Date of Award

Spring 5-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ded)


Professional Studies in Education

First Advisor

Sue Reig, Ed.D.

Second Advisor

DeAnna M. Laverick, D.Ed.

Third Advisor

Daniel Wissinger, Ph.D.


Through books written by Navy SEALs, movies about Navy SEAL missions, and the media, the public has a view of what it is like to be a Navy SEAL. Former Navy SEALs who have become entrepreneurs write about how they use their training and experiences as a Navy SEAL to help others to become successful leaders, to become goal-oriented individuals, and to become problem solvers. While these stories highlight a select few, the civilian life of Navy SEALs after leaving the military is still obscure. Do former Navy SEALs continue to use what they learned during their Navy SEAL training in their everyday lives?

The purpose of this study was to survey former Navy SEALs to determine if the Navy SEAL training on mental toughness and teamwork impacted their post-military lives. If training on teamwork and the mental toughness concepts of goal setting, mental imagery, self-talk, and arousal control cultivate a growth mindset and life-long habits, then these concepts should be taught in the K-12 educational setting to provide our young people with habits that lead to a successful life.

The researcher-developed survey focused on the training concepts of teamwork and mental toughness, which included goal setting, mental imagery, self-talk, and arousal control. From the population of former Navy SEALs, those who voluntarily chose to participate formed the sample. Descriptive statistics and analysis of variance (ANOVA) tests as well as analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) tests were used to determine the differences of means between the groups formed by the responses to the demographic questions contained in the survey.