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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO ATTEND HELL DAY?

HELL DAY IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, BUT HAS 3 REQUIREMENTS:

1. Must be United States resident w/ valid ID

  • Example: Passport, CAC, Driver's License, etc.

2. Must be Age 16 & Up

3. Must be physically fit

WHO ARE THE INSTRUCTORS

SOCOM Athlete instructors include the most experienced, physically fit, and credentialed Special Operators in the world. SOCOM Athlete is supported by active duty Special Operators from around the country to mentor students at Hell Day Events & Development Courses, including Navy SEAL Team 2 & 8, 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, 3rd Ranger Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group, Marine Reconnaissance Training Company, and more. 

Read more about our instructors here: 

https://www.socomathlete.com/our-instructors-mentors

ARE DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE?

YES We offer a variety of discounts to Active Duty U.S. Military, Guard/Reserve, Veterans, returning Hell Day students, ROTC/JROTC, DEP members, and SOCOM Athlete Group Chat members.

NOTE: DISCOUNTS DO NOT STACK

  • 20% Active Duty Military & National Guard/Reserve:

  • 15% U.S. Military Veteran

  • 10% ROTC, JROTC, DEP (DELAYED ENTRY PROGRAM)

  • 5% SOCOM Athlete Group Chat Member

  • 25% Returning Hell Day Student

NOTE: The Hell Day student themselves must be the active military member/veteran receiving the military discount; Parents who serve/served in the military and registering for their children are not eligible for military discounts unless the child is actively serving in JROTC, ROTC, Active Duty, etc. 

Discounts are provided as coupon codes which are typed in upon checkout when registering for Hell Day, Development Courses, or the Hell Day Full Weekend Package.

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HOW GOOD OF SHAPE SHOULD I BE IN?

Hell Day is both physically & mentally challenging, placing students into an immersive team environment for up to 12 hours. How far are you willing to push yourself to become a Special Operator? Do you possess a "never-quit" mindset? There's only one way to find out... 

 

NOTE: Students are divided into ability groups based on physical performance in running, physical strength, and swimming;

  • Red Team: Advanced

  • Gold Team: Experienced

  • Green Team: Beginner

AT MINIMUM, BE ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH THE FOLLOWING: 

  • Run 2 miles continuously without walking 

  • Move 2-3 miles with rucksack/backpack weighing 30-45 lbs.

  • Calisthenics; at least 25 perfect push-ups, 2 perfect pull-ups

  • Strength; Lift, drag, or carry a 150-200 lb. person

  • Pull-ups; Be able to do at least 2 perfect pull-ups

  • Floating; ability to float or tread water for 2 minutes

  • Breath Holds: Hold breath for at least 20 seconds

  • Swimming: Swim at a basic, beginner level

FRIDAY & SUNDAY DEVELOPMENT COURSES?

Friday & Sunday Development Courses provide students with mentoring & instruction in the critical skills, fundamentals, & topics required of successful Special Operations candidates. Instructors mentor students with passion, integrity, and respect. 

 

SOCOM Athlete instructors feature the most credentialed experts in Special Operations Prep & Human Performance in the world. Read more about our instructors here: 

https://www.socomathlete.com/our-instructors-mentors 

Friday & Sunday Development Topics Include:

Development Courses are 6 hours in length

1. Running Strategy & Application (Friday)

2. Pool Work: Water Confidence & Swimming (Friday & Sunday)

3. Mobility & Activation (Sunday)

4. Calisthenics & Proper Form (Friday & Sunday)

5. Weight Training & Olympic Lifting (Sunday)

6. Nutrition Lecture & Hands-on Workshop (Friday)

7. Leadership & Communication Development (Friday & Sunday)

8. Rucksack Packing & Application (Sunday)

9. Team Discussion, Individual Critiques & Feedback (Sunday)

 

View Past Friday Development Course Timeline:

WHAT IS THE EQUIPMENT LIST?

The Equipment list includes mandatory items, optional items, as well as items that are provided.

The following items are PROVIDED:

  • Rucksack 

  • Multicam Pants & Tactical Belt

  • Training Rifle

The following items are MANDATORY for students to bring:

  • 2 All Black Athletic T-Shirt or SOCOM Athlete T-Shirt

  • 2 All Black Athletic Shorts 

  • Official ID (Driver’s License, Passport, CAC, Learner’s Permit, etc.)

  • 1 Pair Running shoes

  • 1 Pair Extra Shoes (Will Get Dirty)

    • May Bring Boots instead

  • Snacks 600-900 calories (Quest Bar, Fruit, Beef Jerky, etc.)

  • 2 Gallon H20

  • ½ Gallon Gatorade/Powerade or Electrolyte Drink

  • 1 Towel

The following items are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, but not mandatory:

  • Dive Mask or Swim Goggles 

  • Swim Shorts

  • Athletic Watch w/ Timer Mode

  • Red Light Headlamp

  • Sunscreen 

  • Bug Spray

  • Extra Towel

Optional for NSW, USAF, USMC Candidates:

  • Snorkel

  • Rocket Fins/Jet Fins & Dive Boots

WHAT IS THE FULL WEEKEND PACKAGE?

SOCOM Athlete Hell Day weekends consist of the Friday Development Course, the Hell Day Event (Saturday), and the Sunday Development Course. A vast majority of students that attend our Hell Day events register for the full weekend package.

Go beyond the Saturday Hell Day, and join us for the full weekend of hands-on, in-person development & mentorship; Teaching techniques, fundamentals, and mental toughness.

 

The 2 options for the Full Weekend  Package include the Basic Package & the Premium Package. The Premium Hell Day Weekend Package fully equips students with our Meal Plan, SOCOM Athlete Workout Prep Program eBook of choice, & SOCOM Athlete Flag T-Shirt! (see full description below)

 

Included in Purchase:

Example: Colorado Springs Hell Day Event 

WHAT IS THE LODGING?

SOCOM Athlete provides an option to register for lodging at the team hotel at each event. Hotel rooms are booked & paid for in advance by SOCOM Athlete. Students may register for these hotel rooms by navigating to the Hell Day registration page and clicking on the "lodging" option that is adjacent to the appropriate Hell Day weekend registration section.

Example: Lodging option for Colorado Springs Hell Day weekend

Hotel locations are close in proximity to the Hell Day location. Each hotel room has two queen beds, refrigerator, microwave. The room assignments are 2 students per room. Check-in is handled by SOCOM Athlete staff, and keys are provided to students prior to the event. 

WHAT IS THE REFUND POLICY?

We at SOCOM Athlete understand that cancellations happen, and that refunds are needed due to unexpected circumstances. However, we also understand that students may begin to feel "nervous" or "anxious" once the Hell Day event approaches.   

Our refund policy includes the following:

Students unable to attend Hell Day will receive full credit to attend any future Hell Day of their choosing. If a student requests to have a refund instead of future event credit, the student must meet the criteria listed below

1. Refunds must be requested at least 3 days prior to the start of the Hell Day Weekend. There are no exceptions to this policy. After the refund is requested, we will review the request to verify legitimacy.

 

2. To be eligible for a refund, the registrant must provide valid proof of a legitimate reason for non-attendance such as: Doctor's note, letter from boss/supervisor, etc. Being nervous, scared or anxious, prompting a last-minute excuse for non-attendance, is not a legitimate reason for a refund. Finish what you started

3. Refunds are processed within 48 hours of confirming the request, and require up to 7-10 business days for funds to return to the account holder.

 

4. A fee of $21.49 is non-refundable (Registration fee, insurance fee, and pool fee) 

5. Full Weekend Package Refunds: The Hell Day Full Weekend Package includes 2 eBooks; A SOCOM Athlete Prep Program & customized Meal Plan, both in PDF format. These files are emailed to registrants immediately upon registration. Because these PDF files cannot be returned, and are your permanent property once sent to you, we cannot refund these items. SOCOM Athlete prep programs are available for $108.99 in our shop, thus $108.99 is the non-refundable amount of Full Weekend Package.

Refund for Full Weekend Package = $399.99 - $108.99 = $291

 

6. Team Lodging: To receive a refund for the team lodging option, a refund request must be made at least 2 weeks in advance. There are no exceptions to this policy; rooms are booked & paid for 2 weeks prior to the Hell Day weekend, and are non-refundable.

WHAT IS THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER

Registration closes 48 hours prior to the starting date of the specific Hell Day weekend Event.

 

Example: A Hell Day that begins on Saturday, April 16 has a registration deadline of Wednesday April 13 at 11:59 PM (ET).

HELL DAY TIMELINE & SCHEDULE

Hell Day is a 12-hour training day orchestrated by a detailed timeline & sequence of events. The training day typically begins at 8 AM and ends at 8 PM. For a detailed example of the Hell Day timeline & sequence of events, click the PDF document below.

See the example Hell Day Timeline:

IS TRANSPORTATION PROVIDED?

Formal transportation is not provided at Hell Day events.

However, informal transportation is always available by organizing carpooling arrangements with the students that

have vehicles present at the event. 

 

Planning & coordinating rides is the responsibility of the student, and can be accomplished after registering for the event once students are added to the Hell Day Team Group Chat. Instructors are also available to provide rides for students at the time of the event if needed. Rides from the airport to the team lodging/event location can also be organized upon request, but are not guaranteed.

MINIMUM AGE?

The minimum age to attend Hell Day & Development Courses is 16 years old. However, students 15 years of age are permitted to attend based on special request and parental consent.  

If you are a parent or legal guardian requesting your 15 year old child can attend a Hell Day event, email SOCOM Athlete at:

socomathlete@gmail.com

UPCOMING EVENTS

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The upcoming list of SOCOM Athlete Hell Day Events can be viewed by scrolling down below.

Click an upcoming event to view event information & registration.

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11-13 JUN 2021

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6-8 AUG 2021

19-21 NOV 2021

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4-6 FEB 2022

24-26 JUN 2022

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21-23 OCT 2022

13-15 JAN 2023

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25-27 JUN 2021

3-5 SEP 2021

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3-5 DEC 2021

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11-13 MAR 2022

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8-10 JULY 2022

18-20 NOV 2022

10-12 FEB 2023

9-11 JUL 2021

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17-19 SEP 2021

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7-9 JAN 2022

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13-15 MAY 2022

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22-24 JUL 2022

2-4 DEC 2022

24-26 FEB 2023

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IS HELL DAY SAFE?

Hell Day is a safe, highly-supervised event. Having conducted 50 Hell Day events in over 3 years, not a single student has suffered a serious training injury. 

  1. Qualified rescue personnel & lifeguards are present at all times.

  2. Students receive multiple time blocks to hydrate, snack, and stay stretched throughout the event.

  3. Students are provided a detailed list of required equipment including 2 gallons of water, 1/2 gallon of electrolyte drink, and 900 calories of snacks.

  4. Students are divided into ability groups based on physical ability, allowing students to be challenged appropriately to their level.

As with any physically-demanding, outdoor event, minor injuries such as muscle cramps, bruises, heat exhaustion, and small cuts/abrasions are risks students must be willing to take. Students are provided time throughout the event to hydrate, snack, & stretch.

DO ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY ATTEND? 

Absolutely. Don't forget about our 20% military discount. We've had the pleasure of having Active duty military students attend every Hell Day event. We're excited to have you at our Hell Day event to prepare you on your journey to cross-train into the special operations community. 

HOW DO I REGISTER?

Registering for Hell Day & Development Courses is accomplished by navigating to the "Hell Day Registration" subpage and selecting a Hell Day event based on location.

Registration options are available for the Full Weekend Packages, or just the Hell Day & Development courses individually. Team hotel options are also available.

Click the button below for the Hell Day Registration Page

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FACILITIES

SOCOM Athlete utilizes world-class facilities, with access to training locations such as military bases, aquatic centers,

all-purpose tracks, waterfront national parks, and more. Most Hell Day events begin at a University or a U.S. military base for the fitness test, in which students are given base passes or transported on to base. Active Duty military may simply drive themselves on to base.

 

Past Hell Day facilities include: USMC Basic Reconnaissance Course, Air Force Academy, University of West Florida, Lackland Air Force Base, Northwestern University Aquatic Center, Air Force Special Operations Command, Navy Base Oceana, Naval Air Station North Island, and more.

IS FOOD PROVIDED?

Food is not provided at Hell Day. Students are expected to bring snacks & necessary nutrition. 600-900 calories of easily accessible food such as nutrient bars, trail mix, and fruit is required for students to bring to Hell Day. Food & Water requirements is included on the student equipment list, which is provided to students after registration. Understanding your body's needs is a critical lesson that is learned at Hell Day. Many opportunities are provided throughout the Hell Day event to quickly eat & hydrate.

RETURNING STUDENTS?

We have returning students at each Hell Day event. It is common, and highly recommended for students to return for multiple Hell Day events; witnessing personal improvement and stronger learning of the techniques & concepts taught by instructors. We encourage returning students to volunteer for Hell Day team leader positions, sharing their knowledge to better prepare new students.

Returning students qualify for a 25% discount

HOW HARD IS HELL DAY?

Hell Day is a physically & mentally challenging 12-hour training event, immersing students into a day of special operations selection training. While challenging, the event also provides the opportunity for students to be divided into appropriate ability groups based on physical fitness level. Instructors are assigned to ability groups, and provide the appropriate difficulty & level of instruction to students during the training stations throughout the event. 

The Hell Day event features a physical fitness test, pool evolutions, and a variety of physical challenges 45 minutes to

1 hour in length that students will encounter at U.S. military selection courses such as BUD/S, RASP, SFAS, A&S, BRC, etc. Limiting stations to 1 hour in length allows for injury prevention, snacking & hydration in between stations, and the opportunity to receive advice & mentorship from instructors. 

Hell Day is challenging, but very doable. A life-changing experience, many return for a second and third Hell Day, building powerful bonds with teammates & instructors.

Half of the battle is fighting past the nervousness to simply show up. Got what it takes for a career in Special Operations? We'll see..."Send Me!"

DO I NEED TO BE ABLE TO SWIM?

Students are safely monitored by instructors & lifeguards. Students are divided into swimming ability groups. Beginning swimmers are provided more instruction and less-challenging exercises. Students do not need to be good swimmers or even average swimmers to succeed at Hell Day. However, students must have the ability to at least swim at a beginner's level, being able to keep afloat and move through the water safely. 

ARE T-SHIRTS PROVIDED?

Yes. T-Shirts are provided for registrants of the Full Weekend Package Basic & Premium Options. Registrants of the Saturday Hell Day only may purchase SOCOM Athlete Flag T-Shirts here on the website or in-person.

To purchase SOCOM Athlete Training T-Shirts & Shorts, click on the link below:

https://www.socomathlete.com/product-page/apparelpackage

SUCCESS STORIES?
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"3 of us from SOCOM Athlete ended up in the same Navy SEAL BUD/S class & we all secured hell week together. Attending the hell day event was the best decision we ever made to prepare for Navy SEAL training."
 -BUD/S CLASS 340 GRADUATES, NOW GRADUATED AS U.S. NAVY SEALS 

SOCOM Athlete Hell Day students have seen incredible success after attending our events. Many SOCOM Athlete students successfully follow their dreams to enlist or commission in the U.S. military to pursue a career in Special Operations.

 

Many of these students have now graduated their special operations training pipelines, and are now Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, Green Berets, USAF CCT, PJ, TACP, USMC Recon, and more.

Check out some of our past student success stories by clicking on the button below: