We had sent in our Sitrep (Situational Report) a few hours before detailing our location, the condition of the team, any enemy contact we had had, our supply status, expected time on target, etc. Our Sitrep hadn’t been a good one. Several of the team were suffering from light heat exhaustion, supplies were dwindling and enemy activity in the area was heavy. Still we received “Charlie Mike” or continue mission.
The team sergeant and I looked at each other and then moved to rest of the team who had formed a perimeter around us facing out as we did the radio shot. We told each one that we were carrying on and to get ready to move out. Each one pulled their rucksacks up on their backs and very soon we picked up where we left off one foot in front of the other onto to the target which was our training mission for this exercise.
Charlie Mike is phonetic alphabet for continue mission. In the mission above, we weren’t in good shape. The Air Force had dropped us five miles off the planned dropped zone. That meant we weren’t close to the water sources we had planned to use to resupply our water. The OPFOR (training opposing forces) was a lot heavier than expected and caused us a lot of delays. We would have been happy to get a RTB (Return to Base) or (Move to Exfil). It wasn’t happening. The mission was too important.
Now this was training, but the old military saying, “How train is how you fight” stands true. If we trained ourselves to quit in adversity, we would quit in combat. The mission always came first.
My goal is to succeed in any mission
- and live to succeed again.
portion of the Special Forces Creed
Readily will I display the intestinal fortitude required to fight on to the Ranger objective and complete the mission though I be the lone survivor.
portion of the Ranger Creed
Special Operations soldiers hold the mission dear. So much depends on the success of these missions – their lives, the lives of innocents involved, even the lives of people completely unaware of the mission halfway across the planet.
How would it be if you led your life as a series of missions? If once you said you were going to do something, wanted something, set a goal for yourself, you made that your mission to accomplish. Then you took the mindset that the mission comes first. You will see your levels of productivity skyrocket and you will find yourself feeling better about yourself. A sense of mission does this.
It’s not that hard, just a level of commitment that you might not be used to. Once you have committed to the mission, you make it happen hell or high water. You do what it takes – improvising, adapting, overcoming.
As a matter of a fact, what is your life’s mission statement? Don’t have one? You should. What do you want to accomplish for yourself?
A life mission statement might be something as simple, yet tremendously important such as being the best husband and father as humanly possible. It might be something like making a difference in the world and spreading your faith. It might be leaving a legacy for others to follow and benefit from.
Having a life mission statement will get you through really rough times.
Shit Happens, Charlie Mike
Really bad things happen. Your spouse dies. Your children go before you do. Your job is eliminated, terminated. Bad decisions come home to roost. You can wallow in them or you can…Charlie Mike.
It’s hard I know, really. However the other choice is to let go and fall further into the blackness you find yourself in. Charlie Mike is a good thing to say to yourself in the mirror everyday as you get ready to go out and get going again, one foot in front of the other. Focus on that mission statement you have for yourself and get back to getting er done.
In the comments section, let me know what you thought of this post and how you are going to use Charlie Mike in your life.