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Captain Kendrick Forrester

18A Special Forces Officer Forrester joined the Army as an enlisted medical specialist. Halfway through his enlistment he applied to become an officer and was selected Officer Candidate School. "The core of leadership is being able to motiv...

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  • 2010 - EPISODE 1:

    Tensions are high as Soldiers prepare for 59 hours of grueling competition.

    CATEGORY: Events Featured

    TAGS: Best Ranger Start - Ep. 1

    2010 - EPISODE 1:
    03:58
  • 2010 - EPISODE 2:

    42 teams march into the darkness on a course of unknown length.

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Best Ranger Buddy Run - Ep. 2

    2010 - EPISODE 2:
    04:47
  • 2010 - EPISODE 3:

    Soldiers operate the standard issue M4 Carbine. This is a warrior skill: Shoot, ...

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Best Ranger Stress Shoot - Ep. 3

    2010 - EPISODE 3:
    04:29
  • 2010 - EPISODE 4:

    Soldiers perform an aerial jump from 1,500 feet, attempting to land in a target ...

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Best Ranger Spot Jump - Ep. 4

    2010 - EPISODE 4:
    04:59
  • 2010 - EPISODE 5:

    With very little sleep or none at all, operating in extreme climate conditions, ...

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Best Ranger Day Stakes - Ep. 5

    2010 - EPISODE 5:
    05:07
  • 2010 - EPISODE 6:

    The Ranger’s medical First-Responder skill will be tested with the downed pilot ...

    TAGS: Best Ranger First Responder - Ep. 6

    Best Ranger 2010 Episode 6
    2010 - EPISODE 6:
    04:48
  • 2010 - EPISODE 7:

    Under physical conditions of stress, rangers must effectively fire five differen...

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Best Ranger Stress Shoot - Ep. 7

    2010 - EPISODE 7:
    04:48
  • 2010 - EPISODE 8:

    26 obstacles spread over 2,000 meters make this one of the most difficult obstac...

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Best Ranger Darby Queen - Ep. 8

    2010 - EPISODE 8:
    05:06
  • 2010 - EPISODE 9:

    Construct a poncho raft containing rucksacks and M4’s, then jump out of a UH-60 ...

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Best Ranger Helocast Swim - Ep. 9

    2010 - EPISODE 9:
    04:44
  • 2010 - EPISODE 10:

    Rangers must run an unknown distance while carrying an M4. Team members must sta...

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Best Ranger Buddy Run - Ep. 10

    2010 - EPISODE 10:
    07:06
  • 2009 EPISODE 1 of 12: READY TO COMPETE

    Tensions are high as Soldiers prepare for 59 hours of grueling competition.

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Best Ranger Start - Ep. 1

    2009 EPISODE 1 of 12: READY TO COMPETE
    03:13
  • 2009 EPISODE 2 of 12: THE BUDDY RUN

    49 teams march into the darkness on a course of unknown length.

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Best Ranger Buddy Run - Ep. 2

    2009 EPISODE 2 of 12: THE BUDDY RUN
    03:49
  • 2009 EPISODE 3 of 12: THE DARBY QUEEN

    Soldiers tackle one of the most difficult obstacle courses -- the Darby Queen.

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Best Ranger Darby Queen - Ep. 3

    2009 EPISODE 3 of 12: THE DARBY QUEEN
    04:14
  • 2009 EPISODE 12 of 12: CANOE EVENT

    In the final two events Soldiers will have to canoe down a river then complete t...

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Best Ranger Canoe - Ep. 12

    2009 EPISODE 12 of 12: CANOE EVENT
    07:03
  • 2009 EPISODE 4 of 12: SPOT JUMP

    With more than 160 pounds of equipment on their backs, competitors race to see w...

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Best Ranger Spot Jump - Ep. 4

    2009 EPISODE 4 of 12: SPOT JUMP
    04:01
  • 2009 EPISODE 5 of 12: MACHINE GUN RANGE

    Sharp shooting skills are put to the test as Soldiers will have to complete thre...

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Best Ranger Machine Gun Range - Ep. 5

    2009 EPISODE 5 of 12: MACHINE GUN RANGE
    03:35
  • 2009 EPISODE 6 of 12: STRESS SHOOT

    Soldiers must move as a team through six designated firing positions and engage ...

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Best Ranger Stress Shoot - Ep. 6

    2009 EPISODE 6 of 12: STRESS SHOOT
    03:57
  • 2009 EPISODE 7 of 12: FOOT MARCH

    Soldiers must conduct a foot march at night for an unknown distance while carryi...

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Best Ranger Foot March - Ep. 7

    2009 EPISODE 7 of 12: FOOT MARCH
    04:43
  • 2009 EPISODE 8 of 12: RANGER FIRST RESPONDER

    The Ranger's medical First-Responder skill will be tested with the downed pilot ...

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Best Ranger First Responder - Ep. 8

    2009 EPISODE 8 of 12: RANGER FIRST RESPONDER
    04:07
  • 2009 EPISODE 9 of 12: TRI-TOWER

    Ranger teams will test their basic climbing skills, mountaineering, overcoming o...

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Best Ranger Tri-Tower - Ep. 9

    2009 EPISODE 9 of 12: TRI-TOWER
    04:04
  • 2009 EPISODE 10 of 12: HELOCAST-SWIM

    With a 60-pound rucksack on their backs, Soldiers will perform a Helocast, then ...

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Best Ranger Helocast Swim - Ep. 10

    2009 EPISODE 10 of 12: HELOCAST-SWIM
    04:42
  • 2009 EPISODE 11 of 12: WATER CONFIDENCE TEST

    Soldiers will have to overcome their fears to conquer the Water Confidence Test.

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Best Ranger Water Confidence - Ep. 11

    2009 EPISODE 11 of 12: WATER CONFIDENCE TEST
    05:26
  • Earn the Tab

    Wearing the Army uniform is a symbol of strength, respect and service. But have ...

    Earn the Tab
    1:21
  • Ranger Tab

    The Ranger tab is worn by those elite Soldiers that have passed the Ranger Schoo...

    Ranger Tab
    1:57
  • Captain Kendrick Forrester

    18A Special Forces Officer Forrester joined the Army as an enlisted medical spec...

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

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Captain Kendrick Forrester

18A Special Forces Officer Forrester joined the Army as an enlisted medical specialist. Halfway through his enlistment he applied to become an officer and was selected Officer Candidate School. "The core of leadership is being able to motiv...

I'm Captain Kendrick Forrester, I'm an 18A, Special Forces officer and I'm from Brooklyn, New York.
My path to being an officer started as a medical specialist in the Army. I worked in the hospital. Halfway through my enlistment I realized I really wanted to be a ranger. I really wanted to be SF. So, midway through that I changed, and went OCS and became an infantry officer and later became Special Forces.
What I've learned from being in the Army, enlisted and officer, is just the leadership. I have learned how to work through problems. I have learned how to work in complex environments. The core of leadership is being able to motivate people through, hard times whatever it may be. You get a mission, you accomplish that; you inspire them; you motivate them, you get it done. And that is what leadership is really all about.
So from the day you come in the Army you learn how to do that. And as you move up from a private to a sergeant to a lieutenant to a captain to a general, your entirety is gaining that aspect of what is my mission, how do I motivate people to get it done.
And I'm a bit bias; I will tell you absolutely, being enlisted made me a better officer. I know not everyone can do that, that route. However I think being enlisted and understanding what its like to be a Soldier, understanding what its like to look up to your leadership, gives me that appreciation and it give me the understanding of what I need be as a officer as a leader, cause you can't forget that. And you always remember where you started from and what you want to be and what you aspire to be at the end of the day.
Being an NCO was a great experience. I mean, you're there day-to-day helping to run the Army. As an officer you're there day to day helping to lead the Army to where we need to go. The NCO's make it happen, the officership says, ‘here's the mark where we want to go.'
What we look for in Special Forces are guys that can look at a problem set, figure it out and be able to get those solutions to those problem sets.
The training does incorporate physical aspects because you never know where you'll be. And a lot of times as a Special Forces Soldier, you'll be in an environment by yourself, independent from anyone else so you have to be physically get through that environment.
However, it's the mental aspect that is really the capstone, the epitome of the Special Forces Soldier. How they adapt to the environment and they continue on with the mission.
Your job is basically somewhere else in another country with another force helping to, either, helping the foreign internal defense, fighting against terrorist cells there or helping the larger Army in the Iraq and Afghanistan fighting against insurgency and anything that crosses the board.
You understand the realism of when you join Special Forces that you're going to spend a little time away from home. When you're out in the environment combat or in another nation, it's just you and 11 other guys on your team. So what you realize is that your life lies in their hands. So that is a bond that is hard to explain to someone who's outside of that. Realistically your life depends on this man to your left and right.
Those are the things that you really can't explain unless you join Special Forces, you'll understand how tight knit that brotherhood is.
Everyday I put my uniform on and it's just kind of you look back and you realize that it's been a great experience. The Army's been a wealth of just great times. There's bad experiences, but the great times far outnumber those. And it's just been a wonderful experience.
My goal in the Army is to continue doing what I'm doing. I love my job and there is a sense of job satisfaction. So as long as I am taking care of the men and accomplishing the mission, that is my goal in the Army.
I'm far more patriotic now than I ever was. And that is just from the experiences of going overseas and seeing other nations.
So, I think at the end of the day what you've gained from the Army is a wealth and lifetime of experiences of how other people live and how great it is to be in the United States, to be an American, what we really stand for.
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