In this portion of Eric’s interview, he reflects on how Richard Marcinko was instrumental to him becoming a SEAL. Eric said he read all of Marcinko’s books when he was younger, and they encouraged him to view becoming a SEAL as a real possibility.

Some modern military movies will have the same effect on this generation. They will inspire young men and women to strive to be and do more than they thought was possible. Most of Eric’s former team members had a similar story of a military book or movie that basically steered them toward becoming a Navy SEAL. People like Dick Marcinko and others who tell their part of military history have helped make the teams what they are today.