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    Thanks to all who have served and are serving. My son is at Fairchild AFB near Spokane, WA training to be a SERE Specialist. Just got his first stripe this month. Any of you Air Force guys know anything about SERE? He isn't allowed to say much, so his mother and I are left to wonder what he's going through. He did comment after he made it through selection (Indoc?) at Lackland that nothing he had done up to that point in his life was hard. By the way, graduation at Lackland was an awesome experience. I've never been so proud of anything in my life as I was of my son that day. Still am.

    Thanks again and God bless you all.

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    In my experience SERE was an acronym for Survival, Escape, Resistance, and Evasion. It is training normally given to aircrews of all services on how to avoid being captured if shot down in unfriendly territory, and how to resist interrogation if captured.

    Congrats on your sonÔÇÖs accomplishments.
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    Sere

    Went through it in myself. Having a career that bounced back and forth between the Air Force and the Army, Active, Reserve and Guard duty has given me the chance to experience some of the best training the DOD has to offer. SERE taught me lessons I still carry with me on and off the Battlefield.

    If I was smart and had the money, I would charge Big business leaders and management types sums of cash to put them through SERE, the Army Basic Combat Infantry Course, and the Senior NCO Academy. The experience would teach them allot about themselves, their abilities, and how to manage others.

    Why this kind of experience is not valued in the corporate world is beyond me. I guess, strength and Integrity are not virtues in the world of business. In my civilian career I often feel like I have to dumb it down, and take my foot off the gas so I wont leave my peers behind.

    Be very proud of your son for being a SERE instructor. Those guys and gals are preparing our front line fighters to survive the worst situation any of us could face. You are lost, possible hurt, and people are trying to find and kill you or you have been captured.
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    ARNG 22yrs and counting.

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    A hearty Thank You to my brothers and sisters in arms!

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    Thanks for your response AKBeemer and sgtboring. Just got update from son.
    Went through the program he'll eventually be instructing with mostly pilots and air crew. Many quit - 54 out of one group of 72! He's very hush about the resistance training, except to say that they had him bleeding out of both nostrils on more than one occasion. Field survival was in 4 feet of snow, no shelter, no food, 75 lb. ruck for a week. Passed water survival - 7 dunkings in 12 ft of water strapped in a helocopter fusalage...in the dark. Said they rotated the fusalage to a different orientation each time so they wouldn't know which way was up. Well,
    I feel I'm abusing this thread, but would love to hear more from anyone with SERE experience - Army, Navy, or Air Force - so please feel free to send a private message. I will, however, continue to check this thread as I have thoroughly enjoyed reading about the vets' service and experiences. Thanks again.

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    Brother in law did SERE

    Not much call for us snipes but my BIL did SERE in the 80s. Was a KC135 Navigator.

    He said it was pretty damn tough.

    Congrats to the son.

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    When I went through the Ranger Course we had a bit of SERE training when we jumped into Eglin AFB. The training began with one of the RIs (Ranger Instructors) reading off a card. He began by saying, "Although physical violence can and will be used on you, you may not use physical violence in response." That set the tone for a somewhat unpleasant experience. I remember they broke an arm of one guy and some ribs of another during the "hard sell" interrogation.
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    #2 Son and Wife

    At #2 Son's graduation from Marine Combat Training.


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    4 generations

    Posted in ADV but what the hey?

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    Great pictures!! Great family!!!!!

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    Chambde,

    What was going on in your picture? You have such a "deer in the headlights" expression there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Motor31 View Post
    Chambde,

    What was going on in your picture? You have such a "deer in the headlights" expression there.
    It's the birth control glasses. They had that affect on everyone that wore them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Motor31 View Post
    Chambde,

    What was going on in your picture? You have such a "deer in the headlights" expression there.


    I was a long haired haired hippy type pinko about 1 day before that pic was made. I was scared to death

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKBeemer View Post
    It's the birth control glasses. They had that affect on everyone that wore them.
    I havn't heard that in a while. Still funny
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