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    "Nightline" embedded for a week with the Extreme SEAL Experience, which is run by former Navy SEAL Don Shipley. Here, Shipley gives a briefing on how to rappel. Many of the men who attend will never have been so physically and mentally challenged. "You never remember the easy things you do in life," he tells his SEALs. "You only remember the hardship. Really rough stuff."
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    At the Extreme SEAL Experience, located in Virginia, civilians are given a chance to test their limits in the military's toughest training regime. Instructors take participants through of night ops, close-quarters combat training, and endless calisthenics. For log PT, four and five man teams work together to carry, run with and hold up enormous logs with nicknames like "Old Misery."
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    Patrick "Shrek" Solerno, a bailbondsman from Michigan on the dip bar. A year ago Solerno was diagnosed with type-2 diabetes. Since then he has lost 125 pounds and gotten his health back on track. "The Navy SEALs is something I wanted to do but I didn't get a chance to do it in the Navy," he said. "I wanted to experience what it was like. Just a taste."
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    Participant Jeff Shecterle tries on a sniper's camouflage suit. Shecterle has enlisted in the Navy and is preparing to go through BUDS training -- the first step to becoming a SEAL. He has wanted to be a member of the elite team since his parents gave him a book SEALs in the fifth grade. "I didn't want to just be in the military," he said. "I wanted to be top of the food chain."
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    Don Shipley is the founder and senior chief at the Extreme SEAL Experience camp. He gives people a chance to get a taste of what the training to be a SEAL might be like. "It's a little taste. A big toe in the water. It's education. You want to be a pro quarterback you go to a football camp and hang out with those guys. Same thing here."
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    William Duff (front) and Doug Stevens practice "stacking" on a door to enter and take control of a house while practicing their close quarter combat skills.
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    Taking aim. The instructors at the Extreme SEAL Experience are all current or former SEALs. "It gets tough around here. It gets intense," instructor Don Shipley said. "So nobody is coming down here to play SEAL. They are coming down here to learn from them, be challenged. How can I challenge them? I find those ways."
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    Knot tying workshop. J.R.Jaminez, on the left, an IT expert from New Jersey, and Ismael Ebrahim, on the right, an accountant from Cape Town, South Africa, compare their knot tying skills.
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    Pastor Alyn Waller from Philadelphia gets a grip on Vernell Bailey during a hand-to-hand combat exercise. "I appreciate the military. I appreciate knowing how to handle myself. I don't believe being a person of faith means you have to be a sworn pacifist," Waller said. "At the end of the day I am a man and I like toys and running around with other fellas and learning how to fight. It's fun."
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