Chris Kyle, Us Navy Seal Essay
Owning his first gun at the age of eight, Chris Kyle learned to shoot as he hunted with his father for deer, quail and pheasants in West Texas. Chris was raised in Odessa, Texas and dreamed of joining the Unites States Marine Corps but upon finishing high school he became a professional bronco rider, apparently gratifying his need for “danger and excitement” and stimulating his “no fear” attitude. Unfortunately, he suffered a career ending injury and worked as a ranch hand for several years until he decided to follow his dream and join the military.
Chris’s desire to become a Marine changed the day he went to the recruiting office and found that the Marine Recruiter had “gone to lunch”. He spoke with the army recruiter and learned that he couldn’t go into special forces right away but instead could join the Rangers. Chris did not want to “be on the outside looking in” and turned to leave the recruiting office. However, the Navy recruiter pulled him aside and told him he could become a SEAL right away.
Chris attempted to enlist in the United States Navy but did not pass his physical due to the pins in his arm from the rodeo accident and was turned down. Disappointed he went back to the only work he knew, ranching. For reasons still unknown, Kyle received a call from the Navy several months later asking him to come on board despite his injury. He completed boot camp and went straight into BUDS (Basic Underwater Demolition/Scuba), beginning his almost eleven years of service to the American people.
Assigned to SEAL Team 3, Sniper Element Charlie platoon within the Naval Special Warfare Command, Kyle served in every major battle of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Performing his assigned duties, Kyle became one of the ten percent of American Infantry who are trained and equipped as snipers. He was a member of a two man sniper team (spotter and shooter) who provided intelligent precision firepower and were better at finding the enemy and killing them with a minimum of noise and fuss. Despite countless hours of physical, mental and combat training, Mr.
Kyle hesitated the first time he killed a person at long range. It was a woman who was about to attack a group of U. S. Marines with a hand grenade, his chief said “take a shot”, he stammered “but…. ”, chief yelled ”shoot”, Kyle took one shot and the woman dropped the grenade as her body hit the ground. It appears that pulling the trigger became second nature for Chris Kyle after spending four tours in Iraq. Injured twice himself by enemy fire, he is known as the deadliest marksman in United States military history with 255 kills, 160 of them officially confirmed by The Pentagon.
Despite the large numbers killed by Kyle, he is actually most admired for his precise and accurate shooting, hitting a target more than 2,100 yards (1. 2 miles) away. Insurgents nicknamed Chris Kyle “The Devil of Ramadi” and placed a $20,000. 00 bounty on his head. Although the number of people he has shot is astonishing, Kyle says he has never second guessed himself since the first grenade wielding woman and the only regret he has is for “the people I couldn’t save. ” Chris Kyle left the service in 2009, after ten years of self sacrifice, deciding not to re-enlist to “save his marriage”.
Mr. Kyle currently resides in Dallas with his wife and two daughters and is president of Craft International, a world-class leader in providing military and law enforcement sniper training as well as private security and protection. Most recently, Chris Kyle has co-authored a book titled “American Sniper, The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U. S. Military History”. He is quoted as saying that he wrote this book in honor of his fallen Seal brothers in the hope of bringing a better understanding to the American people of the lasting effects and devastations of war.