When 6-year-old Walker Greentree’s mother told him to be quiet like a Navy SEAL, his 7-year-old buddy immediately questioned whether SEALs are as quiet as ninjas.
Walker, who comes from a military family, wrote a letter to former Navy SEAL and commander of U.S. Special Operation Commands Admiral William McRaven asking him to settle the debate.
“Dear Admiral McRaven,” Walker wrote, “when I grow up I want to be a SEAL too but, can you tell me who is quieter — SEALs or Ninjas? Also, how long can you hold your breath for?”
McRaven wrote him back and his answer definitely makes being a SEAL sound much more exciting than being a ninja.
“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,” McRaven added, “but I try not to unless I really have to.”
In his response, McRaven told Walker the two key elements to becoming a SEAL.
“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."