EP 078 Interview Tyson Stahl: Part 1, Road to the Naval Academy and Marine Corps Special Operations

How does a troublemaker cut from his Middle School football team and sent to a military school for the Summer to, “straighten up”, end up playing Division I football at the Naval Academy and becoming a Marine Corps Special Operator?

If you would have asked our guest at 14 years old what he was going to do when he grew up, he’d probably say, “be a rock star.” Although the influence of punk rock and playing live shows was appealing, he also loved the idea of of being a Commando. We hope you enjoy this fun and insightful story we uncovered for this week’s episode.

Our guest for Episode 78 (described above) is Tyson Stahl. He’s a 2005 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, a Marine Corps Infantry Officer , Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC Raider) Team Commander, combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, and bass player for the all veteran rock band Silence & Light (https://www.silenceandlightmusic.com/)

Here’s a few acronym explanations from the episode and feel free to message us via social media or on this post with other questions:

-The Basic School (TBS) – 6 month long school in Quantico, VA for all Marine Corps Officers

-Infantry Officers Course (IOC) – 10-week course in Quantico to train/qualify for the Military Occupational Specialty 0302 (Infantry Officer)

-Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) – Task organized unit of Marine Ground, Air, and Logistics elements. Size from a few hundred to 100,000 depending on the mission

-Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC) – Marine Corps component of Special Operations Command (SOCOM) https://marsoc.com/


Topics Covered:

-Tyson Stahl Bio

-VERY diverse upbringing; including theater, dance, sports

-Musical background, getting cut from football team, military school

-Dealing with loss at a young age

-Changing cultures and Coaches

-The war hits close to home and running out of the tunnel with the American Flag

-Transition from school to the Marine Corps

-Getting out or getting in deeper

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