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Don Shipley
Allegiance United States
Service/branch Seal of the United States Department of the Navy (alternate) United States Navy
Years of service 1978 – 2003
Rank SCPO collar Senior Chief Petty Officer

US Navy SEALs insignia United States Navy SEALs SEAL Team 1

SEAL Team 2
Spouse(s) Diane Shipley
Relations Son - DJ Shipley[1]
Website Extreme Seal Experience

Don Shipley (born 1961) Is a retired U.S. Navy SEAL who runs a civilian, SEAL-training program, provides his expertise to media organizations, and exposes fraudulent claims of military service.

Military serviceEdit

Don Shipley joined the United States Navy in 1978 and became a Navy SEAL in 1984[2] after graduating BUD/S class 131.[3] Shipley served in SEAL Team One, SEAL Team Two, the Naval Special Warfare Center, Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S), and Naval Special Warfare Group Two (NSWG-2), NAB Little Creek, Virginia as a SEAL Advanced Training Instructor.[4]

While serving with SEAL Team Two, Shipley conducted operations in Bosnia and Liberia[citation needed]. He became the first non-corpsman SEAL to graduate paramedic school[citation needed]. He served in eight SEAL Platoons, was Platoon Chief in five[citation needed], and awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for Heroism during a Search and Rescue Mission.[5]

Setting records for immense water and land demolition shots and running High Risk training courses, he served as an Explosive Expert instructing Police Departments across the country in Booby Traps and Improvised Explosive Devices. 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.[4]

He retired after 24 years as a SEAL Senior Chief in 2003.

Post-military lifeEdit

After retirement Shipley worked as a Security Contractor for Blackwater Security Consulting, spending a year in Pakistan and Afghanistan.[4] Shipley runs a training course with several former U.S. Navy SEALs called Extreme SEAL Experience which trains potential SEALs as well as individuals looking to make the challenge.[6][7]

Don Shipley originally started Extreme SEAL Experience in 1992 for the United States Navy. It was designed to train Navy Sea Cadets for recruitment purposes. It later transformed into a full-program designed to prepare those interested in Naval Special Warfare for the intense nature of BUD/S training.[citation needed]


Shipley is a Special Guest Contributor at, the site provides news and analysis from former military and Special Operations veterans. He states, "...the FBI estimates that there are 300 SEAL Impostors for every living Navy SEAL. Verifying at least a dozen and often over 20 fraudulent SEAL claims each day, I put the number much, much higher than 300." He estimates there are roughly 17,600 who have completed Naval Special Warfare training since 1943, about 10,000 of these are alive, and 2,400 of them on active duty.[11][12]

Shipley is a film producer, known for Dorsal (2014), Secrets of SEAL Team Six (2011), and Inside Edition (1988).[13]


  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Hansen, Louise (July 8, 2007). "Seal Recruitment a Tough Mission; Navy Commandos Stretched Thin by Wars and Departures". 
  6. Shin, Annys (May 21, 2011). "Aiming for a SEAL of approval". 
  7. Murray, Rheana (June 21, 2012). "Navy SEAL ‘Hell Week,’ now available in civilian strength". New York Daily News. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 
  8. Sterner, Doug; Sterner, Pam (20 November 2013). Restoring Valor: One Couple's Mission to Expose Fraudulent War Heroes and Protect America's Military Awards System. Skyhorse Publishing Company, Incorporated. pp. 165–166. ISBN 978-1-62873-914-5. 
  9. James, Chris (May 9, 2011). "After Bin Laden Raid, Fake Navy SEALs Are 'Coming Out of the Woodwork,' Says Watchdog". ABC News. Retrieved September 2, 2014. 
  10. "Don Shipley, retired Navy SEAL, busts another phony Nikko "Kaha" De’Lozada". Retrieved September 2, 2014. 
  11. "All posts by Don Shipley". Retrieved September 2, 2014. 
  12. Shipley, Don. "The Scourge of Navy SEAL Imposters: Part One Read more:". Retrieved September 2, 2014. 
  13. "Don Shipley, Biography". 

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