Inquiring Minds Want to Know! Ninjas vs. SEALs

October 04, 2013

Inquiring Minds Want to Know! Ninjas vs. SEALs

Walker Greentree wants to be a SEAL when he grows up. Or a ninja. It depends on the day. He's turning 7 in October so that explains a lot.  But he's smart as a whip.  He comes from a military family and he's a member of the elite MilKidz Club.  

One afternoon while playing with a friend in the yard, the young Greentree was scolded by his mother.  "Be quiet like a SEAL," said Vivian Greentree.  His friend immediately replied - as one would expect from a 7-year old. "Ninjas are quieter than SEALS." And thus, a monumental argument began.  WHO is quieter? Ninjas or SEALS?  SEALS or Ninjas?  

So in times like these, the younger Greentree wanted to ask the experts.   He wrote to Admiral William H. McRaven, a United States Navy admiral, and Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command. He's a big deal.  And what happened next will go down in history and for Walker Greentree, it will be a moment he will never forget. 

Here's what the letter read:  "Thanks for writing me! You did a great job drawing the Trident, it looks just like my personal coin, which I've sent you along with this letter. I only give this to very special kids, so I hope you like it. 

To answer your questions: I think ninjas are probably quieter than SEALs, but we are better swimmers, and also better with guns and blowing things up. I can hold my breath for a long time, but I try not to unless I really have to.  

Remember, if you want to be a SEAL, you must do two things: listen to your parents and be nice to the other kids. If you do that then you can probably be a SEAL too."

Admiral William H. McRaven

 

LESSONS LEARNED? 

1)  When you  have serious questions, go to the experts

2)  Holding your breath for a long time isn't necessarily good for you

3) SEALs and Ninjas are both uber cool

4) Letter writing is a skill that we all should practice

5)  Admirals are smart 

6) Milkidz DO COOL THINGS! 



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