From former Navy SEAL Brandon Webb’s memoir, a New York Times Best Seller, The Red Circle.

I was just finishing my platoon training at SEAL Team 3 and was trying to keep a secret…it didn’t work out very well for me. Enjoy…

Probably the most memorable “training” I received during the entire eighteen months of our platoon’s work-up was not an official training at all, and I sure never got a certificate for it. But it made a lasting impression.

Not long after we met, Gabriele and I had a date set for our wedding. My family had spent good money on the preparations. But for whatever crazy reasons kids do crazy things, around the second week of MAROPS, we decided we couldn’t wait any longer. We quietly eloped, snuck off to Vegas and hit a chapel.