September 18, 2021

Navy SEAL Movie

“The strongest, toughest guy I know is my cousin Tim; a big burly Irish brawler that doesn’t take “”No”" for an answer. A few years back, he went through NAVY Seal BUD/S orientation – twice. He rang out – twice. He said it was the hardest thing he had ever done. He is now an LAPD SWAT team member.

Navy SEAL Movie

Becoming a Navy SEAL is not just about being strong; though just to get in, one must swim 1000 meters in 20 minutes, run 4 miles in 31 minutes or less, do 70 pushups in 2 minutes, 60 situps in 2 minutes. And that’s just the beginning of a really tough 24 week program designed to weed out many and toughen those that remain. Becoming a Navy SEAL is about an inner toughness and heart that separates those with true internal strength from the others. Out of about 1000 candidates that start BUD/S training every year, only about 20% complete it. There is a saying on the SEALS website. “It’s not about winning; it’s about not quitting.”

What makes a Navy SEAL special beyond his strength and military training is his willingness to always put the team and the mission first. A SEAL chooses not to stand out or look for recognition, rather to blend into the background unless called to lead.

The Navy SEALS Ethos reads, in part:

“My Trident is a symbol of honor and heritage. Bestowed upon me by the heroes that have gone before, it embodies the trust of those I have sworn to protect. By wearing the Trident I accept the responsibility of my chosen profession and way of life. It is a privilege that I must earn every day. My loyalty to Country and Team is beyond reproach. I humbly serve as a guardian to my fellow Americans always ready to defend those who are unable to defend themselves. I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions. I voluntarily accept the inherent hazards of my profession, placing the welfare and security of others before my own. I serve with honor on and off the battlefield. The ability to control my emotions and my actions, regardless of circumstance, sets me apart from other men. Uncompromising integrity is my standard. My character and honor are steadfast. My word is my bond.”

Hollywood has always had the tendency to make macho type movies about the military. There are two in the works now on the SEALS. One, directed by Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow called “Kill Bin Laden” and the other, “Act of Valor”. Let us hope that Hollywood can do justice to the SEALS this time. They certainly deserve it.|”