Am I missing anything of significance by not being part of your VIP group?

The facebook group is definitely a great resource.  Some weeks are more active than others, but typically people go into the group to try and find training partners in their area or give each other advice about what helps them individually improve on certain exercises or workouts.  Sometimes they have info from their friends that are going through selection, or new info from recruiters... it all kind of just depends. You should be able to accomplish the workouts on your own, but if you ever need outside input or have questions about the whole process of becoming a PJ, it's a good place to hear other people's perspectives.  Not everyone in that group will go on to make it as a PJ, but you can safely say that there are definitely people on there you could potentially be working with in the future. So if you ever want to make a profile and check in from time to time, that's fine too.

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I have a long way to go with my swimming techniques, should I keep going with the program even though I'm not able to complete the swimming portion of the workouts?

Absolutely, if swimming is your weak area then you should definitely work on it more. My private facebook group for clients is a really great resource for help too. There is a lot of great swimming advice on there. You could read the book Total Immersion or even hire a swim coach. It's just important to try and get all the distances in.

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I am a girl. What do you think my chances are of being a PJ? How should I prepare?

So far, there have been a couple of women who have tried but the furthest any have made it was day 2 of training. Biggest things are upper body strength and weight-bearing activities such as buddy carries and rucking. In order to prepare, I would recommend a stepwise approach to ensure you can attain the standards required. You can look at the old Indoc grad standards as a reference and reverse plan from that. Or you can check out my workout plans as well.

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Is there a certain amount of pull ups I should be able to do before starting the program?

There is not a specific requirement, some people start not being able to do any and use a resistance band in order to attain the numbers they need. Most will repeat the program as they progress and are able to do substantially more pull ups the second go around. Just realize there will be some extra work you need to do in order to

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What are the similarities and differences between assessments, diagnostics, and treatment in a combat scenario versus a civilian scenario?

The biggest differences between combat and civilian is that our first job is to eliminate the threat then treat. Additionally, you only have the med equipment that you carry on your back so you need to get creative and be decisive in what you really need to bring with you.

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I am thinking about joining the National Guard so I can get some experience, stay in shape and finish my schooling. Then go PJ. Which MOS should I choose?

I would really recommend not going in the Army in general and just go straight in for PJ if that is what you ultimately want to do. The reason I say this is because there really is not a career field you can go into that is going to make you more prepared, PJs need to be good at all of that stuff including the medical and "ground pounder" aspects of the job. Additionally, you can still attend classes or just do online classes while you are in the Air Force. The biggest advantage you will gain from being in the Army is an appreciation for the Air Force to be honest.   

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For the workouts, is it all supposed to be accomplished all at once in the same setting, or is it okay to break it up?

You can break it up if you need to.  That's not a big deal, just make sure you get it all in. I have many clients who work full time or work 18 hours a day, or 24hr shifts and they break up their workouts too. You have to find a way to make it work with your schedule.

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I’ve realized that I can do something for an extended time and not quit but it just might take me forever.  But when it comes to timed things I almost break. Any inputs?

The biggest thing to remember is that you are not working under the circumstances that you will when you get to selection. You don't have the pressure when you are out at the gym by yourself. If you are finishing the workouts then you are way ahead of your peers, I guarantee it. This is where I cannot completely replicate the feeling of being at selection for you. Keep it up and finish the workouts and you will be just fine. If you can find a workout partner, healthy competition will keep you on your toes as well.

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What should my training for the week leading up to the PAST test look like?

Keep on working out until 3 days out. On the 3rd day out you should do 75 percent of what your workout is, on the 2nd day 50 percent and the day before you should really just stretch and practice form in the mirror. Obviously, make sure you are hydrating with electrolytes as much as you can and take some amino acids to make sure you don’t cramp on test day. Lastly, make sure you are stretching and foam rolling every day and wake up with enough time to eat a full breakfast 1 hr before your test.

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I work 24 hours on, 48 hours off, there’s no access to a pool and only limited running opportunity, no treadmill, just some free weights and a barbell. Is it doable?

The biggest thing you will need is a pull-up bar of some sort to use at your station. Most of the workouts can be done with limited equipment. Also with the pool situation, I would recommend just doing the swim right before your shift and again after your shift, and a land workout in the middle of your shift. As long as you space it out like that and do all the reps/miles you will be good to go!

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With harassment, dirty breaths, water down your throat through your nose any advice on how to avoid getting an infection in your lungs?

The only thing you can do to avoid infection is to eat properly, and maybe supplement vitamin c to boost your immunity. Technique wise I always recommend placing the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth to act as a kind of splashguard when you are breathing through the snorkel on buddy breathing.

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