An ‘Act of Valor’ Review from an NSW Veteran

This review of the movie was published by Capt Bob Schoultz (USN Ret), former SEAL. He is very candid in his praise and critique of the movie and can do so from a unique perspective. He can talk about the ‘big picture’ and that’s what’s been missing from many reviews.

He also brings another bit of street cred. He was asked by the command to pen an article on write an essay on “Quiet Professionalism” for ‘ETHOS’ magazine, an NSW publication.

These guys are catching a lot of heat due to the recent high profile NSW has recently garnered. Capt Schoultz made some good points in his article.

In determining whether a book, article, interview or other public pronouncement adds to or diminishes the credibility, reputation, and honor of the individual and our community, I suggest three criteria:

1. Is it fair and honest, and does it constructively contribute to the public understanding of NSW? Or does it primarily promote self-interest or a personal agenda?

2. Is the warrior exhibiting ‘a strong dose of humility,’ to include respect toward those with whom he might disagree?

3. Does the perspective or story serve the interests of those still in the arena, or does it make their lives and work more difficult, more complicated, or even more dangerous?

‘Quiet professionals’ in Naval Special Warfare need not always be ‘quiet’ – there are times when it is important and appropriate to tell our story. I don’t believe that the real issue is being ‘quiet,’ but rather having the maturity to be humble and the good judgment to be discrete. Anyone “going public” should be careful of their motives, not hurt those still in the arena, and avoid publicly airing personal agendas.


5 Responses to “An ‘Act of Valor’ Review from an NSW Veteran”

  1. Lucky says:

    That was one GOOD movie!

  2. getbackjoejoe says:

    I hear oscar buzz!

  3. I would be shocked if Hollywood could bring itself to honor this movie and those men.

  4. I see what you mean but... says:

    Make those dollars while you can. Eventually the Army guys are going to start talking and the stories they can tell will make these books and movies look like children’s fairy tales.

  5. tdg187x says:

    cmon man, you really think one branch of operators have stories that outshine the others? gimme a break…..