It was 1997 and my mother, acutely aware of my restless need for adventure, showed me a newspaper article detailing the summer training a local Naval Sea Cadet unit participated in. I was unsure what this program entailed, but I knew the idea of training on a real Navy vessel doing real Navy “things” sounded like the chance of a lifetime for a young rambunctious kid. The following week, I attended my first Sea Cadet meeting.
It was through Naval Sea Cadets that I learned of the Navy SEAL Teams, and I was captivated by their ethos of serving with honor and loyalty to country, team, and teammate. It helped me establish a foundation of personal values such as discipline, responsibility, integrity, teamwork, and leadership, which I eventually built on and relied on in my own career as a SEAL.