Since 9/11, our special operations forces have doubled in size, tripled their budget, and dramatically ramped up their deployment rotations. All this means we have a great many more SOF warriors overseas and in harm’s way. And over time, a great many of them will, at some point, shed their guns and body armor and return to civilian life. Most SOF veterans take their wartime experience and use it to their advantage as they leave uniformed service. Yet some have difficulties in the transition. The elitism that’s bred into our SEALs, Regimental Rangers, Green Berets, and Marine Raiders can be a powerful engine for post-service personal growth and success in the business world. Or, it can create problems. Brandon Young’s fine article addresses these issues and how a former special operator can channel his military experience in a positive direction. His thoughtful perspective applies to all service personnel transitioning to civilian life.