Alright brothers...here is the bottom line...and I type this knowing that my fellow operators will have some input, and I'll add that input when received.
Life is hard...if you want to serve your country as a PJ or CCT or CRO or STO get ready to be tested everyday of your life...it NEVER stops...and that's a good thing.
You'll work on your own. You will work with SEALs and SF and other "JSOC" entities that don't care about your background or training...they care about the mission and what you contribute to that mission...and the Air Force only wants to know that you're trained...they EXPECT that you're trained...so be trained.
It's hard, it sucks...my whole career has been about sucking it up, proving myself, and doing proud by ST...although you probably won't make it...don't be discouraged...you tried, and that speaks volumes...but if you want to make it...be prepared to suck it up.
If you fail...drive on...if not, welcome to the suck.
You see...the guys that make it love to be tested...love the suck...love that they cannot get ahead...love that their life involves tests...always...be prepared...even Indoc, or Orientation, or AST or the pipeline won't prepare you...it's just a start for "better" things to come...and the men we want absolutely LOVE to be tested...get used to it...always...and the guys that have come before you have paved the way...don't forget them.
One must remember that ST related jobs require more...they require dedication, discipline, and I don't give a fat rat's ***** if you get out of shape in "Basic" drive on and do it, without excuses. Christ I hate when you I see posts about BMT and getting out of shape...the men we want will ALWAYS overcome little obstacles...so quit complaining...I tested back in 1984 with cals, run, and a mile swim
...and I couldn't swim
...I had NO CLUE what I was getting into...but I prevailed...I've got a nice cup of "Shut the F@#K up" for you...enjoy.
Tests...always...you'll be working with the elite...so be elite...be better...thats all we have...being better than those we work with...you'll have to prove yourself over and over and over...get used to it.
You have the chance to be among the absolute best in the Air Force...what is that worth? What must one do to attain that honor? It's simple...make it...bottom line. Know what you want...if you want to save lives as a rescue specialist and be a paramedic and work with SOF, become a PJ...if you want to do ATC, and call in air strikes, become a CCT...it's pretty cut and dry...have the balls to make a decision.
Our legacy is forged by greater men than ourselves...and we owe it to them to continue that legacy. Remember your history...remember the lessons learned...don't make the same mistakes.
I'll add to this post and I hope you wannabe's read this...because it's important...PJ/CCT/CRO/STO are the absolute best in the Air Force...and we owe it to the Air Force to make sure the absolute best make it...so good luck, drive on...do what it takes...and make it...I did...and years from now...when I'm old and retired...when I'm a fat little man looking back on my career...a few words will say it all..."I was a PJ"...and my friends and other generations will understand, and the elite will understand, and true men will understand...I hope you do too...you have a chance to do what most men dare not dream of...and what it takes is guts...thats all...ask yourself, do you have the guts to make it?
Good luck wannabe's...