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What Our Guys Say

I haven’t contacted you since coming out there last year, but I just wanted to give the biggest THANK YOU to you, Mrs. Shipley, and Instructor Lalo... The buck I shot at 160 yards this November wasn’t a shot I would’ve even considered taking before I got the top-of-the-line shooting instruction you both provided. I went through 5 boxes of shells this fall with my rifle and all the older guys at my deer shack were amazed at how well I could shoot. Can’t say enough how much I appreciated that instruction.

The new course set up looks amazing and I’m planning to make it to both weeks. Mrs. Shipley’s food is just about reason enough for me to want to be out there for both weeks! I know I speak for all of us when I say how much we are humbled and appreciative for the work you all put in to the courses - even in the "off-season".

   Joey McHale
   Class Leader - Advanced Course 09/10


Hell Night ’Belly of the Beast’ is an intense 24-hour endurance course derived from Navy SEAL ’Hell Week’ and instructed by a cadre of veteran SEALs and Advanced SEAL Instructors who are hand picked...


What Our Guys Say

Here are a few thoughts on the 06/09 Navy SEAL Training course.

Overall I have to say I was very pleased with the week. The training, experiences, accomodations, food and commraderie were well worth the price. For the younger guys heading to BUD/S this course is invaluable and it should be a "must attend". I would highly recommend this course for anyone interested in the SEALs. I certainly learned a lot of new things and also discovered personal weaknesses needing improvement.

I plan on attending AOT next year. Thanks again for a great week of training!

God Bless the US Navy SEALs

   John Cook


Don Shipley retired after 24-years as a SEAL Senior Chief in 2003. He served at SEAL Team ONE, SEAL Team TWO, the Naval Special Warfare Center (BUD/S) and Naval Special Warfare Group TWO, in Little Creek Virginia as a SEAL Advanced Training Instructor.

When not in a SEAL Platoon or deployed overseas, his time was spent running blocks of training for SEALs in air operations, land warfare, and demolitions.

As a SEAL, he preferred the challenge of Mountain and Arctic Warfare but began his career in the equally hostile desert environment, spending much of his time in the worlds hottest and coldest climates.

He served in eight SEAL Platoons, was Platoon Chief in five, and awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for Heroism during a Search and Rescue Mission.

He conducted numerous operations in Bosnia and Liberia, Africa while at SEAL Team TWO and became the first Non-Corpsman SEAL to graduate Paramedic School.

Setting records for immense water and land demolition shots and running High Risk training courses, he also served as an Explosive Expert instructing Police Departments across the country in Booby Traps and Improvised Explosive Devices.

After retirement he became a Blackwater Security Contractor, spending a year in Pakistan and Afghanistan fighting the war on terror. He resides in Chesapeake Virginia with his wife and daughter. His Son has been a Navy SEAL for 9 years. He attended SEAL Training at 17 years old, becoming one of the youngest men to ever graduate BUD/S.

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