Green Berets and going Commando

I couldn’t tell you the difference between a Green Beret and a Commando, other than the fact that they could probably kill you with the cap of a ballpoint pen. During my time in London, I was informed that quite a few of the hard core athletes on the triathlon circuit were SAS aka Special Air Services (the South African equivalent is the Recces). They used to do Ironman races and the like to keep in shape, as you do. It adds some mystique to the sport and ups the stakes knowing you are racing actual warriors.

Anyhow, before we get started on Green Beret Month, I thought it appropriate to find a bit out about the difference between a Green Beret and a Commando. This is what Wikipedia has to say about it all:

The United States Army Special Forces, also known as Green Berets, is a Special Operations Force (SOF) of the United States Army.

The term commando, in English, means a specific kind of individual soldier or military unit.

Going commando (or to go commando or "free balling") is the practice of not wearing underwear under one's outer clothing. 'Going commando' started with commando and similar special forces military units, when some soldiers stopped wearing underwear to prevent chafing.

The last definition makes me look at all those Arnie movies in a new light.

Let’s keep this simple:

· Max push ups in 2 mins
· Max sit ups in 2 mins
· Two mile run (3.22k or 8 laps of the track with 20 metres tagged on)
· Chin ups straight arms

These need to be done in under two hours and preferably straight through. Here’s the table taken from the honourable Gordo Byrn:

We do a dry test run on the 27th June to see what we have in the boys. GB training starts on the 1st July 2009. Diarise.

Time for the Big Guns to come out their holsters. Lock and Load.

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