“My wife doesn’t want me to stay in one more minute than I have to,” he says. But he’s several years away from official retirement. “I agree that civilian life is scary. And I’ve got a family to take care of. Most of us have nothing to offer the public. We can track down and kill the enemy really well, but that’s it.
“If I get killed on this next deployment, I know my family will be taken care of.” (The Navy does offer decent life-insurance policies at low rates.) “College will be paid for, they’ll be fine.
“But if I come back alive and retire, I won’t have a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out for the rest of my life. Sad to say, it’s better if I get killed.”
– Phil Bronstein, quoting an unnamed SEAL Team 6 operator, in just one of the many stark, profound realities revealed in Bronstein’s excellent and much-discussed article “The Shooter,” written for Esquire magazine, about the Navy SEAL who actually shot and killed Osama bin Laden. Hopefully more on this will be coming later.