From as far away as Africa and England the April guys show up here on Saturday and it’ll be another tough year for us. We wouldn’t have it any other way. Much work prepping for the courses, everyone here also preps for 8-months without much rest and personal time to take care of “Stuff.” One of my “Stuff” list is the unpleasant Doctor visit I endured today…
It seems I’ve run from Doctors my whole Navy career and well into retirement. Not that their bad Just a few strange encounters with Doctors that have ruined me mentally and left lasting nightmares. All of them were female Doctors And I had one today. I’VE NEVER ENCOUNTERED a bad Doctor, male or female. It’s just me that prefers a male Doctor to investigate my “Rear End” instead of a female for potential prostrate problems.
My male/female “preference” began in 1983. I had to get a full blown Dive Physical to begin SEAL Training. I’d had physicals before but nothing like I was about to receive and with all the minor work finished my last step was to see the Doctor. As I waited in a gown that covered my 21-year old birthday suit, the Doctor finally walks in and she was one of the most beautiful women I’d ever seen. She was talkative and full of energy and I was dumb-struck by how absolutely flawless and perfect she was in every way. She was SUPER HOTTT! After some small chit-chat questions and the typical reflexes, stethoscope, say AWWW stuff, she slaps on a rubber glove and tells me to bend over. I’ve not been right since that day I’m haunted by it.
A decade later, a pile of Scientists studying how and why SEALs can tolerate extreme cold converge on SEAL Team TWO for a few experiments. It was dead winter and my platoon was diving for our Combat Swimmer course when they arrived in Virginia. Leading the team of Scientists was the second most BEAUTIFUL woman I’d ever seen. The study was voluntary, she explained, while we were all assembled in a Team classroom. All they wanted to do was record the water temp, the length of time we spent in the water and our body temperature after the dives. None of us had a problem with that and we’d begin that night. What she failed to fully explain was HOW they’d check our temperature. We planned our dive, put our diving rigs together, tested them and briefed the dive as we normally did and here she comes to the front of the Dive Locker. She holds up a long, sealed plastic bag and in great detail explains how to open, lubricate, and properly insert this foot and a half long spaghetti looking thing in our Rear Ends!
WHAT??? Minutes later, the entire platoon is in the dive locker head passing around a
bottle of lubrication and inserting the thermometers in our Butts to a hail of laughter for what we were doing to further science. 100% oxygen dives that we did brought on a series of symptoms for Oxygen Toxicity that we watched for underwater and known to us by the acronym “VENTID-C.” VENTID-C stood for any changes in Vision, Ears, Nausea, Twitching, Irritability, Dizziness and Convolutions. The Irritability was constant and we were VERY moody guys during and after diving O2.
The worst part of diving with the spaghetti up our Wazoo was the never ending feeling that it was working its way out and we endured hours of diving with our butt cheeks clamped tightly together. Second worst was having that Hot Scientist read our core temperature when we came out of the water and tell us how to remove and dispose of the thermometer with a big stupid smile on her face. VENTID-C Irritability! As my female Doc slapped on the glove today a flood of memories came over me and I just stood there thinking; “C’MON, GIRL Really???”
The next course is the May Advanced course that begins on the 4th and the Sniper course that begins on 11th. DON’T MISS EITHER COURSE! Some very cool new training and training areas for 2013. We’ve worked very hard over the Winter to set everything up. A final note, plenty of guys read too much into the courses here and the words “Navy SEAL Training” congers up notions of insane physical beatings and torture. Nobody pays hard earned money to travel all the way here to do a bunch of pushups, made to feel bad about themselves, and talked to like a pile of idiots. There are courses out there like that. Plenty of them, but not mine. If I get 100% from the guys attending training here, no matter what that 100% is, then we’ll kick ass and you will finish this course strong. I’ve put a handful of 60+ year old guys through training here. Guys that could not swim, speak English, deaf, near blind, cancer, severe allergies, diabetes, and serious asthma to name a few. I have NEVER told a single guy they could not attend training here and I never will!
A TEAM, any Team, is nothing more than strengths and weaknesses and every person in that team has them, both of them. When you exploit a guys strengths and not his weaknesses you’ll have a winning team every time. Why is a certain NHL player a Goalie? Why is a certain NFL Player a Linebacker? And why is a certain MLB player a Pitcher??? Because that’s what their best at and they DON’T stack up well to other players at other things. If you want to be successful then EXPLOIT A STRENGTH and spend little time trying to get stronger at a weakness. I hope that makes sense. Kick Some Ass!!!!
Don Shipley – Extreme SEAL Experience; http://www.extremesealexperience.com; (757) 572-7203