1. Paramilitary Contractor
Most guys I know who did over ten years in the Teams are on this gig. I think most like it because of two reasons: freedom and pay. Not too many places you can make over a $100k a year and work 4-6 months. Tired of paying Uncle Sam? Move to Thailand or the Philippines. I know a lot of guys who are banking 100% of their paychecks and laughing on the beach in Thailand, living like Dan Bilzerian for $1500 a month.
Who’s hiring? CIA, DOS, DOE, DynCorp, Triple Canopy, MVM, Academi, maritime shipping companies, and more.
2. Private Security Professional
Who’s on Bill Gates’ private personal security detail? Former Navy SEALs that’s who.
Death threat? Hire a SEAL turned JSOC (Joint Special Operations Command) intel professional turned private sector operative. He’ll run a vulnerability assessment on his client’s “pattern of life” that will have them begging for momma.
Pay is good – well into six figures. However, you risk being an overpaid private security guard and getting abused by over-zealous clients who confuse babysitting with security. The dirty secret of this job is the JSOC guy – he commands more money and knows both sides of the game, and no baby sitting duty.
Photo: Russian Oligarchs are hiring, especially in Bahrain.
Who’s hiring? Silicone Valley moguls and Fortune 500 CEOs. Bonus option: Go rogue and seek offshore employment with some rich Russian Oligarch with a pet baby giraffe, and make friends with Snowden.
3. Business Owner
Something about the SEAL Teams makes guys exceptionally programmed to build and run companies. A great example is Mike Noell of Blackhawk. I think guys start their own businesses because they can accept the risk (better than getting shot at), and they are encouraged to lead in the Teams from the moment they get there. Bonus is that you get to be your own boss and dictate your own schedule.
Who’s hiring? You are.
4. GS (Government Service) Contractor
Perhaps the biggest boondoggle out there is the GS gig. The pay isn’t great but it’s steady and let’s guys double down on federal retirement. The downside is that you don’t get a look at the outside world (maybe this is an advantage), and you lose a lot of the privilege that came from your former rank in the community. A lot of guys who do over twenty years go this route. Bonus: retirement, and you don’t have to deal with civilians in the real world.
Photo: You were once hard, but now you’re GS.
Who’s hiring? Your last command. It’s the good ole boy club at its finest.
5. Professional Pilot
Want to know an open secret in the SEAL community? We have our own enlisted-run airlines (AKA TWA-Teeny Weenie Airlines, and yes, it’s real). If your knees, or back starts giving you problems as an E-8? Put your application in and get a few thousand hours flying jets for your teammates. FEDEX doesn’t deliver parts to obscure African countries on the fringe of civil war…
After you retire, coast into a nice job with one of the major airlines, or take a private flying gig for a casino or major company. Pay is great, and nothing like piloting multi-million dollar aircraft around the globe.
Photo: Private jet airport in Abu Dhabi
Note: This list of the top five jobs that Navy SEALs take after service is compiled from my own (un)official survey of friends in the SEAL community, and represents my own personal perspective. I wanted to list Author or Hollywood Tech Adviser but in reality these professions are more part-time income and not a long term play. Most of the guys I know don’t go this route because of the peer pressure. Hope you enjoyed this…