Pre-Selection: Jacksonville Beach, FL 12/05/2020 13:00

December 5th, 2020 @ 1:00pm EST

Pre-Selection: Jacksonville Beach, FL 12/05/2020 13:00
About this event

Date & Time

Saturday, December 5, 2020 13:00

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.

  • At 30 days out, it's not eligible for any kind of transfer for gear credit. We will email all registered participants 35 days prior to the start date to confirm your spot. This is due to the high number of no-shows we have always seen at Selection, but we are maintaining max flexibility in our policy up until the 30 days out.

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 is 24 hours of GORUCK Selection, a rucking-based endurance event with a less than 2% pass rate inspired by Special Forces Assessment and Selection. It’s not for everyone.

How it works

Pre-Selection tests your individual readiness to meet the standard at GORUCK Selection.

To earn the Pre-Selection patch, you must:

  • Pass the Pre-Selection PT Test
  • Survive the Welcome Party
  • Not voluntarily withdrawal (VW) at any stage of the event.

Packing List and Gear Inspection

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.



  • Rucksack weighing no less than 45 lbs. dry. That means not including water or food. **You must use a GORUCK brand rucksack. (GR1 or Rucker recommended).
  • Must contain one 2” x 3” piece of Velcro loops on it (standard on nearly all GORUCK rucksacks). Cadre will affix a participant patch to this at the start.
  • Must contain Reflective Ruck Bands (2 minimum) on the exterior of the rucksack.

Inside Your Rucksack

  • Weight to meet the 45 lbs dry requirement (Ruck Plates recommended as opposed to something that gets heavier when wet).
  • Waterproof Bag/Dry Sack. (Recommended that anything that retains water when wet fits inside it.)
  • MACV-1 Boots or other boots/trail running shoes. Do not wear Gore-Tex boots with no drain holes.
  • Tac Hat or baseball style hat with 2x3 Velcro loops on the front for a patch
  • Socks: four (4) pairs
  • Jacket/Windbreaker (may be worn during PT Test if authorized by Cadre)
  • Base layer top, long-sleeved (1)
  • Extra T-shirt (1, tan)
  • Pants (2 pairs)
  • Gloves
  • Foot Care Kit
  • Vaseline or Anti-Chafing Gel
  • Sunscreen (recommend SPF 50+)
  • 3L Hydration Bladders, minimum of 2. (The second one is a back-up in case the first one fails.)
  • 32 oz. Water Bottle. (No morale stickers affixed are authorized. GORUCK logo Nalgene is authorized. Cadre will affix 100mph tape to this at the start and write your roster number on it.)
  • ID card (waterproofed)
  • Performance Cap/Beanie
  • Headlamp
  • One (1) strobe light. You must be able to clip it onto your PT belt and rucksack.
  • Two (2) military-grade ChemLights, minimum 12 hour duration.

Worn at the Start of GORUCK Pre-Selection

  • T-shirt, tan
  • Black shorts with minimal or no exterior branding (GORUCK or sterile Ranger Panties are authorized)
  • Socks
  • MACV-1 Boots or other boots/trail running shoes
  • Jacket/Windbreaker (weather dependent – if this is authorized, you will be informed NLT than the commencement of GORUCK Selection). You do not need to have a total of 2. It can either be in your ruck or worn if authorized by the Cadre.
  • Reflective belt (1) worn around waist

Brought With You to the Start of GORUCK 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.

  • Any required life-saving medication (must be declared during your medical screening which happens at the beginning of GORUCK Pre-Selection).
  • MRE (Meals Ready to Eat) (2 unopened) Note: this will not count toward the 45 lbs. weight requirement. You will be given the opportunity to eat periodically during the event.
  • Oral Rehydration Solution/Salts (ORS). Candidates are required to bring a minimum of four ORS packages manufactured by either AGS Brand or Jianas Bros.


  • 100 MPH tape strips
  • Additional dry bags, plastic bags, and/or Pelican cases
  • Additional pair of shorts such as Ranger Panties
  • Other items to ensure you reach the 45 lbs. dry weight standard
  • Additional units of required items

Prohibited Items

  • Watch
  • GPS/Pedometer
  • Map
  • Energy supplements
  • Medicine, unless potentially life-saving
  • Knives
  • Sunglasses
  • Any metal jewelry of any kind
  • Any necklace of any kind
  • Alcohol
  • Morale patches
  • Non-GORUCK Rucksacks


  • Cell phones: recommended that you not bring. If you must bring yours, we will confiscate at the beginning and return only upon the end of your GORUCK Pre-Selection experience. We assume no liability should something happen to your phone while under our care.
  • Keys: bring if you must but do not plan to have access to keys inside another participant’s rucksack. If your GORUCK Pre-Selection experience comes to an end and a participant who remains has the keys to a car you need access to, we will not be able to facilitate this request.
  • Required items must be brought. There will be an inspection at the commencement of GORUCK Pre-Selection.
  • Recommendation: things that retain water are placed in a waterproof bag or Ziploc-style bag, all inside of one large dry bag or contractors bag.
  • Unless otherwise specified, the intended quantity of items is one (1) or one pair.
  • Ruck must weigh a minimum of 45lbs. when dry (not including water). Add weight in whatever manner you see fit as needed to meet requirement.
  • Any prohibited items will be confiscated and returned upon completion or withdrawal.
  • You will receive a medical screening at the commencement of GORUCK Pre-Selection.
  • The GORUCK PT Test is the first event of GORUCK Pre-Selection. If you fail any portion of the GORUCK PT Test you will be performance dropped from GORUCK Selection. Minimum standards to continue to the rest of GORUCK Pre-Selection are as follows:
    • 2 minutes: minimum 55 push-ups
    • 2 minutes: minimum 65 sit-ups
    • 5-Mile Ruck: maximum time alloted is 75 minutes

Do not ask for additional clarification except in the case of medical questions not addressed in this document...WHEN IN DOUBT, DO WHAT YOU THINK IS RIGHT.

Transfers & Refunds

  • Your safety is paramount to us, and this is true across the board in regards to our events. If the event is postponed 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 at that time (December), we won't. Assuming we do, show up ready. #keeptraining
  • If an event cancellation is requested more than 30 days before the event, a store credit in the amount paid for the registration will be issued.
  • We will email all registered participants 35 days prior to the start date to confirm your spot. This is due to the high number of no-shows we have always seen at Selection, but we are maintaining max flexibility in our policy up until the 30 days out.

Got Questions?

Johanson Park 1535 Park Terrace E., Atlantic Beach, FL
Jacksonville Beach, FL
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December 5th, 2020 @ 1:00pm EST
Event Cadre


Force Recon Marine

Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa


Jerry hails from Michigan but has much love for 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.

Event Cadre


Force Recon Marine

Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa, Asia


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.

Event Cadre


Army Special Forces

Europe, Middle East, Africa, Caribbean, South Asia


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.

Event Cadre

Cadre Barbarossa

Army Special Operations

Afghanistan, Horn of Africa, Iraq


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.

Event Cadre

Cadre Hand

Army Special Forces

Somalia, Afghanistan, Europe and Central America


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).

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