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Here's the truth: you're not high speed. It will take time to prove that you are and separate yourself from everyone else who feels they are. If you aren't a Collegiate level athlete then you probably won't pass any "high speed" selection process. If you aren't a high school athlete then you almost definitely won't pass a selection.

If you fancy yourself tough and "high speed" join the Infantry with an Airborne contract and volunteer for the 75th Ranger Regiment while in Airborne school. All Special Operations require Airborne so it's a good start.

Around 90% of people who join the Army on an Option 40 Ranger or 18X Special Forces contract will fail to complete the training. You will most likely fail to meet the training. Start by aiming smaller. Aim small, miss small.
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SGT Robert Strovink
SGT Robert Strovink
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I went to Ranger school in 83, Airborne school is nothing that hard, you learn to fall and you will never be scared of heights again. Now Ranger school, when I went, t you nothing. It is performing Infantry tasks under stress in hard conditions. The material you use will be reviewed at 11:30 at night after a 3:30am wake up. I was in the Cavalry, not the infantry, so I was lost. I have heard that Ranger school is a school now, teaching students how to be Rangers and not just eliminating the 90% who they feel couldn't "hack it." I hope it produces plenty of soldiers to defend the realm.
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MSgt Robert Bell
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Dude couldn’t disagree with you more excelling in the military has shit to do with what you did in high school or that your a collegiate athlete. And everything to do with heart, drive and will to succeed. I was never the very best at any sport growing up better than average at some less than average at others but was honor grad at boot camp and graduated in top 5 in every school I ever did in the USMC and the Army schools I attended Ranger, SAPPER, and Pathfinder
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I join those in disagreement. If you join the military in your late teens or very early twenties, it's all about how high you want to aim. If you don't have some genetic or injury induced disability (if you had bad eyesight or loose teeth, you couldn't be a fighter pilot in my time, you had to pick another "high-speed" field to get going in) preventing basic physical qualification, you can get to a point where you can pick and choose what you want to do. All the "high-speed" stuff is designed for regular-bodied people, as supermen or women or bionic folks are rare in the world. You don't have to be a superman or woman, but you have to have the mindset of one. Add tenacity and a bit of Les Brown's "it's not over until I win," and regardless of the obstacles, physical and mental hang-ups, self-esteem issues, and all the other cr.p that others say will never let you fulfill your goals, in the military or otherwise, you (and anyone else) can be the next David Goggins. Another statement I really took to heart is, "don't let someone else's opinion of you become your reality" I do not remember who said it, but it rings true to me. These are also the traits you need to have to prevail and survive, should you be dumped in the sand or the jungles of the worlds for real, and you might as well apply them now to get what you want out of your preciously short life. David Goggins' story is in straight contradiction with the premise of the opinion in the header of this dialog. Get what you want out of your time in the service, you will pay the price with aches and pain when you're older, regardless whether you slaved your time away in the supply room (yes, even that can be "high speed") or did cool sh.t as an operator. Knock them dead!
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SGT Christiphor Ballestero
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SFC (Join to see) What's wrong with supply? I was a 92Y10 and still worked with the SF and Civil Affairs in Afghanistan. Funnest time I've had in the Army.
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CSM Darieus ZaGara
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The Army is High Speed. What you should do in the Army will be based on your scores and what is available, that simple. Once you enter the Army you will need to work hard in all areas to prove that you have what it takes for one of the more challenging units. So, if you want to serve, serve for Duty, Hojor, Country. Work hard, study your craft and be a Team player, then at some point you will know what it is you want to do. If you are worthy the Army will see your potential and allow you to compete. The Army is High Speed.
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SPC John Tacetta
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Well said.
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SGM Operations Sergeant Major
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Amazing comment, CSM! With the way the U.S. is today, it is an honor to work at any branch or any MOS. You serve your country and serve it proudly. On the other hand, I think the basis of your question was missed in some comments. If you want to get out there on your feet and do high-speed missions, yes, infantry is the way to go. (comes with air assault, airborne, sniper, sapper, pathfinder exc....) But there is no MOS like 19D. If you do get on your feet, its only for a distance to your OP, which is at the most ½ distance of your crew serve weapon system. (that was my attempt to be funny) I have been a scout for 22 years now, and nothing but rewards has come from it. Bottom line you make your MOS high speed no matter what the MOS is. The rest of the soldiers will follow your lead, or you will see that promote above your peers commit more often.
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CSM Darieus ZaGara
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I believe we have a similar philosophy. I attacked everything I did in the Army with the same vigor and coached my Soldiers to do the same. It is a life that I believe to be unmatched in society. The reason is because it is a way of life and not a job. Keep up that energy and desire. Hoooah!SGM (Join to see)
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CSM Frank Supinski
CSM Frank Supinski
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Spot on comment CSM Za Gara. Every Job in the US Army needs to be performed with the same zeel and vigor no matter what. As some wise NCO taught me long ago, "amateurs talk about tactics, professionals talk logistics."
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LTC Jason Mackay
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There are a number of supporting MOSs in elite formations such as the Ranger Regiment, SF Groups (like the GSB), 160th SOAR (the Regiment has sustainers), Airborne Units have conventional logistics support with jump status BSBs. They just did away with Division Pathfinder Comoanies. They were pretty high speed.

SFABs candidates go through a selection process.

The Asymmetric Warfare Group also have a selection process.

Technical Escort - Mix of EOD and CBRNE troops

LRSCLRSD unfortunately no longer around.

Not a formal thing, more of how Commander's approach the mission: many BSBs task organize a standing security Platoon. Ours took soldiers from all comoanies and trained them on convoy defense, fighting mounted, communications, every weapon in the element and anything in the BN. Hell, I saw one that was able to cross train a 60mm mortar crew to hipshoot when they got in contact. The security Platoon was four elements with four MRAPs, one PLS with trailer, and a M984E1 wrecker that was task organized to be the patrol leadership (combat logistics patrol - CLP). Armed to the teeth. Had dedicated medics. Mix of M2s and Mk19s. they had live AT4s, frags, etc The convoy was formed around one or two of these elements based on size. They could call for fire. They could and did call in CAS. They often had to clear their own routes as route clearance was unavailable. They worked with Afghan police and other Afghan security forces to secure key terrain that overwatched routes. Not your Daddy's convoy. Everything ran as the combat operation that it was. We coordinated ISR coverage, fire support, attack aviation, and battlespace deconfliction.

Units often put together a Personal Security Detachment PSD to move the Command Group around the battlefield. The CSM usually hand picks people to perform this mission and they part of the HHC.

Perhaps, don't be concerned with the pedigree of the formation or the High speed MOSs and be the highest speed <insert MOS here> and be proficient in your warrior tasks and drills. Another key is to be reliable.
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CSM Charles Hayden
CSM Charles Hayden
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LTC Jason Mackay Yours is the first mention of The Asymmetrical Warfare Group I have noticed on RP.

A friend of mine is assigned to AWG and enjoys deploying with them.
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MAJ Advisor
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Sadly, the Army is shutting down the Asymmetric Warfare Group.

https://www.sofmag.com/asymmetric-warfare-group-to-shut-down/
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LTC Jason Mackay
LTC Jason Mackay
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MAJ (Join to see) just saw that. Sad.
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SSG Jeremy Howard
SSG Jeremy Howard
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Well with that said I would invite you to join the ranks of Aviation It is the most regarded and used MOS in the Army and will be in the future we have supported the special operations in every combat situation no matter your physical aspect. Aviation has very high standards and records to prove it. We have been apart of many TS missions and will be in the future. I know from experience when the call is made we are there in plus or minus 50 seconds this is 160th promise. They do have it right play video games and real life missions are no where near the same. Be that athlete. It will always place you in the right direction. DA select has proven this time and time again. If your gt score is 110 or better and you have a 250 or better APFT you can succeed. Intestinal fortitude is the primary desire for these elite positions, and a team, selfless service mind set.
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