Indeed, the long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have pushed many troops to their limits, with a spillover effect in military families that can test relationships and often end them. Even as the war in Afghanistan winds down, special operations troops — including Delta Force, Navy SEALs, Green Berets and Army Rangers— are expected to continue playing a crucial role, fighting at a high tempo.The article is instructive. Read and understand. The Special Forces are also working with Olympians, who are getting a new idea what tough training is about.
"These guys are extremely motivated," Kenneth Andreasen, U.S. Sailing's high performance director and head coach, says of his sailors. "Having the Navy SEALs here is amazing. They have the training, the background, and (the athletes) have respect for them.Special Forces work with Olympians in part as a way of recruiting fit, motivated people to the Special Forces. Whether the stresses an Olympic effort might put on a person's private life are comparable with the stresses of a military career is left to the reader as an exercise.
"The biggest part of this is the mental side of it — that they don't quit, that they keep on going. That's the biggest lesson."
When asked whether these sessions are at all similar to actual SEALs training, one of the SEALs says, "It's really not that close a comparison."