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Navy SEAL Jocko Willink Breaks Down Combat Scenes From Movies | GQ

Navy SEAL Jocko Willink Breaks Down Combat Scenes From Movies | GQ
if your reserve parachute doesn't work the procedure is basically you're going to hand salute the world and you're going to hit the dirt because you're going to die hi this is

jocko

willink

and this is the breakdown this is the movie

navy

seal

s what's our altitude it's about 30 000. that's six miles up halo jump is high altitude low opening you skydive through the radar so they don't see you you go at such a high altitude that they can't pick you up and then you open your parachute at a low altitude where the radar isn't effective you'd be using this if you wanted to go somewhere and you didn't want anyone to know you were there it allows you to get in without being detected halo jumping is fun so if you're just training you're going to have a good time if it's night

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equipment halo jump there's going to be a little bit more intensity in the situation but if it's just a fun free fall that you're doing during the day for good times everyone will have a good attitude and be having fun with it let's go back loading magazines that's pretty unrealistic you should have your gear prepped prior to the jump procedures 45 minutes at the beach landing side that's one thing they usually miss in military

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is in a helicopter or an aircraft it's so loud in there you can't just be having a normal conversation you've got to yell and scream at each other or write stuff down or use hand...
navy seal jocko willink breaks down combat scenes from movies gq
and arm signals how much time 30 seconds means you're 30 seconds from going out this right here super complex six minutes if you have a long flight sure somebody might be reading a book why not almost every mission that i went on was in a vehicle and in a vehicle we weren't reading books because when you're in a vehicle outside the wire then you have to be paying attention for ambushes and whatnot outside the wire just means wherever you're stationed you have a perimeter and the perimeter's got you know a wall around it there's barbed wire on the wall barbed wire so therefore we're inside the wire and then the enemy is outside the wire you know c-130 is the actual transport plane that the military used for decades and now we have newer planes but i think this film is from 1990 and it's probably pretty accurate that a c-130 would be used the c in c-130 is designated as a cargo plane people think that it's bad flying in a cargo plane it's actually awesome and people string up hammocks and put down ground pads and get in sleeping bags and it's like time travel because you just go to sleep and you wake up and you're at your destination i actually enjoyed traveling in cargo plants good times let me fast forward a bit when you jump out of an airplane you're going to have an altimeter which is going to tell you what your altitude is you're gonna have a parachute and in this particular one where they're jumping above 13 000...
navy seal jocko willink breaks down combat scenes from movies gq
feet you need oxygen so they have oxygen on it's just an oxygen mask they're going to depressurize the cabin so they can open up and that way you're not breathing that thin air that's why they need to put those oxygen masks on jesus dame it doesn't look good i wouldn't jump it if i were you what's happening right there is actually pretty realistic having your buddy check out your equipment in the

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teams and really in all branches of the military you rely on each other to make sure you're safe the guy's checking the other person's pins on his rig to make sure that they're going to deploy his parachute properly and then he's actually messing with him which is pretty normal too if you know someone's scared of parachuting then he's gonna get messed with a little bit more never let anyone know that you're scared of anything just keep it to yourself someone on the team is called a jump master and that person is actually checking the navigation and checking the position and making sure that we're exiting the aircraft at the right point there's an actual school that you go to to become a jump master and inside a platoon of 16 guys there'd probably be two or three jump masters that could run a jump three two one that's real yep the light system where it's a red light that means hold and when that light turns green that's the signal to go you gotta remember that that aircraft's moving very fast...
navy seal jocko willink breaks down combat scenes from movies gq
so if someone jumps then you wait five seconds you're gonna be too far separated so yeah you go out in a very tight group you stay close for a while once you get close to opening then you separate a little bit because yeah obviously once your parachutes are open you don't want people hitting each other so for a jump like this you get to 2 500 feet you're checking your altimeter the whole way down you get a little separation from the other members of the team this is your signal it's called waving so everyone knows that you're about to pull your parachute and then you look in at your rip cord when you pull your rip cord out your parachute deploys so what you should feel when you pull your rip cord is a little bit of a delay and then something called the pilot chute it's a spring-loaded small parachute that thing jumps off your back and it grabs air and then that's what pulls out the rest of your parachute you're all of a sudden pulled you know it's like coming to an abrupt stop in the air so that's what it's supposed to feel like but as you can see in this particular situation this guy isn't going to feel a very hard shock because he's having a malfunction there's a bunch of different things that can go wrong with a parachute i had one malfunction in my career see that there's a little square there right right by his hands above his hands it's called the slider and it actually comes down it's up with the...
parachute and as your parachute opens up it slides down towards the base and sometimes that can get hung up it's called a hung slider and what it does is that that small square of fabric keeps the whole parachute stuck together that's what i had and my parachute was just not opening what do you do when your parachute doesn't open you follow the procedures you know we train really hard to know what the procedures are there's some things that you can do some procedures you can do to try and get to clear that malfunction so in my case i was pulling on the risers to see if i could get that slider loose to start to come down it wasn't working i'm checking my altimeter because at 1900 feet i said okay this parachute isn't going to work and so then you go through your cutaway procedures you arch to get your body position correct you look at your cutaway it's called a cutaway pillow you grab it you pull that and then you look at your reserve handle you grab it you pull that the first one cuts away your main parachute so that it's not going to interfere with anything and there's actually a mechanism that when you cut away your main parachute it starts to deploy your reserve parachute sometimes you don't even need to pull the rep cord hopefully you get a good solid shoot at that point which i'm sitting here today which means my reserve parachute worked thankfully there's been guys that have survived what's called a partial...
malfunction meaning that they have some fabric up above them that's slowing them down a little bit but if you're going terminal velocity and you hit the ocean the ground doesn't really matter you're you're dead all right let me play that this is a partial malfunction so you can see some of his parachute is open now if you hit the ground with that type of parachute it's going to be a real problem i mean you're going to be severely injured but if you hit the water with that kind of parachute it's i mean you have a chance so there's a cutaway and there is his reserve barely opens when he hits the water get a decent amount of cloth over his head once you hit the water now you need to assemble your crew and normally you'd be jumping out with a boat i think in this particular scene they commence immediately on a dive which is which is not very realistic the distance that you'd have to travel on the dive if you were to parachute in you'd have to be at least over the horizon which is 12 nautical miles out to sea you're not going to be able to dive 12 nautical miles there's no human diver that could do that so that's pretty unrealistic this is active valor blackbeard loud and clear standing by on this fit i think what they're trying to simulate here is something called a rigid hole inflatable boat which is a kind of common craft used in the

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teams it's actually used for these type of situations that they're...
showing right now in this movie which is moving up a riverway where you have a little bit more latitude to use a bigger craft listen to your location 15 mics just stands for minutes mics is minutes it's kind of interchangeable so the things on their helmet this guy's got an actual light i don't know why he's got it pointing backwards but he's got a normal camping headlight and then the other thing that they've got is a night vision mount but there's no night vision on their gear right now well we move underwater a lot but we do it while we're diving so appearing like that is not very realistic one of the hardest things about maintaining weapon is bringing it through the water especially in the ocean this is regular fresh water so it's going to be a little bit easier it's still when you get out of the water you have to make sure that the barrel is clear and you have to drain the water out of the weapon just because you're in the

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teams does not mean that you are a sniper sniper is a specialized school that guys go to and there's a bunch of different schools you could be a communications expert you could be a medic you could be what's called a breacher where you work explosives to open doors i was a communicator so i went to a communication school i went to a ton of other schools on top of that but as far as major designations of scrolls i didn't go to sniper and i wasn't a breacher either freeze this frame the...
reason you haven't seen a drone like this before is because in terms of drone technology this is ancient these were very difficult to fly i mean nowadays they have little quadcopter drones that a five-year-old could fly around if they wanted to these were a lot harder to fly you had to be a little bit more of a pilot to make them work it didn't take very long for these types of drones to not be used by anyone for just about any mission you're going to try and maintain security and silence for as long as you possibly can and then the biggest thing you want to get on the enemy is surprise let me pause it right here it's just kind of not realistic at all i guess they're trying to make things look cool it always surprises me a little bit because like i said it's the best job in the world you don't really need to do anything to it to make it seem cool it is cool it's awesome so as far as like a random dude being able to put his hands up to time this sniper shot it's dumb one of the things that makes being in the

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teams difficult is a lot of it is based around the water if you're going to be wet all day guess what else you're going to be you're going to be cold and if you're in a cold environment going in and being wet is definitely something that's going to affect you we actually do use dry suits that keep us dry as we go across a wetsuit lets water in and it creates a very small layer of water between you and the ocean...
that actually stays warm a dry suit keeps you warm by keeping the water completely out and you wear warmer clothes underneath it but then you have a problem of dealing with a dry suit i think one of the things that makes the

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s good is we have to deal with that water element all the time and so when we go out and perform missions where there's no water involved it always feels a lot easier freeze this frame when you go to sniper school you actually build your own that's called the ghillie suit what they're wearing when you go to sniper school you actually build your own ghillie suit there's parts of it that you can buy but essentially they built those ghillie suits themselves and they will adapt that ghillie suit for different environments so if they're in a jungle environment they'll make it more green if they're in a desert environment they'll make it more sand colored and just depending on what environment you're in you'll adapt your ghillie suit to match that the tap on the shoulder right there it just means hey i'm the last guy and when i tap you on the shoulder that means you can leave that security position the problem with the hallway is there's a lot of unknown space ahead of you behind every one of those doors could be a threat so what you have to do is you have to maintain that security if somebody just throws a hand grenade down that hallway it's going to be a problem if somebody sticks a weapon around one of...
those doors and starts shooting it's going to be a problem so hallways are definitely not somewhere we like to hang out the person that's looking forward has to maintain that front security the person that's behind them or maybe two people back is actually controlling the flow of the rest of the guys i've got two squares coming out the back door everyone's wearing a radio certainly they'll utilize the radios if you're out of line of sight of someone else also you just use verbal commands i mean once the shooting is started we're not surprising anyone so we'll talk to each other especially people that are in the vicinity rather than having 30 people in the element all talking on their radios trying to explain things it's better to have the groups that are isolated together communicate just verbally if you have to communicate with someone that you're not within line of sight then you can get on the radio this is american sniper you said aqi has a sniper in the olympics but iraq has a qualified shooter in three games the film is actually about chris kyle when i was attacking your commander chris kyle was in task and bruiser that was my task unit when the film came out they actually had a screening for us down in coronado

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team three that's when i saw the movie a task unit is two

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ed platoons combined together then with a small headquarters element over it that's what a task unit is well that's because my stuff is not...
iraq in this particular case what they're trying to show is that the sniper's not gonna be alone he's gonna have some kind of security with them because if you're alone and you're looking down your sniper rifle then no one's covering your back in this they're showing chris with one other guy the reality of the situation in ramadi which is where chris was with me wasn't just two guys or three guys most of the time it was seven eight ten fifteen twenty guys to maintain a sniper position two things that are kind of diametrically opposed that are going on when you're in a situation like this they all want some kind of protection which is why they're staying close to a wall which is that makes sense however if you get too bunched up and a roadside bomb or an ied goes off a booby trap goes off obviously the closer you are together the more people it's going to wound hey there's times when you get punched up and you might be with two or three people to hold down a corner but any military individual that's watching that is not going to get a good feeling seeing everyone bunched up like that i mean you couldn't see much of the breach but essentially what a breach is you put a big explosive breaching charge which are especially made charges that blow doors open you take a step back and blow the charge out i mean that's pretty normal there's advantages to breaching as well so when you detonate an explosive breaching charge...
that's going to stun the people in the room too so there's some advantages but there's also times where you want to maintain you know silence so there's advantages and disadvantages to both hey you don't mind if i'll roll with you hey man let me see let's go by me when we were in the battle ramadi every operation we went out on we had army

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air force marines with us all the time i think this is representing a marine corps element they're calling the legend like 24 confirmed kills wow lose count if the situation is going to call for him to have like a really long reach be able to shoot very long distances he's probably going to carry a specialized long-distance sniper weapon in an urban environment like this be pretty common just to carry one weapon that you can use a little bit in both environments hey what's that me man reach her up tap into your helmet like that which actually the shooting hand came off chris would would not take his hand off his trigger and be ready to shoot this right here is breacher up i talked about breachers earlier that means this door is locked or the decision has been made to use some kind of explosive reaching charge here get down get down the ground right now let me break this down a little bit what's difficult about fighting in a city is you have civilians that are running around intermixed with the enemy that you're fighting one thing we have to remember about the battle fallujah is there was...
very strong warnings to everyone that was civilians to get out of the city and the people that stayed there were considered hostile why are you here what you're supposed to be evacuating this area why are you still here if you've been told that everyone in the city is going to be hostile then they're probably taking the right approach showing chris sitting there holding his weapon on this little kid chris wouldn't waste his time with that he would move on to this adult immediately what you're trying to do is get control that's what you're trying to do you don't know what's happening when you walk into a room you don't know what's happening things aren't as they seem so what you're trying to do when you get into rooms you're trying to get control of the room i actually just mean get control of the human beings that are in there that could mean telling them to get down on the ground and they're not moving anymore cool you have control now you need to actually make sure that they don't have any weapons make sure they're not rigged with a suicide vest or something like that so that they can't attack you clearing houses what you're doing is trying to make sure there's no bad guys in there if they're in the streets you can take them out but they're going to go into buildings they're going to go into houses it's a civilian populace that really suffers and you know in ramadi where i was...
the civilians were the ones that were suffering the worst because they were catching it from both sides we would have iraqi soldiers with us or interpreters that would talk to the family and sometimes you sense some uncomfortable situation and all of a sudden you realize there's a person in that house that wasn't from that family well guess what they were an insurgent they were a foreign fighter and then we could catch them and take them out this is lone survivor where i see it we got three options one let him go hike up probably be found in less than an hour two we tie them up hike out roll the dice they'll probably be eaten by wolves or freeze to death three terminate the compromise you know in the

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teams most of the time everyone has the same general idea of what we should do unless something is just grievously a bad call then someone might say hey boss that's not a good call right now but yeah for someone in a small group like this they just talk to him and she said this is not rare at all for a group of

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s to kind of discuss how we're going to do something now ultimately that decision rides on the commander and whoever's in charge of that element is the one that's going to say hey this was my decision and this is what we did you can't as a leader once you make a decision or once consensus comes in and then things go wrong you don't say well you know that's what everyone wanted to do you don't do that you're the one...
with the final decision-making power you can get consensus you can take suggestions from other people but ultimately when you're the leader you're in charge you'll own that decision that you make we let him go 20 more will die next week rules of engagement says we cannot touch them i understand and i don't care i care about you i care about you i care about you i care about you yeah you get a very specific rules of engagement brief you know what the rules are they could be as specific as you're not allowed to cuff females or you're not allowed to enter a mosque or you're not allowed to go past a certain line on a map there's going to be parameters that you're allowed to operate within the big difference is in the

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teams the briefing is done by the members of the platoon and everyone kind of briefs their section so for instance the point man will get up and explain the route that we're going to take to get to the target area so that's all done by that point man let's say the breach team is going to go in and do a breach on a on a wall or on a gate the breach leader will take over that part of the brief and say okay once we get here bill you're going to be there joe you're going to be here breacher's going to come up set the charge then we're going to take cover back here so everyone kind of individually briefs their portion of the mission so it's a collaborative effort the briefs we try to keep the briefs...
to an hour you know after an hour there shouldn't be so much information that it takes more than that and after an hour guys hard drives are full we want them to know the important things that we want them to understand the flow of the mission and then once they have that that's it it is a big deal to break the rules of engagement but at the same time rules of engagement are written in such a way that if you think you need to do something to protect your troops or the mission then you can pretty much do what you need to do to make that happen and so this is a tough decision to make they want to execute this mission they know they're going after a bad guy that's killed americans and at the same time they got some people that they're suspect of but they can't confirm so it's a very tough decision to make this is captain phillips in this particular situation it's a maritime environment it's on boats and

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s are the maritime component of u.s special operations so if there's a strictly water operation like this it's most likely going to be

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s that are going to be executing that operation sir the pirates have just issued a threat what's the translation if he moves again shoot him that looks like it's just the control room on a

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ship that's what it looks like there's a bunch of screens there there's a lot of communications going on in there there might be 10 or 15 people that are in there observing what's...
going on and communicating with each other that's one of the things that we do all the time when we're training is we shoot what we call hostage scenarios so they'll put a friendly target in front of a non-friendly target and we'll have to go in and shoot the bad guy without shooting the good guy my task unit conducted one hostage rescue during our deployment to ramadi where we went and rescued a 15 or 16 year old kid that had been kidnapped by insurgents and was being held for ransom rescued that kid and it was successful something that we trained for it doesn't happen very often hostage rescues are very challenging situations because if you know a building's filled with bad guys well then you can be very liberal in how you employ your weapon systems if you're going against a target where you know there's friendlies there like a hostage then you have to be much more discriminatory in how you engage the enemy alpha and charlie red we are three red this time i am a lightbulb this is the negotiator if you harm the hostage we do not have a deal i've never heard of a negotiation going down in a military scenario because we're assuming that the people that have the hostages are hostile and what they need to do is die you know the the

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s that conducted this operation are some of the best guys in the entire world and when they're going to take a shot they're going to be ready to take that shot and i don't know about this...
coordination system if they used it awesome but if they didn't it wouldn't matter these guys are going to get the job done roger stop the toe execute generally decentralized command is what we're dealing with so in that case where the snipers are co-located like that they'd probably be just communicating amongst themselves you want your subordinate teams when they launch you want them to have the green light to go when things are ready so that's a little bit micromanaged but i don't know how it unfolded exactly for real we do know one thing they rescued that guy and killed the bad guys so credit a lot of my vocabulary is infected because i was in the

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teams my whole adult life i mean occasionally i'll get a funny look if i say check for instance that's one where if you tell me something i might say back to you check that means i understand and i'm good with what you're saying no factor which is you tell me that something's going on i might look at you and say no factor which means i got this and those are good ones because they're used a lot i mean you can use a lot in everyday life you know if someone says oh no there's you know traffic on the highway no factor i'll take the side roads like just normal stuff like that but yeah there's a ton of things that we say in the in the military it's just the way it is you go to any organization they're gonna have their own little words that they use that's...
just the way i talk now this is zero dark 30. helicopters are definitely one of the most common modes of transportation but again it varies from place to place when i was in the battle ramadi the couple times that they did fly over the city when we were there they got shot at heavily even to extract a wounded guy we'd have to get him out of the city into one of the secure bases to get someone in a helicopter even for fire support you know on in the battle romani fire support was almost all tanks and tankers so god bless those guys for what they did but in a situation like this they're traveling long distances in afghanistan they used helicopters all the time dogs are are pretty common their senses that they have what they can do to be blunt about it you can put them in situations where you wouldn't want to risk the life of a human being they use them for sniffing for explosives as well they're great assets to have yeah it looks like they're just naming what those helicopters are called and that's normal different aircraft will have different call signs in this case they're prince52 and prince51 i think what they're trying to represent is different phase lines of an operation so in other words as you move in towards a target you'll have different marks when you get past those marks you'll call them up the chain of command so everyone knows hey we're at phase line alpha phase line bravo so everyone's kind of aware of where the...
mission is as it takes place hey justin what are you listening to tony robbins tony robbins really used to listen to it i got plans for after this it looks like he's got some noise cancelling headsets over his iphone so he'd probably be able to pull it off crank up the volume that's just the border between afghanistan and pakistan guaranteed to have a face line at that border we just crossed the border now entering pakistan pakistani comes no chatter even though they've crossed into pakistani land they're not hearing any communication from anyone so they're saying hey look we've gone into pakistan but no one's talking about it which is a positive sign their night vision it looks like in all these sometimes there's some more advanced goggles that have thermo as well but from what i can see in these pictures it just looks like regular night vision yeah some of those are just even more advanced night vision goggles that give you a better field of view people get adapted to them it takes you know a couple hours of walking around and you're you're adapted to them if you come into a bright room and it bleeds out your night vision raise your head a little bit and you can look underneath your night vision it's not that big of a deal or you can just flip them up you go into a dark room you can just kind of knock your head forward a little bit and those night vision will slip back down so everyone finds their own little techniques on on...
how they're going to do it 30 seconds yeah basically there's a big thick rope grab hold of that rope and you slide down like a fireman going down a fireman's pole pretty straightforward stay tight stay close when the bird sets down and takes off you want your group to be assembled pretty closely until you start to move towards the target i'd say one of the big misconceptions that people have of people that are in the

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teams is that they're some kind of superhuman individuals you got to remember that

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s are just people and they train really hard work really hard to try and be good at our jobs but they're still people and they're not just terminated robots we watch a bunch of

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of these different operations or these fictitious operations but we got to remember that the

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s just like every other branch of the service has taken massive casualties not only in our history but in these recent wars so even though it might look cool you got to remember that there's been real sacrifices made not just by the

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s themselves not just by the marines in the army and the air force but the families that are at home as well that suffer those losses and live with those for the rest of their lives we always have to remember what the real sacrifices are that was my breakdown thanks for watching