Why I Became A Navy SEAL

Eric Greitens talks about his path to the U.S. Navy SEALs

Eric Greitens (Photo: YouTube/Greitens)

Eric Greitens is one of the most influential people in the world. From Navy SEAL to governor of Missouri, Eric’s life was full of carefully chosen paths. Born and raised in St. Louis, Greitens received a doctorate from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, as a Rhodes scholar.

During his four tours of duty as a U.S. Navy SEAL officer, he rose to the rank of lieutenant commander, commanded a unit targeting Al-Qaeda, and was awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. Pretty remarkable CV for one politician. And it’s not all, on returning from Iraq in 2007, Eric used his combat pay to found The Mission Continues, a fellowship program for veterans transitioning to civilian life.

The particular story is great, but a not long time ago, Navy SEALs were quite different. Quit professionals, far away from the news headlines, TV shows and similar they were unknown American heroes. Since 2011, and Killing of Osama bin Laden, they have changed. Despite the fact that Navy SEALs traditionally embraced a culture of quiet professionalism. Part of the seal credo reads, “I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions.”

Today, the story is different, many gains public attention not because of who they are, but what they have done in the past or even better, where they served in the past. What do you think about that?