges with 100 lbs on your back, or the Devil’s mile. It’s not the bear crawls or the sandbag babies or the low crawls on a rocky, dirt road while you’re pushing your 60 lb ruck forward, one inch at a tim…
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Service Action in Spokane, WA

Service Action in Spokane, WA

I didn’t expect it to go like this. 5 months ago, we instituted a new initiative where every GORUCK Challenge class organized a “Service Action” - something that made their community a little better. GORUCK Nation has spearheaded gravestone cleani…
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The Man in the Challenge Pants at Selection 019

The Man in the Challenge Pants at Selection 019

25 hours later, you’re the last man standing on a dirt trail in the middle of a swamp in the middle of nowhere. The mosquitos don’t care, the Cadre don’t care. And the sandbag isn’t gonna move itself. The work continues. Rewind 6…
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Service First Story 002: SWAT

Service First Story 002: SWAT

The connection between law enforcement and the military is a strong one, grounded in service before self and a commitment to the values we hold dear in the United States of America.   Those who choose this life, to protect and serv…
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Proving the Challenge Pants

Proving the Challenge Pants

Last fall I met Alex in the throes of GORUCK Selection. None of us told him this at the time, but 23 hours in, he was performing well as most candidates were long since showered up and warm. It was clear he had trained his ass off. The mile…
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Behind the Scenes of Selection 018 (Part 2)

Behind the Scenes of Selection 018 (Part 2)

And then there was one. I learned early on in my Army days that you can’t stop Father Time. Just keep your head focused on the task at hand while the sand flows south, and embrace whatever comes at you. It’s their game, their rules, a…
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Behind the Scenes of Selection 018 (Part 1)

Behind the Scenes of Selection 018 (Part 1)

BELLBROOK, OHIO, USA HOME BASE OF GORUCK SELECTION 018 Annually, we run an event called GORUCK Selection. It’s the only event that we recommend you NOT sign up for. It’s 48+ hours and it’s patterned after Special Forces Assessm…
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