Vice-Admiral William McRaven, who commanded the SEAL team that hunted down and killed Osama Bin Laden, is a journalism graduate, reports TIME magazine's Battleland blog.
In an article headlined 'The Most Deadly Would-be Journalist in the World,' TIME reports: "McRaven hedged his bets while studying journalism at the University of Texas in Austin before graduating in 1977: he also was a member of the Navy ROTC program.
" 'You wouldn't expect a journalism major,' former deputy CIA chief and ex-Navy admiral Bobby Inman told the San Antonio Express-News, 'to end up running special forces'.
"But it looks like McRaven picked the right career path: in his 35-year career, McRaven went from being a SEAL platoon commander, to heading a SEAL team, to running U.S. special operations in Europe. But he didn't give up everything he learned in journalism school: in 1996 he published Spec Ops, a book on the art of special operations based on eight case studies."
The TIME piece concludes: "Not a bad day's work for a would-be journalist. Sure as heck beats writing about it."
- Maybe McRaven will make ex-Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie re-think his view that all journalism colleges should be closed.
- Hat-tip SDBrook on Twitter