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Old 10-12-2011, 16:48   #16
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I weened off all of my medications now with my shrink, and I talked to a recruiter about my situation, he told me I should be fine since my Bipolar diagnosis was never official, despite my hospitalization. Even though I'm technically "mental illness-free" now, I still feel that I could use alot more clear mind, my problem is that I think too much. I did some research and found that mindfulness is an effective way for some people to deal with stress and Bi-Polar, I mean the concept seems just like what I need. I then googled and didn't find much when it came to information on practicing meditation/mindfulness and success in the military in particular. Does anybody in this forum have had any success stories or insights on mindfulness/meditation and dealing with stress and the military in particular? Thank you in advance for your responses.
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Old 10-12-2011, 17:22   #17
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SB8734,

Try this.

Put your energy into something outside of yourself without expectation of return.
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Old 10-12-2011, 17:25   #18
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I weened off all of my medications now with my shrink, and I talked to a recruiter about my situation, he told me I should be fine since my Bipolar diagnosis was never official, despite my hospitalization. Even though I'm technically "mental illness-free" now, I still feel that I could use alot more clear mind, my problem is that I think too much. I did some research and found that mindfulness is an effective way for some people to deal with stress and Bi-Polar, I mean the concept seems just like what I need. I then googled and didn't find much when it came to information on practicing meditation/mindfulness and success in the military in particular. Does anybody in this forum have had any success stories or insights on mindfulness/meditation and dealing with stress and the military in particular? Thank you in advance for your responses.
Okay, let me be frank with you.

After reading all of this, I don't want you on my team. Or in my company. Or in my battalion. Or in an SF Group. Or really, in SF at all.

I even have my doubts about you serving as a soldier.

Maybe you could start in the Air Force. As long as the unit does not have any weapons at all. Prove yourself there. Then maybe try the Army, after several years.

We have too many situations requiring level headed thinking and do not have the time or inclination to deal with people who may decide to be impulsive, "headstrong", or "annoying" for no particular reason.

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Old 10-12-2011, 18:25   #19
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I get the memo that I'm not welcomed here, but well said, and will do, TR
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Old 10-12-2011, 18:26   #20
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I get the memo that I'm not welcomed here, but well said, and will do, TR
Here, no problems so far.

Other than false expectations.

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Old 10-13-2011, 15:37   #21
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Lightbulb This a classic example of:

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I weened off all of my medications now with my shrink, and I talked to a recruiter about my situation, he told me I should be fine since my Bipolar diagnosis was never official, despite my hospitalization. Even though I'm technically "mental illness-free" now, I still feel that I could use alot more clear mind, my problem is that I think too much. I did some research and found that mindfulness is an effective way for some people to deal with stress and Bi-Polar, I mean the concept seems just like what I need. I then googled and didn't find much when it came to information on practicing meditation/mindfulness and success in the military in particular. Does anybody in this forum have had any success stories or insights on mindfulness/meditation and dealing with stress and the military in particular? Thank you in advance for your responses.
Information overload!

Understanding Information Overload
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Although there is no simple solution to the problem of Information Overload, there are some things that can be done to reduce the problem.

These include:
  • Spending less time on gaining information that is nice to know and more time on things that we need to know now.
  • Focusing on quality of information, rather than quantity. A short concise e-mail is more valuable than a long e-mail.
  • Learning how to create better information (this is what Infogineering is about). Be direct in what you ask people, so that they can provide short precise answers.
  • Single-tasking, and keeping the mind focused on one issue at a time.
  • Spending parts of the day disconnected from interruptions (e.g. switch off e-mail, telephones, Web, etc.) so you can fully concentrate for a significant period of time on one thing.
Also read: The Myth of Multitasking: How "Doing It All" Gets Nothing Done

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Old 11-02-2011, 22:03   #22
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just in case you're still trying to enter military service....the wars are winding down, funds are drying up, entry requirements are going back up. im not going to reiturate anything else that's been said already as there are plenty on here with more experience than i have that have spoken already.
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Old 11-03-2011, 08:46   #23
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Anyone ever try to put coins into a tree from sleep deprivation or a similar experience? Or observe someone doing it? Maybe that's for another thread Titled "Funniest Sleep Deprivation Episodes Vol I". Hell I still stay sleep deprived half the time - because I don't like going to sleep. Miss out on too much
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Old 11-03-2011, 09:21   #24
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I don't like going to bed either. Most times my wife has to tell me it's my bedtime. Too much stuff to do, watch, read, etc.

I thought when I grew up I could make my own rules but then I got married.
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Old 11-03-2011, 11:20   #25
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I don't like going to bed either. Most times my wife has to tell me it's my bedtime. Too much stuff to do, watch, read, etc.

I thought when I grew up I could make my own rules but then I got married.
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Old 03-26-2012, 22:16   #26
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Let your experience stand as a word of caution to any young bucks thinking of trying the same thing. Anyone thinking of making SF needs to be getting all the sleep they can get - in order for their body and minds to be fully recovering and benefiting from the training and preparation they should be doing.

There are other ways for you to serve this country, SB8734, than the military. You need to look at other options.


I'm back and want to say that I AM looking at other options for which I can use my creative and language skills to further the mission of the SF, in ways that are nearly as exciting as the SF, what are the options?
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Old 03-27-2012, 05:02   #27
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I'm back and want to say

that I AM looking at other options for which I can use my creative and language skills to further the mission of the SF,

in ways that are nearly as exciting as the SF,

what are the options?
Options?

Pick a religion of choice and do some evangelical work: http://www.worldea.org/
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Join the peace corp: http://www.peacecorps.gov/
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Join CCC: http://www.crossculturalsolutions.org/

The Exciting part is what you make of it... In my opinion, most if not all will fail miserably to get even close to the Excitement of Special Forces...

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Old 03-27-2012, 10:32   #28
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I'm back and want to say that I AM looking at other options for which I can use my creative and language skills to further the mission of the SF, in ways that are nearly as exciting as the SF, what are the options?
Go join the French Army I hear they don't use there weapons much. Also just try and join the Military and they will give you all the answers you need for your options.

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Old 03-27-2012, 13:31   #29
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I'm back and want to say that I AM looking at other options for which I can use my creative and language skills to further the mission of the SF, in ways that are nearly as exciting as the SF, what are the options?
SB, I am glad to hear you are looking at other options, especially in light of some of the advice given.

One of the things my dad constantly drilled into me was that the decisions we make now affect us the rest of our lives. Good or bad. It took me a while to finally understand what he was saying. Life experience had to catch up with me, my way of thinking and maturity, or immaturity as it were. We still bring this up from time to time just to remind eachother when we see examples of it around us.

Many of the things you seek, and now something else "nearly as exciting" also require security clearance just to aid and assist, and further the mission. You have probably excluded yourself from that group.

So I have a question, you don't have to answer, just think about it if you like. In the last 8 months of researching your options what have you come up with? What have you been doing to further yourself in life decision wise?

Say for instance when all of this started you were in college. Are you back in college? A four year degree will go a long way in life.

In fact, you would need one to go into the Peace Corps, as QP JJ_BPK offered.

Did you know that the majority of SF have advanced degrees, both officers and enlisted, and a majority of those have two or three degrees?

It may not get you any job in the military, but is a decision you can make to take responsibility for yourself, and one that will serve your future well.

Just some food for thought.

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Actually I think you even need a security clearance to go into the Peace Corps. But college may be one of your best options right now.
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