Lessons Learned in Boot Camp – Jocko Willink & Jason McCarthy


I love the fact that I was really young
going throughout cuz you’re just too dumb to figure I mean I just I would
look I would not want to go through wheat when I was 24 years old I wouldn’t
have wanted to go through boot camp I mean I would have done it of course but
it would have sucked even more because you understand the world a little bit a
little bit better you you’ve had some kind of a taste of freedom and I mean I
just was like hey okay you want me to do this I’m gonna do it it was like I was
the perfect recruit really always because I was just young and dumb so I
suffered some the the biggest thing I suffered from was just overthinking
stuff because I would sit and why are they doing this that’s the worst thing
that I can ask yourself yeah why it doesn’t matter yeah just do it you have
to learn how to just do and so do this is one of those things that you need to
learn in your 20s so the what will make a huge impact is who is telling you what
to do because if you align yourself with something that you don’t believe in with
a person you don’t really respect and they’re telling you what to do you’re
gonna adapt your life to their way at that time and the military it’s it’s got
a very powerful way of creating very strong people wherever you started you
will end up stronger for your time in the military and that all begins with
this basic common experience of basic training and I just I couldn’t believe
how how hard it was and how just it was completely void of all social norms and
etiquettes and all of those things I mean nothing was off-limits in terms of
their ability to denigrate you for any reason whatsoever in navy boot camp you
are in open bay barracks obviously and then the toilets are just on the wall
there’s twenty toilets in a row like you’re gonna sit down on the toilet and
then you’re gonna be looking at 19 other people that are also said there’s no
privacy whatsoever zero it’s all gone it’s just zero and then the other thing
is because this is people always you know they listen the podcast and they
hey I just didn’t listen to Marine Corps hey just listen the army
they’ll send me that message and I’m like okay 72 hours into boot camp you’re
gonna hate me here like just give it another few more weeks because the thing
that we’re not used to even as a 18 year old is you’re not used to your freedom
being completely gone completely there’s zero freedom when you get to boot camp
none zero you’re gonna be doing what someone else tells you to do you have no
freedom to do anything you can’t even go to the bathroom when you want to go to
the bathroom you throw sergeant can I go use the loo
screen you have unit so freedom whatsoever and that is as you said very
important lesson to learn on life you learn to appreciate your freedom and you
also learn to deal with the fact that hey just because some I can’t control
this aspect in my life doesn’t mean I can’t control other aspects of my life
and that’s an important thing to figure out as a young person and you kind of
learn to play the game too right like look there’s no way around this this
drill instructor this instructor is gonna do this and the only possible
thing I can do I mean other than quitting is just to shut up and just do
what you’re supposed to do it’s like okay cool that’s no options is a great
option yeah do it or do it or quit and you can’t quit boot camp you can quit
buds or Special Forces qualification course you can’t quit
you’re you literally go AWOL and then they go find you and one guy went AWOL
and they found him at the gas station you know off base or whatever trying to
get someone to buy him some coffee or something whatever and they brought him
back and you know then he was back into it except he was a guy with a bull’s-eye
on him because he’s the guy that went AWOL and they dragged him back and it’s
it’s I can’t stress enough what you just said like you have zero privacy and and
this is a culture shock for a lot of people because this is the whole
everything that we do our system is based around a culture of I right at its
basic level now you have your iPhone you have your individually wrapped
everything you have you know me me me right and that’s gonna
make you happy or that’s you know you everything is is just centered around
the individual and the the army just doesn’t prescribe to that privacy I mean
there’s all these privacy debates now social media and your data and all of
the privacy as if that’s just some right that you have and that’s fine there’s
there’s some nuance to that well let me just tell you 0% of that exists in the
military zero like you said I mean there’s just a lot of naked dudes you
know with open latrines and and it’s just that’s what it is
and you learn that that’s kind of a primordial way to exist and you are much
more in touch with how our species evolved over our entire evolution of
Homo sapiens when you join the military and you just become in tune with that
yeah and I think the most important message that gets relayed into your
brain whether you’re conscious of it or not is crystal-clear and that is this
team and this organization is more important than you are and your little
wants and needs and desires and your personality doesn’t matter when it’s
compared to the needs of this team and this group and this mission and that’s
important another very important thing to learn as a young person you’re not at
the center of the universe period the end and it’s so now as that evolved for
me one of one of the most important lessons and this is where you have to
spend a lifetime mastering it is to understand that to be a great teammate
first you have to be a great individual and then you have to submit to the team
because anybody on your SEAL Teams or my special forces teams there these are
people that can do anything with their lives they if they commit themselves
they will do it and so you have to become a master of your trade a true
professional and in that that requires the discipline that you have as an
individual when nobody’s looking over your shoulder to just continually
and sharpen sharpen the the blade write your own and then though you have to
realize that it’s not about you it’s it’s a it’s a balancing act for an
entire lifetime and the more of it the more that you do both of those in
concert the more rewarding life will be yeah and really the thing that drives
you to be as good as you can is because you know your teammates are gonna be
relying on you and if you can’t deliver that’s like the worst thing in the world
me being in the SEAL Teams like the worst thing in the world for someone and
the teams for a good seal is like oh my teammates were counting on me and I
couldn’t deliver for him that’s the that’s the lowest of the low hey look
somebody looks at me and says Oh jock was not that fast or Jocko couldn’t do
enough pull-ups or whatever it’s like oh yeah that’s on me no big deal but when
they needed me to climb that ladder they needed me to finish that road march or
move to that position and I couldn’t do it that’s that’s what always always
drives like a good team guy to be better it’s like they don’t want to let their
friends down period it’s the ultimate motivation yeah yeah like to be a part
of that community and in the community sharpens itself I mean you get guys and
competition competition breeds excellence they’re for sure and so
you’ve got this world where as iron sharpens iron so a friend sharpens a
friend and that is just everyday on the team everything’s a competition to
competition

68 thoughts on “Lessons Learned in Boot Camp – Jocko Willink & Jason McCarthy

  1. I joined at 23, turned 24 in the middle of OSUT in Ft Benning. It was quite annoying being punished due to the immaturity of 17 year olds XD

  2. The same uniform the same haircut and you go when I say go you don't s*** till I say s*** you don't eat till I say eat you don't cry till I say cry😁👍🇺🇸🇺🇸🦅 I miss it because nobody could go farther until Cochran got there they would be screaming my name Cochran Cochran Cochran I miss that

  3. I was turned 27 in basic training and yes it sucked Hahahhah. I would over think EVERYTHING ! I learned a lot though. It made me tough. 🙂

  4. 'Just cause i cant control this aspect of my life doesnt mean i cant control other aspects of life' A great point to remember thru out life.

  5. Bernie just asked me for a favor. The algorithms are funny. That was the ad I had to see. This is on the lighter side than last so lets have some fun. For me 1980 weight training class my saying was Just Do It. Then Nike a year or two later made it theirs. They built an empire I did not. That aside' as it means nothing, What I just typed that is, this is a great video. Basic training. Ultimate motivation. A higher purpose that isn't selfish. I also think that watching someone else go to the bathroom is weak. Yes we can do that in front of others but for our selves and the team we need to focus eyes forward and not look or judge another. Hopefully they do the same. I don't know how in depth in human nature the philosophy of basic training is but I tend to think it is for the purpose of teaching to look forward and ignore the act of pooping in front of others. To focus on the mission perhaps. I don't know but I like to think that way. Way lighter than suicide. That is a topic we cannot ignore. Dichotomy.

  6. After 4 months of being a 17 year old I was in Basic Training. There is no way I could have done that at 24-26.

  7. "everything is a competition". That is the real lesson! As a woman, my father taught me that. I has 6 brothers and I am the only woman and it's real. Now I have a son and I try to teach him this all the time. This times are really hard to teach anything so I try to have a really sinple life with almost zero technology, freash meals and a lot of conversation but out, in the world, everything is different and the people just give a shit about others but understand that we have to do our best every single time make the difference. Now, people notice if you are nice, if you care, if you are polite cause is not a thing nowdays.

  8. You actually can quit in boot camp, it’s called a failure to adapt. Idk if other branches have this same discharge reason but the Marine Corps does at least

  9. I almost got forced out of boot camp with the label "failure to adapt". Turns out I made a successful 4 years out of it and left honorably from USMC

  10. I never went to boot camp.
    I can't even do 1 pull-up.
    Back when I applied after high school I was a big joke. Weighing 400Lbs. 😆
    That's just where my life took me though.

  11. It depends how deep you think … that is a big reason guys over 40 make poor soldiers (besides they are aging) … they read between lines more and see the bullshit …. maybe even from a metaphysical level hopefully. A seal would be cool no sorry it would be fcking cold … I enjoy these talks because discipline is such a valuable asset not because of killing is macho.

  12. Just watched a bit of Jambe , wow beautiful, manly , artistic and with great inherent dignity, civilization has just become too "neurotic" , the military umm…….BUT I am agreement the manliness has evaporated from modern so-called male culture children have lost direction and women they don't know where they are, wimpy effeminate men trying to be what ? Without a rootedness in their own being.

    For me what would be good is some basic tuition on camping, orienteering compass map work and survival kind a "wild camping", the art of using maps terrain and bivying up , once the weather is warmer in the Uk , but we have tight laws governing this sort of thing , even cheap campsites are anywhere from £8 a night , even long hikes using compass etc , ie setting off estimating arrival at and so on , I'm usually great at getting totally lost , taking too much stuff or not essentials, does navy seal training cover any of this or all of it ?

  13. Yup, civilians are all about “I”. USMC boot camp not even allowed to say I! “Sir Recruit Braley request to speak!?”

  14. Party 1's Covert Directed Energy Torture projects in the US continue (electromagnetic radiation, sonic weapons, etc)
    Party 2's long term lack of prosecution and exploitation of the torture via non-consensual communications continue
    Party 3's unauthorized surveillance of private parts, including via gamma radiation under blankets continue

    Authorization for x10 virus carrier spread via neurological control over the next week given.

  15. Went through basic at 28. Realized "This is gonna suck- just do it, with no questions."
    Made it through with no problem. Having a difficult to pronounce last name helps:
    Drill SGT's don't want to call on you, and look dumb by mispronouncing it.

  16. I’m a young guy on my self improvement journey . Subscribe if you support the movement . Much love .

  17. McCarthy is very ego driven. That's ok, but it might cause problems for him down the line in his business.

  18. Boot camp is as easy or hard as you make it. The more you go against the grain the more you will get hammered, one way to see it is as a temporary necessity to achieving your goal. Perspective is everything just immerse yourself in it and it will fly by, do the opposite and it will feel like an eternity.

  19. Jocko, when you train BJJ do you practice and or perform wearing a Gi, or do you prefer Rash Guards? I ask because with a Gi; there are opportunities for cross armed chokes utilizing the collar; and trips using the Gi pant legs. With Rash Guard Long Sleeves or Tees and pants or shorts there is way less opportunity for uniform takedowns. So I was just inquiring; as I personally prefer Rash Guards!! By the way Brother you and Echo Charles fucking Rock!!!

  20. All I could think the whole way through was "f—in ay". I was also young going through basic, and had been an Army Cadet at school before that. I'd never really thought about it in such terms, but yeah you learn early, when it matters to learn, that you can and should be self-reliant, that you need to do your job so everyone can win, and yes that the team, the whole, is more important than you. That is a life lesson – you are literally nothing without others, you are dead in the desert alone and worthless.
    Basic was hard, but 17 years later I still think about what it taught me.

  21. 24 in Army Infantry Basic. They called me Pop. Battle buddy was 31 they called him Gramps. We knew enough about real life to do what was asked. Tried to keep the rest of the platoon out of trouble.

  22. Had a guy try to mark me for talking during chow. I challenged him on it and he didn’t mark us. Was so tired wasn’t sure if I did or not just figured to challenge it. Good structured environment and good habits to carry on. And never again volunteer yourself.

  23. okay, so I realize this is not the same, like at all, but I went to beauty school starting at 17. I look back at that now, and I'm so happy I did it so young, fresh outa working at fast food type jobs to save up for it……because doing perms on old ladies is terrifying. And I don't think I would have completed that bullshit past 21. Younger is an advantage sometimes.

  24. Ha! I went to Parris Island at 24. I hated that the young folks couldn’t see why we were being asked to do things. Having to redo things because some young knucklehead couldn’t figure out, JUST DO WHAT THE DI says!

  25. Sneaking off and taking naps on the ground in the showers. The entire floor is covered with bodies, like human tetris

  26. I spent 9 months in USMC Bootcamp before graduating. I pushed through it and made it, but I honestly can't wait to get out and do something else.

  27. So you guys got to learn in bootcamp what most of us learn at work?
    Don't your arms get sore from patting each other on the back all the time?

  28. Yeah, agree. I went active duty 1 week after high school graduation. I was young and dumb for sure. I had zero parental guidance and wished someone would have guided me as far as career choice. I ended up in a good field but there were other options that I wasn’t aware of until later on. Hard way to learn

  29. Me going through basic at 27 years old… 🙄🙄🙄 can you stop yelling and teach us actual Air Force shit, pls

  30. I joined at 29 and absolutely love my perspective on it all! Everyone's experience is their own! I wouldn't change a thing.

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