SERE graduation took place outside of Columbia, S.C. on a warm day, but not an excessively hot day, like the day we dropped my teen and his friend off.
E (my teen) said they had black flag conditions for almost all of the first week. They swam out to an island in the middle of driving rain and nearly sideways wind, stayed for two days while it poured, then came back when the weather turned nasty. LOL They did not have to eat squirrels, but survived off of one MRE per day, plus whatever they could catch. My son's group caught freshwater clams, but not enough to really fill their bellies. They were hunted by "Nazis" and learned how to throw knives and shoot their M-16s.
E didn't get any special awards, but he was asked to return next year to staff it and has already agreed to do so. I guess he didn't have that horrible of a time. He said why he was having such a hard time at first was the black flag conditions and the lack of food--they weren't getting enough calories to take care of their bodies' basic needs. The doc stepped in and that changed fast. Next year, this won't be a problem.
There are 40 Naval Sea Cadets hiding in the woods. Can you find them?
My baby with his rifle:
My baby getting his certificate from the XO:
My baby with his rifle again:
My baby with a Bushmaster BA 50 cal:
My baby in ranks:
Before they marched the cadets out of the woods, they threw a smoke screen:
The colors (and our silver Subaru in the background):