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Saying that during my SEAL career that I've shot "millions" of bullets is no exaggeration. We had an unlimited supply of bullets to shoot and the supply was always much more than we could use. DAYS and weeks spent shooting from sunrise until late at night each day, I remember all of us taping up our thumbs from open blisters we'd get from constant loading of bullets into magazines.

The concentration required every minute of those days for accuracy was exhausting mentally and the continuous drills wore us down physically. Miles of running with full gear and gas masks, endless pullups, pushups, sprints and anything else the cadre could think of to elevate our heart rates and blood pressure before shooting for time and score simulated combat stress. And the never ending "after hours" punishment for making even minor mistakes was conducted after a very long day and always entailed pain as a corrective action.

Notes were taken throughout the day of each mans mistakes and some crazy physical punishment was issued each offender. My favorite, unless it was being done to me, was getting an IV from the worst IV givers in the platoon to give them more practice. At night with them using a red lens pen light in their mouth they'd stab needles in the offenders arms in a desperate attempt to hit a vein.

A favorite punishment for making a error during "House Runs" during Close Quarter Combat

was to take the offender weapon away and give him a cinder block or a filled sand bag and have him make a few house runs with that. And it quickly fixed that persons deficiency.Because of the strict measures taken to ensure perfection the accident rate in SEAL Team with weapons was so slight compared to the PILES of bullets shot that it's not even worth mentioning it happened so infrequently. It was all from attention to the smallest detail.

The smallest detail seemed to stick very well last week during the Combat Shooting Course

Chief White and Gallaher conducted for 16 men and women and the critiques are all extraordinarily positive for a "Pilot Course" being conducted for the first time. Zero accidents and zero complaints, everyone left much more proficient with a variety of weapons than when they showed up. Remarkable was the fact that some of the shooters were exceptional shots when they

arrived and even members of precision shooting teams. Remarkable still was others that had never fired a weapon before and that the training never slowed for either end of those groups. Everyone left much better that when they arrived.

The ladies are welcome to attend.

I have a few minor pieces that need to fall into place before I post the 2014 course dates.


Don Shipley-Extreme SEAL Experience

(757) 572-7203



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