Jocko Willink

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Jocko Willink
Birth nameJohn Gretton Willink, Jr.
Born (1971-09-08) September 8, 1971 (age 52)
Torrington, Connecticut, U.S.
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1990–2010
RankLieutenant commander
UnitSEAL Team 1
SEAL Team 2
SEAL Team 3
Battles/warsIraq War
AwardsSilver Star
Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Alma materUniversity of San Diego[1] (BA)

John Gretton "Jocko" Willink Jr. (born September 8, 1971)[2] is an American author, podcaster, and retired United States Navy officer who served in the Navy SEALs and is a former member of SEAL Team 3.

Willink's military service includes combat actions in the Iraq War, where he commanded SEAL Team 3's Task Unit Bruiser,[3] the unit that fought in the battle against the Iraqi insurgents in Ramadi.[4] Willink was honored with the Silver Star and Bronze Star Medal for his service.[5] He achieved the rank of lieutenant commander.[6]

Willink co-authored the books Extreme Ownership and The Dichotomy of Leadership (with fellow retired SEAL Leif Babin) and co-founded the management consulting firm Echelon Front, LLC.[6] Willink hosts a weekly podcast with Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner Echo Charles, called the Jocko Podcast.[7][6] He holds a B.A. in English from the University of San Diego.[6]

Military career[edit]

Jocko Willink and Thomas Dzieran after a boarding operation on Russian tanker Volga-Neft-147

After Navy recruit training and Radioman (RM) "A" School training, Willink reported to Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training (BUD/S) training at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado. Willink graduated BUD/S class 177.[8] Following SEAL tactical training (STT) and completion of six-month probationary period, he received the NEC 5326 as a combatant swimmer (SEAL), entitled to wear the SEAL insignia. Willink served eight years on active duty, as an enlisted Navy SEAL with SEAL Team One and SEAL Team Two. Willink was part of the SEAL team that seized the Russian Tanker Volga-Neft-147 in the Gulf of Oman, which was carrying Iraqi oil in violation of a United Nations economic embargo.[9] Willink earned his commission via Officer Candidate School and served as a platoon commander. Willink completed multiple deployments to Asia, the Middle East and Europe. During Operation Iraqi Freedom he deployed to the Iraqi city of Ramadi in 2006 with SEAL Team Three as commander of Task Unit Bruiser, which included Leif Babin, Seth "Stoner" Stone, Marc Alan Lee, Michael Monsoor, Jonny Kim, Kevin Lacz, Ryan "Biggles" Job, JP Dinnell, Tony Eafrati, Jason Hogan and Chris Kyle. Willink also served as a Navy SEAL instructor during his career. He retired in October 2010 after 20 years of service.[10]

Post-Navy career[edit]

After retiring from the Navy, Willink co-founded the leadership consulting firm Echelon Front along with Leif Babin, who served with him in the SEAL Teams.[11] He and Babin also co-authored the leadership manual Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy Seals Lead and Win.[12] After appearing on the podcasts of Tim Ferriss, Joe Rogan, and Sam Harris to publicize his book, Willink started his own weekly podcast, The Jocko Podcast.[13]

In addition to his work in consulting and authorship, Willink instructs jiu-jitsu at Victory MMA & Fitness in San Diego and co-owns Origin USA, a company based in Farmington, Maine, which produces lifestyle apparel, nutrition supplements, and fitness equipment,[14] as well as being one of the only manufacturers of jiu-jitsu gis in the United States.[15] Willink has a chapter giving advice in Tim Ferriss' book Tools of Titans.

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu career[edit]

Willink started Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Fabio Santos while in active service and continued training after retirement from the military. He obtained his black belt from Dean Lister.[16] Since then, Willink has been a prominent figure in the sport and has taught many grapplers. Willink promoted his own daughter to purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu in September 2022.[17]


On December 28, 2015, Willink started a podcast on YouTube with an accompanying website.[18][19] His YouTube channel currently has 1.7 million subscribers.[20]


Adult nonfiction[edit]

  • Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy Seals Lead and Win (2015) (ISBN 978-1-76055-820-8)
  • Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual (2017) (ISBN 978-1-250-15694-5)
  • The Dichotomy of Leadership: Balancing the Challenges of Extreme Ownership to Lead and Win (2018) (ISBN 978-1-250-19577-7)
  • Leadership Strategy and Tactics: Field Manual (2020) (ISBN 978-1-250-22684-6)
  • The Code. The Evaluation. The Protocols: Striving to Become an Eminently Qualified Human (2020) (ISBN 978-0-9816188-2-1)

Adult fiction[edit]

Children's books[edit]

Way of the Warrior Kid (2017–2022)[edit]

  1. The Way of the Warrior Kid (2017) (ISBN 978-1-250-15107-0)
  2. Marc's Mission: Way of the Warrior Kid (2018) (ISBN 978-1-250-15679-2)
  3. Way of the Warrior Kid 3: Where there's a Will... (2019) (ISBN 978-1-942549-48-2)
  4. Way of the Warrior Kid 4: Field Manual (2021) (ISBN 978-1942549666)
  5. Way of the Warrior Kid 5: Letters to Uncle Jake (2022) (ISBN 978-0981618890)

Awards and decorations[edit]

Ribbon of the MSM
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
FMF Ribbon
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Badge Special Warfare insignia
1st row Silver Star Bronze Star
with "V" device
Meritorious Service Medal
2nd row Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal
with 1 Gold 5/16-inch star
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
with 3 Gold 5/16-inch stars
Combat Action Ribbon
3rd row Navy Unit Commendation
with 2 Service stars
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Battle Efficiency Award
4th row Navy Good Conduct Medal
with 2 Service stars
Navy Fleet Marine Force Ribbon National Defense Service Medal
with 1 Service star
5th row Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
with 1 Service star
Southwest Asia Service Medal
with 1 Service star
Iraq Campaign Medal
with 3 Campaign stars
6th row Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Humanitarian Service Medal
7th row Navy and Marine Corps Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
with 4 Service stars
Rifle Marksmanship Medal
with Expert Device
Pistol Marksmanship Medal
with Expert Device
Badge Navy and Marine Corps Parachutist Badge


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  2. ^ Feloni, Myelle Lansat, Richard. "A retired Navy SEAL says SEALs' blind obedience shown in books and movies isn't anything like real life". Business Insider. Retrieved August 9, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ Feloni, Richard. "A retired Navy SEAL commander explains 12 traits all effective leaders must have". Business Insider. Retrieved August 9, 2022.
  4. ^ "Ex-Navy Seal calls for "rapid strike" missions to get weapons, allies out of Afghanistan". Newsweek. August 25, 2021. Retrieved August 9, 2022.
  5. ^ a b c d Gamers, Techie (April 4, 2022). "Jocko Willink Net Worth 2022: How Rich Is the Motivational Figure?". Techie + Gamers. Retrieved August 9, 2022.
  6. ^ Oracles, The. "Council Post: The Eight Most Informative Podcast Episodes You'll Ever Hear". Forbes. Retrieved August 9, 2022.
  7. ^ V, Rob (February 2, 2019). "20 Most Famous Navy SEALS Of All Time". Operation Military Kids. Retrieved August 9, 2022.
  8. ^ "Russian Tanker Carried Iraqi Oil". February 7, 2000. Retrieved October 16, 2022.
  9. ^ "These former Navy SEALS explain why you should wake up before dawn to win at life". Maxim. January 12, 2017. Retrieved April 16, 2017.
  10. ^ "Former Navy SEAL commanders explain why 'there are no bad teams, only bad leaders'". Retrieved August 18, 2022.
  11. ^ "Why this retired Navy SEAL commander has 3 alarm clocks and wakes up at 4:30 a.m." Business Insider. Retrieved January 23, 2016.
  12. ^ Schawbel, Dan. "Jocko Willink: Career Advice From a Former Navy SEAL". Retrieved April 16, 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. ^ Milliken, Maureen (August 24, 2017). "Origin USA plans to double workforce with new Farmington factory". Mainebix. Retrieved December 22, 2021.
  14. ^ "A Talk with Origin…. Pete Roberts, Dedeco, and Jocko". ROLLING TIMES MAGAZINE. March 22, 2022. Retrieved August 18, 2022.
  15. ^ "Jocko Willink: BJJ Facts, Belt Rank, & Career". The MMA Guru. Archived from the original on August 21, 2022. Retrieved August 21, 2022.
  16. ^ Burne, Kathrine (September 3, 2022). "Jocko Willink Promotes Daughter To BJJ Blue Belt". Retrieved January 3, 2023.
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