Evolution 7: Humility
With only 2 episodes left, there are 5 remaining candidates, #2, #11, #12, #17 and #19. They start off the episode with the candidates doing more PT and then we are transitioned into seeing the candidates receiving medical attention for various issues. Candidate #2 has knees that have been worn raw, #19 has a blood blister (and we also learn that while he has a size 10.5 foot, he is wearing size 8 boots. WTF?) And we get to see #11’s medical issue, butt blisters. I am sure that there are jokes and comments to be made on that and I will leave that up to the audience.
At the same time, this is going on, the instructors are reviewing the candidates. This is one of my favorite parts of the episodes. They feel that #2 has transformed himself during this all. They feel that #19 is not excitable. They wonder if there is something eating at #12, but also comment on the passion of #11 and #12. And they comment that despite his age, Passion is helping to carry #11 though this all.
Candidate #17 is taken for an interrogation and when asked “Why are you here” he replies with the same answer he has given in the past and this irks the instructors. He opens up and reveals that he believes he is the weakest link in the team. He also states that he has thought about becoming a SEAL and felt that this was a good experience to prepare him for that path if he so chooses. He also mentioned that he was bullied growing up because of his small stature. The instructors tell him that he needs to step up if he is going to make it through it all.
We finally come to the episodes evolution: Integrity. Basically they are going to run a 2.1 mile course with 6 PT stations. At each station they are to do 50 of a predetermined exercise.
- Squats with ammo cans
- Shoulder presses with ammo cans
- Jumping Jacks
- Return the ammo cans to the pits and then run to the top of Flag hill and back.
What they aren’t aware of is that they will be filmed at each station and that the instructors are looking for integrity violations – those who says they did them all the required exercises but really did not. It was during this segment that instructor Ray Care says something that resonates with may of us the do OCR’s, GORUCK‘s, marathon’s etc.. We have all heard of how others want things handed to them without working for it, but instructor Care said it best, “People want to get dropped off at the top of the hill and look down.” Plain and simple, if you want to make it to the top, you are going to have to climb it. Good words to live by.
The seem to finish the evolution with no issues and are seen relaxing for a while before they are back in the classroom. It is here that # 17 is asked to stand and read from the board, what is the meaning of integrity. They are asked why did the class think the instructor has asked #17 to read it aloud.. Yes, it appears that someone had broke the integrity rule. Someone did not do the required 50 burpees at station #4.
When asked who might of not done all the burpees, at first no one replies but then #17 stands up and states that he may not have completed all 50. He stated that he was overheated and may have missed a couple. This does not set well with the Instructor who states that #11 was overheated as well and did all 50 of his burpees. He gave kudos to #11 for doing it all despite his age and the heat.
As they finish up in the classroom, you can see that #17 is upset at himself for his infraction. The team is very supportive of him and #11 can be heard saying, “Everything is a learning experience.”
Candidate #17 later has a one on one with Instructor Care who asks, “Why did you not complete the 2 burpees?” He really could not provide a good answer. He is disappointed in himself and feels that he should quit. The instructor tells him not to quit (I was a bit surprised, but then thinking back, again we learn from out mistakes. He admitted he made a mistake, and was willing to accept his punishment.) But he is told that he owes the instructor 50 burpees and that he will have to pay back later. The instructor believes he has integrity and #17 is seen leaving to go apologize to his team mates for his failure to them. Like a good strong team, they are very supportive of #17 and forgive him.
The instructor then calls out #17 to “payback” his 50 burpees and we see the whole team come out to do them. This is what teamwork is all about and what the instructors strive to instill in the candidates. You win as a team and you lose as a team. When all is said and done, the instructor and #17 are all squared.
In reflecting back on this episode, there seemed to be a lot of “down time” for the candidates. Was it time for reflection on their part, or part of some mental game being played on the part of the instructors. Making the candidates wonder when the other shoe drops? As the evolution ends, we see instructor interviewing the candidates; #2 is emotionally weak and thinking of quitting; #11 when asked about his role in the group states that he thinks he is a leader and is able to share his life experiences with the team; #12 still feels that he has to prove himself to his dad who has never told him how proud he is of him; and we close with #19 when asked what one thing he has learned from his experience so far he replies, “Humility.”
Next weeks episode appears to be a culmination of all they have been taught and experienced through the past 7 episodes. In the previews we see what appears to be the return of the box. And based on the comments made by the instructors in the preview, does anyone make it through? Looking forward to seeing the final episode.
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