I found Robin Sage the most difficult phase. I was one of the last 1st Lieutenants allowed in SF and actually was an XO on a team in 10th Group before that was phased out for Warrant Officers. For Robin Sage I was also an XO, and had a captain on my team who was the nominal team leader — except he was a dentist. Seriously. Other than what he’d learned in Phase I, he had no field experience. And the team sergeant was an E-7 who’d come from Air Defense Artillery and his field experience was nominal. I had to walk a find line of deferring while actually trying to make sure we accomplished our missions. The key was to use the strengths of the different members, including some very experienced NCOs with less rank than the team sergeant. However, Robin Sage is essentially a mind-fuck. Constant lose-lose scenarios. They want to see how you think, perform under pressure and, most importantly, work with others. SF isn’t about being a lone warrior, bad-ass. It’s about performing as part of a team.

If I could have remained a Captain, and alternated assignments between a team and what REMF job the Army wanted and then back to a team, I would have gladly done so.

Originally published at www.quora.com.

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