Here’s a transcription of Walker’s note…
Dear Admiral McRaven,
When I grow up I want to be a SEAL too, but can you tell me who is quieter — SEALs or Ninjas?
Also, how long can you hold your breath for?
V/R Walker Greentree
And here’s the Admiral’s response…
Thanks for writing me! You did a great job drawing the Trident, it looks just like my personal coin, which I’ve sent you along with this letter. I only give this to very special kids, so I hope you like it.
To answer your questions: I think ninjas are probably quieter than SEALs, but we are better swimmers, and also better with guns and blowing things up. I can hold my breath for a long time, but I try not to unless I really have to.
Remember, if you want to be a SEAL, you must do two things: listen to your parents and be nice to the other kids. If you do that then you can probably be a SEAL too.
Admiral William H. McRaven
(via Business Insider)