The Navy SEALs, arguably the most elite members of the US armed forces, have become popular in the modern day due to their professionalism and the public’s opinion of their feats. Thanks to their successful mission to kill Osama Bin Laden, the SEALS have been hailed as modern day super heroes. With their extensive training and highly advanced technology it is no wonder why they would replace a classic super hero such as Superman, who can only be read about in comic books or seen in movies. They present a real life role model that represents good and the pursuit for a better world. In the modern day where the younger generation has grown up in the midst of the war on terror, this very elite army unit is a more than suiting set of heroes leading the conquest for good. With recent technology such as XBOX 360, kids can even play as their favorite heroes in new war games like the Call of Duty series and feel like a member of the SEALs taking on bad guys and fighting for the U.S.
From the above image, the correlation between SEALs and super hero is clearly shown. From what I see, the child replaced his Superman poster with a poster of a Navy SEAL and is sitting and admiring his new idol. This is very telling because superman is the ultimate super hero and to have him placed in a trash can simply shows the overpowering influence the Navy SEALs now have as modern day heroes. From an almost unknown and secretive group in the armed forces to national icons, the transformation of the SEALs surely is due to their heightened importance in the war on terror. These men are great warriors and the best at what they do but the big question that arises is if it is right to idolize men who are literal killing machines and whose operations are not released to the outside world due to their severity and loss of human life.
The classic super heroes like superman pictured above are heroes because of their ability to combat evil without killing others or doing harm to innocent people which was often something villains did. That is why they are idolized and their posters get hung on little children’s walls. It is the reason why they are considered the “good guys”. The Navy SEALs fight for their country and do things in the best interest of the U.S. but are they doing so in true super hero fashion? The modern day is in no way like the Wild West where everything can be solved with a gun and some bullets. Is the image of the Navy SEALs as gun-slinging killers a positive influence on the youth of the modern day or is it best to stick with heroes that are not so real? It is up to the public to determine whether the SEALs are worthy of hero status or if they are actually international villains.