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tips for military training

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Hey guys, Just thought about making this thread due to the importance of the matter to me.

Ok, I've got 6 months to go until conscription, I'm applying for Finnish Paratroopers.
I have basicly no idea what I'm going into (I know just the physical/mental requirements) and the info on the internet doesn't give much insight...

I know that the training probably won't be the same as any of you guys have had but I'm getting a bit nervous/itchy :P

so my question is:
what was your training like, and do you have any tips for anyone going thru the same?
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If Finnish is like the military here in the US then you have three parts.

Basic Training - The Basics of being an Infantryman.
Then Advanced Training - This is were you learn the job you will be doing while in the service
Paratrooper school - This is were you learn to jump out of perfectly good aircraft. (remember all things in the military was made by the lowest bidder)

I was an Automated Logistic Specialist and Paratrooper. Nothing like the rush of jumping out of an aircraft getting practice for that not so perfect aircraft.

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lol, gonna be jumping out an old ass fokker then :P It's a bit more complicated here in Finland, its a conscription army --> quantity, not quality.
but on the other hand Paratroopers are Special forces here in Finland, Elite Infantry men. me against the best Finland has to offer!

yeah, the training goes roughly like that! what i could use is the knowledge what helps me to prepare for such a training, how hard is it and is it worth it?
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I wouldn't trade it for the world, those who I have know that are Rangers have told me the same.

Nothing wrong with conscription service, heck I know a lot of young people here that need use some time with a Marine DI (and I am Army).
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true, that's why im going to the para's instead of artillery or communication! :D yeah those are important but its easy for them :P
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Paratroopers are in high demand in the civilian world too.

My advice...have them teach you something more than that, then you'll always have a trade to fall back on when/if times get tough. You'll benefit regardless but it's not an easy life.
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As I never served, I cannot say from first hand what you will go through, but I do have a personal experience of the pre-joining preparation, as that is as far as I got, and I think it may help to share it here.

I was pushing myself hard physically when I was of a mind to join the US Army in 2001. I very much wanted to become a Special Operations Weapons Sergeant, and knew the mental and physical challenges as a family friend had described them. I ran twice a day, and did quite a bit of shooting, too. After years of martial arts training as a youth, I thought it would be wise to step up to some MMA instruction.

Unfortunately, it was there that I suffered a serious injury to my shoulder and neck, barring me from service.

I guess what I'm saying is, you can push yourself physically as hard as you can, but watch that fine line. I hear many prepare by running miles a day, only to find that amount doubled when they get in.

I don't think any of the vets here would disagree that building up your stamina, and body mass as well, is a good practice. Also, get your mind set - you will need to push through physical pain like it don't exist, like a mental disconnnection. There you also have to know your own personal limit, so as not to actually break a bone or whatever when fully fatigued and numb from cold. Finally, taking care of your feet will become as important as eating and drinking; you can trust that they'll teach you all you need, and you will certainly learn your limitations and how to push them when you get in, but you can start hardening yourself off now.

We will be with you in spirit, bro! I am personally envious - it's gonna be a hell of an experience!!
!cheers
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thanks Sem and Blud!
I'm just starting a project on building stamina and a bit of mass at the same time, my BMI is 21 (my length = 75 inches, weight = 165 lbs.), which according to the ones I've talked to is quite good,
I can run about 2miles in a coopers test, but can only lift about 155lbs on a bench (as an example of my muscle condition). Thanks for the warning about over doing the exercise, didn't think of that myself :P

yeah, these skills might be needed later on in Civ. life, I'm also going to take part in officer training -> only place to study leadership properly. also this way i can go back to work/live for the army if need be, as I said: I'm itching to get there!
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