January 01, 2008
The primary objective of this CrossFit Journal series of articles on pre-SOF (Special Operations Forces) training is to provide every CrossFit affiliate a model for running high-quality, well-rounded training for individuals committed to SOF-level fitness, not only in the U.S. and Canada but around the globe. Last month's article introduced U.S. Tactical's program for developing pipeline-ready candidates for USSOCOM (United States Special Operations Command) by fusing CrossFit principles with specific SOF-related mental and physical training elements. U.S. Tactical's training program is divided into two main blocks, "Selection" and "Preparation." In this issue, we'll take an in-depth look at the first phase of Selection, known as "Indoctrination."
Selection: Laying the foundation
After experimenting with a number of different models, we found that the best overall scenario for providing specialized pre-SOF training while also running a busy CrossFit program was to schedule the training for a single two-hour block, once a week. At U.S. Tactical CrossFit, we use Friday afternoons from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. to allow high school and college students with regular schedules to participate.
Robert Ord is the Director of Training at the U.S. Tactical CrossFit Training Center in Encinitas, California, where he oversees all CrossFit training at the center as well as the online training and mentoring provided by NavySEALs.com. Initially trained by the Navy as a corpsman and deep sea diver, Rob chose the path of Special Operations by volunteering for duty with SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team One, where he worked as a diving medical technician in numerous platoons and other capacities. He is still a member of the Naval Reserves at the Naval Special Warfare Command but has also had the opportunity to work with the Special Boat Teams, Explosive Ordinance Disposal Detachments, Marine Corps Units, and Deep Sea Diving Commands. He worked as a consultant and contractor with the Navy in its efforts to find and effectively prepare future SEALs, Special Warfare combat crewmen, explosive ordnance disposal technicians, and Navy divers before devoting his full time to the U.S. Tactical CrossFit Training Center.