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The Full Story Behind My Decision to Become a Pararescueman.

Posted 01-21-2010 at 05:46 AM by Ogdru
Updated 12-19-2011 at 05:44 PM by Ogdru (Spelling Errors :/)
I haven't always been a big kid, for a long time I was skinny as a rail. My distaste for physical activity at the time, and a insatiable appetite have left me where I am now. I'm sitting at about 220lbs as I write this. While that might sound like alot to some of you I used to be 300-315. Years of no exercise and eating whatever I wanted to left me feeling sick most of the time, and dampered most of my social life throughout middle/high school.

When I finally got out of school I really didn't look into the future much.. I guess I wasn't the most motivated of people, but due to unforeseen family circumstances I have had to remain here and help out for the last 3 years. I don't mind living with my family still, but it's given me alot of time to think about what I want to do with my life.. which brings me to my point. I've decided that I'm going to become a Air Force Pararescueman. While this sounds a bit drastic for the normal "fat guy finds his higher calling which allows him to do what he loves while maintaining a level of fatness" let me explain..

At the end of 2007 when I was becoming a legal adult "yay".. I started getting alot of mail from the military about joining up. At the time I shrugged it off because I wasn't looking for something like that, and I just ignored the calls and letters for the time being. It slowly died down as the year progressed and I put it into the back of my mind while I focused on other stuff (online gaming >.<). Towards the middle of 2007 I decided that I was tired of being in generally poor overall shape.. and I began to change my habits around. I started eating right for the most part, drinking mostly water.. and occasionally working out. It didn't take long for me to start feeling better and I decided that I was going to stick with it. By the end of 2007 I had dropped about 30lbs and was sticking to it for the most part.

In 2007 I was working for a cleaning company, and I wasn't very happy with the job. I started to think about what I wanted to do with my life and started to consider the military as a possible option. January 2008 came around and I decided that I would go talk to a Marine Corps recruiter.. (yes it was the dress blues with the sword commercial). I weighed 269lbs and couldn't do more than 2 push-ups when I went in there, and he made it clear I would have to really up my game to make it in the military. I still lacked the hardcore motivation to make myself do things on a daily basis, but I was making myself do more, it just wasn't enough. I hit a wall around the end of 2008 and I couldn't seem to make myself do what I knew was right. Things stayed this way for months untill April 2009.

April 2009 was the first time I'd heard about airsoft on a large scale, I'd known about the cheap walmart guns for a while but never got into it much. My friend Jonathon (Apollo on Airsoft Ohio) told me there was a game in April that he was attending and wanted to me to go with him. We had no idea that Crimson Dawn 2 would be as much fun as it was. Ever since that day I've been hooked on airsoft. It was a fun hobby and great exercise.. and It really hooked me on the military. I'd been debating with my step-dad on the idea of joining the Marines because he didn't want me to go in for infantry, he said "If you're going to join you should find something you can make a career out of". I thought about what he'd said and as I talked to more and more former military members they all seemed to validate his point. I started looking around at different jobs in the Marines but nothing really seemed to peak my interest.

During the Summer of 2009 I started seeing commercials on the military channel for a new show coming out called "Special Ops Mission" and I heard the phrase Para-Rescueman. I looked it up on wikipedia and was surprised to read about what seemed to be some of the United States most elite soldiers. My interest in the Pararescue program was fueled throughout the shows airing and it stuck with me ever since. I wanted a way to be able to really test myself physically, mentally, and to make a career out of my time in the military. I found that in the PJ's. From the time the show ended in Fall 2009 to now I've done alot for myself physically. I couldn't do a push-up when I started working out again, I'm up to 15 without a problem now. I feel and look alot better than I ever have, and I plan to continue until I reach my goal. I know it's going to be a long and ardous road ahead of me, but I intend to stick with it and do something I can be extremely proud of.

I think that if it wasn't for my step-dad really pushing me towards looking at other options I wouldn't have found what I consider the perfect job for myself. I'm willing to get up everyday and work my hardest knowing that someday I might be able to save someone's life. It's their duty to put other people before their own comforts and desires, and I plan to make it mine as well. I will write more blogs to keep up with physical progression of myself as time goes on, as of the moment I can do 15 push-ups, 20 sit-ups, 30 4-count flutter kicks. I'm no where near the physical shape I need to be.. but it's 80% mental right?.. I can fix the 20%.

I'd like to say thank you for anyone who is currently serving or has served, you guys are the real deal and I have nothing but respect for you, and thank you to anyones who's encouraged me so far.. I appreciate it.
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    blacksheep_p's Avatar
    I met some Pararescuemenin passing during my tour. I was truly grateful for guys like that that were fully willing to go into harms way to save someone else. They were really nice guys.

    It is a noble calling, and a hard one. Good luck. Either way, I am glad to see that you are finding something better for yourself and setting goals. Whatever happens, it will be good for you. Have fun.
    Posted 01-21-2010 at 05:06 PM by blacksheep_p blacksheep_p is offline
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    Apollo's Avatar
    Cool story bro.

    lol But seriously, hope you stick with it and make it there to be what you want to be. And when you do, I hope it turns out to be all that you dreamed it would be.
    Posted 01-21-2010 at 11:38 PM by Apollo Apollo is offline
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    NegSpace's Avatar
    Keep up the hard work. I hope you succeed. Remember that even on days when the world craps on you and it seems like nothing can go your way, you always have two options:raise your arms and give up or raise your middle finger and keep moving. As long as you keep moving, you'll end up in the right place, even if it may not be exactly where you thought it would be.
    Posted 01-22-2010 at 12:42 AM by NegSpace NegSpace is offline
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    Ogdru's Avatar
    Thanks, I appreciate the encouragement. I'll probably start posting blogs every month just to keep track of where I am in terms of getting closer to passing PAST scores.
    Posted 01-22-2010 at 01:25 AM by Ogdru Ogdru is offline
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    Slick's Avatar
    Good luck man! Just stay motivated and you're set. Sounds like you've got a good head on your shoulders. Hope to see you in uniform in the future.
    Posted 01-23-2010 at 12:26 AM by Slick Slick is offline
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    Merc's Avatar
    Good luck, stay motivated and dont forget swimming!
    Posted 01-23-2010 at 01:31 PM by Merc Merc is offline
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    Ogdru's Avatar
    Yep, once it starts to warm up.. swimming is probably going to become my main focus. at the moment with the weather being un-cooperative It's been mainly calisthenics and focusing on my nutrition.
    Posted 01-23-2010 at 04:49 PM by Ogdru Ogdru is offline
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    well all i can say is when it gets tough and you think it cant get any more worse it will but turst me some mothers brothers sisters aunts uncles best freind will, remeber you for more years the you will ever be alive when you risked all to save but one ...that is the life of ANYONE who wears a uniform in the military these days
    stick with it good luck
    Nec asperent terrent= no fear on earth
    27th inf Wolfhounds
    Posted 01-24-2010 at 06:22 AM by Ozzsclan Ozzsclan is offline
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    Zebra Cakes's Avatar
    you have chosen possibly one of the hardest jobs the military has to offer, and for that I commend you. I wish you all the luck in the world and hopefully I don't see you in the field (given the job's nature...) but hopefully everything goes right for you! and remember... "So others may live"
    Posted 01-28-2010 at 09:39 PM by Zebra Cakes Zebra Cakes is offline
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    Ogdru's Avatar
    Yeah, hopefully no one ever ends up in the position they need rescued.. but that's just something that happens. It's been a challenge already, and It does help to remember that motto.. "I will be prepared at all times to perform my assigned duties quickly and efficiently, placing these duties before personal desires and comforts" It's great motivation!
    Posted 01-29-2010 at 09:41 AM by Ogdru Ogdru is offline
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    TacMedic's Avatar
    How are your grades in or through school. You seem to have a grasp on how difficult the physical portion of superman school will be, but don't forget that every PJ is paramedic. I have been through medic school and can tell you it is no joke. They do that medic class high speed all while doing all of your other training. PJ's are a "one man army", but their core is delivering emergency medical. I would suggest while you are still getting yourself far above no-go status on your PAST, take an EMT-B course at your local college. Make sure you enjoy/excell/dont suck in EMS first.
    Posted 01-30-2010 at 10:11 AM by TacMedic TacMedic is offline
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    Ogdru's Avatar
    Yeah, I've spent time taking countless practice tests online for the ASVAB. I didn't do the best in school basically through a lack of understanding at the time. I made the mistake of dropping out with makes everything about twice as hard as it normally would be for me. That is a very good idea about taking the local EMT class and I'm looking into that as we speak. I was thinking about heading into Search and Rescue in the states after the military career. I imagine that becoming a Forest Ranger or something would be easier after you have field experience performing their daily duties under enemy fire.
    Posted 01-30-2010 at 06:22 PM by Ogdru Ogdru is offline
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    Titan's Avatar
    EMT class is not for the faint of heart. You need to go into the class prepared to study and practice skills. EMT class requires a large amount of time dedicated to studying and practicing skills. You need to really consider what the job means.
    Posted 01-30-2010 at 09:34 PM by Titan Titan is offline
 

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