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I will attempt to list everything I have done to the jeep.  The list is long but filled with awesome parts.  Everything on the jeep works as it should.  A/C blows ice cold, power windows and locks as well as factory CD player and subwoofer.
I started with a 4” Procomp lift but used Bilstein 5100 monotube shocks on all four corners as well as the steering stabilizer.  If you have never driven a vehicle with Bilstein shocks you are missing out.  Truly the best shock made.  It rides better than when the Jeep was stock.  
I added 38x13.50x18 Toyo Open Country MT’s wrapped around Moto Metal 18X10 961’s in black with color matched inserts.  Speaking of color matched, as what probably grabbed your eyes from the start is the paint.  The jeep has a custom blended anthracite colored Kevlar coated paint job.  If you haven’t seen this in person then it’s time to check that off your bucket list.  It won’t scratch or fade, it is very hard to dent, easy to clean (just hit it with a hose) and will last forever.  Every time I drive this Jeep people just stare or take pitures.  Most people haven’t seen a paint job like this.  If you don’t like getting attention every where you go then this probably isn’t the jeep for you.
I also added Bushwacker flat flares to give it the right “Jeep” look and they were also painted to match.  I used Rugged Ridge black powder coated aluminum hinge covers and tail light covers to give it a little contrast and protection.  Also from Rugged ridge is the heat extractor hood that was also painted to match except for the heat extraction vents.  Up front is a Smittybilt modular bumper.  I just used the center section because I like the stubby look but mid width and full width end plates can be added as well as a stinger or bull bar.  In the bumper is a Smittybilt 8,000 pound winch with synthetic rope.
If you have ever owned a jeep you know that the factory lights are garbage.  I upgraded the lights with KC lights that convert to H4 bulbs and then had Amber colored Oracle halo rings installed.  I also added a 20” LED light bar with amber covers to help with those night rides and too match the amber halos.  I also added a set of Recon smoked front marker lights.
Out back is a Warrior industries rock crawler bumper.  I just wanted something back there to give strength and protection but didn’t want some big crazy looking bumper.  I replaced the factory spare with a Poison Spyder Tramp Stamp and tag holder.  LED tag lights were custom wired to illuminate the tag and a pair of Delta industries auxiliary brake lights were frenched in to the tailgate to add additional brake lights for safety.
Jeeps are meant to be driven with the top down.  I added a spider web shades mesh top.  It blocks out 95% of UV rays and really makes the jeep so nice to drive even in the middle of the day.  The nice thing about the spider shade is that it never has to be removed.  The soft top can be up or down and the spider shade never has to move.  The soft top is a brand new Factory Mopar top.  The side bars are also new.  For getting in and out of the jeep I think the factory side bars are the best.  If your gonna do some rock crawling you may want to switch those out for something steel or aluminum.
To give the Jeep a little performance upgrade and a nice sound I added a Banks cold air intake up front and a Magnaflow stainless steel exhaust with dual tips.  It makes the jeep really sound good but is not loud at all.
Inside the jeep I pretty much left alone.  I added Smittybily neoprene seat covers in black.  I also added Mopar tire tread floor mats in the front and rear and a weather tech cargo liner in the cargo area.
There has been less than 500 miles put on the jeep since all the work was completed.  All work was professionally done by 4 Wheel Parts and Big D’s Muscle Cars.
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I just went through the Oct 13 board and got picked up (Army O3). In order for you to even be considered you must have a conditional release (DD 368) signed by your branch manager. If you read the instructions on the second page of the DD368 it merely says “signed by unit commander or designated representative”. Trust me on this one, your unit commander’s signature is not sufficient. If you’re picked up you will not have a break in service. You will be wearing ACUs one day, and swear into the CG the very next day.

The process is not terribly complex. The first step is to contact a recruiter near you. The next board is meeting on 01 Dec 14. However, all of your paperwork must be to the recruiter, error free, by 22 Sept 14 so he can send it up to CGRC. I was released from the Army without an issue (no ADSO) and with the current climate of drawing down I highly doubt you’ll have an issue even with an ADSO. As far as backlash from your command, it all depends on your command. Mine was exceptionally supportive, but I’ve also heard the exact opposite from others who have tried to do this. Test the waters, but bottom line, don’t keep them in the dark. You’ll be guaranteed to experience backlash if you do.

Look at this website to see if you meet the qualification standards:
http://www.gocoastguard.com/active-…nities/programs/direct-commission-aviator-dca

This link will take you to the program forms and deadlines:
http://www.gocoastguard.com/active-duty-careers/officer-opportunities/plan-your-next-move

If you have any other questions let me know. Good luck.

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Push-up and sit-up improvement- 
Find the maximum number of repetitions, that you are able to perform in one minute for push-ups and sit-ups.  Do this once a week.  Once you find your max, subtract ten.  Three times a week perform that number of repetitions for three sets with one-minute rest in between sets.  Example: your max set is 40 push-ups/sit-ups.  Subtract ten.  You would do three sets of 30 with a minute rest in-between sets for a total of 90 repetitions.  After a week, find your max again for one minute.  This is your new starting point.

2-mile run improvement-
Interval training- Start with a known quarter mile distance (most Posts and schools have a quarter mile track) with a w/stop watch.  Divide the time you want to run one mile in by four.  This will be your target work/fast lap pace.  The interval will be one work/fast lap to one slow lap.  Example: your target is a six-minute mile, this divided by four would be 1 ½ minutes.  Your work/fast lap pace would be 1 ½ minutes.  Therefore, the workout would be one work/fast quarter-mile lap with one slow recovery lap.  Do this for a total of four work/fast quarter-mile laps and four rest laps.  On the slow lap, it’s alright to walk but try to do a slow jog.  Once you can consistently stay at your target lap pace decrease the distance on your rest lap.  Continue this over a period of time until your running at least one mile at you’re target pace.

The APFT is a crucial event for success at Green Platoon.  Do a diagnostic APFT and do these workouts for a month then do another APFT.  You will see an improvement. 

4-6 mile runs

Most of the distance runs in Green Platoon are performed at the Army standard pace of nine-minute miles.  If you are not used to running distance it is best to increase your mileage by only 10% per week, for example: start with a two-mile run, then the following week you would run 2.20 miles.  Try to work up to at least 4-5 miles.  By gradually increasing the distance, you will lessen the chance of over-use injuries.

Shoes are an extremely important part of running.  Most of the running we do in the Army is on roads which provide little to no impact absorption.  Therefore, depending on how fast you are running it equates up to seven times your body weight each time your foot strikes the ground.  It is paramount that you select the right shoe for your activity and body type.  There are several good websites that can point you in the right direction.  One of them is: http://www.runnersworld.com.  This site offers a lot of good information, not only on shoes but on other training tips that are very helpful.

The importance of stretching cannot be over emphasized.  It’s best to do light stretching before running then during cool-down a more in-depth session.  The reason being most runs are in the morning.  Muscles contract as we sleep and if stretching is the first thing do, you are more apt to tear something.  Do not: stretch if you feel pain, bounce, or hold a stretch beyond 20-30 seconds.  The main muscles you want to concentrate on are your calves, hamstrings, quadriceps, and hip muscles.  As with shoes, the best resource is the internet.  A search done under “stretching for runners” will net a lot of useful information. 

4-10 mile road marches w/ 45 pound rucksack

All road marches performed in Green Platoon are to the Army standard of 15-minute miles. As with running, a gradual build-up with both distance and rucksack weight is recommended.  If you have not rucked in a while start out with a short distance and with a 20-pound rucksack.  Gradually increase both distance and weight to lessen the chance of overuse injuries.

The most important factor in road marching is the care and maintenance of your feet.  There are numerous ways and tricks on this subject.  Here are some proven techniques.  This is by no means all-inclusive, the best teacher is experimentation.  Again, by gradually increasing distance and weight you will be able to find what works best for you without tearing your feet up.

Boots- Ensure the boots you bring to Green Platoon are well broken in.  Boots with a good broken in upper will lessen “hot spots.”  However, as important as it is to have a broken in upper you need to ensure that the soles of your boots are in good shape.  If your soles are worn, you can get them re-soled relatively cheap (about $40). 
A good way to break in a new pair, or condition an older pair, is the use of saddle soap.  With a new pair: thoroughly soak the boots.  Take a brush and laundry detergent and scrub them.  This will remove many of the protectants that make the leather of your boots stiff.  With the boots still wet apply a coat of saddle soap and wear them around until dry.  DO NOT ROAD MARCH WITH WET BOOTS.  Wearing them around the barracks or doing yard work will be enough for the leather to conform to your feet as they dry.  Once they dry, apply several more coats of saddle soap.  Let each coat dry before adding a new coat. It’s best to do this over a period of several days.  Older boots over time build up not only polish but sweat and dirt as well.  So, start out by cleaning them with a scrub brush and then apply saddle soap.  Repeated use of saddle soap will not only soften the leather but will ensure that they stay waterproofed. 
Socks- It’s is best to wear two pairs of wool socks.  The friction is absorbed between the socks and therefore kept away from your foot.  You can substitute the inter pair of socks (closest to your foot) with dress socks or even nylons.  Experiment and see which works best for you. 
Mole skin- Moleskin can be used not only when blisters form but also on known hot spots prior to a road march.  Again, experiment and see what works best for you.  

Rope climb/pull-ups

Rope climbing and pull-ups are both awesome for upper body development.  You will be required to climb a 20’ rope and do pull-ups as part of organized physical training.

Pull-up improvement-
If you can do pull-ups, there are several good workouts to increase the number of repetitions you can perform.  Here are two:
·        Find the number of repetitions you can perform comfortably.  Then pick the number of repetitions you want to be able to do consecutively.  The workout is to do a set of the number of pull-ups you do comfortably, with a minute rest, until it totals the number that you want to do consecutively.  Example: you can do a comfortable set of five pull-ups and want to do a set of consecutive 50 pull-ups.  Workout would be 5 reps, 1 minute rest for a total of 10 sets.  As you get stronger, decrease the rest between sets. 
·         Ladder sets.  Perform one repetition then drop from the bar for a short rest.  Then remount and do two repetitions, short rest then three repetitions.  Keep going until you reach muscle failure.  The rest should be brief, not more than 30-60 seconds.  As this workout becomes easier, you can work your way back down once you hit failure.  Example: You reach failure at ten.  The next set would be nine repetitions, then eight, and so on. 

If you cannot do pull-ups at all, a good way to start is by doing negatives.  A negative pull-up is performed by grabbing the bar while standing on a crate or chair until it is about eye level.  Jump from that platform until your chin is above the bar.  Slowly let yourself down until your arms are locked out.  Remount the platform and repeat.  The key is to let yourself down as slowly as you possibly can.  Do as many repetitions as you can. 

Rope climb improvement-
Rope climbing is not just a great upper body exercise; it is a tremendous confidence builder as well.  If you can do five pull-ups, you will have no problem climbing a 20’ rope.  Climbing a rope is more technique than strength.  There are several techniques for rope climbing, find what works best for you.  As a rule of thumb start at the bottom of the obstacle and grab the rope as high as you can.  Holding on with your hands pull your legs up as high as you can “inch worm” style.  Grasp the rope with your feet by either squeezing the rope between your legs or wrapping the rope around your feet.  Once you have “anchored” yourself in, climb hand over hand with your hands as high as you can reach.  Continue this technique until you reach the top.  Once at the top, you can descend the rope FAST rope style by holding the rope between your feet and doing a reverse hand over hand technique until you reach the bottom of the obstacle.

Bottom-line

If you know that you are on assignment to the 160th, the time to prepare is now.  If you do this, or any training, for a month or so you will have no problem completing the physical demands of Green Platoon.  Good luck.

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