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The Mike Drop podcast is hosted by former Navy SEAL, Mike Ritland. It is a not so politically correct discussion of wide ranging topics that span from government, politics and war to health and fitness, from guns and survival skills to food and nutrition with music, BBQ and a touch of everything else in between. This is THE platform that is completely raw, totally unfiltered and in your face, while still intellectually sound with good intuitive dialogue between A-holes that know what they’re talking about.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 263 Ratings

The Mike Drop podcast is hosted by former Navy SEAL, Mike Ritland. It is a not so politically correct discussion of wide ranging topics that span from government, politics and war to health and fitness, from guns and survival skills to food and nutrition with music, BBQ and a touch of everything else in between. This is THE platform that is completely raw, totally unfiltered and in your face, while still intellectually sound with good intuitive dialogue between A-holes that know what they’re talking about.

    Three-Time Presidential Secret Service Agent Ken Valentine | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 196

    Three-Time Presidential Secret Service Agent Ken Valentine | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 196

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    As our cultural landscape changes, so do our leaders. Few know that better than Ken Valentine, of course; a retired Secret Service agent, Ken served under three Presidents - Clinton, Bush, and Barack Obama - as each wrestled with their own challenges of office, in their own time and in their own ways. For Ken, keeping up with the President wasn't just a challenge - it was a career, full of travel, intel, and unique situations that demanded not just his utmost attention, but his life and the lives of his fellow agents if necessary.

    But 24 years at the Agency doesn't capture all of Ken's work - since his tenure, he's joined the Board of The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, penned a memoir about his work called 'Cheating Death: Three-Time Presidential Secret Service Agent Lives To Tell You How,' and even spent time in the fields of science and technology, joining the Board of Advisors at a new breakthrough in the field of quantum physics called 'Base Molecular Resonance Technology.' But how does somebody get into the Secret Service? What qualifications does one need to attain the position of Presidential Protection Detail for not just one, but three different sitting Presidents? And most importantly - how exactly does somebody go about cheating death? Let's ask Ken. 

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    • 3 hrs 38 min
    Sheriff of Baghdad John 'Shrek' McPhee | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 195

    Sheriff of Baghdad John 'Shrek' McPhee | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 195

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    John McPhee, widely known as “The Sheriff of Baghdad” or “SHREK,” is a retired U.S. Army Special Operations Sergeant Major with over 20 years of distinguished service. A retired DELTA Force Operator, John was responsible for countless solo missions in country across a number of combat theaters all through out the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. After retiring from active duty, John founded the S.O.B. Tactical brand to extend his expertise to civilians, law enforcement, and militaries worldwide. 

    Talking to John, one thing's for sure - he's not one to apologize about anything. In fact, he's more down to earth than you might expect, and he's more than happy to answer any questions anybody dares to throw at him. So how does a homegrown Chicago man go on to run solo missions of the highest order? How does one develop the skills necessary to pass their skillset onto the next generation? And most importantly - why the hell do people call him 'Shrek' anyway? Let's meet John. 

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    • 3 hrs 42 min
    SEAL Team 6 Jailed in Serbia Daniel Corbett | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 194

    SEAL Team 6 Jailed in Serbia Daniel Corbett | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 194

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    Daniel Corbett provides unique solutions to those with unique problems. An elite Navy SEAL operator, Daniel deployed to Iraq with SEAL Team 5 in the summer of 2005. Later, he joined DEVGRU at SEAL Team 6 in 2007, deploying to various classified locations around the world before shifting into instructing at NSWBTC. After that, he fell into private military contracting, where he would go on to make international news when he was thrown in jail in Belgrade, Serbia for eighteen months after tracking a terrorist financier. 

    Today, he continues to monitor international news, taking meetings with those who need unique solutions to unique problems, but there's more to Daniel's story than meets the eye. What's it like operating at the Tip of the Spear? How does somebody get into private contracting? And most importantly - what is life like when you're spending 18 months in a Serbian jail? Let's ask Daniel. 

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    Support Daniel Corbett - 

    RELEASES AUGUST 20TH - Get Your Copy of Daniel's Book, 'American Mercenary: The Riveting, High-Risk World of an Elite SEAL Team Operator Turned Hired Gun' at https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/daniel-corbett/american-mercenary/9781546006213

    IG - https://www.instagram.com/american_mercenary

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    • 3 hrs 40 min
    SEAL Team 5 Sunga Life Founder Jeff Gum | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 193

    SEAL Team 5 Sunga Life Founder Jeff Gum | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 193

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    Jeff Gum has a complicated career history. He served 10 years at SEAL Teams with SEAL Team Five, deploying to Iraq and the United Arab Emirates, after which he helped develop the Combatives Instructor Course to train SEALs how to lead training for their own platoons. He spent time in Denmark training Danish Frogmen, and shortly after launched his own swimwear line with 2-time ESPY award-winning adaptive athlete Kyle Maynard called Sunga Life. He even spent time working with friend of the show (and former #156 guest) Rudy Reyes over at Force Blue, developing a community of veterans to help aid in the protection of our planet's marine resources. 

    Since then, he's been busy - he appeared on Mike Tyson's podcast, worked with Jake Paul in his Boxing Bullies initiative, and even appeared on a South Korean game show (yes, really) called 'Iron Squad 3.' So what's it like spinning up an athletic apparel company after serving in SEAL teams? How did Jeff (and his fellow Special Forces crew) fare against the best of the best in South Korea? And most importantly - who's going to win that Jake Paul versus Mike Tyson fight in November? 

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    Website - https://www.sungalife.com/

    IG - https://www.instagram.com/jeffgum/?hl=en

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    • 2 hrs 33 min
    SEAL Team Seven Defense Strategies Group Zack Ferguson | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 192

    SEAL Team Seven Defense Strategies Group Zack Ferguson | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 192

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    Zack Ferguson is a former Navy SEAL Team 7 veteran with multiple deployments to Iraq, Yemen, Africa, and the United Arab Emirates, where he served as his platoons Lead Sniper/Point man, JTAC, Combatives Instructor, and Weapons Ordnance Specialist. He's also an instructor and co-owner at Defense Strategies Group, a collective of Special Operations Combat Veterans dedicated to continued service and empowering communities through defense training and security solutions. And when he's not training with the best, he's even a competitive 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu purple belt and amateur MMA fighter, where he met fellow Defense Strategies Group instructor (and previous Mike Drop Episode #62 Guest) Angel Cortes.

    But for every hardened warrior there's a complicated backstory, and Zack's story doesn't end overseas. So where did the trouble at home come from? How does a SEAL recover when they've lost everything? And most importantly, why is Zack Ferguson still fighting?  

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    Find Out More about Defense Strategies Group at https://www.defensestrategies.us

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    BUBS Naturals products are rooted in sustainably sourced ingredients and controlled consistency to provide our customers with the highest quality Collagen Protein & MCT Oil Powder that help you feel amazing and live a fuller life.

    Our mission is simple. FEEL GREAT. DO GOOD. 10% always goes back to charity, helping military men and women transition back into civilian life. 

    Go to https://www.bubsnaturals.com/mike and use code MIKE for 20% off your order. 

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    • 2 hrs 20 min
    Green Beret Chronicles Founder Jay Dorleus | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 191

    Green Beret Chronicles Founder Jay Dorleus | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 191

    Jay Dorleus has seen more than his fair share of explosive engagements. With 2 Iraq and 4 Afghanistan Deployments under his belt, he's served 14 years in country as a Green Beret, with his first 4 years served as a Combat Engineer specializing in demolitions - tracking IED's and disarming charges that would otherwise devastate forces on the ground. And devastate they did - to hear it from Jay, he's picked up parts of his squad mates (literally) on more than one occasion. 

    But violent beginnings often lead to violent ends, and for Jay, becoming a Green Beret wasn't just a matter of duty - it was a means to exact revenge on the very fighters that caused such devastation in the first place. So what's it like serving as a Green Beret in Afghanistan? How does a Combat Engineer make the leap to Special Forces? And how is Jay Dorleus still creating dynamic warriors through his company, The Green Beret Chronicles? Let's meet Jay. 

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    Support Jay Dorleus - 

    Find Jay's Training, Resources, and More at https://www.greenberetchronicles.com/

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    • 2 hrs 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
263 Ratings

263 Ratings

EaZyDuZiT$ ,

A show that stands above the rest!

Mike is a humble down to earth Host that does a excellent job interviewing guests he seems to have a ability to make his guests comfortable and willing to share!
In a world where podcasts of this genre are coming out of the wood work seemingly daily the Mike Drop Podcast stands the test of time as a forerunner in this genre!
I believe it’s important to document the true sacrifices and valour that the guests have endured so future generations can hopefully learn some lessons and ideally try to avoid making some of the same mistakes. It also sets the bar to high standard for others to aspire to I recommend Mike Drop to anyone and hope it continues to prosper into the future!
Choke Yourself!!!

News liker ,

Life stories & conversation with real patriots/ heroes!

Captivating to listen to and I enjoy Mike’s humor. Real life stories about real people… no wokeness and talk about interesting topics which is what people really cares about. Well done!!!

It would be great if there could be two versions of the podcasts… the existing type with no filters and another version with a bit less swearwords to make it more family friendly.

ASWilliamsnorth ,

Fantastic

One of my favourite podcasts! Mike’s way of breaking down a life story, showing the human side along with the main fair…and then keeping the humour in it…never disappoints.

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