Ones Ready

By Brian Silva

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A team of active duty Combat Control (CCT), Pararescue (PJ), and Special Reconnaissance (SR) leveraging our 70+ years of special operations experience to make the next generation of operators smarter, faster and stronger than we ever were. We are the PREMIERE resource for all things Air Force Special Warfare. The Ones Ready Podcast is honest talk about what it is like to go from a know-nothing high school graduate to an elite Special Operator. We will cover important practices for success including physical training, nutrition, recovery, and mindset traits essential to any team. Join us in The Team Room to get all your questions answered!! With battle-tested operators from across USAF SPECWAR and far-reaching web of recruiters, subject matter experts, and friends, there are no questions we can’t answer- and if we can’t, we know exactly where to look. See you in The Team Room!Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the OnesReady team are those of the team and do not reflect the official policy or position of the DoD. Any content provided by our Podcast guests, bloggers, sponsors, or authors are of their opinion and are not intended to malign the DoD, any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual, or anyone.

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CEO of Eberlestock: Glen Eberle
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This week in the Ones Ready Team Room we sit down with one of the original friends of the Ones Ready podcast, the founder and CEO of Eberlestock, Glen Eberle.  Glen has a colorful career and has accomplished a lot in his time on this planet.  He went to the 1984 Olympics to compete in Biathlons.  After learning some hard lessons with heavy rifles while on skis, he began designing custom rifle stocks.  From there he continued with rifle stocks, but also entered into the US Air Force as an F-4 pilot.  After the F-4 was retired, Glen moved onto fly the A-10 in Boise, ID.  After retiring from the USAF he became an airline pilot before becoming the full time CEO of Eberlestock.  Please enjoy the episode and give us your feedback. If you liked it and feel so inclined, please leave us a review.  If we didn’t answer your questions, please let us know, and thank you for your support!

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Need the show notes? onesready.com/episode/46
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Oct 17, 2020
S.E.R.E. Specialist: Tiffany Hart
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This week in the Ones Ready Team Room we sit down with a S.E.R.E. Specialist who is widely known across AFSW community, Instagram, and the podcast world, Tiffany Hart. Tiffany entered the USAF in 2007 after being recruited using a duty trifold pamphlet.  She then went on to lead Airmen through survival, escape, resistance, and evasion training at Fairchild AFB, WA before moving on to being a test parachute jumper.  Now Tiffany is in the USAF Reserves and continues to serve as a SERE Specialist.  Her primary job now though is running American Hart clothing company and is one of two personalities on the Drinkinbroettes which is a very successful podcast. Please enjoy the episode and give us your feedback. If you liked it and feel so inclined, please leave us a review.  If we didn’t answer your questions, please let us know, and thank you for your support!

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Oct 10, 2020
How to join AF SPECWAR
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This week in the Ones Ready Team Room we sit down with the TSgt Cameron Spencer who is the part of the 330th Recruiting Squadron.  He is the Special Operations Recruiter (SOR) for the greater Tampa area in Florida.  Almost a month ago now we asked you what burning questions you had for a SOR.  During this two-minute drill construct we tried to get to as many of those questions as possible while giving you detailed information.  We cover drug use, vision, preparation, mental toughness, and even two more books for you to add to your reading list.  Please enjoy the episode and give us your feedback. If you liked it and feel so inclined, please leave us a review.  If we didn’t answer your questions, please let us know, and thank you for your support!

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Oct 03, 2020
Tyler "Melee" Minton
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This week in the Ones Ready Team Room we have a long time friend and supporter of the podcast, professional MMA fighter, nutritionalist, and chef, Tyler "Melee" Minton.  Tyler has an extensive background in the MMA world as he was once a professional fighter, but more so has been sought after from top MMA fighters to help them eat correctly and fuel themselves properly for their fight camps.  Tyler gives some of his top tips and dispels some of the misconceptions revolving around nutrition and some of the fad diets that exist.  Please enjoy the episode and give us your feedback. If you liked it and feel so inclined, please leave us a review.  If we didn’t answer your questions, please let us know, and thank you for your support!

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Sep 26, 2020
24 Special Operations Wing Commander - Col Matt Allen
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Get ready for this one because on this week's episode of the Ones Ready podcast we get the chance to gain some insight into the 24 Special Operations Wing Commander's leadership perspective.  Col Matt Allen is the 24 SOW Commander and is a Special Tactics Officer by trade.  His command spans over 50 Air Force Specialty Codes and he has over 20 years of experience.  His career started in the USAF Academy, through the old INDOC pipeline, then to earn his beret and then begin leading a team.  After some team time we went on to other leadership and professional development opportunities which has landed him where he is today.  He's a great human being and a great friend of Ones Ready.  Please enjoy the episode and give us your feedback. If you liked it and feel so inclined, please leave us a review.  If we didn’t answer your questions, please let us know, and thank you for your support!

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Sep 19, 2020
AFSPECWAR Recruiting Changes
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On this week's episode of the Ones Ready podcast we sit down with retired MSgt Rick "Bull" Bullard who was instrumental is the establishment of the 330th Recruiting Squadron which is responsible for all Special Operations Recruiters and their development. Bull talks about where Special Operations recruiting was at only a few short years ago to where they are at now, standing up the 330th RCS, Special Operations Recruiters, and Developers for all new AFSW recruits to utilize.  Please enjoy the episode and give us your feedback. If you liked it and feel so inclined, please leave us a review.  If we didn’t answer your questions, please let us know, and thank you for your support!

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Sep 05, 2020
Motivation Through Adversity, what got us through selection
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On this week's episode of the Ones Ready podcast we discuss motivation and what gets us going.  Everyone is different and that includes each of the Ones Ready team.  Some of us are motivated by pride, others by ensuring they don't let their family and friends down, while others just want to win at all costs.  We also let you in on a little secret...we are not always motivated to train.  But we do go into how to beat that lack of motivation and we hope this helps all of you in your journey to better yourselves and know that you're not alone when it comes to motivation.  Please enjoy the episode and give us your feedback. If you liked it and feel so inclined, please leave us a review.  If we didn’t answer your questions, please let us know, and thank you for your support!

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Aug 29, 2020
USAF Combat Control
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On this week's episode of the Ones Ready podcast we sit down with a seasoned Combat Controller SMSgt Renaldo Miller who provides sage advice to aspiring AFSPECWAR recruits.  Renaldo goes through his highs and lows his career and how he went from not being able to swim to loving SCUBA diving.  He did all of this while stiff-arming advice from people!  He's spent most of his career as a qualified JTAC and is now doing his staff duty tour at USSOCOM HQ in Tampa, FL.  Please enjoy the episode and give us your feedback. If you liked it and feel so inclined, please leave us a review.  If we didn’t answer your questions, please let us know, and thank you for your support!

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Aug 22, 2020
TBI, PTSD, & Mental Resilience in AFSPECWAR with Dr. Kate Pate
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On this week's episode of the Ones Ready podcast we discuss the difficult, but important topic of mental health related to traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with Dr. Kate Pate.  Dr. Pate is Neuroscientist, Combat Trauma Medical Researcher, CEO and co-founder of Coruna Medical, and overall badass person.  Dr. Pate and the team cover a wide range of topics from general mental health to what people with TBIs deal with, and even suicide.  The team realizes that this may not be the most exciting of topics to discuss since not everyone deals with TBIs, but all of us deal with mental health in some capacity whether it's our own or the health of our friends and family.  Please enjoy the episode and give us your feedback. If you liked it and feel so inclined, please leave us a review.  If we didn’t answer your questions, please let us know, and thank you for your support!

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Aug 15, 2020
USAF Special Warfare: Misconceptions
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In the team room this week on the Ones Ready podcast the guys discuss some of the misconceptions they had prior to joining as well as some misconceptions that come from questions about AFSPECWAR.  Most people think that every day SOF is out kicking in doors, jumping from planes, riding dirt bikes, and blowing shit up!  Although these things happen often, they are not happening every day.  There are days where required military training has to occur or medical appointments.  In order to train effectively, the training must be planned well to figure out the logistics required to accomplish said training.  This training can't be planned well when all you're doing is cool guy shit!  Please enjoy the episode and give us your feedback. If you liked it and feel so inclined, please leave us a review.  If we didn’t answer your questions, please let us know, and thank you for your support!

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Aug 08, 2020
Command Chief Jeff Guilmain
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This week's Ones Ready episode's guest is the 24 Special Operations Wing Senior Enlisted Leader, Command Chief Jeff Guilmain.  Chief Guilmain is a 30 year service member who spent his first enlistment in the USMC with Force Recon.  Then he transitioned to AF Special Warfare in Combat Controller.  Chief Guilmain has had a fire career in CCT which has taken him all the way to being the Special Tactics Senior Enlisted Leader.  You've never seen a reading list like Chief Guilmain's which he shares with you and you can find on onesready.com.  Overall Chief Guilmain' service and leadership has been appreciated throughout our careers and we are honored to have him on the podcast.  Please enjoy the episode and give us your feedback. If you liked it and feel so inclined, please leave us a review.  If we didn’t answer your questions, please let us know, and thank you for your support!

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Aug 01, 2020
How to get selected for SPECWAR
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Switch your brain to receive mode because on this week's episode we have CCT legend Mr. Trey Free with the Ones Ready team to discuss Assessment and Selection for the 724 STG.  We discuss the methodology behind the things that are done at their Assessment and Selection and how you can best prepare.  They're looking for a wide range of people with many different traits, but the most common traits are critical thinkers, problem solvers, and hungry individuals who will stop at nothing to ensure the mission is successful.  This is an episode you'll listen to several times and get something new out of it with each listen/view.  Please enjoy the episode and give us your feedback. If you liked it and feel so inclined, please leave us a review.  If we didn’t answer your questions, please let us know, and thank you for your support!

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Jul 25, 2020
USAF EOD- Explosive Ordnance Disposal
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You've been asking for it for a while now and we have finally listened to you!  SSgt Brayden Kerr is our first USAF EOD Technician on the Ones Ready podcast.  Brayden covers what aspiring USAF EOD techs can do to prepare and what to expect when you start the journey.  He also discusses some of the cool equipment used by EOD and the specialty training they receive.  Did you every want to know what the difference between the service's EOD techs are?  Brayden covers that and more during this week's episode!  Please enjoy the episode and give us your feedback. If you liked it and feel so inclined, please leave us a review.  If we didn’t answer your questions, please let us know, and thank you for your support!

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Jul 18, 2020
AF SpecOps Misadventures & Mischief Part 1
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Gather around the camp fire kids, it's story time!  This week the Ones Ready team tells a story from each of their own experiences.  Some are funny, one is an impressive feat of mission planning and execution, one covers some challenges in Afghanistan, and one is about a tragic car crash.  This is our first attempt at telling some of these stories and we'll look to make more of these...assuming people want to hear it!  Please enjoy the episode and give us your feedback. If you liked it and feel so inclined, please leave us a review.  If we didn’t answer your questions, please let us know, and thank you for your support!

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Jul 11, 2020
SERE: Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape
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This week the Ones Ready team is bringing a Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) Specialist.  Justin joins us to speak about his 13 year career as a SERE Specialist in the United States Air Force.  Justin talks about his experiences during his first assignment as an instructor at Fairchild AFB, WA and then some of his follow-on assignments along with deployments sprinkled in. Finally he'll give some advice on what to expect as a SERE Specialist and what they're looking for in their future candidates. Please enjoy the episode and give us your feedback. If you liked it and feel so inclined, please leave us a review.  If we didn’t answer your questions, please let us know, and thank you for your support!

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Jul 04, 2020
AF SPECWAR FAQs
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On this week's episode the Ones Ready team addresses some of the frequently asked questions that we receive weekly.  We covered some of the major questions we are asked, but there are many more!  We will knock out another FAQ episode in the near future, but we felt it was important to get this out there and easy to digest.  Ones Ready covers the issues of age, freestyle vs combat side stroke, combat, PRK/LASIK, Special Operations Recruiters and much more!  Please enjoy the episode and give us your feedback. If you liked it and feel so inclined, please leave us a review.  If we didn’t answer your questions, please let us know, and thank you for your support!

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Jun 27, 2020
Interview with former A&S Cadre, Gavin Fisher
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On this week's episode the Ones Ready team sits down with Gavin Fisher.  Gavin Fisher is a Pararescueman that was Active Duty for several assignments and then decided to transition to a Rescue Unit in the USAF Reserves in Florida.  He spent time training and deploying at his first unit and Las Vegas and then was identified to go teach and pass on his knowledge to aspiring PJs, CCTs, and SR dudes.  Gavin provided some good insight from what he experiences from an instructor stand point at A&S.  He'll also discuss what his Active Duty to Reserve transition was like and the two different options; Palace Front and Palace Chase. Please enjoy the episode and give us your feedback. If you liked it and feel so inclined, please leave us a review.  If we didn’t answer your questions, please let us know, and thank you for your support!

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Jun 20, 2020
Life After Air Force Special Tactics With 1LT Jon Courtright
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The Ones Ready team sits down with a newly graduated Physician Assistant (PA), Jon Courtright.  John was enlisted in the US Air Force after spending some time in Japan to become a PJ.  He was a PJ for many years and even served at one of the special mission units where many of our Special Warfare team members go.  After being at that unit for nine years, John decided to try his hand at being a PA.  Just a few weeks ago he graduated and is on his way to his next assignment and the brand new chapter in his professional and personal life.  Please enjoy the episode and give us your feedback. If you liked it and feel so inclined, please leave us a review.  If we didn’t answer your questions, please let us know, and thank you for your support!

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Jun 13, 2020
Interview With Superintendent Of AFSPECWAR Assessment and Selection
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If you've ever wondered what it would be like to sit down with the person in charge of running the Department of Defense school with one of the highest attrition rates, the Ones Ready team just did!  The Superintendent of A&S for USAF Special Warfare took some time to deep dive into some of the frequently asked questions from those of you out there in the listening.  The Superintendent didn't have much time, but we covered a lot of information, so try to keep up!  This interview is something that has been highly sought after and we hope it delivers for you.  Please enjoy this episode and give us your feedback. If we didn’t answer your questions, please let us know!

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Jun 06, 2020
Mental Health In USAF Special Warfare
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Welp, things got a little bit interesting on this episode of the Ones Ready podcast.  We dive right into the mental health topic and how it has impacted each one of us and our teammates.  We look at each of our own different methods of dealing with mental health and what programs exist to help members when they are struggling.  Whether you fancy yourself a badass or you've struggled with mental illness your entire life, this episode will help.  Mental health is a real thing and it's something the US and the world will need to get better at addressing as we continue to learn more about it. Please enjoy this episode and give us your feedback. If we didn’t answer your questions, please let us know!

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May 30, 2020
Family in Air Force Special Warfare: Is it Possible?
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In this week's episode the Ones Ready team will discuss some of the frequently asked questions from aspiring Special Warfare candidates.  We discuss the first time you'll be able to see your family after graduating Basic Military Training (BMT) and how many days you can expect to be away from your family once you're operational.  With all these days gone, how do we keep people from getting burnt out?  We discuss this too!  Thanks to programs like the POTFF, resources are available to you and your family to help support you in great times and difficult times.  Finally we touch on overseas assignments with kids and what it is realistically like having a family while being in Special Warfare.  Please enjoy this episode and give us your feedback. If we didn’t answer your questions, please let us know!

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May 23, 2020
Becoming A Combat Rescue Officer
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Buckle up ladies and gentlemen because this episode of the Ones Ready podcast is a doozy!  Capt Jon "JMac" MacKenzie is a USAF Special Warfare Combat Rescue Officer or CRO for short.  JMac was prior enlisted as a USAF Crew Chief where he worked on C-130s, but then crosstrained to be an enlisted PJ.  After doing the PJ mission for 10+ years he was compelled to take the officer route which landed him as a CRO.  JMac covers a bunch of different topics, like failures, why he made the move he did, a lot on Phase II, and deployments.  He's a bundle of energy that cannot and will not be contained.  He's a good friend of ours and will help to stir you in the right direction for your path to be a CRO, AFSPECWAR, or the SOF Community as a whole.  Please enjoy this episode and give us your feedback. If we didn’t answer your questions, please let us know!

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May 16, 2020
Becoming A Special Tactics Officer
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On this week's episode of the Ones Ready podcast, Aaron sits down with Lt. "Wink" Winkeleer who is a Special Tactics Officer who recently transitioned from being an enlisted Combat Controller.  They discuss the differences between the roles of enlisted and officers as well as what growing pains Wink had during his transition and his views on the Air Force Special Warfare going forward.  They also discuss the recent changes to the officer AFSCs within Special Warfare (19Z series AFSCs).  There is some story time thrown in from Wink's experiences when he was in Okinawa, Japan and the humanitarian aid and relief efforts in Puerto Rico post Hurricane Irma and Maria.  Wink is absolutely a pipe hitter and we feel privileged to have him on.  Please enjoy this episode and give us your feedback. If we didn’t answer your questions, please let us know!

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May 09, 2020
Why USAF Special Warfare?
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On this week's episode of the Ones Ready podcast, the team will discuss what initially drew them to the US Air Force Special Warfare and provide a bit of background information into who and what influenced them to join.  Interesting enough you'll find out that maybe the Ones Ready team wasn't a bunch of hard charging military wannabe's.  Some came from large military families where as others were the first to venture into the military.  Many of you may be going through some similar experiences that we did when we were training for the pipeline and had the same discussions with family and friends.  Please enjoy this episode and give us your feedback. If we didn’t answer your questions, please let us know!

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May 02, 2020
Lessons from ALO/TACP Selection
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On this week's episode of the Ones Ready podcast, we sit down with Amanda who is an active duty Major in the US Air Force.  She's been in Force Support the majority of her career which she will explain what Force Support is during the episode.  After a few years in though, she had the chance to become one of the first TACP females after combat related jobs opened up to women.  As a seasoned officer and physical specimen, she was a force to be reckoned with.  She'll go through some of her challenges that she faced during assessment and selection, some of her favorite and not so favorite parts of the pipeline, and also how she ultimately was not able to pass due to a land navigation error.  This was a fun episode to record and gives some good insight and perspective to consider when you're considering joining Special Warfare.  Please enjoy this episode and give us your feedback. If we didn’t answer your questions, please let us know!

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Apr 25, 2020
TACPs Explain Pros and Cons of the Air National Guard
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On this week's episode of the Ones Ready podcast, we sit down with Ben and Cody who are Air National Guard TACPs and discuss what some of the differences are between USAF Active Duty and Air National Guard.  We go into detail about the transition from Active Duty to Air National Guard, how someone can go straight into the Guard if desired, and what daily life is like as a Guard member.  Though this is focused on TACPs, much of the Air National Guard nuances translate directly over to the Guard Special Tactics Squadrons.  Each until in the Air National Guard handles their recruitment process differently in both the Special Tactics Squadron and Air Support Operations Squadron realms.  Please enjoy this episode and give us your feedback. If we didn’t answer your questions, please let us know!

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Apr 18, 2020
Failure at Special Warfare Selection
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On this week's episode of the Ones Ready podcast, we talk about what failing means to us.  We have all failed in the past and really continue to fail on a daily basis (just being real with you).  We'll discuss what we mean by failing forward, failing fast and how to deal with some failures in your life. We also talk about some of our personal failures and talk about how focusing on your failures could cause you to fail over and over.  Funny enough we also discuss how one of our teammates from our time in the UK failed by jumping, focusing on a cow, hitting said cow, having said cow poop on him, and then being dragged through more poop.  It's a good little story!  Please enjoy this episode and give us your feedback. If we didn’t answer your questions, please let us know!

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Apr 11, 2020
USAF SPECIAL RECON INTERVIEW 1Z4X1
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On this week's episode of the Ones Ready podcast, we sit down with one of the men that is leading the way forward for Special Warfare's Special Reconnaissance (SR), Garrick Lewis.  He has been in the military for over 20 years and is a prior service Army Forward Observer, then transitioned to be a Special Operations Weather Team (SOWT) member.  Now the transition for SOWT to SR is nearing completion, Garrick is diligently working towards ensuring SR steps off on the right foot to fill in the capability gaps that exist.  Please enjoy this episode and give us your feedback. If we didn’t answer your questions, please let us know!

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Mar 28, 2020
Combat Controller to Mix Martial Arts Fighter
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On this week's episode of the Ones Ready podcast, we have up and coming professional mixed martial arts fighter and prior USAF Combat Controller, Connor "Bad News" Matthews.  Connor was a Combat Controller from 2013 thru 2019 and has been kicking ass and taking names since he was a child.  He talks about the required mentality required to fight versus being a SOF operator.  Both require some serious grit and intestinal fortitude that is second to none.  We discuss the 80%/20% rule while in the pipeline and how much we love this community of ours.  We wrap up with a quick lightening round of questions and answers to close us out.  Please enjoy this episode and give us your feedback. If we didn’t answer your questions, please let us know!

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Mar 21, 2020
Special Tactics Extreme Cave Rescue
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Everyone is going to want to buckle up for this rollercoaster of an episode where the Ones Ready team and  “OB” discuss how the Thai Cave Rescue transpired.  These teams from numerous countries were able to work together against all odds (a continuously flooding cave, hungry and scared kids, cold water, an enormous cave network, shall I continue???).  There are some real nailbiters in this episode and you can see it in the faces of the Ones Ready team as OB explains what happened.  Everyone involved in this rescue did an outstanding job and is the reason that soccer team is alive today.  This type of high-level problem solving is exactly what Special Warfare is looking for and if this is the type of person you are, then you need to join us!  Please enjoy this episode and give us your feedback. If we didn’t answer your questions, please let us know!

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Mar 14, 2020
Unconventional Surgery, USAF SOST
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The U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command has a unique set of skills.  Skills that make saving lives easy for someone like them.  They're called the Special Tactics Special Operations Surgical Team or SOST for short.  The Ones Ready team spoke to two of these SOST pipe hitters about what it takes to be SOST and the type of person they're looking for.  Their ability and willingness to push to forward locations with SOF teams make them uniquely qualified to save lives in less than perfect situations.  SOST also shoot, move, and communicate as part of the SOF core skillset that has come to be expected of every SOF element in the inventory.  A solid section of questions from Ones Ready followers with answers to your questions.  Please enjoy this episode and give us your feedback. If we didn’t answer your questions, please let us know!

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Mar 07, 2020
How To Become The Optimal SW Candidate
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The Ones Ready team is going to dive into some of the more common questions we get to help you out!  Some of these questions include "should I go to college first and then join?" or "what sports should I be doing in high school to help me prepare?" and many more.  You are not the only one with these questions and we recognize that!  This is why we made this episode specifically because everyone's situation is different and it's possible that the best way to prepare for entering the pipeline is not how you expect it to be.  We recommend you live your life and enjoy yourself. Shockingly Aaron suggests you go get into some "low-level trouble"!!!  What's that all about?  Please enjoy this episode and give us your feedback. If we didn’t answer your questions, please let us know!

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Feb 29, 2020
Officer and Enlisted Relationship
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On this episode, the Ones Ready team will discuss some of the differences between officers and enlisted within Special Warfare.  We’ll discuss how we see the roles of an officer and an enlisted member differ when thinking about who is “in charge” and who is “in command” because there is a difference.  Some of the good characteristics of officers will be covered as well as some of the less desirable traits.  More importantly though, we discuss how an officer and enlisted member should conduct business with each other and how they can be successful while in A&S, the pipeline, on team, or even as a command leadership team. Please enjoy this episode and give us your feedback. If we didn’t answer your questions, please let us know!

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Feb 22, 2020
USAF SOF TACP Questions Answered!
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Every once in a while living legends will step in your life and function at such a high-level that they unwillingly embarrass you.  Roomba is that person in the TACP career field.  Roomba started off as a conventional TACP working large maneuvering Army Armor (tanks) units. Building on his foundations he wanted more, so he went to Airborne School to increase his abilities.  Even that wasn't enough for Roomba, so he applied and was selected to attend the United States Air Force Weapons School which is an enormous accomplishment.  After graduating he went back to his unit and led his people to successful engagements in deployed locations until he again decided that he wanted more.  That's when he transitioned to SOF and is living his best life.  We enjoyed having Roomba on the podcast and look forward to having him on again.

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Feb 15, 2020
1 Year & 1 Outstanding PJ
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What a year Pararescueman TSgt Kenneth "OB" O'Brien has had!  First he was part of the Thai Cave rescue operations, treated a Korean after a tractor fire, was part of President Trump's medical protection detail, saved an infant on his flight on the way to be named United States Air Force 12 Outstanding Airmen Of The Year!  All of this happened in a span of a year, while most people wait their entire career for these opportunities.  OB is an absolute stud, but he comes with baggage.  He is affectionately referred to by his teammates as a "Black Cloud", but he prefers to be considered a "Gray Cloud" because not everything that happens around him turns out bad!  Enjoy getting to know OB as we have and we look forward to having him on the podcast again.

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Feb 08, 2020
Becoming an Airman
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Transitioning from a civilian to an Airman can be an interesting experience, to say the least.  Learning to make your bed, fold your shirts, dress, and shower how the Air Force wants you to all while saying "why the hell am I doing it this way"?!.  The Ones Ready team will discuss their personal experiences all while discussing the hilarity of the transition and what they learned when they entered.  This one also got a little deeper than we initially expected and which could give you some insight into what Special Warfare and the Air Force, in general, is like.  You'll laugh, you'll cry, but you're probably be saying WTF even more so!

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Feb 01, 2020
Special Warfare Operator Enlistment
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Air Force Special Warfare will be implementing some changes into the contracts of new recruits and crosstrainees called the Special Warfare Open Enlistment.  This are excited changes for the Special Warfare career fields and something that has been in the works for a long time.  The Ones Ready team will discuss what these changes are and what they mean for you going forward.  These changes will not only help the career fields, but also help to align a person's personality traits and aptitude to a Special Warfare job that best suits them.  Finally, the Ones Ready Team will give you their opinion on the changes that have already been implemented for the better part of a year.

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Jan 20, 2020
Moving Towards Obstacles
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Every human has obstacles in their life that will get between them and their intended goal.  Some of these obstacles are internal obstacles like fear of heights or even your current fitness level.  Other obstacles could be external which could be family, friends, or coworkers questioning if you can make it.  Other external obstacles could be difficulties finding a pool to train in.  Obstacles large and small exist for everyone, but we cannot ignore those obstacles.  We have to move towards these obstacles and attack them intensely in order to make it to our intended goals.  It may not be easy to crush this obstacles, but we know it will be worth it in the end.  Finding the journey through these obstacles will help us to build great character traits that will serve us throughout life!

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Jan 18, 2020
Crosstrain Into AF Specwar
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On this episode of the Ones Ready podcast, the team will discuss some of the ways that you can set yourself up for success when you're exploring cross-training opportunities,  ways you can gain the support of your Chain of Command and how important it is to have their support.  Also we'll cover the importance of the attention to detail you need to give your cross-training package as it could be the single thing that makes or breaks your chances of cross-training.  The Team will cover how as a cross-trainee or prior service member you'll be expected to have a certain level of maturity and leadership to carry your team through difficult times.  Wrapping it all up is a secret question from Aaron to the group and the answers that will help you move forward!

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Jan 11, 2020
SpecWar Unit Life
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The Ones Ready team have heard your questions, pondered them as some of life's great mysteries, and answered your questions from their experiences. We'll go through what you can expect for your daily life while on the teams, not deployed and not training at alternate locations.  We'll visit what daily life is like as a SR operator flying small unmanned aerial systems, PJs conducting medical and rescue scenarios, and CCT shooting, moving, and communicating.  We'll also touch on work-life balance and how you can hopefully expect to handle it while on team.

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Jan 04, 2020
SOF Post Workout Recovery
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Today we are talking about how important recovery is and how you should go about recovering while you’re training for the pipeline and while you’re in the pipeline.  If you’re not paying attention to your recovery efforts, you’re shortchanging yourself and putting yourself at risk for injury.

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Dec 28, 2019
Controlling Your Actions
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Today we are talking about how you need to not only be conscious of your actions, you should also be able to control your actions.  Being able to control your reactions to events in your life will help you to become a go-to person during stressful events.  Keeping an even keel when things hit the fan is how you will be able to excel in Special Operations.

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Dec 21, 2019
Overcoming Extreme Stress
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Today we are talking about how to get through tough times and the tools that each of us personally use when the heat gets turned on and we have to perform. You will experience many situations like this whether it is in training or in real life. So buckle up we are about to talk about what scares us and talk about tools you can use to be successful in stressful situations.

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Dec 14, 2019
Improve Your Run
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Have you hit a plateau in your running regime?  Are you stuck and can't get any faster? Join us in the Team Room to find out how you can improve your run times and come through the other side of the plateau.  We'll even leave you with a workout that will guarantee increased speed if done correctly.  You'll hear about different mindsets within training and a little bit of banter.

Tabata Sprint:
4 min - warm up pace
8x :20 - 100% sprint // :10 - walk
4 min - cool down pace


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Dec 08, 2019
Eyesight? Drugs? Jail time? SpecOps Recruiting ANSWERS
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Has your recruiter given you the runaround?  Do you see conflicting information online or from other Specwar candidates?  Join us in the Team Room to find out WHEN you should see a Specops recruiter, HOW to contact them, and find out if you can still join with past drug use, jail time, eye surgery, etc.  Also, if you need an answer from a Specops recruiter, go to the ones ready website, fill out the form, and a Specops recruiter will get back to you within 72hrs! onesready.com/recruiter

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Dec 07, 2019
Hosts Give their #1 Selection Tip!
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It's finally here!  The very first episode of the Ones Ready Podcast.  On this episode, Brian Silva is hosting and breaking down exactly what Ones Ready is, future podcast topics, events, and more.  Each member of the Ones Ready team will tell you a little bit about their background in Pararescue, Combat Control, and Special Reconnaissance AND they are giving their best tip for selection.  This episode is for anyone wondering what kind of show Ones Ready will be, wondering if Brian will ever host any more training events, wondering more about the CCT, PJ, SR hosts, and if you want to hear 4 amazing selection tips from people that have lived it. 

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Nov 30, 2019
Overview of Assessment & Selection
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If you want to be a PJ, CCT, or SR... you're going to Assessment & Selection.  What is it?  How is this different from Indoc?  Join us in the Team Room to find out what you can expect, what the cadre are looking for in candidates, and what they are NOT looking for. We also give our own personal stories about selection and dive into what really helped us get through personally.  If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review! 

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Nov 30, 2019
All About Pool Sessions
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Today in the Team Room we are talking all about pool sessions. Peaches is hosting discussing each aspect of a pool session... from gear setup to underwaters, buddy breathing, drown proofing, mask and snorkel recovery, finning, and more. This episode is for anyone wondering what a pool session is like, why people quit at the pool, pool mistakes, and tips for success.

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Nov 30, 2019
Welcome to Ones Ready!
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Welcome to the Ones Ready Podcast. The Ones Ready team is made up of Pararescuemen, Combat Control, Special Reconnaissance, & Tactical Air Control Party Operators, each with over a decade of combat experience. This podcast will be the absolute best resource of knowledge and inspiration for anyone interested in stepping out of the shadows of mediocrity. We will work tirelessly to provide you the best tools available so that when the instructor yells Ones Ready, you will be physically and mentally ready for whatever life throws at you. Make sure you subscribe so you can hear the first few episodes Thanksgiving weekend 2019!

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Oct 25, 2019