We've said to #keeptraining. Here's a solid goal for a few of you super motivated types who want to step into the arena. Pre-Selection 24+ Hours is live now, happening December 5, 2020 assuming it is safe to do so at that time.
What is the event? 24+ Hours of GORUCK Selection.
What is the goal? This is a train-up. It's not Selection, that standard has been established at 48+ hours. Just like Pre-Ranger isn't Ranger School, Pre-Scuba isn't Scuba School, and SOPC wasn't SFAS. It's a course to better prepare you for GORUCK Selection
Are we going to try to get you to quit? Yes, with all we got.
Will there be performance drops? Absolutely. The standard is the standard.
Is it like an HTL or a Heavy? Absolutely not. This is a pure individual event and will be run as if it were GORUCK Selection. The main difference is that it's only 24+ Hours instead of 48+ Hours.
What do you get if you pass? A patch and the confidence to know you can. We hope that inspires you to come try the 48+ Hour GORUCK Selection. It has become clear to us (as it did to Ranger School and SFAS Cadre way back when) that a prep course could help get people's minds right. Best guess - if you pass, it will show you how much more you need to train for the big one.
Is this a great goal unto itself? Sure, I suppose it is. Just show up and gut it out, prove how tough you are. This strategy won't go well for you, though, best guess.
Why did we use a modification of the GORUCK Selection logo? Because this is a 24+ Hour version.
Is this like Team Assessment? Absolutely not. This is an individual event. I want to stress that again. We will do everything we can to get you to quit this event. If you sham or aren't ready, you'll be performance dropped. It's that simple.
Why are we not running GORUCK Selection this year? Because we want more people to be prepared for it in 2021. This Pre-Selection is part of that plan.
Is there too much time between Pre-Selection (2020) and GORUCK Selection (2021)? No. That timeline is perfect. If you're willing to put in another year, you'll have a much better shot at the title. If you're not, it was never meant to be.
The price to play is currently $99 through April 17th. (That's sale pricing). Your safety is paramount to us, and this is true across the board in regards to our events. If the event is postponed, or even if it's not, you will have the opportunity to transfer your registration dollars into a store credit to buy gear.
If it does NOT make sense to hold the event in December, we won't, and all registered participants would get store credit to buy gear. Assuming we do, and we're planning on it, show up ready. #keeptraining
Pre-Selection tests your individual readiness to meet the standard at GORUCK Selection.
To earn the Pre-Selection patch, you must:
Your ruck must weigh minimum 45 lbs. at all times, not including food or water. We will weigh your ruck at the start of Pre-Selection. You will have access to our scale prior to the commencement of Pre-Selection.
*Note: these items brought with you will be required to fit inside your rucksack at the start of Pre-Selection. They will not count toward the 45 lbs dry weight requirement.
Jerry hails from Michigan but has much love for Louisiana...so Geaux Blue! He believes in family, tradition, and good old healthy livin'. He once ran a 50K and will think twice about doing that again. He loves challenges and encourages competition, so be prepared to bring it.
Cleve believes that it's the simple things in life that are the key to happiness. Like a little pain, misery, and suffering to help bring out the best in us. Out of the Marines, and living in New Jersey. Cleve enjoys spending time with his family, rucking around, falling from the heavens, splashing around in the water, and of course drinking the nectar of the gods, BEER.
Fagan grew up in Upstate SC and retired there in 2004 after 20 great years in the Special Forces. He has been teaching High School JROTC since retirement. Started doing GORUCK events and OCRs in 2012 after 8 years of rugby. He still enjoys the outdoors, humping a ruck, and getting muddy with any obstacle course race.
Barbarossa (red beard) retired out of 5th Special Forces Group after 21 years of service. All of his 18 years in Special Forces was at 5th, with the exception of 3 years as cadre at Special Forces Assessment & Selection helping build future Green Berets. He currently lives in Savannah with his family, sharpening his cocktail making skills on a daily basis.
Hand is retired US ARMY and served as a Ranger with 3/75 in Somalia and was on one of the first ODAs in Afghanistan after 9/11 as an 18E with 5th Special Forces Group. He has deployed to Africa, Asia, Central America and Europe. He likes the mountains, hiking, mountain biking, beer, bacon and classic rock. He loves the American flag, freedom, football and family. He is dedicated to building better Americans through teamwork (and pain).