U.S. Air Force Special Operations & Spartan Race
Training for a Spartan race requires dedication and strength. Training to become a member of the U.S. Air Force Special Operations requires a similar amount of willpower, but it differs in an important way: their goals aren’t met once they’ve broken a PR, they’re met once they’ve successfully carried out the Air Force mission and saved lives.
So how do you train for the unthinkable on the battlefield when your own life and the lives of others are on the line? Spartan founder and CEO, Joe De Sena, joined Air Force special operators at Hurlburt Field, Florida, for two days to get a glimpse of what it takes to be a member of this elite group.
More Than Fighter Jets
The Air Force’s power doesn’t just come from the sky. Special operators are masters of the air, water and land. They have to have the physical strength to cover vast distances while carrying heavy equipment and the mental fortitude to do it all in extremely dangerous territory.
Dive Into the Unknown
Special operators train to get comfortable with the uncomfortable. Holding their breath beyond what they think possible and performing difficult tasks underwater isn’t a milestone, it’s an expectation. Joe discovered just how arduous their training is firsthand.
Building More Than Muscle
Spartans and special operators implement the same equipment into their training programs—ropes, tires and a variety of weights. But it’s not just about building physical strength, it’s about becoming the best versions of themselves and the best Airmen to complete the mission at hand. Training to be a Spartan or a special operator isn’t a hobby, it’s a creed and a lifestyle.
A Purpose Beyond Yourself
The same drive to compete that’s ingrained in Spartans is the same fire that burns within special operators. They have the same passion to overcome obstacles as Spartans, but they channel it toward serving their country. Special operators don’t just better themselves, they work toward bettering our nation.