How would you explain buds to some old lady who has never heard of it?
And then how would you say buds was for you?
How do you get through buds and finally, is buds antiquated?
Or is it the exact thing that's necessary for seal membership?
Eso Maybe I'll go in the reverse order.
I don't think it's antiquated at all.
It's the demands of buds are set by the demands of the battle space and whether it be Vietnam or Afghanistan or Iraq or probably even World War One or World War Two, the physical demands of combat of relatively the same.
So I think it creates or, I should say, selects for individuals that are that were suited well from a mental or physical perspective because it is testing both, and it often times you're really testing the mental side through physical ability, where the physical side through mental toughness, is very interesting.
It's an indirect route at the actual selection, so I don't think it's antiquated at all.
I think the performance of the community speaks to the fact you know we're taking people from that crucible from that selection process, putting them into the community and the results from the community speak for themselves.
And they have for decades since the sixties, when the seal teams were first created and before then the unity.
So I don't think it's antiquated.
Um, how to describe it?
Or how do you know?
How is it for me?
It sucked blood sucks for everybody.
The best advice that I got when I was going through buds was stopped thinking about this from a perspective of a six month training program.
Instead of saying, Hey, I'm on Day two and I have 178 days more to go, which is a recipe for absolute failure in that program, because you will become overwhelmed between where you are and where you want to be.
That gap in between is all you'll be able to see.
So device I was given is, you know, don't even keep track of the days.
Just try to make it to sunrise or sunset every day.
Your goal when the sun comes up is to see the sun go down, and if you want to quit, make that decision after the sun goes down and I stopped keeping track of the days and eventually one day becomes two and two becomes three and five becomes 20.
And then your 180.
And the next thing you know, you're standing on a graduation podium and you can apply that in hell.
Week is well, people think that, you know it's the same.
The same problem that students have.
It starts on a Sunday and it ends on a Friday, and they can only think about how cold they could be or how tired or how hungry or how exhausted they are.
And it's Monday.
How could I possibly survive until Friday?
And the advice I give people and the advice that was given to me and it was powerful in training was don't even worry about what day it is.
Just try to make it to your next meal, because they have to feed you in that week every six hours.
So you chunk it, you chunk it into something that is digestible, and if that doesn't work, chunk it deeper.
Go every three.
If that doesn't work, junket deeper and just make it through the evolution that you are currently participating in, and then don't worry about what's next.
Worry about what's next when what's next comes and it it makes it very digestible.
So it was difficult.
But there's ways that you can mentally approach it that will set you up for success.
And the best way that I would describe it to somebody who has no understanding of what it is is that it's, uh it's a selection course it really is.
It's of course that is designed around mental toughness and some physical requirements that you have to be able tohave.
And the truth is, is that any one day of buds is not that hard.
Any person I really do believe that just about anybody could make it through one day of buds.
What makes buds hard is that there's 180 of those days that air stacked back to back to back to back.
So I describe it as maybe a 220 grit sandpaper, and one day I have you come in the morning and I say, Hey, take this piece of sand paper and just go across your knuckles with it.
One time people be like, OK, it's not really comfortable, but I'll do it now.
Come back 179 days.
Day two, it's gonna feel less good.
Day three is gonna feel less good and the number of people who would be willing to do that 180 days in a row.
It's gonna be somewhere between 25% to 15% on graduation day.
And the hell week is the one we see on TV at the end.
Those five days of wet, cold, everything when I went through that was the fifth week of the first phase of training.
First phase is 10 weeks long, so it's right in the middle, and then you still have two additional phases.
So it's actually very early on in training.
Okay, right and then.
But there's still really hard days and evolutions and things.
You gotta pass an uncomfortable stuff, but it's not that cold, wet, staying up all night.
That's the Hell week stuff.
Hell week is the longest duration where you're going to be awake and cold.
But again, they tell you this in training, you'll be far more cold, tired, hungry in the seal teams than you ever will be in that training environment, and it's true, then farm or cold on real life operations, far more tired, far more hungry, farm or thirsty farm or just over it in real world situations than I ever was in training way.