Our country is full of heroes. From the firefighters to the food bank volunteers, there are people, both seen and unseen, who make extraordinary differences in our lives. We give mad love to the guys and gals who slip quietly under the radar but that’s not what this particular post is about. This isn’t about the unsung heroes in our world, this is about the stuff legends are made of- stories of tragedy and triumph, determination and danger. This is about none other than the Navy SEALs.
The demise of Osama bin Laden was the finale of carefully planned efforts among military and government intelligence. Many men and women have given their time and their lives in order to fight for our country (both against bin Laden and other modern villains) but in the end, it was the Navy SEALs who delivered the swift end to a ten-year pursuit. The globe shakes with the news and with it, young men everywhere want to know how they too can become Navy SEALs.
The job description of a SEAL is outlined on the US Navy’s official website: “To become a SEAL in the Naval Special Warfare/Naval Special Operations (NSW/NSO) community, you must first go through what is widely considered to be the most physically and mentally demanding military training in existence. Then comes the tough part: the job of essentially taking on any situation or foe that the world has to offer … Conducting clandestine missions behind enemy lines. Capturing enemy targets and intelligence against impossible odds. Bringing a threatening act of sea piracy to resolution in the blink of an eye. When they say ‘The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday,’ it’s a motto backed by legendary achievements.”