Wednesday, October 9, 2013


. . . Navy SEALs Won't Leave Home Without . . . Hmmm . . . They forgot to mention the SEAL PR machine. Here's a few things this list seems to overlook, what a Green Beret won't leave home without - S.L.

It is telling that Item # 1 on the SEALs list is a brain bucket . . .

. . . because Item # 1 on my list is "DON't FORGET NUTHIN'" In other words, bring your brain - and in it you should have the ability to shoot, move and communicate in at least 2 languages, over electronic media with higher headquarters and with aircraft for close air support, resupply and evac. Also the ability to improvise - because you'll never have everything you need; to the ability navigate - mounted or dismounted - over land and sea, and to be able to survive not only in harsh environments like tropical jungle, open sea, desert or arctic but also to survive in the psychological battlefield that develops in operations other than war (resistance to interrogation and resistance to exploitation for propaganda).

SEAL actually stands for "Sleep, Eat and Lift" but a Green Beret Engineer Sergeant is able to do more . . . MUCH MORE . . .

. . . change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, con a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently and die gallantly . . .



  1. Bummer.
    Nota bene that AMMO for either piece of personal small arms appears nowhere on said list.

    (What, "19 Things..." wasn't hipster enough??)

    This is what happens when you get your military advice from journalists, in 194% of all cases.

    Perhaps they, and or the SeALs interviewed, assume they'll kill you with their minds.

    I could keep riffing, because other forgotten/unmentioned things like boots (let alone clothes) tend to come in handy too, but this is shooting retarded fish in a very shallow barrel. With artillery.

  2. Cool sunglasses. The SEALs I have worked with made sure they always wore sunglasses to look cool. Overdone in my opinion.

  3. Specialization is for insects...