There’s always that one friend who is willing to be the first off the bungee jump or has gone skydiving, but Air Force Tech Sgt. Ryan Reese said he’s looking for a person with brains to join the Air Force’s six special operations teams.
Reese is the first to admit, the washout rate is high. He tells his recruits before they go to Basic Military Training it’s not for everyone.
“We never know 100 percent. I’ve seen some meat-eaters totally fail out,” Reese said. “They were the kind of guys who push to the limit, but you have to have the mental stamina to never quit.”
Those special individuals don’t walk into the recruiting office every day. Reese said the most successful are the athletes, more specifically, swimmers, cross country runners, sometimes wrestlers, and Emergency Medical Technicians and lifeguards. The college-aged people who are physical specimens that break the mold of what athletes can do.