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Ones Ready

A team of active duty Combat Control (CCT), Pararescue (PJ), and Special Reconnaissance (SR) leveraging our 70+ years of special operations experience to make the next generation of operators smarter, faster and stronger than we ever were. We are the PREMIERE resource for all things Air Force Special Warfare. The Ones Ready Podcast is honest talk about what it is like to go from a know-nothing high school graduate to an elite Special Operator. We will cover important practices for success including physical training, nutrition, recovery, and mindset traits essential to any team. Join us in The Team Room to get all your questions answered!! With battle-tested operators from across USAF SPECWAR and far-reaching web of recruiters, subject matter experts, and friends, there are no questions we can’t answer- and if we can’t, we know exactly where to look. See you in The Team Room!Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the OnesReady team are those of the team and do not reflect the official policy or position of the DoD. Any content provided by our Podcast guests, bloggers, sponsors, or authors are of their opinion and are not intended to malign the DoD, any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual, or anyone.

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Overview of Assessment & Selection

If you want to be a PJ, CCT, or SR... you're going to Assessment & Selection.  What is it?  How is this different from Indoc?  Join us in the Team Room to find out what you can expect, what the cadre are looking for in candidates, and what they are NOT looking for. We also give our own personal stories about selection and dive into what really helped us get through personally.  If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review!  Want to watch this on Youtube? https://youtu.be/-L0sxKQqvMwNeed the show notes? onesready.com/episode/2Have a question?  Email us at info@onesready.comFollow us on Instagram @onesreadyFollow us on YoutubeFollow us on Facebook

49mins

30 Nov 2019

Rank #1

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All About Pool Sessions

Today in the Team Room we are talking all about pool sessions. Peaches is hosting discussing each aspect of a pool session... from gear setup to underwaters, buddy breathing, drown proofing, mask and snorkel recovery, finning, and more. This episode is for anyone wondering what a pool session is like, why people quit at the pool, pool mistakes, and tips for success. Want to watch this episode on Youtube? https://youtu.be/fSGIwJ2Qv04Need the show notes? onesready.com/episode/3Have a question?  Email us at info@onesready.comFollow us on Instagram @onesreadyFollow us on YoutubeFollow us on Facebook

57mins

30 Nov 2019

Rank #2

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How To Become The Optimal SW Candidate

The Ones Ready team is going to dive into some of the more common questions we get to help you out!  Some of these questions include "should I go to college first and then join?" or "what sports should I be doing in high school to help me prepare?" and many more.  You are not the only one with these questions and we recognize that!  This is why we made this episode specifically because everyone's situation is different and it's possible that the best way to prepare for entering the pipeline is not how you expect it to be.  We recommend you live your life and enjoy yourself. Shockingly Aaron suggests you go get into some "low-level trouble"!!!  What's that all about?  Please enjoy this episode and give us your feedback. If we didn’t answer your questions, please let us know!Want to watch this episode on Youtube? https://youtu.be/MrkNIqmu1XANeed the show notes? onesready.com/episode/15Have a question?  Email us at info@onesready.comFollow us on Instagram @onesreadyFollow us on YoutubeFollow us on Facebook

1hr 7mins

29 Feb 2020

Rank #3

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Hosts Give their #1 Selection Tip!

It's finally here!  The very first episode of the Ones Ready Podcast.  On this episode, Brian Silva is hosting and breaking down exactly what Ones Ready is, future podcast topics, events, and more.  Each member of the Ones Ready team will tell you a little bit about their background in Pararescue, Combat Control, and Special Reconnaissance AND they are giving their best tip for selection.  This episode is for anyone wondering what kind of show Ones Ready will be, wondering if Brian will ever host any more training events, wondering more about the CCT, PJ, SR hosts, and if you want to hear 4 amazing selection tips from people that have lived it.  Want to watch this episode on Youtube? https://youtu.be/Psyv5-DW_UUNeed the show notes? onesready.com/episode/1Have a question?  Email us at info@onesready.comFollow us on Instagram @onesreadyFollow us on Youtube Follow us on Facebook

34mins

30 Nov 2019

Rank #4

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Eyesight? Drugs? Jail time? SpecOps Recruiting ANSWERS

Has your recruiter given you the runaround?  Do you see conflicting information online or from other Specwar candidates?  Join us in the Team Room to find out WHEN you should see a Specops recruiter, HOW to contact them, and find out if you can still join with past drug use, jail time, eye surgery, etc.  Also, if you need an answer from a Specops recruiter, go to the ones ready website, fill out the form, and a Specops recruiter will get back to you within 72hrs! onesready.com/recruiterWant to watch this episode on Youtube? https://youtu.be/JUvS9ZiSS20Need the show notes? onesready.com/episode/4Have a question?  Email us at info@onesready.comFollow us on Instagram @onesreadyFollow us on YoutubeFollow us on Facebook

1hr 1min

7 Dec 2019

Rank #5

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USAF SOF TACP Questions Answered!

Every once in a while living legends will step in your life and function at such a high-level that they unwillingly embarrass you.  Roomba is that person in the TACP career field.  Roomba started off as a conventional TACP working large maneuvering Army Armor (tanks) units. Building on his foundations he wanted more, so he went to Airborne School to increase his abilities.  Even that wasn't enough for Roomba, so he applied and was selected to attend the United States Air Force Weapons School which is an enormous accomplishment.  After graduating he went back to his unit and led his people to successful engagements in deployed locations until he again decided that he wanted more.  That's when he transitioned to SOF and is living his best life.  We enjoyed having Roomba on the podcast and look forward to having him on again.Want to watch this episode on Youtube? https://youtu.be/RS3ALIZSu0cNeed the show notes? onesready.com/episode/13Have a question?  Email us at info@onesready.comFollow us on Instagram @onesreadyFollow us on YoutubeFollow us on Facebook

55mins

15 Feb 2020

Rank #6

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Unconventional Surgery, USAF SOST

The U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command has a unique set of skills.  Skills that make saving lives easy for someone like them.  They're called the Special Tactics Special Operations Surgical Team or SOST for short.  The Ones Ready team spoke to two of these SOST pipe hitters about what it takes to be SOST and the type of person they're looking for.  Their ability and willingness to push to forward locations with SOF teams make them uniquely qualified to save lives in less than perfect situations.  SOST also shoot, move, and communicate as part of the SOF core skillset that has come to be expected of every SOF element in the inventory.  A solid section of questions from Ones Ready followers with answers to your questions.  Please enjoy this episode and give us your feedback. If we didn’t answer your questions, please let us know!Want to watch this episode on Youtube? https://youtu.be/mF95uRZhIYwNeed the show notes? onesready.com/episode/16Have a question?  Email us at info@onesready.comFollow us on Instagram @onesreadyFollow us on YoutubeFollow us on Facebook

1hr

7 Mar 2020

Rank #7

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Overcoming Extreme Stress

Today we are talking about how to get through tough times and the tools that each of us personally use when the heat gets turned on and we have to perform. You will experience many situations like this whether it is in training or in real life. So buckle up we are about to talk about what scares us and talk about tools you can use to be successful in stressful situations.Want to watch this episode on Youtube? https://youtu.be/ZgnpIAHs_h4Need the show notes? onesready.com/episode/5Have a question?  Email us at info@onesready.comFollow us on Instagram @onesreadyFollow us on YoutubeFollow us on Facebook

39mins

14 Dec 2019

Rank #8

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Improve Your Run

Have you hit a plateau in your running regime?  Are you stuck and can't get any faster? Join us in the Team Room to find out how you can improve your run times and come through the other side of the plateau.  We'll even leave you with a workout that will guarantee increased speed if done correctly.  You'll hear about different mindsets within training and a little bit of banter.Tabata Sprint:4 min - warm up pace8x :20 - 100% sprint // :10 - walk4 min - cool down paceWant to watch this episode on Youtube? https://youtu.be/YTqQvMCSp1wNeed the show notes? onesready.com/episode/b1Have a question?  Email us at info@onesready.comFollow us on Instagram @onesreadyFollow us on YoutubeFollow us on Facebook

20mins

8 Dec 2019

Rank #9

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SpecWar Unit Life

The Ones Ready team have heard your questions, pondered them as some of life's great mysteries, and answered your questions from their experiences. We'll go through what you can expect for your daily life while on the teams, not deployed and not training at alternate locations.  We'll visit what daily life is like as a SR operator flying small unmanned aerial systems, PJs conducting medical and rescue scenarios, and CCT shooting, moving, and communicating.  We'll also touch on work-life balance and how you can hopefully expect to handle it while on team. Want to watch this episode on Youtube? https://youtu.be/rgVGzFFIBKUNeed the show notes? onesready.com/episode/8Have a question?  Email us at info@onesready.comFollow us on Instagram @onesreadyFollow us on YoutubeFollow us on Facebook

32mins

4 Jan 2020

Rank #10

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Crosstrain Into AF Specwar

On this episode of the Ones Ready podcast, the team will discuss some of the ways that you can set yourself up for success when you're exploring cross-training opportunities,  ways you can gain the support of your Chain of Command and how important it is to have their support.  Also we'll cover the importance of the attention to detail you need to give your cross-training package as it could be the single thing that makes or breaks your chances of cross-training.  The Team will cover how as a cross-trainee or prior service member you'll be expected to have a certain level of maturity and leadership to carry your team through difficult times.  Wrapping it all up is a secret question from Aaron to the group and the answers that will help you move forward!Want to watch this episode on Youtube? https://youtu.be/LxVadXR2dLINeed the show notes? onesready.com/episode/9Have a question?  Email us at info@onesready.comFollow us on Instagram @onesreadyFollow us on YoutubeFollow us on Facebook

34mins

11 Jan 2020

Rank #11

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SOF Post Workout Recovery

Today we are talking about how important recovery is and how you should go about recovering while you’re training for the pipeline and while you’re in the pipeline.  If you’re not paying attention to your recovery efforts, you’re shortchanging yourself and putting yourself at risk for injury. Want to watch this episode on Youtube? https://youtu.be/GPz6tCXUvK4Need the show notes? onesready.com/episode/7Have a question?  Email us at info@onesready.comFollow us on Instagram @onesreadyFollow us on YoutubeFollow us on Facebook

29mins

28 Dec 2019

Rank #12

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Special Warfare Operator Enlistment

Air Force Special Warfare will be implementing some changes into the contracts of new recruits and crosstrainees called the Special Warfare Open Enlistment.  This are excited changes for the Special Warfare career fields and something that has been in the works for a long time.  The Ones Ready team will discuss what these changes are and what they mean for you going forward.  These changes will not only help the career fields, but also help to align a person's personality traits and aptitude to a Special Warfare job that best suits them.  Finally, the Ones Ready Team will give you their opinion on the changes that have already been implemented for the better part of a year.Want to watch this episode on Youtube? https://youtu.be/YCR7b7gnRe4Have a question?  Email us at info@onesready.comFollow us on Instagram @onesreadyFollow us on YoutubeFollow us on Facebook

31mins

20 Jan 2020

Rank #13

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Controlling Your Actions

Today we are talking about how you need to not only be conscious of your actions, you should also be able to control your actions.  Being able to control your reactions to events in your life will help you to become a go-to person during stressful events.  Keeping an even keel when things hit the fan is how you will be able to excel in Special Operations.Want to watch this episode on Youtube? https://youtu.be/5FUIewe6_ncNeed the show notes? onesready.com/episode/6Have a question?  Email us at info@onesready.comFollow us on Instagram @onesreadyFollow us on YoutubeFollow us on Facebook

31mins

21 Dec 2019

Rank #14

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Special Tactics Extreme Cave Rescue

Everyone is going to want to buckle up for this rollercoaster of an episode where the Ones Ready team and  “OB” discuss how the Thai Cave Rescue transpired.  These teams from numerous countries were able to work together against all odds (a continuously flooding cave, hungry and scared kids, cold water, an enormous cave network, shall I continue???).  There are some real nailbiters in this episode and you can see it in the faces of the Ones Ready team as OB explains what happened.  Everyone involved in this rescue did an outstanding job and is the reason that soccer team is alive today.  This type of high-level problem solving is exactly what Special Warfare is looking for and if this is the type of person you are, then you need to join us!  Please enjoy this episode and give us your feedback. If we didn’t answer your questions, please let us know!Want to watch this episode on Youtube? https://youtu.be/VbZ_HvEB0yQNeed the show notes? onesready.com/episode/17Have a question?  Email us at info@onesready.comFollow us on Instagram @onesreadyFollow us on YoutubeFollow us on Facebook

1hr 16mins

14 Mar 2020

Rank #15

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Failure at Special Warfare Selection

On this week's episode of the Ones Ready podcast, we talk about what failing means to us.  We have all failed in the past and really continue to fail on a daily basis (just being real with you).  We'll discuss what we mean by failing forward, failing fast and how to deal with some failures in your life. We also talk about some of our personal failures and talk about how focusing on your failures could cause you to fail over and over.  Funny enough we also discuss how one of our teammates from our time in the UK failed by jumping, focusing on a cow, hitting said cow, having said cow poop on him, and then being dragged through more poop.  It's a good little story!  Please enjoy this episode and give us your feedback. If we didn’t answer your questions, please let us know!Want to watch this episode on Youtube? https://youtu.be/E-53OYbsEmMNeed the show notes? onesready.com/episode/20Have a question?  Email us at info@onesready.comFollow us on Instagram @onesreadyFollow us on YoutubeFollow us on Facebook

1hr 9mins

11 Apr 2020

Rank #16

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Becoming an Airman

Transitioning from a civilian to an Airman can be an interesting experience, to say the least.  Learning to make your bed, fold your shirts, dress, and shower how the Air Force wants you to all while saying "why the hell am I doing it this way"?!.  The Ones Ready team will discuss their personal experiences all while discussing the hilarity of the transition and what they learned when they entered.  This one also got a little deeper than we initially expected and which could give you some insight into what Special Warfare and the Air Force, in general, is like.  You'll laugh, you'll cry, but you're probably be saying WTF even more so!Want to watch this episode on Youtube? https://youtu.be/NL5YHRiWr90Need the show notes? onesready.com/episode/11Have a question?  Email us at info@onesready.comFollow us on Instagram @onesreadyFollow us on YoutubeFollow us on Facebook

52mins

1 Feb 2020

Rank #17

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Moving Towards Obstacles

Every human has obstacles in their life that will get between them and their intended goal.  Some of these obstacles are internal obstacles like fear of heights or even your current fitness level.  Other obstacles could be external which could be family, friends, or coworkers questioning if you can make it.  Other external obstacles could be difficulties finding a pool to train in.  Obstacles large and small exist for everyone, but we cannot ignore those obstacles.  We have to move towards these obstacles and attack them intensely in order to make it to our intended goals.  It may not be easy to crush this obstacles, but we know it will be worth it in the end.  Finding the journey through these obstacles will help us to build great character traits that will serve us throughout life!Want to watch this episode on Youtube? https://youtu.be/thEEZ7dRaToNeed the show notes? onesready.com/episode/10Have a question?  Email us at info@onesready.comFollow us on Instagram @onesreadyFollow us on YoutubeFollow us on Facebook

42mins

18 Jan 2020

Rank #18

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USAF SPECIAL RECON INTERVIEW 1Z4X1

On this week's episode of the Ones Ready podcast, we sit down with one of the men that is leading the way forward for Special Warfare's Special Reconnaissance (SR), Garrick Lewis.  He has been in the military for over 20 years and is a prior service Army Forward Observer, then transitioned to be a Special Operations Weather Team (SOWT) member.  Now the transition for SOWT to SR is nearing completion, Garrick is diligently working towards ensuring SR steps off on the right foot to fill in the capability gaps that exist.  Please enjoy this episode and give us your feedback. If we didn’t answer your questions, please let us know!Want to watch this episode on Youtube? https://youtu.be/E-53OYbsEmMNeed the show notes? onesready.com/episode/19Have a question?  Email us at info@onesready.comFollow us on Instagram @onesreadyFollow us on YoutubeFollow us on Facebook

41mins

28 Mar 2020

Rank #19

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1 Year & 1 Outstanding PJ

What a year Pararescueman TSgt Kenneth "OB" O'Brien has had!  First he was part of the Thai Cave rescue operations, treated a Korean after a tractor fire, was part of President Trump's medical protection detail, saved an infant on his flight on the way to be named United States Air Force 12 Outstanding Airmen Of The Year!  All of this happened in a span of a year, while most people wait their entire career for these opportunities.  OB is an absolute stud, but he comes with baggage.  He is affectionately referred to by his teammates as a "Black Cloud", but he prefers to be considered a "Gray Cloud" because not everything that happens around him turns out bad!  Enjoy getting to know OB as we have and we look forward to having him on the podcast again. Want to watch this episode on Youtube? https://youtu.be/xEHPbcRAeRcNeed the show notes? onesready.com/episode/12Have a question?  Email us at info@onesready.comFollow us on Instagram @onesreadyFollow us on YoutubeFollow us on Facebook

52mins

8 Feb 2020

Rank #20