Who Dares Wins | Phil Campion SAS| Bought The T-Shirt #257

Who dares wins features big Phil Campion who is a veteran of the Special Air Service, champion of the cadets and a media personality.

Who Dares Wins | Phil Campion SAS| Bought The T-Shirt Podcast

Phil Campion’s military career started with the Royal Hampshire Regiment. Phil went on to complete both the Commando course and ‘P Company’. Later Phil applied for special-forces selection and he served with D Squadron 22 SAS. Leaving the army with the rank of Staff Sergeant, Phil joined the ‘Circuit’ and became a top-selling author. Seen on national tv, Phil has become a well-received personality in the media and is now a proud champion of the Army Cadet Force.

Transcript from ‘Who Dares Wins’ podcast

Phil – Yes I was in the S.A.S. and yes I’ve been on television and yes I’ve also had some major problems in my life. It’s not all over and you don’t give up at the first hurdle. You don’t just go, ‘Oh I’ve had a few problems and boom it’s all over, the world’s ending’. It’s not that bad if you still have oxygen in your lungs and there’s still something you can do about it.

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SHOT In Afghanistan | Special Boat Service | Bought The T-Shirt #251

Shot in Afghanistan features Toby Gutteridge, who was a Special Boat Service soldier, left paralyzed from a bullet through his neck.

SHOT In Afghanistan | Special Boat Service | Toby Gutteridge | Bought The T-Shirt

Toby Gutteridge is a former member of the Special Boat Service. He is also one of the youngest ever recruits to pass their elite selection process. Shot through the neck whilst operating behind enemy lines in Afghanistan, he was unable to breathe for over 20 minutes. Doctors recommended his life-support machine be switched off. With a defiant spirit, Toby pulled through and rebuilt his life. After returning to formal education, Toby attained a first-class honours degree and now runs his own company called, ‘Bravery’. Toby’s book, ‘Never Will I Die’, is a passionate account of life triumphing over death.

Transcript from ‘Shot In Afghanistan’ podcast

Toby – On an operation a sniper got me in their crosshairs and luckily it just winged me. Basically it was a million dollar wound I suppose. One inch to the left and it probably would have taken my arm completely off. It was the Dragonov sniper rifle. If that had been one inch to the left, it would have hit the bone of my upper shoulder and probably would have taken my arm completely off. I would have had to have it amputated so yes, very lucky there. As it went straight clean through and I was back out on the ground soon afterwards.

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23 SAS Continuation Training | Nick Grainge | UKSF | Podcast #235

23 SAS continuation training, features Nick Grainge, who is a special forces veteran and creator of, ‘Elite Outdoor Fitness’.

23 SAS Continuation Training | Nick Grainge

Nick Grainge is a highly successful athlete and veteran of 23 Special Air Service. In this podcast, Nick explains a little about continuation training within the reserve special-forces. Nick’s company, Elite Outdoor Fitness, offers a comprehensive course for beginners to pro-atheletes. Their former UK Special Forces team nurtures positivity, motivation and momentum to help you achieve your fitness goals.

Transcript from ’23 SAS Continuation Training’ podcast

Nick – To know that you’re okay, you need to be working hard and go on that hill with weight. You don’t go out and just wear a pair of boots, you should be running five hundred meters in a pair of boots or walking around with them and then do one mile. Then doing two miles, four miles and then ten miles. After a while you just do it, don’t you? It’s not about just lobbing straight in there.

If you break your training down very specifically and then start to put it all together, you start taxing your body and there is a lot of research that’s been done recently. One of the guys that’s part of it, got a quite high acclaimed award. One of them’s got a Nobel prize as well. There’s three elements within our bodies and systems that normally are relatively dormant. A lot of research has proven that if you can stimulate these responses, this fight or flight or this defense mechanism, these elements fire off and they they suggest at the moment that it can contribute to maybe fourteen extra years of life.

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Could YOU Pass SAS Selection? | Nick Grainge | Podcast #228

Could YOU Pass SAS Selection features Nick Grainge who tells us about the arduous selection training for the reserve special-forces.

Could YOU Pass SAS Selection? | Nick Grainge

Nick Grainge is a highly successful athlete and creator of ‘Elite Outdoor Fitness’. In this podcast, Nick gives us his experience of going through selection in order to join 23 Special Air Service. From the Brecons mountains, to the notorious interrogation phase, Nick endured all to attain the coveted sand beret of the world’s most elite special-forces.

Transcript from’ Could YOU Pass SAS Selection?’ podcast

Nick – I think the first step that people need to make is, just try and find out as much information as possible. There’s a lot of information out there nowadays. You mentioned on the last podcast, that this is an open book to a certain extent. Certainly with 23, there’s a lot of open source information out there and if you go to a recruiting office, you can kind of get a really good understanding of what kind of level of fitness you need to go through, to start that process. You can get quite good understanding.

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23 SAS in Iraq | Nick Grainge | Bought The T-Shirt Podcast #223

23 SAS in Iraq, features Nick Grainge who served with the British special-forces, going on to become a highly successful athlete.

23 SAS in Iraq | Nick Grainge

Nick is a highly successful athlete across a broad spectrum of physical and mental disciplines. He has won competitions internationally across a range of events. These include sprint triathlons, ultra mountain races and long expeditions across the world with the Special Forces. In this podcast, Nick tells us about his time as a 23 SAS operative whilst serving in the middle-east.

Transcript from ’23 SAS in Iraq’ podcast

Nick – When I joined HRC I had to do a separate selection. It was devised by a bit of a legend that was in 22. I won’t mention his name, if you don’t mind, but he was an inspirational character and helped me facilitate my move forward. In actual fact, he was the one that approached me on a number of times and said, ‘I want you to go for HRC’.

What we found was that everybody from 22 and 23, were very capable SF soldiers. When they went to 22, they all got stand-up fails at the end. They weren’t right for that unit and much later, the guy who devised HRC, had a look at that whole political kind of situation I believe. I’d left by that time in 2004 and said, look this isn’t good enough. These are these are lads that essentially I have trained, because I devised this unit called HRC.

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Israeli Special Forces Commander | Dr Itay Gil | Podcast #198

Israeli Special Forces commander features Dr Itay Gil who is a counter-terror, security and aviation security expert.

Israeli Special Forces Commander | Dr Itay Gil

Dr Itay Gil is a counter-terror, security and aviation security expert with experience as an operative and instructor in the CT unit ‘YAMAM’. Itay has personally trained the security for the Israeli and Ukrainian presidents. His other work includes training the FBI and US Airways, amongst many others. In 2015 Itay hosted episode 2 with BBC Special Forces, ‘Ultimate Hell Week’.

Transcript from ‘Israeli Special Forces Commander’ podcast

Chris – Dr Itay, how are you?

Itay – I’m good and thanks for having me on Chris. If you look back a couple of weeks ago, we had a small conflict going on here in Israel. There were rockets from Gaza and a lot of domestic terrorism taking place. I just landed from the United States, I believe it was the 18th of May and I got called in urgently by the military for about twenty days, to be involved in some of the activities.

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Britain’s Super Soldier | Captain Daz Hardy | Podcast #168

Captain Daz Hardy, formerly an a British Army PTI, overcame debilitating trauma to become ‘Britain’s Super Soldier’. In this episode we discuss his recent efforts to save the life of a little girl.

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Britain’s Super Soldier Captain Daz Hardy

Captain Daz Hardy, formerly an a British Army PTI, overcame debilitating trauma to become ‘Britain’s Super Soldier’. In this episode we discuss his recent efforts to save the life of a little girl. Please give something: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraisin…

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C – So for people watching,  there’s going to be a donation link below to support Aggie. Can I please ask our veterans family, because this is what we do best. Share this on all the social-media pages folks because you know we can try and do a good thing here. I’m always very proud of the the veterans community.

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Royal Marines Commandos Cockleshell Endeavour | #169

Royal Marines Commandos Cockleshell Endeavour, was four marines who rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, honouring the Cockleshell Heroes. This mammoth task was done in support of the Royal Marines Charity, raising almost £50,000

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Royal Marines Commandos Cockleshell Endeavour

Serving Royal Marines Commandos David Bruce and Sam Edwards together with former Royal Marines and recovering veterans Junior Mcilhiney and Will Schweppes rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, honouring the Cockleshell Heroes, to support of the Royal Marines Charity and raising almost £50,000

Transcript from ‘Royal Marines Commandos Cockleshell Endeavour’

W – We were always clipped onto the boat at all times whenever we were on deck, so when we were changing over, we’d always make sure we we’re clipping on to the the safety line. We’d obviously be wearing a life jacket or we had little climbing up harnesses which we took the leg loops out, so we’re just using the belt.

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Skydiving Into The Sea With Sharks | Royal Marines | #90

Skydiving Into The Sea With Sharks, features James Glancy, a passionate wildlife conservationist, tv presenter and keen adventure sportsman. James was an Officer in the elite British Royal Marines and here he talks with Chris Thrall about his career, hosting Discovery Channel’s ‘Shark Week’ and presenting ‘Planet SOS’.

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Skydiving Into The Sea With Sharks | Royal Marines

James Glancy is a passionate wildlife conservationist and keen adventure sportsman. James is a host on Discovery Channel’s Shark Week and presents ‘Planet SOS,’ the environmental wildlife show on the Mail Plus. He has spent his life outdoors in wild and hostile places. As a child, James was taught to dive and swim with sharks by a former US Navy Seal who inspired him to join the British military. Over a 10 year military career, James was an Officer in the elite British Royal Marines. He deployed on multiple tours around the world, including three combat tours of Afghanistan. In 2012, he was awarded the prestigious Conspicuous Gallantry Cross (CGC) for leadership and bravery on the frontline. A keen military historian, James read Modern History at the University of Oxford, where he also Captained the Blues Varsity Boxing team. James is also a co-founder of international risk consultancy, AnotherDay. Since leaving the armed forces, James has returned to his childhood passion for wildlife and shark diving. He is now a Director of a conservation charity, Veterans 4 Wildlife, where he focuses on the preservation of African wildlife and combating the global trade in shark fins. James is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Transcript snippet from ‘Skydiving Into The Sea With Sharks | Royal Marines’ podcast

C – James, how are you Sir?

J – Good thanks Sir, always good to speak to a fellow bootneck, and finding out another one of us has made it onto the online and media industry.

C – A meagre foray I think you could say but it’s all exciting stuff. I have to say I’m really honoured James, I really am, for so many reasons, least of which is the work you’re doing to protect wildlife. I was just watching one of your videos there with the lions. I’ve lived in China and the odds are stacked against these beautiful creatures…

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The Untold Story Of 45 Commando | #96

The Untold Story Of 45 Commando, features Major Andy Shaw who served in The Royal Marines. He won The King’s Badgeman in 98 troop, as the best young officer and was awarded a General Officer Commanding’s Commendation for his field work in Northern Ireland.

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The Untold Story Of 45 Commando

Andy served both in the ranks and as an officer from 1976 to 1996 in the Royal Marines. He passed out of training as the top recruit (King’s Badgeman, 98 Troop) and as the best Young Officer (Royal Marines Sword of Honour Young Officer Batch May 80) and was awarded a General Officer Commanding’s Commendation for his field work in Northern Ireland (40 Commando Royal Marines). At the height of the ground fighting in the 1982 Falklands islands conflict, he was a rifle troop commander in charge of 32 men, and was tasked with operating independently from his unit, 45 Commando Royal Marines, in no man’s land. During this phase, whilst conducting a fighting patrol to destroy some of the enemy’s fire support systems, he ambushed what he thought was an enemy force killing four men. It transpired that it was a friendly patrol from his own unit.

This single event, coupled with five tours in Northern Ireland, changed his perception of himself and gradually life in general, and was the beginning of a long slide towards ultimate despair, and eventually contemplation of suicide. From 1982 until 1996 he managed to continue functioning in various command capacities within the Royal Marines, but at the same time was aware of a growing split between the rational external face and the lurking internal horror that was slowly engulfing his entire persona.

Eventually his marriage collapsed and the loss of his family, two daughters, and all possessions, triggered off the reactions that are now known to be classical symptoms of PTSD. In 1989 the term Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was unknown to Andy and by 1996 he finally accepted that he had to leave the Corps and country he loved in order to deal with this overwhelming problem. He bought an old classic yacht and with his new wife, Cheralie, sailed off into the North Atlantic to re-discover himself.

In the late summer of 1997 they discovered the beautiful sub-tropical Balearic island of Formentera and dropped anchor. It was here that Andy began the process of self-healing. On the 6th of September 2012, by invitation of the Commanding Officer, who was an old friend, Andy gave a two hour presentation to 45 Commando Royal Marines on his war and its effects. Not only did he manage this with no emotional fall-out, but that night he found himself listening to a number of serving officers who wanted to talk about their experiences and resultant emotional problems. Andy realised that this was the end of his 30-year battle with PTSD; and the beginning of a new career in mentoring those who are suffering today. Thus The Mountain Way was born.

Transcript snippet from ‘The Untold Story Of 45 Commando’ podcast

Chris and Andy

C – Andy, how are you brother?

A – Very pleasantly warm thank you very much!

C – Yes, in Ibiza.

A – Yes my home, I don’t like to say that, but I do say it too often. I suppose it could be called showing off but I’m not a party animal. You know I’ve only ever been in one of these nightclubs once and that was to blow up 5000 balloons. I was working for 10 Euros an hour then!

C – Yeah, they certainly have got some thumping nightclubs over there from what I remember, but from what I remember from my one trip to the Island is they’re blooming expensive.

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