Skip to comments.Naval Aviation Schools Command Meets MTV
Posted on 03/13/2004 9:29:27 PM PST by BykrBayb
Story Number: NNS040311-12 Release Date: 3/12/2004 6:19:00 AM
By Lt. Karen Eifert, Naval Aviation Schools Command Public Affairs
PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- MTV visited Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC) over Valentines Day weekend to film an episode of "Made," a reality television program that normally airs on MTV Saturdays at 3 p.m.
The premise of the episode involving NASC was to take an ordinary 16-year-old high school student named Adam Pears and help him achieve his goal of becoming a varsity athlete. The question immediately became, Can a 58 and 120-pound individual with minimal athletic training who is also an asthmatic, really achieve this goal?
MTV producers knew they had their work cut out for them and called on the Navy for assistance. They consulted the Aviation Rescue Swimmer School (ARSS), which they understood to have a physical endurance program so rigorous it was comparable to both SEAL (Sea, Air, Land) and Explosive Ordnance Disposal training.
But before filming could begin, the search was on to find the instructor with the right stuff, that single individual who could effectively motivate Pears to reach his goal.
After auditioning 12 Aviation Enlisted Aircrew Training School and ARSS instructors to determine whether or not they were up to the challenge of training Pears and could deal with the constant exposure to cameras, they chose Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class William Young, NASCs Enlisted Instructor of the Year for 2003.
Whats the first thing you would tell him? MTV Assistant Field Producer Brynne Wurmbrant asked Young. Do you think hes too young to train? Can you be both mean and compassionate when youre training? And, just to see if his acting skills were up to par she asked, Can you show me how you would motivate this 16-year-old if he were to try and quit on you? Young belted commands and motivational phrases into the camera in such a manner that the MTV staff later said he was selected almost from the moment he opened his mouth.
Who are you? Young asked as Pears joined the ARSS student formation, made up of 11 actual ARSS students serving as extras on the set. You want to be an athlete? he asked after sizing him up from head to toe. Yes, Pears said. Thats yes, petty officer! returned Young.
So began three days of intense training designed to show Pears that achieving personal goals has more to do with internal perseverance than anything else. Finding every exercise challenging, Pears performed sit-ups, push-ups, squats, pull-ups, weight training and endurance runs. Clearly he was no match for the students who had been training for months and were approaching their graduation, however his energy and determination served him well.
The "Made" episode was filmed over a weekend of inclement weather at the ARSS schoolhouse, making the training even more difficult. But Young never let Pears quit, even though there were times when Pears struggled and fell, Young was always present with positive encouragement.
I guess I was motivated by the students, said Pears. They started encouraging me and made me feel like I was part of a team. That really helped.
Young said he gave a lot of thought to how he was going to train Pears long before the training ever began.
I wanted to start with the basics, said Young. I wanted him to know how important good nutrition, rest and discipline are when youre training. In fact, you have to consider that everything you do to your body will affect your physical performance, not just as a rescue swimmer, but as an athlete in general.
At the end of the filming, the MTV staff revealed that Pears has plans to try out for a spot on his high school track team, and Young is currently scheduled to make a second motivational appearance. This episode of "Made" is scheduled to air on MTV April 21 at 10 p.m.
For related news, visit the Naval Aviation Schools Command Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/nasc.
If the Navy should use the techniques that will make this slight man desperate to become a bigger man (as they so often do, out of the public eye), in the process the Navy will be shown to have been "mean".
The Navy is foolish to trust these society-haters...