George Hand recounts his experiences during an 18-month global training cycle with the Delta Force, detailing rigorous physical training, extreme weather conditions, and diverse operational challenges. The narrative spans from cold weather training in Vermont to high-speed driving courses in Arizona and a rough-country trek in Jordan. Hand reflects on the physical and mental demands of these diverse training environments, emphasizing the adaptability and resilience required in the Delta Force.
- Rigorous Physical Training: The training cycle began with intense personal physical training routines, including running and ruck marches, reflecting the high physical demands placed on Delta Force members.
- Diverse Training Environments: The training included a variety of challenging environments, from sub-zero temperatures in Vermont, where they practiced cold weather operations, to the jungles of British and French Guyana for live-fire weapons drills and helicopter operations.
- Transport and Logistics Challenges: Hand highlights the logistical aspects of training, such as driving tractor/trailers to transport heavy gear and the nuances of integrating into different societal roles, like becoming a truck driver.
- High-Stakes Operations and Injuries: The training involved high-risk situations, leading to incidents like a broken leg and damaged equipment, illustrating the real dangers present even in training scenarios.
- Continuous Training Cycles: The conclusion of the 18-month training cycle immediately led to the beginning of the next, underscoring the relentless and ongoing nature of training in the Delta Force, aimed at maintaining peak readiness and skills.