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Combat Story

Mar 11, 2023

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Today we hear the Combat Story of Jonathan Cleck, a career Navy SEAL and Federal Agent turned entrepreneur and stand-up comedian.

Jonathan, like many SEALs in the Teams, lost several friends and brothers-in-arms to training and combat. He served in a SEAL Delivery Vehicle (SDV) unit and deployed to Africa and South America, in addition to Middle East. 

After leaving the service, Jonathan has worn many hats, including founding a start-up technology company with his wife, and is stand-up comedian. In fact, we found ourselves talking about the similarities between jumping out of a plane and telling jokes on a stage.

You’ll want to stay tuned for a special segment towards the end where I ask John, given his comedic background, to tell me what someone from each branch of service would drink and he did not disappoint (it brought me back to some of the fantastic shenanigans we shared while in the service).

Jonathan is equal parts humble, impressive, and hilarious and I hope you enjoy this Combat Story (and leave with a smile on your face), just like I did.

Find Ryan Online:
- Ryan’s Linktree
- Merch
- Instagram @combatstory
- Facebook @combatstoryofficial
- Send us messages at
- Learn more about Ryan
- Intro Song: Sport Rock from Audio Jungle

Find Jonathan Online:
- LinkedIn
- Instagram @Jlcleck
- Twitter @jonathanCleck
- GreenCastle Consulting

Show Notes:
00:00 - Intro 
01:01 - Guest Introduction (Jonothan Cleck)
02:05 - Interview begins
03:12 - Stand Up Comedy or BUDS
11:44 - Path into Comedy
14:13 - The moment that lead to the Navy
24:22 - The decision to leave college for the Navy
26:12 - The recruitment process
28:19 - Things you thought you would get out of the Navy
33:11 - The camaraderie of Serving
39:10 - Path to becoming an Officer
49:28 - Casual Comedy
50:20 - Humor when being assigned a team
01:05:33 - First time outside the wire
01:38:15 - Branches associated with alcoholic drinks
01:49:52 - Sentimental items
01:51:37 - Do it all again
01:56:40 - Closing statements
01:58:11 -  Listener comments and shout outs