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Entrevista a un Cazador de montaña

Interview with a mountain hunter

" become the best and believe me, here you will be because for the hunters of Galicia it is WIN OR DIE!"

In this blog we are going to share an interview with a fellow Mountain Hunters conducted on our Discord channel, we hope you like it.

What is the life of a mountain hunter like?

Depending on the companies, they form before or after the flag, which is at 8:00, then they do sports (the variety of this will be imposed by the command), at 9:00 they take a break for breakfast and at 10:00 /10:30 The activities begin, which will vary depending on the season and the needs of the company.

Finally at 3:00 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. in summer the day ends.

What qualities or skills are you looking for in the specialty?

Active staff, no people who get comfortable and get lazy or lazy, since this unit is demanding and in mountain maneuvers even more so, even to the point of costing them their lives, an attitude of self-improvement, strong and given people to sport to achieve good physical performance and will be at the level of companies.

The most important thing is the head, it can get twice as much strength as your body and that will help you get through difficult moments, always get ahead, so let's say that people with strong morals and an attitude are very valid. unwavering.

Do you usually go out of maneuvers a lot?

Let's say about 5/7 times a year.

Can you combine work with family life?

Yes, my family is 800km away and can still enjoy it, although from experience I can say that it depends on the person themselves, and what depends on their family, but come on, there are people here who have their families and can enjoy she.

How did you do at CEFOT?

It was not a bad experience, it was one of the covid cycles for which it was somewhat strange, but we loved an experience that I am very glad to have had.

Do you have any problems when you want to buy a flat or house if you are stationed in Jaca? Is it worth living there?

No impediment, here people are very used to living with soldiers and yes, it is convenient to be here because it takes very little time to go from anywhere in the city to the barracks to work.

What did you study before entering the army, have you studied anything inside?

I have an intermediate and higher degree in mechanics, while I am inside I am getting a B1 in English.

What high school and/or career is the best to enter as mountain hunters?

That doesn't matter exactly, to be in the unit there is no preference for the study you have.

Within the unit, is it difficult to study for promotions or competitive examinations?

I study perfectly and I am not a very good person for studies, so my answer is: "if you want, you can perfectly." The unit when you have a seniority helps you with these.

What made you choose the unit you are in?

I wanted to join the army to serve Spain and the Spanish people, to prevent atrocities from happening again in the world as there were in previous conflicts, to be prepared for what might be required of me and to give my maximum performance.

I did not enter for the "little pay", I entered to work as a professional soldier, so I could think of a better destination than one of the oldest regiments in history, the RI Galicia 64 of hunters, an ancient glory of our army. and a special high availability force, here each and every one of us is very proud of who we are and what we do.

Cazadores has a reputation for being a good unit due to its preparation for most of the qualities required for the special operations course to access the MOE, is this true?

If it is, many of our commanders and soldiers go on to take the course as soon as possible, since this unit in itself prepares you physically and mentally to face it.

How did you prepare physically and mentally to enter this unit?

Let's say that I am not physically fit, I used to work as a mechanic, I had to start playing sports half a year before taking the CEFOT, but here they are not going to kill you for not being in shape, they push you to improve and reach the required level, but progressively.

Is any prior knowledge of climbing, mountaineering or skiing required before entering the unit?

No prior knowledge is required, here you will be taught from scratch by managers and seniors who have mountain diplomas.

What do you like most about the unit?

What I might like most about this unit is the closeness of the controls, it is like a big family, we are all united as one. Furthermore, the geographical location of the unit is located in a beautiful place, and in a city that adapts very well to the required needs. It is not badly located and makes it very easy to adapt to it, even if you want to come with your family.

What do you like least about the unit?

In my opinion it is a little outdated in combat tactics, I even reconsider the possibility that the commanders do not get involved in doing more complex exercises when live ammunition is used due to the danger that someone could be injured.

While on maneuvers, do you do joint exercises with other units?

Yes, they are done, even with foreign units, especially enemies, since we are very effective in open field tactics and we are good at skirmishes, but we are also made allies, and what is sought is for the units to work jointly regarding the strategies and ways of carrying out the different actions as established by the army, for example correctly surveying an observation point between two units.

Once in the unit, what or who determines your role? For example, who would drive the machine (MG).

Let's say that according to the command, a committed commander would study his platoon and see who to assign the tools to. A controller that doesn't care would put it for seniority or for being a bitch, since the only nice thing about MGs is shooting them because then loading and cleaning them is a bit of an ordeal.

How do you deal with the issue of cold?

Well here let's say that we have several factors, the first is the economic factor, here you have to come with the awareness that you are going to spend a lot of money on winter equipment, thermals, jetboil , etc. It is a demanding environment and you need material to match, not be scared by the financial expense, since everyone spends according to their tastes and economic conditions.

Secondly, there is the moral factor, never give in to laziness, don't give up, you should always have very high morale, change some socks, a t-shirt and feel in glory. Examine the views and be amazed by them, escape your mind and avoid falling.

We also have the physical factor: moving, even when standing, constantly bending your knees, moving your arms and wrists, not letting the heat decay, covering yourself up or down, respecting each person's qualities. Acclimatize when you are in the barracks or in the city, do not go wrapped up in the air, go cool so that your body acclimatizes correctly and then you do not have problems.

Last but not least, the maintenance factor, this is where it is time to take care of ourselves, when we stop, cover up, when we are on the go, wear the necessary clothing so as not to sweat and so that the sweat does not freeze later, make broths or infusions, carry them in a thermos to drink and not let the heat drop, etc.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to follow in your footsteps?

Well, let's say that you have to come make them aware of "what you come for", this is not a job like any other, here you come to be a SOLDIER and to be the ELITE, you have to come aware that there are colleagues who are here because they like it their work and the one that only comes to you for economic interest is not well looked at here and they get to you quickly, that should be clear, we are few and we all know each other.

My biggest advice? alert, do things with energy and joy, wake up in the morning with all your might, have courage and courage. It is also very important to have respect for your superiors and elders, they have been there longer, observe them, watch what they do and how they do it, be cuckoo and always be prepared, do not let them surprise you, it is preferable that they tell you to undo something, in instead of being told to do it.

In sports, don't give up, constantly be in good physical shape and take care of yourself, so that you don't have to spend too much time holding up the rhythms.

Another piece of advice, boots for going out, for being at home, in short for almost everything, put them on, let your foot get used to it. Well, joking aside, I, so to speak, have been wearing boots practically since I was born and I can't say that I have gotten a single blister, but you have to know how you step and where you could get chafing in order to prevent them.

Here you are going to find people who have to go sideways because of the number of medals they carry on their chests and all of them loaded with courage, experience, courage and HONESTY, that is why you have to earn all those tips, anecdotes that each of them can pick up. them, to become the best and believe me, here you will be because for the hunters of Galicia it is WIN OR DIE!

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Malú - May 24, 2022

Esa es la actitud! Viva el Galicia!

J carral - December 29, 2021

Buena entrevista, se le nota motivado.
Mi más firme apoyo, para todos los militares, os merecéis mucho más de lo que os dan, ya basta de palmaditas en la espalda y medallitas, esperó que os reconozcan económicamente vuestro trabajo, equiparación salarial con Policia Nacional y GC.

Eduardo Camacho Palacino - December 28, 2021

Me ha gustado mucho la entrevista, me recuerda a mi paso por la Legión en el entusiasmo mostrado y con pesar puesto que al pertenecer a la antigua SOE, por problemas que no vienen al caso, no pude realizar el curso de montaña.
Un abrazo y una Feliz Navidad y próspero Año Nuevo.

Diego - December 28, 2021

Me parece una entrevista interesante, donde se puede apreciar que para pertenecer a ella hay que ser consciente del trabajo que realiza.

Angel Ruiz borgoñoz - December 28, 2021

Me ha encantado la entrevista, sé leve muy bien y contento en el ejército, ojalá tu yo ahora mismo 18 años para poder ingresar otra vez en el ejército, yo serví en el tercio duke de alba en Ceuta y soy del 5/1991por entonces era Cabo 1primero daría hasta la última gota de sangre por mi país

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