The Unexpected Navy SEAL: A Lesson in Identifying Talent

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Before I became a SEAL, I was a Recon Marine and scout sniper, having risen to the rank of sergeant. I was a skilled soldier and an experienced leader, and I thought I knew what it took to succeed in the military and Special Operations in particular.

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Then, newly commissioned as a naval officer, I went to Naval Special Warfare Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S). There, I met Ryan Job, a man who challenged everything I thought I knew. It was a brutal lesson in humility and how to identify talent.

It’s a lesson I’ve

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