the best school I ever failed

Yikes! Who would post something like that?

I mean you get your butt kicked and tell everyone about how you failed.


You see, when you attend a very high level school everyone doesn’t make it.

This school was Jump Master School at Fort Bragg.

The grading there was extremely tough, right down to the day of graduation.

I had made it all the way through and had one more test called JMPI. I missed the cutoff time to complete the test by about 4 seconds.

That didn’t matter. I was out. I wouldn’t graduate.

Military schools are not like civilian “feel good” schools. Either you have what it takes or you don’t and no one gives a rip about your feelings or self-esteem. That’s how it is and that’s how it should be.

Having low standards is like not having any.

Letting everyone pass is ludicrous.

I am thankful that Jump Master School was that demanding.

It taught me a lot, and I have carried those lessons forward ever since.

Keep the bar high in your own training and coaching of others.

No slack!

Published by ironcave1

I was the owner of the Cave, a strength-based, veteran-owned, unconventional coaching facility, which closed on May 31, 2022 after almost 12 years. My full focus is now on bringing our steelclub and mace training called Mace Fit out to the public. Follow us at and @2slingsteel.

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