WASHINGTON D.C. — Just days after former Navy SEAL Team 6 member Rob O’Neill kicked off an ugly row by saying that he killed Osama bin Laden, a single 5.56mm bullet has stepped forward to claim responsibility. Read more
While the parallels between special operations and business closely mirror each other in some regards, there are also glaring differences. The most significant difference I’ve found in the year plus that I’ve been out of the military is what is considered acceptable and unacceptable in the workplace. Read more
On Wednesday, Fox News announced it planned to reveal the identity of the Navy SEAL who shot Osama Bin Laden in a documentary set to air this month. Read more
Correspondent Lara Logan spent three-and-a-half weeks in Afghanistan with the elite U.S. Navy SEALs, the first time a journalist has been allowed to go with them into combat. She followed them on the hunt for one of the most sought-after members of the Taliban, Operation Enduring Freedom 2004.
What’s your opinion? Should the press be aloud to go on these missions?
Christopher Mark Heben, ret. Navy SEAL shares:
“The exceptional will always face criticism from the unexceptional. While courage is a switch you must flip in order to push through it, courage alone will not sustain you. For, in order to continuously succeed, you must have passion, resiliency, optimism, and above all else…..people skills. I challenge you to be exceptional for your family, your faith, your community, and your Country!”-CMH
This is the first part of the Navy SEALs/BUDS training. There are 6 parts each lasting 45-50 minutes. I’ll be posting part two soon. Enjoy!
Many of the stories I share here are sent to my email by veterans; This happens to be one of them. Stories like this need to be told and retold, especially now with the current news flooding us with scandals and setbacks. (One being Iraq’s current status, which ironically is where this Sailor gave his all for his brothers and country). Rest Easy, Michael.
Michael Anthony Monsoor (April 5, 1981 – September 29, 2006) was a United States Navy SEAL who was killed during the Iraq War and posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. Monsoor enlisted in the United States Navy in 2001 and graduated from Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training in 2004. After further training he was assigned to Delta Platoon, SEAL Team Three. Read more
Special gun protected SEALs beneath the waves
In the early 1970s, U.S. Navy SEALs and Underwater Demolition Teams got a special new weapon. The Mk. 1 Underwater Defense Gun helped combat swimmers defend themselves beneath the waves.
The weapon was relatively simple and even has a safety switch that just reads “on” and “off.” The pistol functioned in the same manner as a normal revolver, according to SEAL-UDT expert Kevin Dockery’s Special Warfare Special Weapons.
The guns held six rounds inside a large cylindrical magazine. An operator would reload the revolver by removing the entire drum and inserting another one.
Naval History and Heritage Command at the Washington Navy Yard has one of these unique weapons in its collection. NHHC also possesses one of the ammunition magazines with six spent cartridges in its vaults.
Frogmen historically have hidden under the sea in order to sneak into enemy ports and other facilities. Traditionally, combat swimmers were also tasked with preventing enemy divers from doing that very thing.
We don’t know if the SEALs are still using that P11 underwater pistol. The sailing branch could easily have developed a new weapon to protect commandos under the sea.
The rigorous training Navy SEALs endure make them highly capable of handling a range of dangerous situations.
Some of them dedicate their post-military careers to passing their knowledge on to civilians.
Larry Yatch, cofounder of fitness and self-defense training facility Sealed Mindset in Minnesota, is a former Navy SEAL who now helps train clients in personal safety, defensive firearms, corporate leadership, and contingency planning.
Part of the training provided at Sealed Mindset includes learning how to escape potentially dangerous situations, like being followed or directly threatened.
“The most important thing is situational awareness to be able to identify bad people and avoid them,” Yatch told Business Insider.
How can you tell if someone might cause trouble? “They’re doing something that gives you a bad feeling,” Yatch said.
The next step is determining whether they might cause you harm. You have to look at:
1. Strength: “The hands are a really good indication of strength,” Yatch said. Check for scarred or calloused hands and raised knuckles.
2. Intent: You can usually tell someone’s intent through their eyes. If someone is looking at you and tracks your movement through a space, that could be a red flag. The same applies if they attempt to decrease the distance between you and mimic your movements. And if they shrink in the presence of an authority, like a police officer, that’s another sign. “If a uniformed police officer walks in the room, everyone in the room will look at the police officer except other police officers and criminals,” Yatch said. “It’s a subconscious way of avoiding being detected.”
If someone is presenting both of these warning signs, that’s a threat, Yatch said.
Once you’ve determined that someone could pose a threat, there are four actions you should take:
1. Increase distance: Putting the distance between you and the threat gives you more time to react.
2. Introduce a barricade: The bigger the barricade between you and the threat, the better. It could be a chair, a car, a table, or a building.
3. Look for avenues of escape and help: Be aware of your environment. Scan for exits and people who might be able to help you if the threat makes a move.
4. Defend yourself: This is your last resort if you can’t escape the threat. “If you get to having to use physical defense, you have no doubt in your mind that you have done everything you can to stop that person from causing you harm, so you can respond without mercy, without hesitation, and you fight for your life,” Yatch said. “The mentality alone that you will never be victimized, that you will never quit, that you are never unarmed and have the ability to fight — that mentality alone will show up with confidence and in and of itself often times restrict attacks.”
Yatch was medically retired from the military in 2008 after being injured, and he started the process of opening Sealed Mindset in 2009.
“My purpose in life is to protect this country … and I’m very passionate about it,” Yatch said. “It’s something that I still espouse and I try to encourage the rest of our staff to do the same thing. We want to be a resource for people in overcoming problems.
The ultimate compilation of warrior music part 2. All the hits on two videos. Great pics too! (change every 25 seconds) Share with your friends! 🙂
via Duffel Blog
THE PENTAGON — Navy officials announced the extension of Navy SEAL training by one week, adding a grueling 40 hours of creative writing classes to the already intense selection program, Duffel Blog has learned.
The new course material would be introduced immediately, following the Land Warfare phase. After final combat testing, the sailors would move back to the Coronado training facility, where they would receive classroom instruction on the proper use of tense and first vs. third person narrative.
After demanding writing exercises, those SEALs who survive will move on to acting classes, where they will be drilled on how to look coolest when they star as themselves in a made-for-TV movie. They will then be put through two days of mock TV interviews, simulating an intense book promotion tour.
During the interview, sources confirmed SEAL candidates would be trained to glorify themselves as much as possible without looking like self-centered assholes. This portion of the course was described by one of the first students as “the hardest thing I’ve ever done.”
Adm. William McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, was very enthusiastic about the change.
“These new kids coming up in the [SEAL] teams are already planning their first novel before they even graduate BUD/S. The problem is that most of them write like a gorilla with Down Syndrome, and it’s embarrassing to the entire Navy.”
“Lone Survivor, The Trident, Navy SEAL Sniper, The Warrior Elite, Suffer in Silence, Warrior Soul, American Sniper,”McRaven said, pointing to a coffee table filled with SEAL novels. “All of them read like a 9th grade English report had a retarded baby with a bad 1940’s war movie. And don’t even get me started on Rogue Warrior. That literary abortion made my eyes bleed.”
The Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) course, believed by many to be one of the most difficult initial selection programs in the U.S. military, prepares sailors to be a Navy SEAL. As the deluge of novels, magazine, TV and movie appearances have shown, the only people more enthralled with the elite forces than those in Hollywood are Navy SEALs themselves.
McRaven pointed to a memo he was drafting. “I’m also working on an addition to their contracts that states they can never use the word ‘Warrior’ in a title again. I’m sick of that shit.”
At press time, the Navy had also announced the addition of another class to BUD/S called “Speedy Publishing Techniques,” after the revelation that there were only three SEAL books released in the last month, including the acclaimed best seller “Unshaveable: A Navy SEAL’s Guide to Hygiene.”
All characters, groups, and military units appearing in these works are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, or actual military units and companies is purely coincidental.
These elite never stop training; failure is not an option for these men. SEALs motto: “The only easy day was yesterday.”
I received this in an email a couple of days ago, thought I would pass it along. Rest Easy warriors, thank you.
The President referred to the Benghazi incident as “a bump in the road.” Today I heard an ex-Navy Seal being interviewed on Fox News regarding a book he has written about how to handle crisis situations in our lives. At the end of the interview he asked if he could make a comment on Benghazi and of course the anchor said yes. He then thanked Fox News for keeping the Benghazi story in the news, since other news organizations are not. He said the Seals who died deserve the public knowing the truth about the whole affair.
This poem was written by a MARINE CORPS Officer (ANON)
THE BATTLING BOYS OF BENGHAZI
We’re the battling boys of Benghazi
No fame, no glory, no paparazzi.
Just a fiery death in a blazing hell
Defending our country we loved so well.
It wasn’t our job, but we answered the call,
fought to the Consulate and scaled the wall.
We pulled twenty Countrymen from the jaws of fate
Led them to safety, and stood at the gate.
Just the two of us, and foes by the score,
But we stood fast to bar the door.
Three calls for reinforcement, but all were denied,
So we fought, and we fought, and we fought ’til we died.
We gave our all for our Uncle Sam,
But Barack Obama didn’t give a damn.
Just two dead seals who carried the load?
No thanks to us………we were just “Bumps In The Road”.