From Sea to Land:
Mapping the American Dream from a Navy SEAL
His hair is nicely parted and every grey hair is combed neatly to the side. John Teifer is 54 years old; born in New York City and grew up in Long Island. Married and divorced 4 times with 2 kids living with him. He is also known as my volleyball coach. Sitting in a classroom at the gym we practice, Coach Teifer sat up nice and tall, folded his hands, placed them in his lap, and cleared his throat preparing to be questioned. I don’t care if you are white, black, brown, yellow, green, man women… transvestite, it doesn’t matter. Coach Teifer decided to join the military around the age of 22. When asked how he decided to join the military he answered, “ When I was shopping. There was nothing more to it. I was at the mall, and saw a recruiting station. I walked inside and joined. The decision was about a split second. That day I enrolled to be a Navy Seal.” A lot of young adults join the military for selfish reason such as, the need to pay for college, the desire to carry a weapon, or even to shoot another person. Coach Teifer joined the military simply because he wanted to serve the best country in the world. Waiting for the girls getting out of their seven o’clock practice, to pass by the small classroom we were in, I then questioned Coach Teifer as to why the Navy SEALS is such an elite group. “Because it’s the only group that has to train. The name SEAL stands for Sea, Air, and Land. So you have to learn to operate in water. Jumping out of planes, and landing. So it combines every kind of terrain there is.” This Navy Seal program he was in, started with 108 people and graduated only 12 people. As he put his elbow on the table to reveal one of the two the scars as to where he has been shot while serving America, he responded to why it was important to him to serve his country. “There is no higher calling than serving your country. We take for granted what we have in this country. It’s not until...
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