The following was written by former UDT/SEAL Rick Woolard in response to the recent Esquire article on the DEVGRU UBL shooter. The Command has been quietly outspoken about former SEALs getting out and writing books about their experiences. However, ironically it’s the same Command that has had the biggest OPSEC violations of the past decade, with No Easy Day, video game consulting, and side businesses that tip toe around the FAR (Federal Acquisition Regulations). The SEAL community could learn a few lessons from Delta when it comes to setting clear guidelines on what’s appropriate and what’s not.
Here’s what Rick had to say. I really respect his point of view, and we (SEALs) could learn a few things from the old guard. -Brandon
Did not see the Today show yet but did read the Esquire article. Very disappointing that a SEAL sat for this story (if in fact he did). And Esquire/Bronstein wrote WAY too much info about the Shooter’s command in the story, even if most of it has been said or written before.
But before the usual retired SEALs rush in front of cameras to opine about The Shooter and further embarass the community, they should know that The Shooter’s command bent over backward and worked for months to keep him on active duty until he could retire. This included the Commander, Command Master Chief, and others who knew him well. The Shooter could have transferred to another less rigorous job at the command or to another SEAL organization and stayed on for another few years and then received retirement benefits. The command was saddened and disappointed when he got out.
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@Tango9 I'm a little slow on the draw, but just found this little tidbit. Esquire picture becoming clearer……IVAW tie in….. http://thisainthell.us/blog/?p=34124&fb_action_ids=10100859457312607&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=246965925417366
@JHR @SEAN SPOONTS Just one word..."Marcinko?"
I got my issue and read the article..while I still don't like part of the "portrayal" Bronstein wrote, I sure don't think the "Shooter" believes he is a victim and that's what bothered me about the interviews I've seen. I do believe Bronstein believes there should be something in between getting out early and doing the minimum 20 to receive a pension..I tend to agree..but, there is the old adage that those in SF put themselves there because of what they wanted... if you didn't want it enough you sure wouldn't get it. I did come away with the distinct impression the "Shooter" was worn out and burned out. He obviously has had enough and his priorities have changed and that's fine. But it isn't the fault of his command or the military as many of us had MOS's that didn't translate to civilian occupations nor did many have the temperament suited for same. I also didn't find a great deal of discrepancies between the "Shooter's" account as opposed to those of Bissonnette and the movie..yeah, some stuff..but all in all pretty similar. I wish the "Shooter" peace....
@bkgreenfeet Well said BK