I was at the PX grabbing some shit I don’t need when I ran into some buddies who work for another contractor. This particular contractor is somewhat known for “warm body recruiting”. We all sat down over a lukewarm coffee when a couple of their less than high-speed coworkers sat down.
Of what is a tradition in contracting, everyone did the usual dick-measuring contest where guys start asking each other about their backgrounds. I sat back and waited for the standard responses that usually vary from “I was in the Army” to “I rescued white women from dragons back when I was in a SCUBA K9 unit” to my response of “just contracting bro” [that always receives the most bewildering looks].
That is when one of the guys came out with one of my favorite cockamamie lines: The “I went through BUDS/SF Selection but I had to drop out because of an “injury” line. I swear I have heard that one at least 100 times over my lengthy Contracting and EP career.
By my count [and according to these guys] no one has ever quit SF Selection or Rang the Bell at BUDS because they couldn’t hack it in the entire history of Special Operations – like ever.
This BS story is usually followed by the “but they were still impressed by my performance and said I could try out again, and even let me hang out with them after, but I decided to get out instead”.
Yep – I guess that a career in the worlds most elite Special Forces Units just couldn’t compete with a year of unemployment, a job at Home Depot, then working for one of the lowest paying contractors in Iraq.
Hey – if you rang the bell at BUDS or didn’t make it through SF selection just say so, or omit that part of your military career from future conversations. Seriously, no one is impressed that you did not make it.
And when you then try to play it off like you didn’t cop-out and ring the bell with eyes full of tears while the instructors were calling you a pussy, well, that just makes you look like more of a douchebag.
And the worst part about these Bell Ringers is they constantly start sentences with: “when I was in BUDS/SF Selection” or “In SF training we…” like they actually made it through. Hey news flash – you did not earn the right to refer to SF and SEAL units like you were actually a member nor is anyone impressed that you failed.
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James G is a Veteran Civilian Contractor who has worked in the Middle East and Southeast Asia for way too long; he has traveled to over 50 countries chasing fortune and glory. He spends his off time in Indonesia and Virginia getting drunk, shooting guns, writing poorly written articles and Calling People Out on Their BS. James G. on FACEBOOK