The people with whom I’ve worked in the Special Operations community are more concerned with an individual’s contribution to the team, and their ability to do their job exceptionally well, than their race or sexual preferences. It’s meritocracy in its purest form, and a wonderful example set by the Special Operations community, from which others can and should learn.

Gays in Special Operations existed long before the inception and eventual death of Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell (DADT). And while politicians and religious fanatics made a fuss about gays serving in the military, these men and women proudly served their country in silence, and earned the respect of their peers until DADT was eventually repealed. 

I was a BUD/S 215 classmate of Brett Jones, had no idea he was gay at the time, and I am proud to call him my friend. His story is below.  -Brandon Webb, Editor-in-Chief,

“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.” -General George S. Patton

My Name is Brett Jones, I Am A Navy SEAL, And I Am Gay


“The alarm is always too loud,” I thought to myself as I rolled over to turn off the annoying, illuminated noise machine.  Making the decision to not take a shower for a little more sleep was an easy one.  Last night’s dive was long and cold.  Since I was going to be back in the water soon enough, staying dry for now was a must.

It took a second try to get my Jeep to start in the morning cold.  The heater finally got warm just as I was entering the front gate of the Naval Amphibious Base in Norfolk, Virginia.  After I parked in front of the SEAL Team 8 building, I grabbed my phone and started listening to my voicemail, watching as, one-by-one, people arrived at work.

“Hey Brett, this is Mike, we met at the Cactus and I was wondering if you’re doing anything tomorrow night. Give me a call back.” “Nice!” I thought as I closed the flip phone and nervously glanced around the parking lot as if somebody could have heard that voicemail.  I had met Mike at a gay bar in Virginia Beach the week prior. He must have called last night when I was on my dive.