My last time at a SEAL reunion was the summer before I decided to leave the Navy in 2006. The SEAL reunions back then were nothing more than an excuse to golf and get shit-faced. I don’t golf and I’d had enough hard drinking over the years and decided it would be my last reunion.

I’ve never been to one since and doubt I’m missing much other than a whisky hangover.

Leaving the Teams was a very lonely experience.

Once surrounded by a robust support network and then it’s gone. The moment you go you’re out, all alone with no support group. The brotherhood of SEALs you once shared is gone in an instant.

The key to resiliency in life (in any career) is to build and maintain robust networks of support that provide a foundation to fall back on during hard times. We all experience hardship in life and having great people and organizations around you that can help during times of need are critical during adverse times.

It’s why so many professional athletes, like Michael Phelps talks about, and SEALs struggle on the outside, because they lose access to a long-established support network when they leave the clubhouse.

Gone in an instant, and that puts them at risk.

This is a major problem that the senior SEAL leadership at WARCOM needs to fix.