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February 24, 2014

The Unintended Consequences of Navy SEALs In The Media

In the past decade we’ve seen the US Navy SEALs elevated to role model status in the main stream media, and entertainment industry. This is largely because of a recruitment drive by the US Navy, and the Naval Special Warfare Command (WARCOM). Cooperating with Hollywood feature films like “Act of Valor” and “Lone Survivor”, both sanctioned projects has now resulted in a media Godzilla that is running rampant, out of control, and has WARCOM watching their monster nervously from afar.

The SEAL community now faces the same risk, scrutiny, and consequences that have plagued professional sports athletes idolized by American youth, and then subsequently fallen from grace. Perhaps WARCOM can learn something from Nike’s infamous commercial, “I’m Not A Role Model” featuring basketball legend Charles Barkley.

I’m not a role model

I’m not paid to be a role model

I’m paid to wreak havoc….

About the Author

is a former U.S. Navy SEAL with combat deployments to Afghanistan, and Iraq. During his last tour he served as the west coast sniper Course Manager at the Naval Special Warfare Center. He is CEO of Force12 Media , a SOFREP contributing editor, and a New York Times best selling author (The Red Circle & Benghazi: The Definitive Report). Follow Brandon on Facebook, Twitter or his website.

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  • SEAL76

    JohnChristopher1 Thank you for the info. I'll pass it on.

  • JohnChristopher1

    Your son (or you, or whomever). I mention it only because I got a good reference, and active release and neuromuscular techniques can do a lot re chronic pain. Don't know what it can do for your kid, but I've seen it save more than a few careers: NHL, PGA, Alpine skiers, even a few in the 75th and some Cool-Guys™.

  • SEAL76

    JohnChristopher1 Thanks. My pain is gone. Was this for my son. Oh how about those SEALs taking down that hijacked Libyan Oil Tanker.

  • JohnChristopher1

    @SEAL76 I got the name of a first class guy in NJ: Tony Criscuolo (ignore the Chiropractor part; that has little to do with treatment, and helps re med coverage). Don't know where he is. Do with what it with you will. If you decide to, tell 'em you were referred by Preston Greene, whose recs don't come lightly. (PG, fyi, is the S&C coach for Univ. of FL basketball; and I believe he may have worked with ST6 and HRT guys). Pain sucks, hope everything works out. (I say this as someone who has the conflicting traits of a really low "ouch" threshold and a really high work-drive. So, I do my best to avoid it.)

  • SEAL76

    JohnChristopher1  He was on staff as an instructor at Det Kodiak from about 1996 till 2000. Hew was not a PED user. He lives in Atco NJ same as me and his brother who was an Airdale.