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The Indoc Leader Event 

Designed for candidates who are ready to test their limits. The Cadre includes 5 PJ's, each with over a decade of experience, giving you unparalleled instruction, feedback, mentorship, coaching, and tips you won't find anywhere else. This event is a smoke session with a purpose... to make you a LEADER at selection!


Would you like to know precisely what instructors are looking for at selection? Do you want to know what it feels like to work with a genuinely motivated team?

Guess what? You can!

Does any of this sound familiar?

  • You have been training for months... maybe even years.  
  • Your recruiter said you passed the PAST and wants to ship you to BMT.  
  • You have read every book/forum/website related to Pararescue.
  • Watched all the Youtube videos you could find. 
  • You did all the "operator" workout programs, written by someone who doesn't reveal their identity/experience, has ZERO experience as an Indoc Instructor, or maybe even ZERO experience as a PJ in any leadership capacity.  
  • You are tired of preparing for selection with no idea of whether or not you are where you need to be.
  • Or maybe you just cannot figure out how to get those last couple pushups, situps, or get your swim time down. 

If you said yes to any of that, you're in the right place! 

Brian Silva PJ Instructing

Imagine going to selection feeling like...  

  • You know how to do proper form on every event.
  • You know exactly what Instructors look for in the most successful candidates!
  • You can be an asset to your team and not ever feel like you are holding them back.
  • You will be able to stay calm and push through whatever is thrown your way.
  • You know how the cadre thinks and you have the knowledge to stand out as a leader!

Introducing your selection prep game changer...



A 2-day event instructed by 5 active and former PJs, 4 of which were Pararescue Indoctrination Instructors within the last year. The Indoc Leader Event will have the most extensive and experienced instructors out of any Pararescue prep program EVER. Spots are limited to maintain a very low instructor to student ratio for MAXIMIZED personal attention and safety. 


When you get to Indoc, I want you to have the confidence that you are going to crush it physically, mentally, and also be a leader. This 2-day event is the perfect compliment to the Indoc Grad workout program. 

The first day will be more instructional. The Cadre will work with you in small groups and as a team, to help perfect your technique and form in and out of the pool. We will do as much as we possibly can to make you feel prepared for the next day. Day 2 will be full on Indoc mode, you will find out exactly what it's like to be at Indoc, and this day will also be full of fun surprises. Do not expect to get a lot of sleep while you are here. The event has very limited spots to ensure you get maximum focused attention and ensure your safety at all times. 


We are 100% dedicated to making you into your best self, here's a list of exactly what you're going to get from the Indoc Leader Event.

  • Fundamentals for success at Indoc 
  • Time management skills for Indoc
  • How to function successfully as a team
  • We will get in-depth with physical techniques
  • We will help you transform your mentality to exemplify the right candidate mindset
  • The pillars of leadership
  • You will learn what is going on inside the minds of the instructors. (I know how they think because I taught them how to evaluate candidates.) 
  • At the end, you will receive candid feedback from your peers and the instructors based on your results


This event is NOT for beginners. I repeat, NOT FOR BEGINNERS. You should be able to pass the PAST to participate in this event. If you need guidance on passing the PAST, please see my program here.

Although all of my programs are targeted toward PJ/CRO candidates, I welcome candidates pursuing other selections as well, provided they can pass the PAST. Mindset, leadership, calisthenics, and everything else this program focuses on apply to other SOF career fields as well. 


The Indoc Leader event includes the most experienced team of Pararescuemen/Combat Rescue Officers you will find outside of Indoc. Our combined Pararescue experience totals over 57 years!!

PJ Brian Silva bio

My name is Officer Trainee (TSgt) Brian Silva. I am a former Pararescue Team Leader and lead instructor (Instructor Supervisor) at PJ Indoctrination. I am also the owner/operator of How To Be A PJ™. I created this Indoc Leader event because I have been where you are. This event is something I wish I had when I was a PJ candidate. I designed this event to give you the absolute best training for Pararescue, period.  

Through my targeted coaching, I will utilize my 12+ years of experience as a PJ Team Leader to motivate and inspire you to be a freaking animal. I have deployed 8 times around the globe supporting operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, and multiple countries in Africa and Europe. I hold 2 AS degrees in Military and Instructional Sciences and Personnel recovery.  

During training, there will not be one second where I feel sorry for you. I know what it takes for you to succeed at selection and in combat. You will receive direct and constant feedback from me. I take training extremely seriously and am regarded by many students as one of the most challenging buddy breathers and fastest ruckers. So bring your A game.  

I am currently still Active Duty, enrolled in a top 10 rated school, in my junior semester, pursuing a Master of Physician Assistant Studies.  

Mike Haynie Bio
Kris Tomes Bio

Mr. Michael Haynie, is also a former Pararescueman, Team Leader, and Indoc Instructor, and PJ of the year for 2017. He just recently left the Indoc schoolhouse, which is the reason he can help coach you through this Indoc Leader event with no conflict of interest. He will use his decade worth of experience as a Pararescueman and collegiate swimmer to deliver additional knowledge, perspectives, stress, and tips to prepare you for selection. 

TSgt Kris Tomes has been a PJ for 8 years with experience in operational leadership, both overseas and stateside. He began his Pararescue career as a reservist and is now Active Duty. He is well known at Pararescue Indoctrination for being extraordinarily motivating and inspirational, which earned him the 2017 BATG Instructor of the Year Award. Kris is currently the Instructor Supervisor of Special Warfare Prep. He can provide you accurate insight into what to expect immediately following basic training. 

Brian Ayres Bio
Jonathan Courtright Bio

Officer Trainee (TSgt) Brian Ayres is an active duty PJ, with 10 years of experience. He recently was selected at CRO Phase 2 and is in the process of transitioning to become a Combat Rescue Officer. His most recent assignment was also as the lead instructor for the PJ Indoctrination course (Brian Silva's successor). Additionally, Brian holds a Bachelors degree in Leadership and was selected as Pacific Air Forces PJ of the Year. He was known for being one of the toughest instructors at Indoc. So be ready, because he takes PJ training very seriously and he’s building the next members of his team. 

Officer Trainee (MSgt) Jonathan Courtright joined the Air Force in 2002 and finished the Pararescue pipeline in 2004. He's been assigned to Rescue and Special Tactics Squadrons and deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Africa over the past 14 years. Jonathan was awarded the Special Operations Medical Association Air Force Medic of the Year, Group Pararescueman of the Year, and Squadron NCO of the Year. His most recent assignment was as a Senior Instructor training Pararescuemen and Combat Controllers in advanced tactics, techniques, and procedures. He looks forward to passing on the lessons he has learned to help the next generation of PJ’s thrive in dynamic environments. Jonathan is currently enrolled in Physician Assistant school, in the same class with Brian Silva. 

The Details

This training is going to be intense, so I'm also going to send you a copy of my ebook Nutrition for the Pararescue Athlete. No excuses, we are going to go hard.

Day 1

The first day of training is instructional, lasting about 9 hours. We are going to break down all the techniques, and let you into the instructor mindset...and what we are looking for in candidates. We will be covering the basics on the following:

  • Rucking
  • Motivational Training  
  • Grass and Guerillas
  • Evaluation form for Cals
  • Swimming Techniques
  • Finning Techniques 
  • Water Confidence
  • Team dynamics
  • Candidate Mindset
  • Leadership Qualities

Day 2

After getting a firm grasp on techniques and expectations, the second day will be similar to ETD, lasting 8 hours. You can expect us to really push you physically and mentally. You will learn what you're made of, the areas you need to train harder on, and learn how to embrace the suck. Each candidate will be given individual performance feedback at the end of the day in order to give you objective measurements and how you can improve. There are quite a few surprises in store for Day 2... be ready!

NOTE: During this training day, you will want to quit... and we aren't going to let you. We are all getting through this training together. Teamwork will be key.


You will receive 1 BE A PJ training shirt to wear for this event . For equipment, you will need Ruck/Swim equipment:

  • Ruck
  • Frame
  • Boots
  • Long sleeve pants & shirt (ABUs preferred)
  • Fins
  • Mask
  • Booties
  • Snorkel
  • Swim Attire
  • Water bottle at least 2 liters total
  • 1 inch Athletic Tape/Marker
  • And don't forget to bring a motivated attitude!  

NOTE: The night before the event, we will have a dinner/meetup to ensure accountability, look over equipment, assign specific tasks, and go over final details of the training day. As well as give you a chance to get to know your team a little better.


"Overall, this was an amazing day. You did a great thing by putting it together and each guy walked away with knowledge that could very well be the difference between success/failure."

"Be well rounded physically. Physical weakness will be exposed."

"My key takeaways from the event are staying relaxed under pressure, proper form and technique for most water con events. That I can push myself farther than I believe."

"A big part for me was getting to work in a team dynamic, having to communicate effectively and find ways to be helpful to the guys around me. This isn’t something I can do when I work out alone, so I thought it was a great experience."

"It gave a very realistic training experience that quickly exposed your weaknesses. It showed me how high the bar has been set and what I must strive for."  

"Great event, learned a lot, identified many weaknesses."  

"You wont find ANY other event that compares."  

"It gave me a great idea of what Indoc would be like and now I have the ability to train much more accurately. Honestly though, it was an incredible event and the instructors were phenomenal."

"Overall, very satisfied with the event. I uncovered a lot of holes in my game that I need to address and implement into my training. This course had a good balance of both instruction, open to questions on technique etc, and a taste of how instructors will be during training. I also found the individual feedback session very useful, it gave some opportunity to ask about personal improvement areas. Great learning experience and I look forward to future content."

"I truly feel like the event was set up, maintained, and executed perfectly."  

"Exceeded my expectations and was exactly what I needed!"  

"The Indoc Leader Event teaches how to be an asset team member & to be successful in mentally tough situations."

You have 3 options.

Option 1

You quit. You just give up before you get to Indoc (A&S).

Option 2

You can try to figure out how to be part of the 10% that graduates on your own. But if you're relying on SW Prep to fill in your training gaps... you should rethink this plan.  

Option 3

 (Hint, this is the best option) You follow my training plans. You show up for the Indoc Leader, and you gain the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully CRUSH selection, from 4 former Indoc Instructors. Then you actually go to Indoc and graduate a Leader, and go on to SAVE LIVES!  

One last thing.

Indoc Leader Team Pool Session

I know this program is an investment; however, it is the most valuable of all my programs as you get 2 full days of our undivided attention and instruction.

To facilitate the team aspect, I will give you access to an exclusive Indoc Leader Facebook group, where only Indoc Leader Clients will have access. In this (optional) group, you can meet the team and discuss the finer details leading up to the event. Share where you're staying, or even split the cost of lodging/travel like the last team did. Just like at Indoc, to perform like a team you need to act like a team. Help each other and get to know each other as much as possible before this event.

Here's some feedback from previous teams on lodging/travel arrangements:

"The fact that it [The Indoc Leader] did not include meals and housing made the guys take initiative and come together as a team even before the event, so I would say it was an unintended positive consequence..."

"The Airbnb was a terrific success and it really brought the guys together before we began. The time we spent taping, talking about life, struggles, etc. Added a whole new dynamic." 


On December 14, the dinner will be held at 1700L. Schedule your travel arrangements to arrive beforehand, giving you time to get settled and travel to the restaurant to meet the team/cadre. On Sunday, the event will be completed NLT 1800CST. I recommend leaving on the 17th because you will be exhausted, dirty, and completely drained. I DO NOT recommend driving any long distances immediately following the event on Sunday, December 16th.  

I highly recommend looking for a place to stay that can accommodate the entire team. This is the first part of the team building process, communication! I will provide the Facebook group for you to speak with your team and make arrangements. Do not show up to this event without talking to people on the team. 


Sorry, all spots are now sold out.

If there are any cancellations, be the first to know by signing up for more information.  

I typically try to do 1 Indoc Leader Event per quarter, however, I am unsure when the next event will be at this time. I will be PCSing next spring, so I might not be able to hold an event prior to moving. 

If you want more details as I get them, just sign up for more info!  

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Thanks for all of your support, I am honored to be able to help future PJs. - Brian Silva