Which one would you want to have your back if you were a member of Seal Team 6?



Here's a hint (if you need one): Their names both sound like "Kris."

After 20 years of service, Chris Beck (first picture) retired from Seal Team 6 a just few months before their famous raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Chris Beck's military career included seven combat deployments, a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.

Kristin Beck (second picture), 46, works as a military consultant in the Tampa area, and decided in March to post a new LinkedIn profile picture of herself (Chris Beck) dressed as a woman.

"I am now taking off all my disguises and letting the world know my true identity as a woman," Beck wrote on her LinkedIn page.

Beck said some SEAL buddies thought at first that it was a joke, but she assured them it wasn't. "I am still the same person with the same experience and the same spirit."

The first picture in this post is from the cover of Kristin Beck's recently-released memoir, "Warrior Princess." The second is from Kristin Beck's recent life.

The book includes some reactions from former team members, including praise for Beck's courage in the forward which was written by former boss and retired Navy SEAL and astronaut William Shepherd.

Beck attended the Virginia Military Institute, played sports in school and always wanted to serve in the military. Her co-author, Anne Speckhard, is an adjunct associate professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical School who has specialized in post-traumatic stress disorder and counterterrorism.

Speckhard said she sees Beck's decision to join the Navy SEALs as fitting the character of a high achiever. "As a woman, he would have joined the SEALs as well," Speckhard said. The Navy SEALs currently do not take female candidates.

In fact, the military currently does not accept any transgender candidates, even after the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell."

“As a woman, he would have joined the SEALs as well.

Can’t help it. This story makes me laugh.

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3 Responses to Which one would you want to have your back if you were a member of Seal Team 6?

  1. Aridog says:

    This Chris/Kristen story is about someone who grew up with male hormones and musculature,as well as genitalia. That said, if it is not hype, I can understand his choice to self-identify as a her if she feels that internally and sincerely.

    It is of interest to me because I know a young man who was born a hermaphrodite and the surgeons who set out to assign a gender made an error…they castrated a young boy, whose female genitalia were the incidental organs, not the primary. He’s about 18 now and still a “sitzspinkler,” around 6’3″ tall at 220 lbs or so…definitely male. Of course, the issue is what it always has been…he is not trans-gender, unless you consider his remaining genitalia as determinate….which would be silly. He was identifying as a boy by age 3 and has lived with the surgical errors ever since…but as a young man. He couldn’t enlist in the military if he wanted to, to the best of my knowledge. His is not a life I will envy. I really don’t have anything to say that would help him…and I feel that is a shortfall on my part. Damn it.

  2. Aridog says:

    In response to your actual post topic, of who one might want to have their back in serious combat, I’d say either one. They are the same. His time with the Teams is one dimension his life and her self-identifying now is another. Nothing takes away from the former which he could not have performed for 20 years if unqualified to be a member of a SEAL Team, and once retired, nothing takes away from her outlook on life going forward. Not crazy about the book because it is a bit disingenuous if you examine the lived life biologically…but I see no harm in the book either. I will end my remark here by stating unequivocally that the person I would most trust with my life, to have my back, is a woman. No one has more courage than her.

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