Eric Greitens

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Eric Greitens recalls his difficult Navy SEAL training and refuses to trash-talk the other services. (5:43)

EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS BOTH A

RHODES SCHOLAR AND A NAVY SEESM

YEAH, BUT HOW MANY DAYTIME EMMYS

HAS HE BEEN NOMINATED FOR.

PLEASE WELCOME ERIC GREITENS.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

BOOM!

HEY, NICE TO MEET YOU.

ALL RIGHT, EVEN THAT HANDSHAKE

WAS INTIMIDATING.

[LAUGHTER]

SIR, YOU ARE AS, AS I SAID

RHODES SCHOLAR AND A NAVY SEAL.

WHAT WAS THE LAST TIME YOU WERE

DEPLOYED.

>?]I 2007.> Stephen: IF YOU HAD BEEN

DEPLOYED INTO THE COMPOUND TO

TAKE OUT BIN LADEN, COULD YOU

TELL ME ABOUT IT?

>> NO.

>> Stephen: I'M GOING TO

ASSUME YOU WERE ONE OF THE GUYS.

[LAUGHTER]

YOUR BOOK IS CALLED THE HEART

AND THE FIFTH, THE EDUCATION OF

THE HUMANITARIAN, THE MAKING OF

A NAVY SEAL.

LET'S TALK ABOUT THE TITLE "THE

HEART AND THE FIST."

IS THAT HOW YOU TAKE A MAN DOWN

BY PUNCH HIM IN THE HEART WITH

YOUR FIST?

>> KIT WORK EFFECTIVELY.

>> Stephen: IF A TERRORIST

CAME IN TO THIS ROOM RIGHT NOW

HOW MANY OBJECTS COULD YOU USE

TO SUBDUE HIM?

>> WE HAVE THE CARD, THE BOOK

AND THE CUP HERE.

WE USE WHATEVER WE CAN.

>> Stephen: WOULD YOU USE ME

TO SUBDUE HIM?

>> I THINK THAT'S THE MOST

EFFECTIVE WEAPON.

>> Stephen: YOU WERE NOT

ALWAYS THE WARRIOR.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: YOU STARTED OFF AS

A HUMANITARIAN WORKER.

WHAT WERE YOU DOING?

>> I WAS WORKING WITH KID WHO'S

LOST LIMBS IN LEFT HAND MINE AND

THOSE WHOaIN RWANDAN AND I DID WORK WITH

NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS WORKING

TO HELP KIDS IN SOME OF THE MOST

DESPERATE CIRCUMSTANCES

OVERSEAS.

>> Stephen: HOW DO YOU GO TO

SEEING THE RAVAGES OF WAR TO

BEING A WARRIOR?

>> THERE WAS A TIME WHEN I WAS

WORKING IN BOSNIA, LIVING IN A

REFUGEE CAMP WORKING WITH KIDS.

I REMEMBER THERE WAS A MAN WHO

TOLD ME ABOUT THE TERRIBLE

THINGS DONE TO HIS FAMILY.

HORRIBLE THINGS DONE TO HIS

WIFE, HIS BROTHERS.

HE SAID TO ME, I DON'T WANT YOU

TO MISUNDERSTAND ME.

HE SAID I APPRECIATE THE SHELTER

HERE TR MY FAMILY, I APPRECIATE

THE FOOD BUT IF YOU REALLY CARED

ABOUT US, YOU WOULD BE WILLING

TO PROTECT US.

I RECOGNIZED THEN THAT SOMETIMES

IT TAKES THE HEART AND 9 FIST.

YOU HAVE TO RESPOND TO PEOPLE

WITH COMPASSION BUT JUST LIKE

ANYTHING WE LOVE YOU HAVE TO BE

WILLING TO PROTECT PEOPLE, USE

YOUR STRENGTH TO A GOOD PURPOSE.

>> Stephen: HERE IS ONE OF THE

ISSUES WITH THE NAVY SEALS.

WE'LL TAKE THE GUYS WHO TOOK OUT

BIN LADEN.

I CAN'T KNOW WHO THEY ARE.

HOW THEN CAN I "BIOGRAPHY" THEM

A -- CAN I BUY THEM A BEER?

HOW DO I IDENTIFY THEM AT A BAR?

SHOULD I THROW A PUNCH AT EVERY

PERSON AND THE GUY WHO --

[LAUGHTER]

>> PEOPLE TALK ABOUT BEING THE

TIP OF SPEAR.

>> Stephen: THAT IS THE MOST

SENSITIVE PART OF THE SPEAR.

[LAUGHTER]

>> YES.

>> Stephen: GO AHEAD.

>> I THINK THEY WOULD ALSO TELL

YOU THAT IN ORDER FOR THEM TO DO

THAT WORK EFFECTIVELY THERE'S A

TRAIN OF PEOPLE BEHIND THEM

SUPPORTING THEM IN THE U.S.

MILITARY, IN COMMUNITIES AROUND

THE COUNTRY.

IF YOU WANT TO THANK THEM WE

SHOULD THANK THEM.

YOU CAN THANK EVER PERSON WHO

HAS SERVED SINCE SEPTEMBER 11,

2001 BECAUSE THIS WAS THEIR

VICTORY AS WELL.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> Stephen: YOU'RE WELCOME.

[LAUGHTER]

YOU BECAME A NAVY SEAL, WERE YOU

ALARMED BY WHAT YOU HAD TO GO

THROUGH TO BECOME ONE?

WHAT IS THE HARDEST THING YOU

HAVE TO DO IT'S LEDGE TKPWEPBD

TEAR DAIRY HOW DIFFICULT

TUESDAY.

>> YOU HAVE TO SWIM THE 50

METERS UNDER WATER, LATER THEY

ASK YOU TO SWIM DOWN 50 FEET AND

TIE A KNOT.

ONE OF THE HARDEST THINGS IS

DROWN PROOFING.

>> Stephen: THAT WOULD BE A

HANDY SKILL.

>> THEY TIE YOUR FEET TOGETHER

AND YOUR HANDS BEHIND YOUR BACK.

WITH YOUR FEET TIED TOGETHER AND

YOUR HANDS BEHIND YOUR BACK YOU

HAVE TO JUMP IN THE POOL.

>> Steve: THE JUMP IS THE EASY

PART.

>> YES.

THEN YOU HAVE TO SWIM 50 METERS.

YOU COME BACK IN THE NINE FOOT

SECTION OF THE POOL.

THE NEXT THING THEY ASK YOU TO

DO, WHEN THEY TOLD ME I LOVED

OUT LOUD THEY SAID WE'RE GOING

TO THROW YOUR FACE MASK INTO THE

WATER, IT'S GOING TO SINK DOWN

TO THE NINE FOOT PART AND YOU'LL

GO DOWN WITH YOUR FEET AND HANDS

TIDE, GRAB THE MASK WITH YOUR

TEETH AND DO THAT FIVE MORE

TIMES.

>> Stephen: I'M GUESSING NOT

EVERYONE MAKES IT.

>> IT'S CONSIDERED THE HARDEST

MILITARY TRAINING IN THE WORLD.

IN OUR CLASS WE STARTED WITH 220

PEOPLE AND WE GRADUATED WITH 21.

>> Stephen: DO YOU EVER TRASH

TALK THE OTHER SERVICES?

COME ON!

SPECIAL FORCES?

>> NO.

>> Stephen: TOTAL POSERS.

SAY IT.

IT WON'T COME BACK TO BITE YOU

IN THE ASS.

>> THEY ARE SOLID, THE SPECIAL

FORCES GUYS.

WE WORK WITH THEM, MARINES, ARMY÷ú

RANGERS, MARINE FORCE RECON.

>> Stephen: ALL OF THEM BUT

THEY ARE NOT NAVY SEALS.

THANK YOU

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