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Letter from a parent of a Navy Special Warfare Operator (click to read)


I am at a bar in Coronado. A seal bar. Staring at a picture of Danny. Danny and the training institute has affected my life more than I could ever imagine. Every time life gets hard or I feel like I’m not strong enough to continue training I think about Danny and I get a surge of strength that’s magical. I would not be who I am today. Thank you to all of you for helping me be the woman I’ve always dreamed of being. Especially Dan Dietz Sr. He is my mentor. I miss you all see you at Christmas” – Kelly S.


Danny Dietz Leadership and Training has grown me exponentially. I am a CU Denver student progressing towards a bachelor’s degree, a Swim Coach in Centennial, a member of Student Government at CU Denver and have high hopes for a military career with the US Navy after college. The first week I attended the training classes with Dan Sr, he walked around repeating certain motivational phrases that have driven me beyond my preconceived ability level. He combines mastery of the body to teach mastery of the mind and is great at constantly reminding us that the mind has unlimited potential when utilized for the correct reasons. It was that and a combination of camaraderie that led to a level of discipline and mental fortitude that led into my current positions.” –Jordan A.


The Danny Dietz program has given me confidence by making me believe more in myself. I will now be more confident in the things I do in the future when I grow up.

I learned endurance from the workouts. They have taught me to push through even when my muscles are sore and hurting. I’ve learned to never give up on anything. I have the determination to do anything that I want. I have had to push through all the obstacles to get to the end.

I have learned leadership skills in how to live your life and in the work that you do. It helps you focus on how you see yourself in the future and today. The Danny Dietz Foundation has done a lot for me and I will keep participating so I can continue learning.” – Brice B., age 14


My favorite expression from the Danny Dietz Training and Leadership Foundation is ‘Learn to love the work.’ I apply it to my life whenever extra motivation is needed to continue. This could be as simple as the last 2 hours of my shift at work. It could also be as imperative as getting off the trail and back to my car.

For example, last Saturday I hiked a 17-mile loop. It started at the trailhead of Waterton Canyon, looped around the Roxborough Loop to the Colorado Trail and dropped back down Waterton Canyon. I was physically prepared and had all the right gear. At Mile 12, there was an ache from my hips to the balls of my feet. As I searched for something to drive my pace, the phrase that came to mind was this: ‘Learn to love the work.’

About three miles from the trailhead, another phrase drove my pace: ‘The only easy day was yesterday.’

I got it done. I completed the task within the goal I had set for myself without interference or impedance. It took self-discipline, perseverance and confidence. These are just three of the seventeen principles taught by the Danny Dietz Foundation.

It is this confidence and self-discipline that has raised my level of leadership and removed any limitations from my life. I am a 41-year old mother of two and one of the few women that attend Danny’s classes. The classes aren’t easy, but they sure are rewarding. More women need the opportunity to learn their true capacity. The principles taught during the class twice-weekly provide that opportunity.” – Cassie B.


I am 19 years old, enlisting into the United States Air Force as a SERE specialist. SERE stands for Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape. My role will be to train aircrews, and other high risk operators on how to survive in any condition, evade enemy forces, resist interrogation techniques by an enemy combatant, and escape imprisonment, or any hostile situation. The training I will receive is considered to be some of the toughest training in the armed forces; and there’s not a chance I would be prepared if I hadn’t involved myself with the Danny Dietz Leadership and Training Foundation.

 It all started a few short months ago, when I walked through the doors of the YMCA in Littleton. I was a 19-year old kid lacking in confidence, and strength. I was seeking preparation to join the United States Air Force, and try out for a slot in their special operations. (Prior to meeting The Foundation, I had only been working out for 2 months in preparation for the military.) I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I still remember the exact workout we did that night, and it was by far one of the hardest workouts I had ever done. Coincidentally, it had also been one of the best workouts of my life. After the physical part, Dan Dietz Sr. sat the class down and gave us a mental workout, if you will. I was introduced to the class’s core values, and the legacy Danny Dietz had left. Little did I know at the time how big an impact these values, and Danny’s legacy would have on my life. After that class I was hooked, I wanted to come back for more. I wanted to become the best and I knew I had found the perfect group to help make that happen.

With the strong sense of dedication, motivation, pride, and acceptance of each individual that comes through the class, Dan Sr. and everybody else involved with the Danny Dietz Leadership and Training Foundation have helped shape me into the individual I am today. I have grown exponentially these past few months, both physically and mentally. This class has shown me what it means to never quit. I’ve been taught I can always do more, and that success is earned through hard work, dedication, and by never giving up. I feel more confident about myself, both physically and mentally. I feel more than prepared to go through the selection process to become a SERE specialist. In all, the Danny Dietz Leadership and Training Foundation has taught me many lessons, both physically and mentally. The Foundation has taught me what it means to work hard, overcome challenge and adversity through persistence and to become a confident, competent leader; and most importantly to never give up on myself.” – Tyler P.