U.S. Navy SEAL Diversity Program

$5,325 of $50k goal

Raised by 31 people in 9 months
Thank you for visiting our Navy SEAL and Special Forces candidate training page.  Our program is open to men and women ages 17-32.  Others are welcome to attend and join if you meet the standards and can attend regularly.

For several years now, our group of Current and Former Navy SEAL instructors has prepared, mentored and trained some of the  most successful BUD's candidates and Navy SEAL Team members in the country and we are quite proud of their accomplishments not only in training programs but in the field around the globe.  

Our program is, and always has been, free for the candidates.  Many of our candidates come from very diverse and challenging financial and family environments.  It is a large part of our mission that these diverse, highly motivated young men and women not be kept from the highlest level of instruction and mentoring simply because of financial barriers.

At one time our diversity program was sponsored directly by the Navy but due to budget cuts that is no longer the case.  For the past year our instructors have volunteered their time so that these young men can be the best most well rounded candidates that the Navy has coming into the Special Ops. program.  With volunteer hours alone we cannot provide these young men and women with the number of hours per week or the facilities required for their success.  We need you!

Our instructors are all former Navy SEALs and whether it be on active duty or after active duty in programs such as this one, our duty is always to help others.  Asking for help is not actually in our typical vocabulary so one of the most challenging actions that I have ever taken is to ask for your help now so that we may continue this program at the level that we have for the past five years. 

Your donations are used directly to offset:

1.  Equipment purchases and rentals for the students
2.  Instructor deeply discounted rates since our         instructors volunteer hours are of couirse limited
3.  Rental of pools and beach facilties
4. Gear rentals and fees for state parks, mountains etc.
5. Offset costs of gear needed for each student.  (many members on our very diverse student roster joins us from financially challenging family environments and cannot train if there was a cost to them) 

My promise to you is that our standards for our instructors and for our students will be kept at the highest level.  We do not get rich doing this as so many fundraising programs seem to  be focused on lately.  Our focus and our spending is on the absolute necessities of the program.

It is our duty and personal responsibility to mentor and train these young men and women so that they meet the highest moral, ethical, physical and mental standards possible in tody's complex world.  Our instructors work at a deeply discounted rate because very simply this is that important to us and it is worth our time and effort.

The program works:  BUDs training has an average drop out rate of 80%-85% per class.  For the past three years the Los Angeles local team has had two candidates out of 30 ring out or D.O.R. from the BUDs training program.  That is a success rate of over 94% as opposed to the 15%-20% success rate that these students could expect if it were not for our program.  That is amazing and we are relentless in our efforts to increase that already spectucular success rate.

If that is as exciting to you as it is to us please donate 10, 25, 100, 500 or 1000 or more if you are able.  Every donation helps no matter how small.  Please contact me at any time to hear about the program and to learn of the successes of the hard charging young men and women in our program.  

Always Lead from the front

Respectfully,

John B. MacLaren
United States Navy (Ret)
SEAL Team 2,3
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Update 12
Posted by John MacLaren
1 month ago
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Thanks to all for donating last year. This year we are hoping that you will again and share this with your friends. Our instructors volunteer their time but these kids need fees, pool rental fees, equipment and training that we cannot get donated so its up to all of us to make it happen for them. Last year we helped dozens of young men achieve their dreams and become defenders of our rights and our privilege of being Americans. Please help us help them again this year. Thank you
Being cold is simply part of the day
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Update 11
Posted by John MacLaren
4 months ago
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Today someone asked me why I continue to do this even when the government funding was cut. Folks this is the ONLY program in the country that accepts ALL applicants regardless of where they are at in fitness testing, financially, socially and educationally. We work with some of the most financially and family challenged inner city kids and kids that at one time couldn't swim a stroke and/or do a pull up and now they have completed college courses and they are active and proud members of the Navy SEAL Teams. I do it because its necessary and because they are worth it. EVERY ONE OF THEM deserves a chance to be who they are best at being. Help me keep it going... its worth it to all of us.
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Update 10
Posted by John MacLaren
6 months ago
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Folks please help these young men by supporting us by sharing until 1000 folks donate ten dollars or more. The standards around the country might be at risk but these men hold themselves and each other to the highest moral, ethical and physical standards. Please share and donate today
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Update 9
Posted by John MacLaren
7 months ago
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John MacLaren
9 months ago
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Wow the three of you inspire me. Thank you so much. I had the hardest time hitting save and publish on this fundraiser but in two days I see that it's possible to have the program that helps these kids. Some of the candidates very literally take three hours by bus to get to training. That's 3 in, 2-3 hours training and 3 back. It's that important to them. Thank you to all of you. In times such as these this is exactly why we keep on gojng. Respectfully, Coach Mac

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Christopher Yurczyk
9 months ago
1
1

Team Eagle One has been a vital part to my training. I have been a part of it for about a year, and the difference from where I was before til now is night and day. I showed up and was surrounded by like-minded, driven and motivated men like myself, and we all push each other to be the best that we can be. The coaching and instructor staff are friendly, professional, and knowledgeable and always positive. Team Eagle One sets young men up for success in the United States Armed Forces by teaching them core values and leadership skills necessary for success. Thank you Team Eagle One and all the coaching staff for everything you have done for me.

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Gio Katn
9 months ago
1
1

Excellence of character is necessary for achieving the dreams of value. Team Eagle One not only identifies the virtues of excellent character, but it slowly structures and shapes this necessary ethos into a way of life for its members. Through hard work and loyalty, and committed, professional, coaching Team Eagle One shapes boys into men worthy to serve the USA.

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Simon Brauner
9 months ago
1
1

I have formed a part of this program for quite sometime now. Coach Mac has always been there for us and our program to prepare us for what's to come in Spec War training, and make us as prepared as possible to crush our respective training programs. This program has afforded me the opportunity to further develop the skills and and abilities vital to success in this chosen path. But most importantly Coach Mac and this program, have developed our mental toughness, team mentality, and the importance of functioning as a unit and looking out for each other. These essential aspects that Coach Mac has instilled in us are what makes this program have such a high success rate. I would like to thank each one of you that donates, it truly makes a huge difference for us and increases our level of training. I am humbled to be able to form part of such a great program and dedicated Coach and team members. Thank you

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Anthony Edery
9 months ago

Team Eagle One has been an enormous reason for my success as a Navy ROTC MIDN who graduated from the University of Southern California. The training program has shown me better ways to lead and have success in the teams. Coach Mac has shown unrelentless devotion to this program and the people in it. He is an amazing mentor to us all and it is this program that will define the future of our countries defense. There is no other training comparable to this so I hope that we can get the funding needed to continue this great program. Respectfully, Anthony Edery

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Jake Surrey
9 months ago

I have been a member of Team Eagle one for about ten months now. The level of mentorship that this program provides is the best you will ever find anywhere. Coach Mac has showed me my individual path to success and what to do to become a man worthy of achieving my dream of joining the elite teams of our US military, or just winning in life and for this I am forever grateful. This program provides mentors that are dedicated and motivated to cultivate the next generation of our nation's elite warriors. To be a part of this experience is not only awesome, but is competent life changing. Coach Mac has instilled in us mental toughness and working as a team. Team Eagle one is where I have begun to make it in my mind and has mentally, ethically, morally, and physically primed us before going to our individual military training programs. This team is awesome.

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$5,325 of $50k goal

Raised by 31 people in 9 months
Created June 14, 2016
$50
Ryan Hanlon
1 month ago
SH
$20
Stephen Todd Hippo
1 month ago

Great work! Proud to be an American!

RP
$20
Ronald (Dean) Powell
1 month ago

Keep up the GREAT work shipmate!

DE
$500
David Eigen
1 month ago
DD
$100
Damien Doss
1 month ago
DD
$100
Damien Doss
4 months ago
ML
$50
Mark Leon
4 months ago
JM
$500
J Moskowitz
6 months ago
MM
$200
Matthew Miller
6 months ago
MH
$50
Markus Hengstler
6 months ago

Thanks, Coach Mac!

John MacLaren
9 months ago
2
2

Wow the three of you inspire me. Thank you so much. I had the hardest time hitting save and publish on this fundraiser but in two days I see that it's possible to have the program that helps these kids. Some of the candidates very literally take three hours by bus to get to training. That's 3 in, 2-3 hours training and 3 back. It's that important to them. Thank you to all of you. In times such as these this is exactly why we keep on gojng. Respectfully, Coach Mac

+ Read More
Christopher Yurczyk
9 months ago
1
1

Team Eagle One has been a vital part to my training. I have been a part of it for about a year, and the difference from where I was before til now is night and day. I showed up and was surrounded by like-minded, driven and motivated men like myself, and we all push each other to be the best that we can be. The coaching and instructor staff are friendly, professional, and knowledgeable and always positive. Team Eagle One sets young men up for success in the United States Armed Forces by teaching them core values and leadership skills necessary for success. Thank you Team Eagle One and all the coaching staff for everything you have done for me.

+ Read More
Gio Katn
9 months ago
1
1

Excellence of character is necessary for achieving the dreams of value. Team Eagle One not only identifies the virtues of excellent character, but it slowly structures and shapes this necessary ethos into a way of life for its members. Through hard work and loyalty, and committed, professional, coaching Team Eagle One shapes boys into men worthy to serve the USA.

+ Read More
Simon Brauner
9 months ago
1
1

I have formed a part of this program for quite sometime now. Coach Mac has always been there for us and our program to prepare us for what's to come in Spec War training, and make us as prepared as possible to crush our respective training programs. This program has afforded me the opportunity to further develop the skills and and abilities vital to success in this chosen path. But most importantly Coach Mac and this program, have developed our mental toughness, team mentality, and the importance of functioning as a unit and looking out for each other. These essential aspects that Coach Mac has instilled in us are what makes this program have such a high success rate. I would like to thank each one of you that donates, it truly makes a huge difference for us and increases our level of training. I am humbled to be able to form part of such a great program and dedicated Coach and team members. Thank you

+ Read More
Anthony Edery
9 months ago

Team Eagle One has been an enormous reason for my success as a Navy ROTC MIDN who graduated from the University of Southern California. The training program has shown me better ways to lead and have success in the teams. Coach Mac has shown unrelentless devotion to this program and the people in it. He is an amazing mentor to us all and it is this program that will define the future of our countries defense. There is no other training comparable to this so I hope that we can get the funding needed to continue this great program. Respectfully, Anthony Edery

+ Read More
Jake Surrey
9 months ago

I have been a member of Team Eagle one for about ten months now. The level of mentorship that this program provides is the best you will ever find anywhere. Coach Mac has showed me my individual path to success and what to do to become a man worthy of achieving my dream of joining the elite teams of our US military, or just winning in life and for this I am forever grateful. This program provides mentors that are dedicated and motivated to cultivate the next generation of our nation's elite warriors. To be a part of this experience is not only awesome, but is competent life changing. Coach Mac has instilled in us mental toughness and working as a team. Team Eagle one is where I have begun to make it in my mind and has mentally, ethically, morally, and physically primed us before going to our individual military training programs. This team is awesome.

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